Veterans and family members in the state of Idaho are excited about the recent news of the VA's purchase of land for a new National Veterans Cemetery in Idaho. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration announced its purchase of 8.11 acres from a private owner for $51,250, to establish a national cemetery near Twin Falls, Idaho. “This national cemetery will help reach Veterans in rural parts of Idaho who have not previously had reasonable access to a national or state Veterans cemetery,” said Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ronald E. Walters.
VA will develop the new cemetery as part of the National Cemetery Administration Rural Initiative program. The initiative’s primary goal is to build small national veterans cemeteries in states without an open national cemetery. The VA will construct in-ground casket and cremation burial sites, above-ground columbarium niches, a memorial wall, flagpoles, a memorial walkway, roads and other infrastructure.
The land for this new cemetery is located at 1585 East, 4150 North, Buhl, Idaho, 14 miles west of Twin Falls, Idaho. The new cemetery will serve more than 14,000 Veterans, their spouses and eligible family members located in the vicinity of Twin Falls, Idaho. The new cemetery will become the first VA national cemetery in the state.
The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery is located 129 miles away in Boise and is open to new interments. The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery will operate independently from the new VA cemetery in Buhl. The Idaho Division of Veteran Services does not yet have additional information regarding the future construction timeline or details on its operations. For information about the VA Burial Benefits and to schedule a burial at a National Veterans Cemetery please visit their website at:http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/index.asp
For more information or inquires on the VA's construction of the National Cemetery in Buhl, Idaho please contact:
Congressional Relations Officer
Office of Government Relations (009)
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Ave. NW (Rm. 515B)
Washington, DC 20420