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40 Percent Of Vets Have Little Understanding Of Benefits Due Them

McClatchy: VA Outreach Lags As Many Veterans Unaware Of Benefits
More than half of America's veterans say they have little or no understanding of the benefits due them, despite efforts over recent years to match returning soldiers with the help and services they need. An analysis of Department of Veterans Affairs survey data found that younger veterans – those who served in the post-9/11 war period – are better versed in their benefits. But even among those veterans, 40 percent say they have little or no understanding of their benefits, a figure that climbs to two-thirds for those unfamiliar with life insurance benefits available. The VA said it's working hard to boost benefits awareness and has taken steps in recent years to do so (Adams, 11/19). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.