In 2014, an estimated 40 veterans died awaiting health care in VA facilities.
“The MSVA is always there, and that’s the main reason I got involved,” McLafferty said. “If it weren’t for the MSVA and the Veterans’ Center, honestly I would have transferred out of Mizzou.”
The MU Veterans Center has provided services for veteran students since 2007.
McCaskill said she plans to fund organizations that train African Americans to assume leadership roles in their communities.
Over the past five years, the center in Mount Vernon received $10 million from the state each year, while its annual operating costs reached nearly $30 million.