Veterans National Cemetery is first ever in Idaho
The first Veterans National Cemetery in the state of Idaho will be in Twin Falls County.
The Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration announced the purchase of 8.11 acres of land in Buhl for the cemetery.
Brad Phillips, Executive Director of the Pacific District National Cemetery Administration said this is part of the VA's rural initiative to improve benefit services in rural, low density veteran areas where there is no available VA national, state, or tribal cemetery.
Phillips said this serves areas where the population of veterans Is less than 25,000 within a 75 mile radius that is un-served by either national, state or tribal cemetery.
"We're just really excited to come up there and open up a national cemetery and provide service to our veterans and their family members," said Phillips. "This is a benefit that the veterans have earned and we're excited to be able to provide it."
Phillips said the design for the cemetery will be in fiscal year 2017, with construction on the site to follow quickly after.
He said the cemetery will include the full spectrum of burial options that other VA national cemeteries offer.
The land is located at 1585 East, 4150 North in Buhl.