Kentucky has been approved for a $6 million grant to build a new veterans cemetery in Leslie County. The grant will be awarded after the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs completes the design phase of the project early next year. Construction will begin in 2016. The 40-acre Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East will be on Ky. 118 just north of Hyden, according to an announcement by Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday. The new location will help the state meet a federal goal of ensuring that a national or state veterans cemetery is no farther than 75 miles from veterans' families.
This will be Kentucky's fifth state veterans cemetery. Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West in Hopkinsville, has interred more than 3,084 veterans and dependents since opening in 2004; Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff, has interred more than 4,139 veterans and dependents since opening in 2007; Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown has interred more than 1,099 veterans and dependents since opening in 2008; and Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County has interred more than 549 veterans and dependents since opening in 2010.