Federal Department of Veterans Affairs Provides $10.2M Grant for Expansion and Improvement of Virginia State Veterans Cemetery – Suffolk
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration announced today that it has awarded Virginia a grant in the amount of $10,211,615 for the expansion and improvement of the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, Virginia.
“Our state and tribal partners are critical in helping NCA 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 Virginia to provide grants which reflect the needs, resources and preferences of the local Veteran community.”
The grant will fund the construction of 7,108 pre-place crypts, administration building expansion, and a back-up power system. The project will develop approximately 10 acres and serve approximately 346,000 Virginia Veterans and eligible family members.
The closest national or grant funded cemetery is Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Virginia which is approximately 155 miles away.
In its 40th Anniversary since inception, VA’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program is designed to complement the 136 VA national cemeteries across the country. Since 1980, the program awarded grants totaling more than $766 million to establish, expand and improve 111 state and tribal Veterans cemeteries. These VA-funded cemeteries provided more than 38,000 burials in 2017.
For more information about the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Cemetery, contact Susan Ulrich, Cemetery Office Manager at 757-255-7217 or visit https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/cemeteries/suffolk-cemetery/