Lubbock Chamber makes case to Veterans Affairs to build national

Lubbock Chamber makes case to Veterans Affairs to build national cemetery

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is making a case to the VA in Washington, DC to build a national cemetery in Lubbock. 

The grounds would serve as a burial place for veterans in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. There are currently four open in Texas. 

The closest national cemetery is more than 200 miles away in Fort Sill, OK. 

"There are 1.6 million in Texas and then probably half as many in Eastern New Mexico, so there's a large demand for a national cemetery in this area," Chairman Abel Castro said. "If you look at a map there's a big void out here in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and we're just trying to fill that void."

Castro said only eight percent of Texas veterans are buried in a national cemetery. He said it's still in the beginning process and encourages all veterans to register with the VA.

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