Veterans' Employment Services in Michigan: November 2021 Newsletter

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November 2021

Veterans' Employment Services Newsletter

Thank you veterans


About Veterans’ Employment Services

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Welcome to the Veterans’ Employment Services (VES) Newsletter. Our mission is to assist you and your family secure meaningful careers in Michigan.

The concept of veterans helping veterans is a trademark of the VES team and one of the keys to its success. Veterans face many challenges when transitioning out of the military – finding meaningful employment should not be one of them.

  • Veterans in need of employment assistance should contact the nearest Michigan Works! One-Stop Service Center by calling 800-285-WORKS (9675) or visiting
  • More information about Veterans’ Employment Services is available at
  • Register today and start your job search at Pure Michigan Talent Connect at

Marine Corps Celebrates 246 Years

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On November 10, 2021, U.S. Marines around the globe celebrated a 246-year legacy of battlefield prowess defined by courage, discipline, loyalty, perseverance, adaptability, leadership, and warfighting innovation.

The annual birthday message delivered by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David H. Berger, and the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Troy Black, acknowledged the generation of Marines who joined after the September 11 attacks, who later served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who now approach their retirement milestone. It also highlighted the culture of innovation being cultivated by Marine leaders to enable the Marine Corps to remain America’s force in readiness — prepared to fight and win in every clime and place. Watch the video here.

Employment Readiness Series: Job Search and Application

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Join us for the next Employment Readiness Series on December 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Veteran Career Advisor Brian Strong will lead a presentation about exploring your career options, translating your military experience to civilian, negotiation salaries, networking and much more!

Register for the event here.

The Employment Readiness Series is brought to you by a partnership between the Michigan Veterans' Employment Services and the Michigan National Guard Family Programs. The partnership ignites the potential of our stakeholders through weekly tips and monthly presentations. 

Custom Leadership Program for Women Veterans

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Next4Vets is a custom leadership program for women veterans that helps them accelerate and advance their careers by successfully leveraging their military experience within a corporate setting. The program is free for participants due to the generous support of corporations and foundations. Read more at Next4Vets™ - Inforum Michigan

A Few Questions with...

Pat Muoio

Pat Muoio  Local Veterans Employment Representative, Traverse City

How has your military experience helped you in your position as a Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER)?

I had the honor of serving in the Air Force for 23 years, where I served as an Enlisted and Officer Recruiter, Flight Chief, Inspector General, and Production Superintendent. Through each of these roles I learned countless lessons such as:

  1. The importance of building trust and rapport with job seekers, employers and partners in creating win-win scenarios.
  2. More often than not you can’t achieve success alone. For instance, this team includes the veterans we serve, Veteran Career Advisors as well as partners such as Michigan Works! and other veteran organizations.
  3. How to effectively work under stress and manage expectations.
  4. Lastly, that is not about me, but the veterans I serve!   

What should Veterans expect when they meet with a LVER?

All Veterans’ Employment Services employees are veterans themselves and thus understand the struggles of transitioning from military service to the civilian sector. We wore the boots and know firsthand the struggles and ways to overcome them. It’s our priority to serve our brothers and sisters in Arms by providing the respect each has earned! 

What resource do you recommend to Veterans seeking employment? 

There are so many resources available, however the one that I most often recommend is connecting with your local Michigan Works! agency. They have a magnitude of resources available to assist job seekers. It’s crucial that you notify them you served in the military so they can refer you to a Veteran Career Advisor or LVER, pending qualifications.      

Meet The Newest Member of The Veteran Friendly Employer

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We are extremely proud to have earned the distinction of being a Michigan Veteran-Friendly Employer. The process was very easy and well worth the effort, especially with the outstanding support of the Veterans Employment Services team. They guided us through the process and were very responsive to our questions. 

After being designated a Bronze Level Veteran-Friendly Employer we were presented with immediate opportunities, including participation at the Veteran-Friendly Employers Innovation Conference. The conference provided us with a number of networking opportunities and a tremendous amount of information and resources that will help us to hire, train and retain military veterans in our workforce. 

At Team Elmer’s we know that building better communities requires integrity, an unwavering commitment to quality, and exceptional service. We also know that building and supporting many of the largest and most complex construction projects in the region starts with hiring the best candidates. Military veterans make up more than 10% of our workforce because they share these same values and possess many of the skills that are essential to the success of our company. 

As we continue to grow our team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals, we often look to veterans to fill critical positions across all our divisions. Veterans are natural leaders who are self-motivated, team oriented and work extremely well under pressure. They are highly adaptable and have a proven record of learning new skills with ease, many of which are readily transferable to the construction industry. Most importantly, though, is their respect for accountability, standards and safety. 

