The Trump government reportedly began shelling out the funds after 2017’s Charlottesville, Virginia, riots, and has allocated $1.6 million for 2019’s fiscal year.
The Charlottesville riots broke out between white nationalists and counterprotesters after the groups clashed over Confederate memorials.
Jessica Schiefer, a spokesperson for the VA’s National Cemetery Administration, told the AP that the security is necessary in order “to ensure the safety of staff, property, and visitors paying respect to those interred.”
The effort is also an attempt to prevent any possible future damage potentially caused by riots of the Charlottesville type, according to the report.
Schiefer added that the VA “has a responsibility to protect the federal property it administers, and will continue to monitor and assess the need for enhanced security going forward.”