Sylvan Springs Park

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley gave his full support last week to using Sylvan Springs Park to expand Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

But not everybody is excited about the idea.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Local veterans say they're hopeful that a deal can be worked out to expand Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

The cemetery in south St. Louis County was established in 1826 and veterans groups say it could be filled by 2025. They've asked local politicians and governments to support giving nearby Sylvan Springs Park to the federal government for an expansion of Jefferson Barracks.

Mike LeBlanc is a Vietnam War veteran who helped coordinate the lobbying efforts.