July 17, 2018

Hassan, Shaheen Announce $2.5 Million Grant to Expand New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen today announced a $2.5 million grant to expand and develop an additional 4.6 acres of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, as well as conduct needed repairs.  The VA’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program awards grants to states and tribal partners with the goal of providing 95 percent of the veteran population with access to a burial option within 75 miles of their home.  

With this funding, the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery will be able to provide Granite State veterans the same benefits as they would receive from a national veterans cemetery, including cement crypts.

“The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery is a solemn, peaceful, and beautiful memorial to those who have served,” Senator Hassan said. “This new federal funding will help beautify and expand the resting place of the men and women who have sacrificed bravely in defense of our freedoms, sending an important statement about how we honor our veterans and support their families. While we can never truly repay the debt of gratitude we owe our veterans, I will keep working across party lines to do everything I can to support those who have served."

“For more than 20 years, the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen has honored generations of brave men and women who have served our country, as well as their families,” said Senator Shaheen. “This grant will support the cemetery’s expansion by funding construction and necessary improvements to the cemetery’s infrastructure, ensuring that service members will continue to be honored. As Governor, I worked to establish the cemetery as a tribute to the courage of those who fought and died protecting this nation, and I am inspired every time I visit. I look forward to this expansion and I will continue to advocate on behalf of the Veterans Cemetery and all New Hampshire veterans.”

“We have been working to secure this funding for a few years, executing the Cemetery master plan and trying to provide our veterans all burial options currently available at the national veteran cemeteries. We are very pleased to see our planning efforts now moving into the construction phase,” said Michael Horne, Director of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery. “I commend the leadership of Senator Hassan and Senator Shaheen and for their committed advocacy in the U.S. Senate for New Hampshire’s veterans.”