- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)31
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
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.