Agencies: It's tough to find, help Ohio veterans

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Services agencies across Ohio are spending an estimated $1.2 million a year trying to locate and get information to military veterans about benefits.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/18jMhI8 ) reports that county agencies pay for billboards, newspaper ads and other outreach efforts as they struggle to find veterans. The president of Warren County's veterans service commission says it spends a lot of money on postage trying to reach veterans, but officials said a major outreach effort by mail in 2008 resulted in a response rate under 10 percent.

State veterans officials say they have been collecting names and addresses of veterans through a cooperative effort with the Department of Motor Vehicles, with about 829,000 compiled so far. But they still are working out ways to effectively share the information.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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