Honoring and Serving Michigan's Veterans

By Mike Brownfield | November 13, 2012


Michigan is home to some 700,000 veterans, and this week they were honored in Veterans Day ceremonies across the state. On Monday, Governor Rick Snyder offered thanks for their service during an event at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, where he was joined by Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais, director of Military and Veterans Affairs for Michigan, and U.S. Representative John Dingell, who served in the United States Army during World War II.

Tragically, many of Michigan's veterans are struggling with unemployment. Last week, Governor Snyder met some of those men and women at a Veterans Job Fair at the Michigan National Guard Headquarters in Lansing, Michigan. The governor made a special proclamation, declaring November to be "Hire A Veteran Month," and he spoke of the need to reach out to our veterans and help them find jobs, health care, and educational opportunities.

"Two years ago when I was taking office, we looked at how our veterans were being treated in the state, and it was simply unacceptable," Governor Snyder said. "We weren't doing the job we needed to do in terms of helping our veterans find jobs, in terms of educational opportunities, and in terms of health care benefits. Our veterans have earned it, and we need to deliver, and we are going to deliver." (Watch more of his remarks in the video above.)

The governor's Hire a Veteran Month proclamation, issued in conjunction with the Veterans' Services Division of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, points to a variety of programs designed to benefit both veterans and the employers who hire them.

"Veterans have been tried and tested in the toughest of circumstances," Snyder said. "Michigan employers who hire these returning heroes benefit from both the leadership and technical skills veterans bring to the job, as well as a wide range of federal and state incentives designed to defray costs and lower their tax burden." To learn more about the jobs-related programs available to assist veterans and employers, visit: http://www.mitalent.org/veteran/

For information on other services available for Michigan veterans, please visit: http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/