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Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to Veterans Trust Fund board of trustees

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Brandi McBride, of Hudsonville, and John James, of Farmington Hills, to the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund board of trustees.

The seven-member board oversees trust fund expenditures and awards grants to eligible combat-era veterans and their families to relieve temporary financial emergencies or hardships. The MVTF awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants during fiscal year 2014, helping 2,157 veterans stabilize their economic situation.

“Brandi and John have been and will continue to be strong assets to the board,” Snyder said. “During their tenure, they have helped make the MVTF application process more efficient and effective for veterans in need.”

McBride is veteran services manager for Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to 2007, where she was stationed in the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. She was also the commanding officer of Combat Support Flight at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany and previously worked as a project manager for veteran employment at TALENT 2025. McBride earned a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreational science from Baylor University.

James is president of Renaissance Global Logistics and James Group International. He previously served in the U.S. Army as platoon leader and assistant operations officer at Fort Hood in Texas and as an AH-64 flight platoon leader at Camp Taji and Camp Striker in Iraq. He also worked as operations and executive officer for a Lansing-based military entrance processing station. James earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master's degree in supply chain management from Pennsylvania State University.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Feb. 25, 2018. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.