Post 36 donates to veterans' cemetery fund, VA Hospice

Friday, March 22, 2013

Steve Isaacson, Veterans Service Officer for American Legion Post 36 in Holiday Island, presents $500 checks to Carol Kick, above, of the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville and to Ron Butler, below, president of the Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corp., also based in Fayetteville. Because Arkansas' cemeteries are running out of room to bury its veterans, the RNCIC is working hard to buy more land so veterans will have a final, official resting place. Post 36 donated $500 to RNCIC on March 19. Also that day, Post 36 donated $500 to the new hospice unit at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville. The RNCIC is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) group whose sole purpose is to purchase land adjacent to the Fayetteville National Cemetery, clear the land and then donate it to the Veterans Administration so that the cemetery will have sufficient land to continue to bury veterans and their families. Since the RNCIC was established in 1984, it has donated almost 15 acres of land to the National Cemetery, tripling the size of the cemetery, which was founded in 1867. The cemetery would have had to close to new burials in 1984 because it was rapidly becoming filled, and although the VA maintains the cemetery, it is not authorized to purchase land for expansion.

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