Senators Introduce Amendment to Defense Bill
Today, U.S. Senators Ken Salazar and Wayne Allard introduced an amendment, SA.5274, to the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act that, if enacted, would direct the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs to prioritize the construction of a National Veterans' Cemetery in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado.
"The Pikes Peak region is home to more than 125,000 veterans, several military bases, and a military academy, and yet it currently lacks a cemetery where local residents, veterans, and service members can go to pay tribute to their family members, friends, and American heroes who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms," said Senator Salazar. "Senator Allard and I have been pressing the Department of Veterans' Affairs to move ahead with this important project, but they have been dragging their feet. The amendment we introduced today would help realize our shared vision for a National Veterans' Cemetery in the region and will honor Colorado veterans in a manner commensurate with their distinguished service to our country."
"I am pleased to join my colleague Senator Salazar to help bring this much needed cemetery to the Pikes Peak region," said Senator Allard. "The thousands of eligible southern Colorado military personnel, both active duty and retired, should have an opportunity for their final resting place to be in the region so many of them have come to love and appreciate."