Thompson Announces Approval of Project to Make Initial Repairs to Mare Island Cemetery
Vallejo – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that the Department of Defense (DOD) has approved an application by the City of Vallejo to begin planning initial repairs to the Mare Island Naval Cemetery, including repairing or replacing fencing, installing a flagpole, and repairing the damaged drainage system. These improvements will be done through the DOD’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program, which is designed to provide training for reserve forces while also bettering local communities through medical or engineering support.
“This is an exciting announcement that provides a plan to begin repairs on the Mare Island Cemetery and an important step toward giving our fallen heroes the final resting place they deserve,” said Thompson. “It also highlights the work still to be done to fully restore the cemetery and I will continue fighting for every possible avenue that will allow us to complete this important task.”
The City of Vallejo applied for assistance with these engineering projects through the IRT program and was approved through support by Thompson, who has been championing restoration of the cemetery including with a bill that would transfer control from the cemetery to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The work would likely begin in late 2019, subject to the availability of the IRT unit, further cost negotiations with the City, and other necessary advance work, including environmental reviews. You can click here to read more about Thompson’s bill to help restore the cemetery, which has over 70 Democrat and Republican cosponsors and is supporting by 5 major veterans service organizations.
Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force as well as the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.