"We're just trying to help them with whatever they need help with."
That's county commissioner John Galo talking about the county doing what they can in assisting the veterans cemetery committee fill out the necessary paperwork to apply for grants for the proposed future veterans cemetery here in Laredo. The process to apply for a grant can be challenging and is why the county will appoint their economic development director to help out.
“Their heading it all up and we want to do is lend our grant writers and facilitate this. We want to make it as easy for them as possible.”
Applying for a grant isn't as easy as the county or city asking for the money because the v-a cannot provide grants to them or government agencies. Chairman of the veterans cemetery committee, Abraham Rodriguez is happy to receive the help.
"We need to have somebody at our table speaking the same language. We've done our initial step, which is relaying the support of the stakeholders in our community. It's going to be critical in convincing our state and national officials."
The grant process is in the works and the next order of business is location. The veteran cemetery committee is trying to work that out and says wherever it is they have to think about the future.
I personally would like to see 10-20 acres because we have to look toward the future. The rate of veterans dying has increased and is why we need a long-range plan to address this.