Like many of you, I am frustrated at news that Redwood County will not receive funding for a proposed veterans cemetery project in 2020 from the Department of Veterans Affairs veterans cemetery grant program.

The proposed cemetery is an important project for southwest Minnesota and the more than 22,000 veterans and their families who live here.

The veterans’ affairs committee has done its work to authorize the veterans cemetery grant program, the local and state sponsors have done their part to get the proposal prepared, and yet the administration failed to fund the project.

Without a local option, area veterans and their families who want the full honor of military burials they deserve are forced either to go without or travel far beyond their communities.

I remain committed to supporting our veterans and prioritizing projects like this and the veterans homes proposed for Minnesota.

It’s why I sought my seat on the veterans’ affairs committee.

Our commitment to our service men and women and their families continues even as they reach their final resting place, and I will continue to fight for this project.

– Collin Peterson serves as the Congressman representing Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District