Mr. Steve L. Muro, Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, testified today in the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs that the department will send a site survey team to Colorado within the next few months to investigate potential sites for a new national VA cemetery.

“This is an exciting development for Colorado veterans and their families, many of whom have been working hard for over a decade to bring a new national cemetery to our state. I will continue to fight for a new cemetery that is more accessible to the veterans of Southern Colorado. We owe it to them and their families. It is the least we can do to honor them for their sacrifice in serving our nation and defending freedom around the world. I look forward to working closely with the VA’s site survey team in the selection process.”  — Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

 Fort Logan National Veterans Cemetery in Denver will reach full capacity in 2019. It generally takes the VA approximately five years to build a new cemetery once they have selected a site. A site survey team will first put an ad in area newspapers to announce they are looking for land. The survey team will then do several studies of potential sites, including a historical analysis and a review of utilities accessibility. The VA did not offer a timeline for a site survey process.

Note: Representatives Lamborn and John Salazar (CO-03) have cosponsored H.R. 174 which directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to “establish a national cemetery for veterans in the southern Colorado region.” Almost identical legislation, H.R. 1660, passed the Veterans Affairs Committee and the House last session