Eastern Idaho Officials Scouting Locations for New Veterans Cemetery 

click to enlarge Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise - GEORGE PRENTICE
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  • Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise
Currently, the veterans cemetary, set against the Boise Foothills off of Old Horseshoe Bend Road and managed by the Idaho Department of Veterans Affairs, is the only one. That could change sooner than later.

Jerome Republican Rep. Maxine Bell said in May 2014 that her office had been contacted by the national Veterans Affairs office to begin scouting a location for a new national veterans cemetery, preferably in the Magic Valley. Veterans Affairs officials said once a site was chosen and the land purchased, the cemetery could be ready  in two years.

Today, the Idaho State Journal reports Pocatello Democratic Rep. Mark Nye is working with officials from Bannock County and the city of Pocatello to scout locations for a new state veterans cemetery in eastern Idaho. The group spent four hours on July 10 touring their region for the proposed project. Officials said they're hopeful a private landowner, city or county will donate approximately 20 acres of land for the project. According to the State Journal, four potential sites were identified Friday, but officials were reluctant to disclose details at this time. The search reportedly encompasses a 75-mile radius in and around Pocatello.

Once appropriate land is identified and/or donated, eastern Idaho officials said they'll try to access federal funding available to assist in development of veterans cemeteries.

The State Journal reports that Bannock County is home to approximately 6,300 veterans, and "the tiny burg of Inkom [pop. >1,000] has the distinction of having the highest concentration of veterans per capita in the United States."
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