U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and 6th District U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson hope a new bill to authorize a cooperative agreement between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Appalachian Regional Commission will help boost services to veterans in Appalachian areas.
"Veterans in Appalachia deserve the same level of services and benefits received by veterans in Cleveland, Columbus or Cincinnati," Brown said during a conference call with reporters this week. "But veterans in Appalachia face unique challenges -- from geographic isolation to misallocation and distribution of resources. Too many Appalachian veterans struggle with the VA. It is vital that the VA utilize the ARC's unique knowledge of the region so all of Ohio's veterans receive services and benefits they have earned."
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