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The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is launching a new program aimed at helping veterans re-enter the work force.

Neighbors in Action: VFW National Home for Children

Jul 30, 2014
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the VFW National Home for Children. The campus, located in Eaton Rapids, offers a nationwide help-line and has 42 single-family homes for families of active duty military or veterans from around the country.

State trust fund helps Michigan combat veterans

Apr 17, 2014
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The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund helps combat-era veterans weather economic emergencies. The fund operates within the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The director of the Agency, Jeff Barnes, recently appointed U.S. Marine veteran Lindell Holm to run the trust fund.

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All this week, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been in Washington D.C. to lobby for legislation aimed at reducing the numbers of veteran suicides.

New mental health resource serves Michigan vets

Dec 18, 2013
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There’s a new mental health resource for military personnel and their families, and Michigan is at the forefront of the effort. It’s called Star Behavioral Health Providers.

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On this Veterans’ Day, there’s some good news to report for people transitioning from the military back into civilian life. A recent national survey ranks Ann Arbor and Lansing among the top 10 best medium-sized cities in the nation for hiring veterans.

Veterans struggle to access services in Michigan

Jul 29, 2013
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Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has deployed nearly two million military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan.  As operations wind down, thousands of troops are returning home, and many with profound physical and psychological wounds.

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Data show that Michigan’s nearly 700,000 veterans are not connecting with important services that state and federal agencies offer involving employment, health and education.

  

To correct the situation, Governor Rick Snyder last month approved $3 million to launch Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Current State's Mark Bashore speaks with its first director, U.S. Army veteran Jeff Barnes.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced a series of new initiatives to help Michigan's nearly 700,000 military veterans today.  

Pacific Theatre | The War: Michigan Voices

Nov 12, 2012

Oral histories from Michigan veterans who served in the Pacific theatre of World War II. WATCH NOW 

European Theatre | The War: Michigan Voices

Nov 12, 2012

Oral histories from Michigan veterans who served in the European theatre during World War II. WATCH NOW

The War: Michigan Voices

Nov 12, 2012

Michigan veterans of World War II recall their experiences in the European and Pacific theatres. WATCH NOW

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Military veterans in Michigan could soon have a network of courts to deal specifically with issues affecting them.

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Some state lawmakers want to give returning veterans a break on tuition at public universities and community colleges if they settle in Michigan.

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The military is a unique sub-culture of American life: it speaks in acronyms, it has its own justice system, and it places great responsibility on its members.  Yet despite their high level of training, thousands of veterans who leave the military struggle to find a job.  A new initiative in mid-Michigan is designed to bring warriors to the workplace. 

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