House panel OKs Stamas bill to help veterans transition into civilian life

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LANSING—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 was approved on Thursday by the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

“We owe a tremendous debt to our veterans, who sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Unfortunately, many of them face real challenges when returning home from duty. This reform is part of our ongoing effort to serve Michigan’s 650,000 veterans by ensuring our state is doing its best to assist their transition into civilian life and new careers.”

Under Stamas’ bill, 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, and I thank the committee for their support.”

Senate Bill 52 was unanimously approved by the Senate in March. The bill now heads to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

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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