The Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery received a $5 million Monday from the Department of Veterans Affairs for improvements and expansion during a reception at the cemetery in Boulder City, NV. Governor Brian Sandoval accepted the check from the Honorable Steve Muro, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

"On behalf of the State of Nevada, I want to thank the Department of Veterans Affairs for this grant to our southern Nevada cemetery,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “This grant is a strong compliment to the men and women who work at the cemetery and to those who work in support of the cemetery. The Boulder City Veterans Memorial Cemetery allows Nevada to be a place one can point to with pride where those who have served our great country can be honored and remembered and I am proud to have joined today’s presentation.”

The SNVMC is the second busiest veterans cemetery in the country, having conducted over 1,400 burials in the last year. "The grant will help us, the federal government and the State of Nevada, to support the veterans of this area to provide a burial space so they have a place to come for dignity, a place they earned for the service to this country, " said Mr. Muro.

The VA grant will allow expansion for 6,000 double depth burial vaults and an additional 4,000 columbarium niches in addition to other improvements. "Our veteran community continues to grow as does our need to provide a final resting place for our heroes. We thank the many organizations that help honor our veterans," said Executive Director Caleb Cage, "and we appreciate the partnership we have with the City of Boulder which has helped us in our need for expansion."

Thirty-thousand veterans have been laid to rest at the SNVMC, which is one of two veteran cemeteries operated by the Nevada Office of Veteran Services with its sister cemetery in Northern Nevada located in Fernley.

Eligible veterans and their eligible family members may be buried at either the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley or the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. There is no charge for the plot or for opening and closing of the gravesite of a veteran. A fee is charged for the burial of a family member. Headstones are provided at no cost by the federal government. Military honors are provided by military units and veteran organizations, however, a cemetery staff member can assist in making these arrangements. For more information concerning burial qualifications and arrangements, contact either of the Nevada's veteran cemeteries. Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery - (702) 486-5920. Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery- (775) 575-444.

With mission-focused employees, NOVS is responsible for the administration of two State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, a State Veterans Home, and a State-wide Veterans Service Officer program. NOVS is instrumental in connecting Nevada’s veterans and their families with benefits and assistance from both the State and Federal government. For more information, call (866) 630-VETS or visit www.veterans.nv.gov. "Serving America's Heroes"