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Catalyst Radio: New organization helping veterans get their health care benefits

Michigan Veterans Outreach Coalition says this state ranks last in veterans accessing health benefits, in spite of having one of the larger veterans populations.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

David Clemo, of Michigan Veterans Outreach Coalition

David Clemo, of Michigan Veterans Outreach Coalition

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In this edition of Catalyst Radio, we learn about a new organization working to connect military veterans with their health care benefits.

With Michigan ranking 11th in the nation in the number of resident veterans, yet last in providing federal benefits to veterans, the Michigan Veterans Outreach Coalition began this spring in its effort to correct that disparity.

David Clemo, who is Veterans Benefits Liaison for the new organization, is in studio to talk about the work of Michigan Veterans Outreach Coalition to make veterans aware of health care options to which they are entitled.

As an Americorp volunteer, Clemo is looking for opportunities to talk with veterans, and he points out that many who don’t believe they qualify, actually do.


New Local music is featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio. It’s The Wallace Collective, with the song “Water Veins.”

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