Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2015 – A proposed bill would task Michigan’s newly formed Veterans Affairs Agency with sending “welcome home” letters to U.S. military veterans returning from active duty. The letters would include information about services and tools for transitioning to civilian life.
“Veterans face significant hurdles when returning home, one of the biggest of which is not knowing which services are available or how to access them,” said Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Northville, Michigan. “This bill could ensure that all returning veterans receive the most accurate information about available services in a format they can read and refer to in the future.”
Returning veterans face higher rates of unemployment and homelessness than the general population. In addition, many veterans battle health issues and/or mental health problems like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.
The bill, which was sponsored by State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, was approved by the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. The bill will now make its way to the floor of the Michigan Senate, which will vote on the matter.
Currently, the Veterans Services Division within the state’s Workforce Development Agency is responsible for contacting returning veterans with “welcome home” letters.
The bill would assign the task to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, which was created in 2013, instead. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is designed to be a comprehensive resource for the state’s veterans, helping veterans to connect with tools and organizations in their communities.
Veterans who need resources or who have questions can contact the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency by visiting www.michiganveterans.com or by calling 1-800-MICH-VET.
Learn more at http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com
Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168
Toll Free Phone: 800.693.4800
- U.S. Senate Calls for Release of Michigan Veteran Amir Hekmati from Iran
It has almost been one year since we last posted on Amir Hekmati, a Marine Veteran and Flint, MI resident, when he was approaching 1,000 days of imprisonment in Iran. Now, nearly 365 days later, Hekmati remains in captivity. The U.S. Senate called on Iran to immediately release the Marine veteran in a unanimously passed […]
- VFW, DAV File Joint Lawsuit Against the VA
Kristina Derro Veteran Advocate The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) filed a join lawsuit on May 6 against the VA to force it to change its submission procedure for new claims. The procedure, says the VFW, was created solely to benefit the VA and not veterans. The primary issue […]
- Veterans in State-Run Long Term Care Facilities Targeted by Legislature
Daniel J. Williams, Esq. In August of 2014, the Michigan Court of Appeals found that the governmental immunity protections provided in M.C.L. §691.1407(1) did not apply to state-run veterans homes, where the underlying claim was sounded from the medical care or medical treatment of the moving party Estate of Andrew Ball v. Grand Rapids Home […]
- New Bills Would Give Blue Water Navy Vets Service-Connection for Agent Orange Diseases
We want to thank the Blue Water Navy Awareness group for sharing with us two critical pieces of legislation that were recently introduced in Congress. The pair of bills relate to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and their ability to get service-connected disability benefits for diseases associated with Agent Orange and other herbicides used during […]