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VA Cemetery Upgrade Grants

WASHINGTON -- Continuing its mission of providing a final resting place for Wisconsin veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a $1.3 million grant to increase the capacity of the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. “This grant will ensure that burial of cremated remains is an option for Wisconsin’s veterans,” said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “We are proud to partner with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to provide memorial services.” The grant will fund a second 1,792-niche columbarium for cremated remains and infrastructure such as landscaping and irrigation.

WASHINGTON – Continuing its mission of providing a final resting place for Nevada veterans that honors their service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a $2.3 million grant to improve the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. “This grant will help to improve memorial services to Nevada veterans,” said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “We are proud to partner with the Nevada Office of Veterans Services.” The cemetery primarily serves 180,000 veterans and their dependents who live in the vicinity of Las Vegas and surrounding areas in southern Nevada. The grant will fund construction of a new maintenance facility and a service yard on three acres. It will also pay for design and construction administration and associated infrastructure such as roads, utilities, landscaping and irrigation.

WASHINGTON – Continuing its mission of providing a final resting place for New Hampshire veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a $937,000 grant to increase the capacity of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen for cremation burial. “By funding an additional columbarium for the cemetery, this grant ensures the continuity of memorial services for those who choose cremation burial,” said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The cemetery serves 120,000 veterans and their eligible dependents who live in New Hampshire. The grant funds construction of a 1,600-niche columbarium and infrastructure such as roads, utilities, landscaping and irrigation. It also pays for design and construction and administrative costs. Four previous VA grants since 1997 have paid for columbaria at the cemetery.

WASHINGTON – To ensure that Maine veterans have a final resting place to honor their service to the nation, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a $4.2 million grant to establish the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale. “We are proud to partner with the Maine Department of Veterans Affairs to establish this cemetery,” said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “The veterans of southern Maine deserve the honor of a veteran’s burial close to home, and this new state cemetery ensures that honor.” The 95-acre cemetery will be developed in phases, each designed to provide 10 years of burials. The first phase includes an initial 12-acre development that will provide 3,196 full-casket burial sites and 1,298 in-ground cremation burial sites. The grant will provide 100 percent of the funding for construction of the main entrance, full-casket and cremation burial areas, an assembly area, maintenance building and supporting infrastructure to include roads, utilities, landscaping and irrigation. The grant also includes design costs and equipment to operate the cemetery.

WASHINGTON – Continuing its mission of providing a final resting place for Hawaii veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a $2.7 million grant to expand the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery in Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii. “This grant will ensure that Hawaii veterans continue to have the honor of a veteran’s burial without leaving their own island,” said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “This grant will help to keep that option available to serve the needs of Kona’s veterans well into the future.” The 62-acre cemetery provides service for 7,000 veterans on Hawaii. The expansion will develop 288 in-ground cremation burial sites and 192 columbaria niches. The grant will provide 100 percent of the funding for the construction of in-ground cremation gravesites, columbaria, a storage facility with a fenced service yard, a road, landscaping, a memorial walk, an assembly area, a committal shelter, and supporting infrastructure to include utilities, landscaping and irrigation. The grant also includes design costs and equipment to operate the cemetery.

WASHINGTON – Continuing its mission of providing a final resting place for Nevada veterans that honors their service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced a $2.3 million grant to improve the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. “This grant will help to improve memorial services to Nevada veterans,” said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “We are proud to partner with the Nevada Office of Veterans Services.”The cemetery primarily serves 180,000 veterans and their dependents who live in the vicinity of Las Vegas and surrounding areas in southern Nevada. The grant will fund construction of a new maintenance facility and a service yard on three acres. It will also pay for design and construction administration and associated infrastructure such as roads, utilities, landscaping and irrigation
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