- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)11
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
Missouri, feds differ on signing up veterans
Missouri's treatment of our veterans is once again in the news. While the federal government is trying to slow recruitment of veterans into the department's already overwhelmed health-care system, Missouri is taking the opposite approach.
Gov. Bob Holden has announced that a new, toll-free state hotline has been created to improve veterans' access to all benefits, including health care.
The governor's announcement comes as Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi in Washington reiterated his commitment to stop recruiting veterans for the department's health-care system. Although the department remains open to any veteran, Principi said it would be misleading to actively recruit new patients into a system that already has thousands who are waiting months for clinic appointments.
Missouri ranks 36th out of the 50 states in the percentage of veterans receiving benefits to which they are entitled. About 550,000 military veterans live in the state. More than 40,000 Missouri veterans receive compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
State government has been down this road before. After passage of a new children's health-care initiative about four years ago, takers were slow to sign up. The state embarked on an ambitious advertising and recruitment program, seeking to qualify new beneficiaries.
And we wonder why Missouri, like other states, is facing financial woes.