Veterans' Employment Services in Michigan: January 2022 Newsletter

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January 2022

Veterans' Employment Services Newsletter


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

Employment Readiness Series: Preparing for and Attending Job Fairs

Feb 1 Employment Readiness flyer

Ever wondered how job fairs can propel your job search forward? Check out the next Employment Readiness Series on February 1, 2022 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Veteran Career Advisor Shane Scherer will lead a presentation about how attending job fairs can help in your career search and how to prepare for them. 

Register for the event here.

The Michigan Veterans' Employment Services and the Michigan National Guard Family Programs teams have partnered to ignite the potential of our stakeholders through weekly tips and monthly presentations.

New Michigan Law Expands Income Tax Deductions for Disabled Veterans

On December 8, Governor Whitmer signed a bill into law which allows disabled veterans to deduct taxable income attributed to cancellation or forgiveness of a student loan pursuant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Total and Permanent Disability Discharge Program. Under this bill, disabled veterans can deduct income attributed to the forgiveness of a student loan for the 2016-2019 tax years and going forward beginning 2025.

“Our nation’s disabled veterans have served our country with honor and dignity, and this bill helps alleviate some of their financial burdens,” said Whitmer. “I am proud to sign Senate Bill 25 to recognize the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families and help make their lives easier.”

Read more about the bill here.

Dale Ginzel

A Few Question With ...

Dale Ginzel  Veterans' Career Advisor, Cadillac

How has your military experience helped you in your position as a VCA?

Serving for more than twenty years in the military has assisted me in quickly establishing a connection and relationship with other veterans. We’re usually able to discuss things in an open and honest manner which helps build a trust derived from common experiences and challenges.

What should Veterans expect when they meet with a VCA?

Veterans should expect to have a conversation about what they are currently experiencing related to employment, housing, their health, and any other circumstances that may be perceived as a barrier to employment. After the initial conversations they can expect to discuss ways on moving forward and identifying ways to overcome those barriers. Those can be in the form of job search assistance, resume writing, interviewing, career and interest assessments, educational opportunities, and referrals to other resources.

What resource do you recommend to Veterans seeking employment? 

There are many resources available to veterans. It just depends on the individual veteran’s circumstances, needs, and interests. However, I always inform veterans of Pure Michigan Talent Connect ( and ensure they are aware of the 24 hour job holds for veterans. Veterans who have service-connected disability ratings from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) may be eligible for the Veterans Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program administered by the DVA. I also make sure veterans are aware of the services offered in their local Michigan Works! office and recommend that they utilize those services while seeking employment.

Your 2022 State Veteran Benefits

Everyone knows about the federal benefits available to veterans, but did you know many states also offer great benefits to their veterans?

State benefits range from free college and employment resources to free hunting and fishing licenses. Most states also offer tax breaks for their veterans and specialized license plates. Some states even provide their veterans with cash bonuses just for serving in the military.

Check out the list of benefits in Michigan – there may be a benefit available to you or your family that you weren’t aware of!

Celebrating 40 years of the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service

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On Dec. 15, 1981, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment was established to alleviate unemployment for disabled and Vietnam era veterans by implementing policies and programs to increase opportunities for training, counseling and employment placement services.

While much has changed in the past 40 years, including their name, now the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), they’ve remained committed to serving all veterans, including the 4.5 million post-9/11 veterans who now represent the largest group of veterans in the labor force. 

VETS helps to prepare America's veterans, service members and spouses for meaningful careers; provide them with employment resources and expertise; protect their employment rights; and promote their employment opportunities.  

Last year, over 2,800 VETS staff, contractors and grantees served more than 370,000 customers.   

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Veteran Success: Collaboration Leads to Good-Paying Employment

Liam Fyvie

Liam Fyvie is a U.S. Army veteran who was trained in gunsmithing and served as a firearms specialist. He had recently finished his second enlistment after initially joining the Army in 2015 and while on terminal leave from the military, he was referred to Veteran Employment Services (VES). Liam was qualified for VES services due to a pending VA disability claim.

Liam was first made aware of VES via the Ontonagon County Michigan Works! office. Veteran Career Advisor Lindholm reached out to him virtually and Liam became “job ready” very quickly before being referred to Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) Kendal Kettle for dual case management.

VCA Lindholm and LVER Kettle helped Liam research local On the Job Training and apprenticeship opportunities as well as helping him apply for traditional jobs. After a series of interviews and LVER advocacy, he was offered a position at Guardian Pest Control as a technician. Liam began training for his new position on November 15 with a starting salary of $18/hour. 

Liam’s story is just one example of the collaboration and employment success for veterans through a strong partnership between VES and the Michigan Works! networks.

U.S. House Votes to Expand GI Bill Eligibility for National Guard, Reserves

National Guardsmen and reservists would be eligible for GI Bill benefits in more circumstances under a bill passed by the House on January 12.

The House voted 287-135 to approve the National Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act, which would allow any day getting paid and being in uniform on federal orders, including for training, to count toward eligibility for school tuition benefits under the post-9/11 GI Bill. Sixty-eight Republicans joined with Democrats to support the bill.

Read more about the bill here.

Lost Your Job to Foreign Trade? TAA Can Help You!

Brandon's TAA video

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program that assists workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. TAA provides adversely-affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources and support necessary to become reemployed.

This includes job training, career counseling, wage supplements for older workers, job search and relocation allowances, and income support for workers in an approved training program. 

TAA has already helped numerous Michiganders, including Brandon. Watch this short video to see how TAA was able to help him and his family. And for more information about TAA, go to

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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.

Lane Automotive Hiring Event

February 2, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Event Address: Lane Automotive - 8300 Lane Dr, Watervliet, MI 49098

Hiring full- and part-time warehouse positions. Weekly pay and benefits available.


VeteranWorks Career Expo

February 4, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Event Link: Register using this link

Attend the world's largest veteran virtual career expo. This virtual event takes place the first Friday of each month and pre-registration is required. Complete a profile to be contacted about possible matches 2-3 days prior to the event.


Martinrea Job Fair

February 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Event Address: Martinrea International - 706 Parr St., Manchester, MI 48158

Positions available in manufacturing automotive parts, operating a hi-lo, quality assurance testing, and much more! Full- and part-time positions available with a weekly pay and great benefits.


Military and Veteran Resource Sharing

February 15, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Event Link: Register using this link

Learn about resources for the military and veteran community during this monthly event. Each month highlights different resources. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with one another.


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.