Rhode Island’s 1st veterans’ chief lending hand to 72,000



By Jennifer McDermott

When Rhode Island’s first veterans’ director started the job, he didn’t even have an office.

Kasim Yarn didn’t have an emblem to represent the office either. Many veterans’ departments and organizations have one, as a way for veterans to identify with them.

The state’s website for veterans was difficult to use and riddled with outdated, inaccurate information, said Yarn, who called the site an “abomination.”

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