Benefits for veterans are all over the map

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 10:28 PM

Disability payments to state's veterans vary widely by where they live, where they file.

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richardheimJan. 13, 13 7:24 AM

Veterans need support groups they can go to.

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wndwmkrJan. 13, 13 7:50 AM

Things haven't changed since the late 60's. Will never forget my trip to the VA in Brooklyn NY. Treated like crap from the start. Have never stepped foot in a VA office since.

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sausageJan. 13, 13 8:22 AM

One of the differences can be found in the personality and availability of the VSO. In a small town the VSO knows most of the vets there. You can find him/her and the VSO can find you. In a large city this does not happen. I have never met or talked with my VSO in St.Paul or in Washington County--in fact I would not even know where to find his/her office. I tried once but received a message and then got the assistant who told me to call back at a more convenient time. Some may find more politics associated with the VSO position and that does no person any good. You should not have to kiss someones butt to get services, or know someone who knows someone. Small towns are the place to go and the cities are for the big cheeses.

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graydoJan. 13, 13 8:31 AM

This article means well, I think, but there are so many failures to understand how VA compensation works, both in application and awards that somebody unfamiliar with the system will not find this article to be useful. I don't suppose they have many vets writing for the Star Tribune.

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paulrevereJan. 13, 13 8:34 AM

Thank you VETS..

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seisenre01Jan. 13, 13 8:44 AM

I worked with Paul F., Terry F., Gene G., and many others over the years. They are the best!!!

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lallywJan. 13, 13 8:54 AM

Gee, where is John Kline for help? Mr. Kline has been spending his time trying to pass forcible rape legislation instead of helping our veterans!

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YoganaziJan. 13, 13 9:01 AM

Graydo, Mark Brunswick won an Edward R Morrow award for his reporting on vets. He has been an advocate for Vets for years. He is not employed as a VSO Representative and it is not his job to quote benefits.

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freedubayJan. 13, 13 9:04 AM

Not everyone wants or needs a handout. It's nice that the programs is there for those who seek and need help. The old man was a Vet and never thought much of the Vet but he was impressed with treatment he did receive later in his life, mostly the affordable prescription drug program the vet afford. Wndwnkr, you might to check the vet out again, they've gotten better. To bad the upcoming Gov run health system doesn't look to the vet on how they run their improving operation.

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LklosowskiJan. 13, 13 9:28 AM

Little Falls has the best VSO in the State.

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