Veterans cemetery planned for Slidell

Washington DC - Congress has given final approval for a new veterans cemetery in Slidell.  Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu announced a $8.3 million grant for the establishment of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery.

For Louisiana veterans and their families, the closest national cemetery in Baton Rouge is about 78 miles away. The closest state cemetery is in Newton, Mississippi, which is approximately 186 miles away. This new cemetery will provide improved and more convenient services for local military families.

The grant was awarded by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"After sacrificing to defend and protect our country, our military families should not have to travel 100 miles or more for cemetery services or to visit the graves of their loved ones," Sen. Landrieu said, "Louisiana has a proud tradition of serving our nation and these brave men and women deserve the best possible services and quality of life. This federal grant will go a long way towards the completion of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery so that our veterans can access the local services they deserve."

The grants will fund the construction of a main entrance, an administration building, a maintenance facility, roads and other critical infrastructure for the cemetery.