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Texas Receives Grant for the Improvement of Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene

August 22, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced today that it has awarded Texas a grant in the amount of $1,103,725 for the improvement of the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene in Abilene, Texas.

"Providing this grant to Texas helps ensure the continued service of the State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene," said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves. "Without state Veterans cemeteries, we will not be able to achieve our strategic goal of providing Veterans with a burial option within 75 miles of their home."

This grant will fund the construction of a memorial wall with 50 plaques, other site improvements, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure. The project will develop approximately 1 acre. The project will enable the cemetery to provide continued service for approximately 28,000 Veterans, their spouses and eligible family members.

The VA Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP) complements the 136 VA national cemeteries across the country. Since its inception 41 years ago, the VCGP has awarded grants totaling more than $817 million to establish, expand, improve, or operate and maintain 115 state and tribal Veterans cemeteries. These VA-funded cemeteries provided more than 39,000 burials in 2018.

For more information about the Texas State Veterans Cemetery, contact Eric Brown, Director, Texas State Veterans Cemeteries, Texas Land Board at 512-463-5977 or visit https://vlb.texas.gov/cemeteries/locations/abilene/index.html.