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Audit: Michigan Department Has Failed To Make Sure Veterans Get Maximum Benefits

Michigan has done a poor job over the last decade making sure veterans collect all the benefits they’re entitled to.

That’s according to a new report from the state Auditor General’s office.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.

The audit shows the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs has failed to adequately track the performance and spending of veterans’ agencies across the state. 

Michigan has historically ranked among the worst states for how veterans utilize federal benefits. Earlier this year, Governor Rick Snyder created a new agency within the DMVA to address veterans’ issues head-on.

Nick Cook is with that agency.

   “The audit points out a lot of deficiencies that we knew – that we saw coming” he says.

Cook says they’ve been working to fix many of the problems for months. He says a new contract with veterans’ organizations across the state will help make sure money and services are distributed properly.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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