Following a push from Rep. Kristi Noem, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today approved a grant request to fund construction for an East River Veterans Cemetery. South Dakota could begin seeing these funds as early as next year.

“South Dakota has a proud legacy of military service and patriotism,” said Noem. “This grant from the VA will help expedite the process of establishing a peaceful resting place to remember and honor those who have served.”

In June, Rep. Noem, Sen. Thune, and Sen. Rounds wrote a letter to VA Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs Randy C. Reeves expressing support for the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs’ application to establish a new veteran cemetery in Sioux Falls. 

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