Central Louisiana to get veterans cemetery

MONROE, La. (AP) - Central Louisiana finally will get its long-awaited Veterans Cemetery sometime this fall, but a Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs spokeswoman says it could be years before northeastern Louisiana veterans and their families have their own burial ground.

According to reports, a bid will be awarded July 15 to build the Veterans Cemetery in Leesville near Fort Polk, with construction to be completed later this year.

Though a site in Richland Parish was chosen four years ago for a Veterans Cemetery in northeastern Louisiana, the project is no closer to reality because of diminished funding available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which pays 100 percent of the cost.