Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

$7.2M grant awarded for veteran’s cemetery

Congressman Rick Boucher announced Thursday that the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding more than $7.2 million in federal grant funds to Virginia for construction of the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Pulaski County.
Boucher made this announcement yesterday at the Dublin Town Hall, to an audience of local veterans and the media.
The funds will be used for the construction of the first of three phases of the nearly 80-acre cemetery. The first phase, which is made up of 24 acres, is expected to meet the needs of the cemetery for 10 years.
Boucher said in future years, additional grant funds will be sought to develop the other two phases of the cemetery.
"Southwest Virginia does not currently have a veterans cemetery, but the need for one is great," Boucher said, noting that the nearest veterans cemetery is in Amelia County, which is at least a five or six- hour drive away. "A higher percentage of our population has served in the military than the national average."
He went on to say, "in order to properly honor the Southwest Virginians who have served our nation in uniform, I have made it a goal to build a veterans cemetery in the Ninth District, and today’s announcement significantly advances that goal."
The design and engineering work for the cemetery, which is located off Bagging Plant Road just outside the Town of Dublin, has been completed. Now that the federal funds have been provided, construction is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall. Phase one of the cemetery is expected to be completed in late 2010.
"This cemetery will be a real asset for all of us here" said Dallas Cox, a military veteran, member of the Dublin Town Council and avid supporter of the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery.
He went on to say that when people think of cemeteries, they generally don’t think of tourism. However, he said that much like other veterans cemeteries, such as Arlington National Cemetery, the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery will draw a lot of people into Pulaski County.
"It’s going to be a destination station," he said. "It’s an honor to have this in Dublin— it’s going to be a beautiful place."
When completed, the cemetery will provide burial opportunities for 60,000 veterans and their families across the region.
Almost one year ago, the U.S. Army conveyed the 79.8 acres of federally-owned land to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of establishing this cemetery. This was after U.S. Congress passed legislation Boucher introduced for creating this cemetery in 2006.
Boucher said veterans who are interested in being buried in this cemetery are encouraged to submit a pre-application for interment to determine their eligibility. In general, Virginia residents who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces and who die on active duty, who retire from military service or who are honorably discharged from military service are eligible for burial in the cemetery. In addition, the legal spouse and any dependent children may also be interred for a small fee. Other U.S. military service members and civilians may be eligible as well.
Pre-applications are available at Boucher’s Pulaski office, located at 106 N. Washington Ave. For more information, contact (540) 980-4310.

Comments

comments

$7.2M grant awarded for veteran’s cemetery

Congressman Rick Boucher announced Thursday that the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding more than $7.2 million in federal grant funds to Virginia for construction of the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Pulaski County.
Boucher made this announcement yesterday at the Dublin Town Hall, to an audience of local veterans and the media.
The funds will be used for the construction of the first of three phases of the nearly 80-acre cemetery. The first phase, which is made up of 24 acres, is expected to meet the needs of the cemetery for 10 years.
Boucher said in future years, additional grant funds will be sought to develop the other two phases of the cemetery.
"Southwest Virginia does not currently have a veterans cemetery, but the need for one is great," Boucher said, noting that the nearest veterans cemetery is in Amelia County, which is at least a five or six- hour drive away. "A higher percentage of our population has served in the military than the national average."
He went on to say, "in order to properly honor the Southwest Virginians who have served our nation in uniform, I have made it a goal to build a veterans cemetery in the Ninth District, and today’s announcement significantly advances that goal."
The design and engineering work for the cemetery, which is located off Bagging Plant Road just outside the Town of Dublin, has been completed. Now that the federal funds have been provided, construction is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall. Phase one of the cemetery is expected to be completed in late 2010.
"This cemetery will be a real asset for all of us here" said Dallas Cox, a military veteran, member of the Dublin Town Council and avid supporter of the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery.
He went on to say that when people think of cemeteries, they generally don’t think of tourism. However, he said that much like other veterans cemeteries, such as Arlington National Cemetery, the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery will draw a lot of people into Pulaski County.
"It’s going to be a destination station," he said. "It’s an honor to have this in Dublin— it’s going to be a beautiful place."
When completed, the cemetery will provide burial opportunities for 60,000 veterans and their families across the region.
Almost one year ago, the U.S. Army conveyed the 79.8 acres of federally-owned land to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the purpose of establishing this cemetery. This was after U.S. Congress passed legislation Boucher introduced for creating this cemetery in 2006.
Boucher said veterans who are interested in being buried in this cemetery are encouraged to submit a pre-application for interment to determine their eligibility. In general, Virginia residents who are members of the U.S. Armed Forces and who die on active duty, who retire from military service or who are honorably discharged from military service are eligible for burial in the cemetery. In addition, the legal spouse and any dependent children may also be interred for a small fee. Other U.S. military service members and civilians may be eligible as well.
Pre-applications are available at Boucher’s Pulaski office, located at 106 N. Washington Ave. For more information, contact (540) 980-4310.

Comments

comments

You must be logged in to post a comment Login