Senate approves Stamas bill to help veterans transition into civilian life

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Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

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 Wednesday by the Michigan Senate.

“This reform is part of our ongoing effort to serve Michigan’s 650,000 veterans, who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “It is unfortunate that many veterans face real challenges when returning home from duty. We owe it to America’s heroes to do our 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,” Stamas said. “I sponsored this legislation to make sure that our welcome home outreach to our returning veterans comes from the agency dedicated to them. It will 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.”

Senate Bill 52 was unanimously approved by the Senate and now heads to the 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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