KILLEEN — A $2.6 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration will bring some much-needed expansion and improvements soon to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, according to a news release on Thursday.

“Our state and tribal partners are critical in helping the National Cemetery Administration 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 Texas to provide grants that reflect the needs, resources and preferences of the local veteran community.”

The grant will fund the construction of 3,000 columbarium niches and an improved cortege lane. The project will develop around one acre and serve approximately 128,000 Texas veterans and eligible family members.

In March, the cemetery received a $2 million grant for improvements. Texas received the grant from the VA National Cemetery Administration and were used to improve the irrigation system and perimeter fencing at the cemetery.

That project covered 10 acres and served nearly 148,000 veterans and their families.

Across the U.S. there are 136 veterans cemeteries where more than 38,000 people were buried in 2017.

For more information about the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, contact Clark Walden at 254-432-7601 or visit www.glo.texas.gov/vlb/cemeteries/locations/index.html.

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula is reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald. Reach her at emilys@kdhnews.com

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