Thousands of Michigan veterans miss out on benefits

Hundreds of thousands of Michiganians who qualify for veteran benefits aren’t using them, and many vets don’t know they’re eligible.

As a result, Michigan ranks among the bottom five states for federal spending per veteran. Veterans’ benefits can include health care, monthly disability checks, life insurance, home loans and education through the GI bill. Benefits at the state and local levels include vocational training and the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund.

Only 22 percent of Michigan’s estimated 660,800 veterans used their health benefits from the U.S. Veterans Administration in 2013 — the most recent year for which data is available. Roughly 13 percent of Michigan veterans received disability checks, according to federal data.  Read More