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Infrastructure Work Underway for Disabled Veterans Memorial

December 11, 2013

Thanks to supporters such as philanthropist Lois Pope, construction is underway for a memorial in Washington, D.C., for veterans with disabilities. More than 3 million living American veterans suffer from disabilities resulting from injuries they received in the line of duty. Lois Pope set plans for the memorial in motion after visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which contains her cousin’s name.

Organizers are raising the $65 million needed to build the wall from private donors. The U.S. Congress has passed a bill establishing the memorial, which will be prominently located at Washington Avenue and C Street NW across from the United States Botanic Garden. In late 2012, several companies began work relocating power lines and data communications facilities from the site. The District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation has worked on street improvements around the memorial and began taking bids for construction in the spring.

Project executives have expressed gratitude for the project’s widespread backing, including support from private companies, the U.S. National Park Service, and the Federal Highway Administration.

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