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Ohio Veterans Home cemetery set for cleanup

Andy Ouriel • Jun 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Sweat trickled down Chris Kaufman's body on a sweltering Thursday morning.

The waves of perspiration came as he repeatedly drove a shovel into the ground, scooping out 4 feet of dirt.

And despite the scorching sun beating down on him, he seemed happy and motivated to tackle this formidable task.

Kaufman, an Ohio Veterans Home maintenance supervisor, worked to replace a crooked, aged headstone.

He's one of several people contributing to a monumental Ohio Veterans Home cemetery cleanup initiative that started earlier this month.

The refurbishing project directly resulted from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs providing $799,000 in November 2012 to spruce up all 4,200 Ohio Veterans Home headstones and cemetery plots.

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