Traverse City-area county buying vehicle to reach veterans

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (AP) – An agency serving veterans in the Traverse City area plans to take to the streets to reach out to the people they live in.

Grand Traverse County’s agents unanimously approved the purchase of a $ 150,000 vehicle designed to reach veterans in rural areas as well as in Leelanau County, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.

“It’s time to take it a step further and bring services to where people are,” said Michael Roof, director of the county’s Veterans Affairs Office.

About $ 28 million a year from the government goes direct to veterans and their loved ones in Grand Traverse, and $ 4.7 million goes to veterans in Leelanau, Roof said.

Veterans are entitled to certain payments based on the years and circumstances of their service. Around 8,000 veterans in the two districts are looked after by the district office.

“I think it’s a great way to help our veterans trying to integrate or find services they didn’t know they had,” said county commissioner Brad Jewett, referring to the vehicle.

The county hopes the state could cover 60% of the purchase price, although local money is available if needed, Roof said.

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