'Marine Muster' Connects Veterans With Benefits
Hundreds of Marines gathered in Minneapolis Saturday to learn about the benefits that can help them transition back into life at home.
Zach Johnson was hit by an explosive while serving overseas, so he often uses Veterans Affairs medical services.
"The VA sets you up to talk to a psychologist, deal with traumatic brain injury, and that'll put you back in the work place as a functioning member of society," Johnson said.
But Johnson is rare, according to the numbers. Only one in three Minnesota veterans takes advantage of medical care offered by the VA. Organizers of Saturday's event, known as a "Marine Muster," are hoping to change that.
Minnesota's Bureau of Labor Statistics found the unemployment rate for young veterans home from Iraq and Afghanistan spiked to 12.7 percent. That's 4.5 percentage points higher than the national average.