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National Cemetery Administration


Kentucky Receives Grant to Expand and Improve Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West

August 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced today that the Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP), which it oversees, has awarded a grant of up to $1,878,436 to the state of Kentucky for the expansion and improvement of Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville. VA will also reimburse the State $1,417,517 for the cost of fabrication and delivery of outer burial receptacles used for the project.

"This cemetery was the first state veterans' cemetery to open in March 2004," says Under Secretary of Memorial Affairs, Matthew Quinn. "Over 5,000 veterans and family members have been interred at KVCW since its opening, averaging 39 interments per month. NCA is proud to help this cemetery expand and improve to continually serve the Veterans in this community."

The cemetery currently serves more than 173,000 Veterans and their eligible family members. The grant will fund 1,990 pre-placed crypts, landscaping, and drainage improvements to an active burial section.

Since its inception in 1978, the VCGP has provided more than $1 billion to establish, expand, improve, and maintain 122 state, territorial and tribal Veterans cemeteries. In fiscal year 2022, these cemeteries conducted more than 45,000 interments.

For more information about the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, contact Alvin Duncan, Director State Veterans Cemeteries, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs at 502-782-5731 or email