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National Cemetery Administration


Tennessee Receives Grant to Expand and Improve Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

July 19, 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 $7,167,700 to the state of Tennessee for the expansion and improvement of Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville. VA will also reimburse the State $2,750,000 for the cost of fabrication and delivery of outer burial receptacles used for the project.

"This cemetery contains the graves of the six servicemen who fought and gave their lives in the War in Afghanistan and/or Operation Enduring Freedom," says Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Matthew Quinn. "NCA is proud to help this state expand efforts that exemplify and honor our Nation's Veterans."

The cemetery currently serves more than 193,000 Veterans and their eligible family members. The grant will fund 3,802 pre-placed crypts, 1,024 cremains gravesites, 1,100 columbarium niches, roads, accessibility improvements, landscaping, and irrigation.

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 Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville, contact Evan Ward, Communications and Legislative Liaison, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services at 615-289-0558 or email