Rep Brann Grant program invests in veteran service offices

first_img08Feb Rep. Brann: Grant program invests in veteran service offices Categories: Brann News State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming cosponsored legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran services through a new grant program.Under this legislation, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“This grant will help the state do a better job providing services for our veterans,” Brann said.  “Veterans will now be able to have access to services and benefits throughout the state no matter where they live.”Under the current veteran’s benefits system, the state supplies the Veteran Service Coalition with a grant to provide benefit services to veterans. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location. This bill provides incentives to counties to develop or enhance a tool for providing sufficient services for veterans.Currently, there are 11 Michigan counties without a veteran service office. This could be due to the number of veterans in the area, lack of funding or because the county partners with neighboring counties.The measure, House Bill 5536, will be formally read into the record next week.####last_img

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