Request Line: (870) 277-1080 [email protected]
Text Your Gift to KLEK1 to 44-321 LEARN MORE

Your Community Radio Station is possible thanks to this supporter!  Become an underwriter.

Congress Approves Expansion of Arkansas Veterans Cemetery, Headed to President’s Desk

Written by Press Release

December 17, 2019

WASHINGTON–The Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock is slated to receive nearly 140 acres of land as a result of language U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) authored in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is one step away from becoming law. 

NDAA, which invests in our military and authorizes $738 billion in critical national security funding, includes a provision to authorize the transfer of land from Camp Robinson to the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) for purposes of expanding the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. The bill has been approved by both chambers of Congress and is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump. 

“This commonsense solution was a team effort that benefits both the Army Guardandthe Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. Theland has not been used for training in over two decades and is costly to maintain for the Guard. It will be extremely valuable for the state, which has an urgent need for additional burial space for our veterans. This land transfer will ensure that there is plenty of space to provide an appropriate final resting place for men and women who served in uniform who choose to be laid to rest alongside their fellow veterans,” Boozman said.

The land conveyance will enable continuation of first burials beyond 2045, when the current cemetery is predicted to reach capacity. Rather than developing an additional cemetery in central Arkansas, the land conveyance provides an expansion opportunity which will be a more cost-efficient alternative for ADVA.

“We want to recognize the leadership of the former Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard Maj. Gen. Mark H. Berry for shepherding this veteran-centered initiative through the ground work for the veterans and families of veterans in Arkansas,” said Nate Todd, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. “This rightful benefit for veterans would not have been possible without the support of the Arkansas Congressional delegation and our Governor’s commitment that Arkansas veterans’ final resting place is a reflection of their service to our nation.” 

The language included in NDAA was taken from legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by Boozman with the support of Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman French Hill (AR-02) with the support of Arkansas’s House delegation. 

The land that will be transferred from Camp Robinson to ADVA has not been used for Army Guard training in over 25 years. The land lies in the flight path of the North Little Rock airport runway, which limits the use of training devices such as artillery simulators, flares and smoke. It is also separated from the main areas of Camp Robinson and has limited access. 

Original article source: https://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/12/congress-approves-expansion-of-arkansas-veterans-cemetery-headed-to-president-s-desk | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council

0 0 vote
Article Rating

Related Articles

Boozman, Arkansas VFW Members Advocate for Improvements to Veteran Benefits

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) held a virtual meeting with members of the Arkansas Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and expressed his support for the organization’s 2021 legislative priorities, Read more

Boozman Warns Reconciliation Bill Could Mean Massive Cuts in Farm Support Programs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, warned passage of the pending budget reconciliation bill could trigger massive cuts in farm Read more

Fighting Hunger During a Pandemic Now Even More of a Team Effort

The pandemic has shown once again the resiliency, generosity and creativity of Arkansans. Despite coronavirus-imposed physical separation, we know we are stronger together. This has been clearly revealed in the amazing Read more

Boozman Joins Cotton to Introduce Iran Sanctions Resolution

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and 44 other members of Congress introduced a resolution to oppose lifting sanctions on Iran. The members released the following statement after introduction:“The United Read more

Comments

Subscribe
Notify of
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Your Community Radio Station is possible thanks to this supporter!  Become an underwriter.

Pin It on Pinterest