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Mounted Warrior Museum is almost funded

National Mounted Warfare Foundation organizers are hoping to break ground on a state-of-the-art museum in 2018.

A proposed museum on Fort Hood is hoping to bring more tourists to Texas.

It will honor all the soldiers and units that served at Fort Hood.

Retired Lieutenant General Paul "Butch" Funk who is President and CEO of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation said the museum will focus on soldiers, their families and the community.

"Our goal is to portray that in a very human way. We're not going to talk about a lot of generals in this museum by the way. This is about the guys and the gals, the men and the women who do the fighting and most of the dying. Private and sergeants, lieutenant and captains," said Funk.

The Foundation's President said the museum will include simulations too.

"We would like to be able to put in a simulator, it's getting relatively small, but we'd like to put you into a tank on the North South gridline in Desert Storm and fight what's called the Battle of 73 Eastings," said Funk.

Organizers are hoping to raise 37 million dollars for the project and they're almost there. National Mounted Warfare Foundation Vice President Bob Crouch says they have raised about 26 million dollars.

"For a project like this, quite frankly, it's potential major donors that can do 6 or 7 figure donations that are the biggest effort that we have," said Crouch.

Some of that fundraising came from private donors while some funding comes from the federal government because the museum will sit on Fort Hood property.

The museum will be located between the Fort Hood Visitors Center and the 1st Cavalry Division horse stables.

Those behind the project said they plan to break ground in Spring 2018 and start welcoming visitors in late 2020.

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