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VA SAYS UTAH VETERANS RECEIVE MORE BENEFITS THAN U.S. AVERAGE

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The Veterans Affairs Department says Utah veterans receive more benefits than average.

That came in response to a request for information by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, after some Utah veterans expressed concern about the availability of medical and other VA services.The VA told Hatch that the average Utah veteran received $1,563 worth of services a year, which is 20 percent above the national average of $1,300.

It said $22.3 million was spent on VA programs in Utah, with 51 percent going to medical services and 37 percent going to veteran pensions.

Hatch said, "Less than one-half of 1 percent of all veterans in the United States live in Utah. They receive 0.64 percent of the total federal VA monies."

The VA also told Hatch that the most heavily populated areas of Utah receive the most benefits, with Salt Lake County receiving the most followed by Davis, Weber and Utah counties.

Hatch said, "There is always room for improvement in medical and other VA programs, and this statistical information will aid that process."