Veterans need help getting more benefits, advocates say

Capital News Service
LANSING – Michigan ranks last among the 50 states on veteran’s funding per capita, according to a federal report. Veterans in the state received $2.2 billion in veterans funding, for an average of $3,409 per capita in 2010, while the national average was $4,894 per capita. The state also ranks below in per veteran expenditures for compensation and pensions, education, vocational rehabilitation and medical care. However, some experts view the ranking differently. James Topps, the director of the American Legion Department of Michigan, questioned the federal figures and said the state actually ranks 14th.