Michigan Vets Finally Get a Helping Hand From State Government


Veterans and community members gather for a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27, 2013 in Grand Rapids.

LANSING — For years, Michigan veterans’ issues sat on the back burner in the public policy realm, despite their high unemployment rate and poor use of veterans’ benefits.
“By and large, the veteran issues for many years haven’t had a champion,” said Rep. Harvey Santana, a Democrat from Detroit who served in the Navy.
His Republican colleague and fellow veteran Greg MacMaster, of Kewadin, agrees: “The state wasn’t as friendly to veterans, and now we’re turning that around.”

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