As part of the state budget passed into law on Sine Die, $1 million was secured to begin work on the state’s third veterans cemetery in Augusta.  The issue drew bipartisan support from local lawmakers, with Republican Sen. Max Burns calling it “a great day for our veterans,” and Democratic Sen. Harold Jones II explaining, “There was no disagreement. We were totally 100% on the same page.”  The initial funding will pay for the application process with the Veterans Administration, with Congressman Rick Allen providing support in DC.  The plan for the first phase is to develop about 15 acres of land for veterans and their families in the Augusta area, and factor in expansions every 10 years or so as needed.  Said Commissioner of Veterans Services Mike Roby, “We have a lot of work ahead of us but we’re excited and proud to bring the well-needed and deserved cemetery to veterans and families in Augusta.”

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