Whether you are a transitioning military member or a veteran looking for a new opportunity, consider joining our team. Submit an application through or contact our Human Resources Department at 231-943-3077.

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Veteran Success: Herman's Determination Leads to Success

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Herman Remus had owned a small garage and been a tow truck driver for 20 years before losing his license and business by driving under the influence. While saving to get his license back, Herman tried to get his life back on track by pursuing a degree in Health and Human Services using the Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP).

Unfortunately, Herman was forced to leave the program to take care of his ailing mother. Instead, he received a certificate from the National Institute of Technology. Not to be deterred, Herman applied to and was accepted at the Wayne County Truck Driving School. However, the school shortly closed due to COVID and the death of Wayne County Executive Benny Napoleon, who was instrumental in the funding process.

Herman then came to Michigan Works! on August 11 looking to connect with the WIOA program for funding for truck driving school. Shortly afterward, he received a call from the Wayne County Truck Driving School indicating they’re reopened, and he promptly rejoined the program.

Despite completing his degree and receiving a BSW from Wayne State University, Herman’s passion is being out on the road. Due to his perseverance, Herman completed the Wayne County Truck Driving School on November 12 and got his license back. He now works for Roehl Transport in Gary, Indiana.

Center For Women Veterans

Welcome all female veterans, family members, caregivers and advocates! 

The Center for Women Veterans’ (CWV) mission is to monitor and coordinate the VA’s administration of health care, benefits, services, and programs for women Veterans. We serve as an advocate for cultural transformation and to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect to #BringWomenVeteransHome2VA. Read more at Center for Women Veterans.

Veterans Eligible for Travel Deals, Airfare Discounts

As of July 2021, all veterans with a discharge status of honorable or general under honorable conditions are eligible to shop for a wide selection of discounted rates on hotels, air fare, rental cars, vacation packages, cruises and more on

American Forces Travel is the Department of Defense’s official Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) platform offering bookings for leisure travel. A portion of all bookings support military quality of life programs. Members can feel confident knowing that their purchases are helping fund events and activities made just for them. Read more at VAntage Point.

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Check Out these Upcoming Job and Career Events

An up-to-date list of upcoming job and career events is available on Pure Michigan Talent Connect’s Career Events Calendar.

G.I. Jobs Get Hired Workshop

December 1, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.  
Event Link: Register using this link

Get insider tips on what recruiters from today's biggest brands are looking for. Space is limited to 500 attendees, so register soon!


Transitioning Army and Army Spouse Virtual Career Fair

December 7, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Event Link: Register using this link

Connect directly with employers throughout the country and learn about job openings and education options.


Quality Metalcraft Recruitment Event (in-person event)

December 14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Livonia Michigan Works - 30246 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150

Job openings in Human Resources, Management, Production, Shipping and Receiving, and Manufacturing. Bring current copies of your résumé and dress professionally.


Metro Detroit Career Expo (in-person event)

December 15, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Event Link: Register using this link
Best Western Premier Hotel - 26555 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI 48033 

Bring your resume and prepare to interview with 50 employers looking to fill immediate job openings in a variety of fields. Registration is not required, but is highly recommended.


Midwest Substitutes Hiring Event (in-person event)

December 16, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 
Livonia Michigan Works - 30246 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150

This is a great opportunity for education professionals or anyone interested in teaching K-12 students in a rewarding career. Bring current copies of your resume and dress professionally. Sixty (60) college credits are required for the substitute teaching positions while a high school diploma/GED is required for other openings.


Virtual Job Fairs Count as Work Search Activity in Michigan
Registering for and attending Virtual Job Fair events supported by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity count as official work search activities required by the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Check out upcoming Virtual Job Fairs by visiting Pure Michigan Talent Connect’s Career Events website.

Event Success Tips

  • Be Prepared: Charge your phone and practice your elevator pitch.
  • Keep an Open Mind: You never know which company has the perfect job for you.
  • Work the Room: Stop by every booth and share your QR code with every organization.
  • Rule of 3: Get at least three company follow-ups.
  • Apply as You Network: Apply to open positions while you network with recruiters.
  • Smile: Be confident. You've got this!


If you are a veteran looking for information concerning education, health care, benefits or quality of life programs, please visit the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for more information, or call the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center at 800-MICH-VET. 

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Veterans' Employment Services is part of Workforce Development, within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity's Office of Employment and Training.