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Editorial: Our veterans deserve all the benefits they should receive

March 16, 2012
The Alpena News

Veterans make up a good percentage of our state's population.

As such, they deserve and should be entitled to all the benefits and care our country has approved for them.

Jason Allen, Michigan's deputy director for veteran affairs, is a man on a mission to ensure they do. Last week he, and State Rep. Peter Pettalia of Presque Isle, met with area veterans to hear their concerns and share with them how his office is there to assist their needs.

Allen shared that of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, Michigan ranks 53 out of 53 in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs funds disbursement. This, even though Michigan has the 11th largest veteran population in the country, making up 7.1 percent of the state's population.

Of the state's veterans, over half of the total are 50-70 years of age, with Vietnam War veterans making up the vast percentage of our state's veterans.

Veterans deserve nothing less than our respect and gratitude for the sacrifice and duties they performed on our behalf. These men and women should not have to grovel for benefits and care our government has promised them would be available in their time of need.

Allen's visit was a reminder of the sacrifice many have made for all of us. We know Allen is fighting for every available dollar that is due our state's veterans, and we add our support to that noble, and just cause.



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