There is a stark gap in the type and level of benefits the states offer to veterans, according to a report the Center for a New American Security released Monday, along with a searchable database of benefit opportunities.
Illinois ranks at the top of the report as having the most benefits for veterans.
All states can improve how they advertise the benefits and the application process, the study says.
Kayla Williams, director of the CNAS military, veterans and society program – also an Iraq war veteran and past director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans – said the study’s results were “eye-opening” and highlight one of the issues veterans and their families consider when deciding where to live.
“Weighing this, knowing this is something to consider if we want to move, is the biggest lesson that I’ve taken away – that it can be so significant,” reported.
Navy photo at Veterans Memorial Park in North Chicago, Ill., by John Sheppard