Lawmakers start nonprofit to help struggling veterans

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Two lawmakers have announced a new nonprofit to help struggling veterans after the state’s Auditor General released a scathing audit unearthing problems at a state-run veterans’ nursing home in Grand Rapids.

Republican Rep. Tom Barrett and Democratic Sen. David Knezek announced the nonprofit Wednesday at a press conference.

Barrett says he and Knezek, both Iraq War veterans, had been laying groundwork for the nonprofit before the recent audit led to the resignation of Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes in February.

Barrett says the nonprofit has already raised money from corporate sponsors. It aims to help break the chain of events leading to veteran suicide, help get service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or brain injuries and host town hall meetings.

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