Honoring those who served
by making their transition back into civilian life easier and taking care of them if they fall down.
Improving Economic Opportunities for Veterans
When leaving the service, there are many barriers facing veterans and military spouses transitioning to civilian life. These problems can quickly lead to poverty and even homelessness. In Michigan, 7.3% of veterans live in poverty; 639 of them are homeless.
This is why Gov. Whitmer signed a bipartisan bill helping veterans jumpstart their civilian careers by fast-tracking their licenses needed to work in their trained profession. She also signed legislation making it easier for qualified veterans to receive a Commercial Driver’s License, helping fill the gap for truck drivers. And she expanded the State of Michigan veterans’ preference program to make it easier for veterans to find good jobs in state government.
Together, these policies have helped lower veteran unemployment to just 4.2%, which is 1.4% below the statewide rate.
Each year, about 6,300 veterans die by suicide at double the rate of non-Veteran American adults. These losses are preventable and we owe it to our veterans after they already gave so much in service to our country.
Thankfully, Michigan just announced a $1.2 million investment in veteran suicide prevention programs, improving the health and well-being of Michigan’s more than 550,000 military veterans and their families. This represents the largest investment in veteran suicide prevention outreach since at least the year 2000.