Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday announced a plan to build veterans cemeteries in rural areas of New Mexico on state and municipal land.
At a news conference Martinez noted that there are only two national cemeteries in the state: In Santa Fe and Fort Bayard, plus the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in Texas outside of El Paso. This she said is inconvenient for veterans and their families in rural parts of the state who have to travel long distances for funerals or to visit the grave of a loved one in a national cemetery.
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