Killeen: $2.7M grant awarded for veterans cemetery improvements

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A $2.7 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration will fund an expansion and improvements at the Center Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

The grant announced Thursday will fund construction of 3,000 columbarium niches for urns containing the cremated remains of veterans and an improved lane for funeral corteges.

“We will continue to work with and support states like Texas to provide grants which reflect the needs, resources and preferences of the local Veteran community,” Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves said in a press release.

The project will develop about an acre, the press release said.

No further details were provided.

The cemetery, which was opened in January 2006, occupies a 174-acre site that used to be part of Fort Hood.