Secretary of State announces initiatives to help veterans
Caroline MacGregor February 6, 2013 | WGVU
State Ruth Johnson and state veterans advocates have announced initiatives
aimed at helping more than 650-thousand veterans living in Michigan. WGVU’s
Caroline MacGregor has more.
One of the proposals on the table to help returning military personnel and veterans who
live in the state is a designation on their driver’s license or ID to link them
with needed services.
State Ruth Johnson says it’s time to do more to help those who have put their
lives on the line to protect this country’s freedoms. Her office is partnering
with the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and other
organizations to make sure veterans know what resources are available to them.
changes will be written into law, including one Johnson says will allow
recently returned military veterans with large truck driving experience to skip
the skills test portion of Michigan’s commercial driver license application
"When they come home, statistically there's a large percentage who are not able to find jobs right away so if you look at the CDO license, rather than them having to pay the money, which is expensive for them to go through school and they already, then why not let them get right into the job market - they already have the experience to be able to do the job safely."
initiative announced today calls for the creation of a new fundraising license
plate. The department will work with the DMVA and service organizations to
develop a design and determine which programs would receive revenue from sales
of the plate.
recent State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder revealed Michigan does
a poor job of taking care of its veterans who rank last per capita when it
comes to receiving federal dollars for veterans’ benefits. An executive order
the governor signed becomes effective March 20th. It essentially establishes the Michigan
Veteran Affairs Agency within the DMVA to serve as a centralized, coordinating
unit in state government to connect veterans to services and benefits.
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