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Veteran Wrongfully Refused Emergency Funding In Benton County

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A local veteran was wrongfully denied emergency support from a Benton County program that's funded by taxpayer money. A local veteran was wrongfully denied emergency support from a Benton County program that's funded by taxpayer money.
BENTON COUNTY, WA - A local veteran was wrongfully denied emergency support from a Benton County program that's funded by taxpayer money.

Roy Rosalez appeared Tuesday in front of the Benton County Commissioners to present his appeal and he was granted that appeal. NBC Right Now has been speaking with Rosalez since he was first rejected this past September from the Benton County Emergency Veteran Fund as part of an I-Team investigation.

The veteran's advisory board lead by a volunteer veteran that decided which vets get the funding had been misinterpreting a state law possibly for years and admitted there were a number of local veterans that could have fallen under the same umbrella.

"There was justice showing that yes, you're correct. I do qualify. I am a veteran with an honorable discharge. Nothing more. Nothing else. Nothing else should have been questioned."

So how did the miscommunication happen? NBC Right Now is putting together an in-depth report on where the money comes from and what kind of policy change this has all created for the veteran fund. 
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