Congressman Dan Benishek listened to concerns of veterans at the D.J. Jacobetti home in Marquette. Senator Tom Casperson was also on hand Friday night. Casperson spoke about his collaboration with Benishek to bring a veterans cemetery to the Upper Peninsula. Benishek spoke about transportation, and cutting through red tape when it comes to getting their benefits.
"The disability claims process is broken and the average veteran, when they apply for a disability, takes 18 months to even process the claim, there's like 70 thousand claims that are over two years old," said Benishek. "This visit with the veterans and allowing them to speak to me and tell me what's happening helps me identify problems that we can act on."
Benishek will be in Iron Mountain Saturday dedicating a driveway to honor sergeant first class James Priestap. He was killed in 2006 while serving in Iraq.