Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A second West Virginia cemetery for military veterans has the green light, thanks to a land donation from Dow Chemical Co. and the likelihood of $13 million in federal dollars.
Gov. Joe Manchin and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced Thursday that the state has signed an agreement with Dow, which is donating 350 acres in Institute, an unincorporated area near Charleston.
Rockefeller says final federal approval, which will come with a grant to build the cemetery, is likely a few months away.
The cemetery would be the second veterans burial site in West Virginia, along with the Grafton National Cemetery in Taylor County.
Manchin and Rockefeller say the new site will meet a longtime demand for a veterans cemetery close to southern West Virginia.
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