Sandoval Announces $3.5 Million Grant for Veterans Cemetery


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Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
CARSON CITY, NV - October 01, 2015

Governor Brian Sandoval today announced that the Nevada Department of Veterans Services has been awarded an approximate $3.5 million grant that will fund required maintenance to raise and align headstones that have begun to shift in the ground at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The Operation and Maintenance Grant, #NV-10-13, has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Our maintenance crews take immaculate care of the cemetery grounds on a daily basis," the Governor said. "But over time the soil has begun to give way around some of the older headstones. This grant will greatly assist us in the restoration of the proper posture of the markers. It represents another step Nevada is taking to honor those who have served our nation."

Kat Miller, Director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, pointed out some of the details that the grant will be used for, explaining, "We will chemically treat and remove all existing turf and top soil surrounding grave markers in all non-active burial sections, and replace it with new soil. And we'll raise and realign all grave markers using a strong base material to limit or prevent any future problems."

Chris Naylor, Superintendent of the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, pointed out that the total square footage of the burial sections to be improved is 642,222 square feet, and the total number of grave markers to be realigned is 23,070.

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