Expansion of veterans cemetery planned | Boulder Town Reviews

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The Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City could receive a federal grant of $ 5.78 million to help pay for the 7-acre expansion needed for the facility.

According to the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, the cemetery expansion is expected to be one of 12 “compliant projects” of the US Department of Veterans Affairs in fiscal year 2022.

The VA grant opportunity of up to $ 5,780,000 will help expand 7 acres at (the) Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located in the southwestern portion of the property in the open desert behind the location where current burial sections stop, ”said Terri Hendry, communications director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. “The State of Nevada has already set aside $ 607,271 in matching funds for the project.”

The cemetery is expected to need additional space by 2023.

Currently, the planned expansion includes 12 columbarium walls with 5,376 niches and seven funeral sections with 11,481 excavated cremation plots.

“We cannot thank our VA partners enough for recognizing the importance of this expansion,” Governor Steve Sisolak said in a press release. “With this VA grant opportunity, we are one step closer to ensuring that we are able to deliver on the promise made to our Southern Nevada veterans to provide them with a dignified and honorable final resting place. time has come. ”

The design phase is expected to begin in January or February and construction is expected to begin in November 2022.

“Thank you to our governor and state legislators for supporting us in ensuring that we have the state correspondence required to make us eligible and competitive to receive this funding,” said Kat Miller, director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, in a press release. “The Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery is the second busiest cemetery of its kind in the country and this funding allows us to meet demand when our services are needed. “

The cemetery expansion is one of 100 projects on Veterans Affairs’ priority list for fiscal year 2022. Of those 100, 43 were fully compliant projects, and the Veterans Affairs office said 12 projects should be funded. The remaining 57 are classified as non-compliant because they lack the required state legislation or matching funds to be eligible for federal funding.

The cemetery on Veterans Memorial Drive has 79 acres of state owned and maintained land.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at [email protected] or 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

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