New state agency to help veterans get benefits

Gov. Rick Snyder has established a state office that will help Michigan's military veterans get the federal benefits they've earned.
AP Wire
Jan 20, 2013


Snyder signed an executive order Friday creating the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. It will help connect former service personnel with government departments and service organizations that can help them apply for benefits such as health care, education and employment assistance.

Those programs are scattered among the federal Veterans Administration and 15 state departments. That can make it confusing to apply.

The new office is designed to provide a one-stop-shopping model that can help navigate the bureaucracy.

Michigan has more than 650,000 veterans — a number that rises with troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The state recently received VA accreditation to work directly with veterans seeking benefits.



The Detroit VA office is years behind at finalizing many claims. The service organizations are just a place to help you file a claim, but, then there hands are tied. They can't help speed up the process that already has a very large back log.
It sounds like this new agency will just be a duplication of what the service organizations already do.
So many of us have been waiting for back monies owed, it is taking years to recieve, and who knows how much longer we will have to wait.

Missy Hanz

The veterans deserved every penny due to them. The sacrifice they need to protect us is unparalleled. - Arthur van der Vant


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