State officials discuss prospect of vet cemetery

September 4, 2013 • Local News

Jill McLaughlin
Record Staff Writer

Regional leaders and veterans heard from Gov. Susana Martinez and Cabinet Secretary Timothy Hale Wednesday about the possibility of creating a local veterans cemetery.

Martinez announced, in July, the State Veterans’ Cemetery Initiative to establish cemeteries for the state’s rural-area veterans. New Mexico currently only has three federal veterans cemeteries, located in Santa Fe, Ft. Bayard and Ft. Bliss.
In July, the state Department of Veterans’ Services launched a plan to begin hosting meetings with mayors through September,as well as meetings with community and county commissions through November.

“Too many of our veterans do not have access to cemeteries in our state,” Martinez said. “We can’t wait any longer.”
Wednesday’s meeting, held at the American Legion Post 28, allowed several veterans and local leaders to hear details of the plan and voice Login to read more

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