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Officials OK new veterans cemetery outside ABQ

RIO RANCHO – U.S. officials have signed off on a new veterans cemetery outside Albuquerque.

KRQE-TV reports that New Mexico is offering more than 200 acres in Sandoval County for the project.

County Commissioner Jay Block says county officials, lobbyists and members of Congress were instrumental in getting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to choose the county for the cemetery.

New Mexico has two national cemeteries – in Santa Fe and Fort Bayard. There has been a recent push to add cemeteries so veterans can be buried closer to rural communities. The state opened its own veterans cemetery in Fort Stanton and Gallup, with one in Angel Fire opening soon.