Washington — Western Kansas will have its own national veterans cemetery with the award of a $3.6 million grant to build the Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Fort Dodge.
The grant announced Wednesday by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi will fund a cemetery on 8.5 acres next to the Kansas Soldiers Home Cemetery in Fort Dodge.
Three other VA national cemeteries are in eastern Kansas Leavenworth, Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott.
The new cemetery in Fort Dodge will provide more than 3,000 burial sites, including 650 pre-placed crypts and 320 niches for cremation burials. The money will also fund construction of an administration building, vehicle storage and maintenance facility and a committal service shelter.
The grant comes at a time when space is running short at other VA cemeteries.