Committee OKs Stamas bill to help veterans transition into civilian life

LANSING—Sen. Jim Stamas spoke before the Senate veterans committee on Thursday about the importance of connecting military veterans returning home with employment information and with benefits that they earned in service to the nation.

“We owe a great debt to America’s veterans for their selfless dedication and the tremendous sacrifice they make in defense of our freedom and way of life,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Unfortunately, veterans often face real challenges transitioning into civilian life and new careers when returning home. My bill will help ensure that we assist our returning veterans by contacting them in a clear, straight-forward voice about the services they earned protecting us.”

The committee approved Senate Bill 52, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

Under the bill, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency would take over responsibility of sending a “welcome home” letter to veterans returning home about veterans service organizations in Michigan and useful tools to help them transition to a civilian lifestyle.

“In 2013, we created the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency as the one-stop-shop for veterans,” Stamas said. “My reform is part of our ongoing effort to make access to services as easy as possible for Michigan’s 650,000 veterans. It is common sense that our welcome home outreach should come from the agency focused on connecting veterans with the benefits they earned and employment and education opportunities that can help them live the American Dream.”

If you are a veteran and have questions, or for more information about the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, residents may visit the agency’s website at www.michiganveterans.com or call them at 1-800-MICH-VET.

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