WASHINGTON, DC –The California Department of Veteran Affairs received a letter from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs stating that with the exception of a certification of matching funds all necessary materials have been received for the grant application for the veteran’s cemetery on the sight of the former Fort Ord. The deadline for submitting all materials is August 15th. 

“This letter is great news for Central Coast veterans,” said Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel.) “Once the federal government receives notification from the state that funds are available, the application will be complete and the dream of a cemetery honoring our veterans will start to become a reality.”

In June, Governor Jerry Brown signed the state budget that included $1.5 million for the cemetery project. The funds would be used to cover the required $679,700, 10 percent of the estimated cost, necessary to support the grant application.  Once the final project is approved, California will be reimbursed for the majority of any construction costs associated with the cemetery, including the initial 10 percent investment.

“We are at this point thanks to the efforts of our local veterans community who worked alongside the state and federal government to put this application together,” said Farr. “I look forward to dotting this last ‘i’ so that we can begin building the cemetery.”

The full text of the letter can be read at http://1.usa.gov/179mct5.

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