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2015-11-19

Changes at State Veterans Cemeteries

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Last week, administrators with the Texas General Land Office and Veterans Land Board announced changes to a handful of policies regarding the State Veterans Cemeteries.
The State Veterans Cemeteries serve as a special resting place for veterans and their families. It now will be easier for those families to stay together. As of Nov. 1, the GLO and VLB will waive all fees for burial, ash spreading or columbarium interment of military spouses.
"Sometimes the right thing to do is an easy choice, and this is one of those instances," said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. "Texas is home to over 1.7 million veterans. By waiving all spousal fees at our State Veterans Cemeteries we're doing right by our veterans and ensuring we continue to give our best for the men and women who represent the best of us."
The State Veterans Cemeteries will now also have longer visiting hours and relaxed rules about flowers. Visiting hours will be extended to 8 am to 6 pm. Artificial flowers may now be placed at gravesites year-round and flower pick ups will now take place once a month instead of twice a month.
All military veterans and spouses are eligible to be laid to rest at Texas State Veterans Cemeteries, regardless of their home state when joining the military.