Veterans say RI needs to do better on outreach

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state is on the verge of hiring a director to oversee its veterans’ affairs division, though some veterans say what they really need is someone to work directly with them and help them get the benefits they’re entitled to.

Rhode Island’s veterans’ division doesn’t have a person focused solely on outreach and helping veterans with claims. Many other states and towns do.

Leaders of local veterans’ organizations say they worry veterans don’t know about their benefits or don’t pursue them, in part because the state doesn’t have someone dedicated to working with their organizations and federal officials to help.

Two caseworker positions were added to the budget for this purpose, but not filled.

State officials expect to move quickly to fill the positions once the new director is hired.

 

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