Press Release: Peterson Wins Major Fight for Veterans

Congressman Secures $5.9 Million Grant for State Veterans Cemetery

Oct. 22, 2020 – In response to a two-year effort by Rep. Collin Peterson, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $5.9 million to establish a State Veterans Cemetery in Redwood County. 

The Committee on Stronger Rural Communities today released a statement praising Peterson’s efforts to win support for the project. 

“Rep. Peterson knows and understands that we cannot break the promises made to our nation’s veterans. The sons and daughters of western Minnesota have always answered the call, and now we are able to create a final resting home for those veterans who have passed,” said Kelly Erickson, chairman of the CSRC Steering Committee.

“Our veterans have earned our respect and gratitude. We join with Rep. Peterson in the fight to give our veterans everything they have earned, from the health care they need while alive, to the respect and dignity they deserve in peace. We are grateful for Peterson’s spirit, bipartisan leadership and dedication to make this happen,” Erickson said. 

Peterson first learned of the need for the cemetery when it was raised by veterans during a town hall meeting the congressman hosted in March 2019. He pledged then that he would not give up on the project until it was built. The Redwood County Veterans Cemetery will be able to serve more than 22,000 veterans and their loved ones. 

“I joined the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs so I could better assist veterans on projects like this. I’m honored that I could help in the effort to get federal funding for this important project,” Peterson said in a news release. “It is very important to me that those who have served our nation are honored throughout their lives and are laid to rest with the respect and appreciation they deserve.”

Read what veterans have to say about the project and a timeline of steps to secure this federal award here.

About the CSRC:

A bipartisan committee, CSRC champions a policy agenda to strengthen rural America by supporting federal candidates who can make a significant, positive impact on rural America. In 2020, CSRC is focusing on the reelection of Rep. Collin Peterson, MN-07, because of his leadership and record of accomplishment on rural issues.