National Cemetery Administration
Missouri Receives $1,063,647 Grant for the Expansion of Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield
July 27, 2020
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced today that it has awarded Missouri a grant in the amount of $1,063,647 for the expansion of Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield in Bloomfield, Missouri.
"Our state and tribal partners are enabling NCA to achieve our strategic goal of providing 95 percent of the Veteran population with convenient access to a burial option within 75 miles of their home," said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves. "We will continue to work with and support states like Missouri to provide grants which reflect the needs, resources and preferences of the local Veteran community."
The grant will used to develop approximately two acres, including constructing 960 columbarium niches; improving adjacent grading, landscaping, walkways, and roadway; and repairing existing columbaria walls at the committal shelter area, as well as planters at the entrance. These improvements will enable the cemetery to provide continued service for more than 61,000 Veterans and their eligible family members.
The VA Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP) is designed to complement the 144 VA national cemeteries. Since its inception 42 years ago, the VCGP has awarded grants totaling more than $862 million to establish, expand, improve, or operate and maintain 116 state and tribal Veterans cemeteries. These grant-funded cemeteries provided more than 39,000 burials in 2019.
For more information about the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield, contact Tammy Smith, Cemetery Director, 573-568- 3871 or visit https://mvc.dps.mo.gov/.