Reminder to Veterans: Help is Available


May 22, 2016
By Glen Mills

Memorial day is just over a week away and the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs wants to remind vets that help is available. Gary Harter is the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Veteran and Military Affairs and he sat down with me on Inside Utah Politics to talk about some of the services available for veterans.

Harter said some veterans don’t even recognize that they are veterans, but he said anyone who served on active image of american flagmilitary duty, in the Reserves, or in the National Guard for at least 180 days and received an honorable or general discharge, is considered a veteran. He said sometimes vets don’t want to ask for help because they might feel weak or feel like other people deserve those benefits more than they do.

Veterans are eligible for education benefits like scholarships, college funds, and training or certification opportunities.

Unemployment in Utah is under 3% for veterans which makes Utah the 5th lowest vet unemployment in the nation. There are Department of Workforce Services specialists around the state whose sole focus is to connect vets with employers who want to hire veterans. There are thousands of open positions listed on that give priority to veterans.

Harter said we in Utah are very fortunate to have a good VA in the state. He pointed out that the University of Utah and the VA were recently the first in the country to pioneer a new prosthetic procedure that has been very successful.

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