Veterans find unexpected benefits

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By Seth Weber

Many veterans are going years — even decades — with thousands of dollars in benefits waiting for them. All they have to do is walk into the Seneca County Veterans Service Commission.

As of 2015, there were an estimated 4,254 veterans in Seneca County, and $19.3 million was spent on Veterans Affairs benefits, stated a commission report. The figure includes health care benefits, pensions, disability payments and other compensation.

However, just a fraction of the veteran population has come to the commission office for benefits, said Seneca County Veterans Service Commission Executive Director J.M. McAuliffe.

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