MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State officials have a new plan they say will improve and coordinate services for Alabama veterans and their families.

A state commission appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley on Friday released details of the effort.

Among the goals: To reduce unemployment and homelessness among veterans; improve access to health care and help veterans with legal problems. reports ( that Bentley appointed the Alabama Veterans Executive Network Commission in December 2013.

A main goal was to help Alabama residents who have served during the more than 10 years of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and who have physical or psychological problems as a result.

Bentley appointed Major Gen. Larry Ross, who is retired from the Georgia National Guard, as the plan coordinator.

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