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Vets cemetery could receive grants in October

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Northeastern Louisiana veterans could soon have new place of honor for a final resting place if the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issues a grant for a new cemetery in Richland Parish in October as expected.

Robin Keller, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs the state's request for the grant, which could total between $7 million and $10 million, got a boost recently when a new assessment from the federal Veterans Administration showed an increased number of local veterans are underserved.

The new study also showed the 60-acre tract for the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Rayville that was donated by the Franklin family of Richland Parish meets environmental requirements.

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