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New bill would double federal grants available to state-run veteran cemeteries

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WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- A bipartisan bill in Washington could help improve the condition of state-run veteran cemeteries. 

Congressman Bryan Steil introduced the Veterans Cemetery Grants Improvement Act in December. 

Flanked by veterans, the Janesville republican outlined specifics of the bill at a press conference in Union Grove Monday, Feb. 3.

He says the legislation would double the amount of federal grants available to state-run veteran cemeteries.

"Giving cemeteries like the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery an opportunity to receive grant funding, it needs to continue at the level of the service it has today," said Rep. Steil. 

Congressman Steil says his bill would allow state-run cemeteries to increase their grant limits from five to $10 million annually. 

It currently has three other co-sponsors in the House.

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