The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced today that it has received a letter of intent, sent overnight prior to the Federal government shut-down, from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stating it plans to provide grant funds to establish the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville. Pending approval by Congress of VA's 2014 budget, this grant will fund 100% of the initial costs to develop the cemetery which will be located on property donated by the Franklin family of Rayville.
“I am extremely gratified to announce we are one step closer to securing grand funding for our state’s newest Veterans cemetery,” states Rodney Alexander, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. “After many years of planning, I am grateful to everyone who has supported this project and am pleased that VA has announced their support as well.”
This newest cemetery location is planned to provide for the needs of the approximately 35,000 Veterans and their families who reside in and around Northeast Louisiana. The property is located near I-20 off of Hwy 425/137 and will span approximately 50 acres.
LDVA currently operates two other Veterans cemeteries, Northwest LA Veterans Cemetery located in Keithville just south of Shreveport and Central LA Veterans Cemetery located just outside Fort Polk in Leesville. A third cemetery location, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, is currently under construction with an anticipated opening in early 2014.