Meeting Held at American Legion Post 137 for Input on Establishing Veterans’ Cemetery In UC Area

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder was among several officials who joined with veterans from across the Middle Tennessee area  for an informational/input gathering session on Friday, July 26 at the American Legion Post 137 in Jamestown to discuss plans for the extablishment of a veterans’ cemetery in the Upper Cumberland/Middle Tennessee area.  Left to right: Don Smith, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Veterans Affairs; State Representative Kelly Keisling; Commissioner, Department of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder; Fentress County Veterans Service Officer Bill Phipps, and George Young, Vice-Commander, American Legion Post 137.

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder was among several officials who joined with veterans from across the Middle Tennessee area for an informational/input gathering session on Friday, July 26 at the American Legion Post 137 in Jamestown to discuss plans for the extablishment of a veterans’ cemetery in the Upper Cumberland/Middle Tennessee area. Left to right: Don Smith, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Veterans Affairs; State Representative Kelly Keisling; Commissioner, Department of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder; Fentress County Veterans Service Officer Bill Phipps, and George Young, Vice-Commander, American Legion Post 137.

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder was among several state and area officials who joined with Veterans representatives from throughout Middle Tennessee area on Friday, July 26 at the Americal Legion Post 137 in Jamestown for an input meeting on establishing a Veterans Cemetery in the Upper Cumberland area.
The Department of Veterans Affairs manages and maintains four state veterans cemeteries to include two in Knoxville, one in Nashville and one in Memphis.  The department is in the planning process for two new state veterans cemeteries to include one in south west Tennessee and one in the Upper Cumberland Region.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs will fund the design and construction of the new cemetery.  However, funding for land acquisition must be raised through donations as well as city, county and state funding.  The Upper Cumberland State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee (UCSVCSC) which is to work on the Upper Cumberland Veterans Cemetery was formed on May 1, 2013