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Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Task force aims to make state's veterans' programs more efficient

Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Aug 22, 2016 9:13 PM

Pennsylvania veterans salute at a ceremony to honor those who fought in Vietnam. (Photo by AP)

(Harrisburg) -- A new state group is aiming to consolidate the commonwealth's efforts to help veterans.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack initiated the newly-minted veterans' task force, and it'll be chaired by former state Adjutant General Wesley Craig.

The approximately 21-person panel had its first meeting Monday.

Stack said the main goal is to figure out where communication between the state's veterans' affairs programs can be improved.

"I think everyone has the best intentions for the veterans, and everyone talks about doing everything we can," he said. "It's just that you have so many people that it's hard to keep it coordinated. So we're going to make sure that the job gets done."

Stack said those communication issues are common.

"There has been a lack of clarity, he said. "There's sometimes duplication of effort--you have four or five organizations doing exactly the same thing."

Stack said the panel will largely be looking into programs involving employment, housing, mental health, legal issues, and food security.

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