September 21, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 222

Veterans deserve gratitude, respect

I had the privilege and honor of accompanying a World War II veteran on this week’s U.P. Honor Flight mission to Washington, D.C. Being a part of this flight was a tremendous experience I will never forget.

These veterans, like all who have proudly worn a uniform for the United States Armed Forces, have provided a great service to our nation, and they deserve our gratitude and respect. They also deserve the assurance that their needs will be met, regardless of what phase of life they are in.

Spending time with those 75 Upper Peninsula veterans, hearing their stories and watching them experience our nation’s capital reminded me of just how important our obligation to our veterans is, and how important it is that our veterans are making use of the benefits and services available to them.

I encourage all veterans, as I encouraged the veterans on the flight this week, to review the benefits they may be eligible for and make sure they are making use of all they are entitled to. For instance, many World War II and Korean Conflict veterans qualify for VA Healthcare, a VA pension or VA aid and attendance benefits, among others.

If you or someone you love has served in the Armed Forces, there may be many benefits and services available to you. Contact the county veterans service officer in your community or call the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency at 517-284-5298 to learn more.

Jason Allen

Senior policy advisor

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency