VA Connecticut Healthcare System
State awarded VA grant to expand Middletown Veterans Cemetery
September 20, 2017
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration announced today that it has awarded the state of Connecticut a grant in the amount of nearly $5.5 million for the expansion of the Connecticut Veterans Cemetery-Central in Middletown.
"We are proud to expand services to Veterans in the state of Connecticut," said acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ronald E. Walters.
The grant will fund the construction of 2,000 pre-placed crypts, roadways, irrigation, landscaping and supporting infrastructure. The project will cover eight acres and serve 184,300 Veterans and their families. The existing cemetery is two miles southeast of the town center on Bow Lane, on 28 acres.
The closest national cemetery is Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, New York, 155 miles away. The closest state cemetery is Massachusetts State Veterans Cemetery-Agawam in Agawam, Massachusetts, 45 miles away.
VA's Veterans Cemetery Grants Program is designed to complement VA’s 135 national cemeteries across the country. Since 1980, the program has awarded grants totaling more than $714 million to establish, expand, improve, operate and maintain 107 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. These VA-funded Veteran cemeteries provided more than 36,000 burials in 2016.
For more information about the Connecticut Veterans Cemetery-Central, call 860-616-3600, or visit the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs online. Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained by calling VA at 800-827-1000 or by visiting the National Cemetery Administration online.