Stamas bill to help veterans transition into civilian life headed to the governor

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas to help connect military veterans returning home with information about employment and benefits earned in service to the nation is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed.

“Our veterans and their families make tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms and way of life, yet many of them face real challenges when returning home from duty,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This reform is part of our ongoing effort to show our appreciation to Michigan’s 650,000 veterans by ensuring our state is doing its best to assist their transition into civilian life and new careers.”

Under Senate Bill 52, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency would take over responsibility of putting together and 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.

“We created the state’s Veterans Affairs Agency as a one-stop-shop for veterans, and it just makes sense that our outreach to veterans returning home comes from the agency dedicated to them,” Stamas said. “I sponsored this legislation to help better connect veterans with the benefits they earned and employment and education opportunities that can help them live the American Dream that they honorably served to protect.

“I thank my colleagues for their support and look forward to seeing the governor stand up for our returning veterans by signing this bill.”

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

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