Tipton Statement on Southern Colorado Veteran’s Cemetery Announcement

Aug 29, 2012 Issues: Military and Veterans

PUEBLO, CO—Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03), today issued this statement following the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announcement narrowing down the location for a Southern Colorado national veterans’ cemetery to Rolling Hills Ranch or the Bradley Heights location, both in the southeast portion of Colorado Springs.  The Kane Ranch site had been the longstanding preferred location for the cemetery and the option supported by Congressman Tipton.

“While I’m pleased that the VA continues to make progress toward establishing a national veteran’s cemetery in Southern Colorado, I’m disappointed in the announcement excluding the Kane Ranch site as a possible location. I am sending a formal request to the VA to provide a detailed explanation of the reasoning behind that choice. Both the Rolling Hills and Bradley Heights locations would provide far better access for Southern Colorado veterans and their families than the existing cemetery near Denver at Fort Logan, however, the Kane Ranch site in Fountain would be even more accessible for veterans South of Colorado Springs.  At the end of the day, it’s about choosing the option that best serves all of the veterans in Southern Colorado.”

Tipton plans to send a letter to the VA formally requesting an explanation as to why the Kane Ranch site was excluded.  The VA plans to announce a final decision on the location for the cemetery by the end of this year.