Alexander: New Federal Funding to Expand Middle Tennessee Cemetery Ensures Veterans “Have a Sacred Resting Place”

Posted on September 23, 2016

MARYVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 23, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said that Tennessee has been awarded a $4.2 million federal grant to expand the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We couldn’t possibly honor enough the courageous men and women who have volunteered to wear the uniform of our Armed Services and protect our ways of life and freedoms,” Alexander said. “One of the best things we can do is ensure that our veterans have a sacred resting place. I support expanding the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, which will guarantee the more than 163,000 veterans and their families receive the honor and respect they deserve for their service and sacrifice.”

Senator Alexander voted for the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill on May 19, which passed by a vote of 89-8. The House of Representatives also passed its version of the funding bill on May 19 by a vote of 277 to 147. On June 23, the House passed the conference report by a vote of 239-171.  The bill provides $82.3 billion in discretionary funding for military construction projects across the country and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to support veterans programs and military infrastructure. It also includes $103.9 billion in mandatory funding for veteran compensation programs and veterans pensions.


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