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11/1/2020 1:00:00 PM


The Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Jennings was dedicated earlier this year. It is the fifth and final state-run veterans cemetery authorized by the federal VA for the State of Louisiana. LDVA’s veterans cemeteries offer a final resting place of honor for Louisiana veterans, their spouses, and their dependent children. This veterans cemetery will have a total of 1,777 burial spots across ten acres.

"I am proud that more than 35,000 veterans and their families across Southwest Louisiana now have this cemetery as an option for eternal rest,” Col. Joey Strickland, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs said. "We offer a host of services for veterans in Jennings, and the cemetery is a great addition.”

All members and veterans of the Armed Forces are eligible to be buried in a state-run veterans cemetery as long as they have met minimum active-duty service requirements and were honorably discharged. 

Members of the reserve Armed Forces who died while on active duty or while on training duty, who were eligible for retired pay, or who were called to active duty and served the full term of service are eligible for burial in this cemetery. Their spouse, widow or widower, minor children and, under some conditions, adult unmarried children with disabilities are also eligible for burial here. Additionally, eligible veterans can be relocated to the new cemetery, but costs associated with relocation would be the responsibility of the family.

The Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery is located at 1620 Evangeline Road in Jennings, adjacent to the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Home. For more information about this new cemetery or any LDVA services, call 225-219-5000 or email veteran@la.gov.

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