State tries to make sure imprisoned veterans get benefits

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The state's department of Correction is trying to help imprisoned military veterans.

Officials say the idea is to make sure veterans are getting the benefits they earned during their service so they will have a better chance at success once they leave prison.

Don Samuels, an assistant commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, says incarcerated veterans are often unaware of benefits they are eligible to receive.

Assistant Correction commissioner Jim Cosby says there are about 830 veterans in Tennessee's prisons.

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