LANSING – Michigan is one of three states selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes program to pilot its new All★Vet States initiative.
“This is an exciting program that recognizes the work we are doing to attract and retain veteran talent here in Michigan,” noted Governor Rick Snyder. “The All★Vet States initiative gives us a chance to highlight the incredible opportunities, services and support Michigan offers to attract and hire transitioning service members and military spouses.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes program is launching the new initiative in three states: Michigan, Iowa and Tennessee. Participating states will be featured on the Hiring our Heroes website, and each state will have its own webpage dedicated to identifying the resources and services available to veterans and military families.
“Michigan has worked aggressively to be a top destination for our nation’s veterans and military spouses,” said Eric Eversole, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. “We are thrilled to work together through our All★Vet States initiative to help Michigan highlight the many economic and educational opportunities for the men and women who have served our country.”
Service members and spouses can face a variety of challenges when transitioning out of the military, including where to start that next chapter in their lives. By introducing the benefits and opportunities important to this audience, a state can help influence the transitioning service member’s decision-making process in bringing their skill sets and revenue to that state.
“More than 680,000 veterans call Michigan home today, and we anticipate 30-50,000 more in the coming years,” said Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes. “We are working aggressively to assist veterans and their families make that transition as smooth as possible so they can begin the next chapter of their lives here.”
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency mission is to serve as the central coordinating point, connecting those who have served in the United States Armed Services and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state of Michigan. The agency values inclusion, integrity, transparency, innovation and respect and aspires to provide the customer service experience that veterans deserve.
For more information on services and benefits available to Michigan veterans, visit www.michiganveterans.com or call 517-284-5298.