Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Release: Tuesday the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced action they are taking to begin the process of locating a National Veteran Cemetery in Western New York.

“The men and women who have served this nation fall within a unique rank deserving of the recognition and reverence bestowed by a veterans’ cemetery,” said Congressman Higgins. “I commend the Administration for moving forward on the process that will give Western New York veteran’s families the option for a veteran burial close to home.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration maintains 131 national cemeteries, including 7 in New York State. However the closest to Western New York is located in Bath, NY, approximately 80 miles away.

The potential for a national cemetery in Western New York was one of the issues discussed between Congressman Higgins and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, when the Secretary met with the Congressman during his visit to Buffalo last April.

For more specific information about burial in a VA National Cemetery visit http://www.cem.va.gov/ .

VA plans for Veteran Cemetery in WNY: wivb.com

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