Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2013 Veteran Benefits in Herkimer County

According to data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where you live may have an effect on the benefits you receive. NPR, together with member stations WBUR, Lakeshore Public Radio and KUOW, looked at data from 3,000 counties nationwide and found there's a huge variation in coverage from state to state — and even within a state — on how much the VA spends per veteran.

There are lots of explanations for these disparities. Some are demographic and beyond the VA's control, while others the VA could possibly address. Some of the range in benefits is because services cost more in different places. Other discrepancies are because veterans aren't accessing all the services they're due. NPR will be looking at these issues over the next week.

In the meantime, they provide this insight into veterans benefits in Herkimer County for 2013.

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To learn more about the characteristics of local veterans see this previous post from Memorial Day, as well as this infographic on the region's veterans !