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Issue Position: Rep. Guttenberg Sponsors Bill for Veterans Cemetery

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Families Should Not Have to Bury Loved Ones Far From Home

I sponsored a bill to build state Veterans Cemeteries in Alaska and now we are looking for forward to building one. Currently the only community eligible for the federal construction money is Fairbanks. What we get by having this state veteran cemetery is the ability to allow Alaska National Guards men and women who would not be eligible other wise to be buried on hallowed ground.

The two national vet cemetery's currently in Alaska are in Sitka and on Fort Richardson in Anchorage. Sitka is almost full and the one on Ft. Richardson is behind security gates and is hard to get to, especially if you don't live in south central.

The rules for the state vet cemetery program are written by the federal VA and they govern who and how the program operates, but because the state has a financial role we have some say in who is eligible and how its operated.


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