By REGINA GARCIA CANO
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A new state-commissioned report says that while Ohio appears to offer 1 of the most comprehensive benefit packages to veterans in the nation, its funding system creates vast disparities between urban and rural areas.
The report conducted by a private consulting firm came out Friday. A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Veteran Services says the existing funding system allows each county to make decisions based on its needs.
In Ohio, each of the 88 counties has an agency tasked with helping needy veterans. The funding each one gets is determined through property tax collections and the county's veteran population.
The report also says the county agencies are struggling to file federal claims for those who have served.