The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs wants to make it easier for veterans and their families to access state benefits.
The agency recently launched a new online portal to aid in that effort.
The online portal is meant to provide a way for veterans, spouses and dependents to check whether they’re eligible for government benefits without having to make an appointment or speak with someone from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The agency acknowledges that veterans in the past often had to interpret complicated state statutes and program rules on their own, creating a barrier to access the benefits.
The state Veterans Affairs department has struggled with scandals in recent years, centered over its benefits programs like the Military Family Relief Fund. That led to the resignation of the previous agency director last year.