Veterans' Employment Services in Michigan: August 2022 Newsletter

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August 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

Gov. Whitmer Proclaimed August 7 as Purple Heart Day

Governor Gretchen Whitmer recognized August 7, 2022, as Purple Heart Day to remember and pay honor to the service members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were wounded or killed in enemy action while serving our country.

“On Purple Heart Day, we honor those who put their lives on the line for our nation and the timeless cause of freedom,” said Governor Whitmer. “We owe our wounded service members, veterans and fallen heroes our gratitude. Thank you for standing up for us all and sacrificing so much to keep us safe. We will honor your service through our words and our actions.”

Read the governor’s full statement here.

Two Grants to Help Michigan Veterans with Employment Opportunities

Last week, Gov. Whitmer announced and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) announced the state has been awarded a $2.4 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to support the new Michigan Incarcerated Veterans’ In-Reach Program (MIVIP). This initiative will provide pre-release education, employment assistance and career guidance to incarcerated veterans at seven correctional facilities in Michigan.

Veterans’ Employment Services is happy to partner with the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Michigan Works! network to help serve this community. In addition to the in-reach employment services, veterans will receive post-release wrap-around services to help ensure each participant’s success and reduce recidivism. Read more about MiVIP here

Earlier this summer, LEO awarded Helmets to Hardhats a $250,000 grant to support the Michigan Construction Apprenticeship post-Military Opportunity (MiCAMO) Program that will connect 225 Veterans with Registered Apprenticeships in Michigan’s construction industry from April 1, 2022 through September 30, 2024. 

The MiCAMO Program will provide training to help transitioning active-duty and retired military service members, National Guard, reservists and veterans with Registered Apprenticeship paths to in-demand, high-wage construction jobs. Resulting employment from the MiCAMO Program will benefit veterans and the state. Veterans who participate will gain long-term economic security in high-demand, high-wage U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprenticeship Programs and improved access to GI Bill benefits for eligible veterans. Having skilled workers employed in the construction industry helps the state close current skills gaps and supports an important segment of the state’s economy. Learn more about MiCAMO here.

Join the VES Team at the Pistons Rally Point Event

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On October 4, 2022, Military veterans are invited to the Pistons Rally Point event where they can interact with corporate resources, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Throughout the day, governmental and non-profit agencies will be providing information about benefits and resources for all attendees. The information they provide will benefit the families by enhancing their access to career, economic, health, and benefit resources.

Free haircuts, clothing, and other giveaway items will be provided. Additionally, the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center will provide COVID vaccinations and booster shots to all veterans, as well as expungement services via the Clean Slate program. Register for the free event at

Visit Your Local Michigan Works! Service Center

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If you’re looking for in-person support to help you on your job seeking journey, stop by your local Michigan Works! Service Center, a proud partner of the American Job Center.

Local service centers offer a variety of resources including resume assistance, interview coaching, job search guidance, training opportunities, and for certain qualified individuals, assistance paying for job-related costs.

Find your local Michigan Works! Service Center at or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS

A Few Questions With...

Arron Lindholm

Arron Lindholm – Veterans' Career Advisor, Marquette

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

My military experience helps me make a connection with veterans from the very first meeting. Shared military experiences helps us build rapport, ease tensions and makes relationship building easier during the case management process.

What should veterans expect when they meet with a VCA?

When a veteran meets with a VCA they should expect three things: First they will be listened to. VCAs do an excellent job at actively listening to veterans in order to determine their needs and find out more about their individual circumstance. 

Secondly, they will be afforded help and resources. Even if a veteran doesn’t end up in case management, they will be offered help, referrals and resources that will benefit their situation. 

Thirdly, veterans can expect to get the highest quality service and individualized attention should they enter case management with a VCA. VCAs are expert case managers and will assist veterans in overcoming any and all types of barriers.

What resource do you recommend for veterans seeking employment? 

The first and best resource I recommend for all veterans is the Michigan Works! network. VES partners with Michigan Works! in many different areas and there are dozens of resources available for veterans through this partnership. Maintaining a great working relationship with Michigan Works! and VES is a solid way for veterans to accomplish their goals.

Be Job Ready in Six Months With a Google Career Certificate Scholarship

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Scholarships for the new Google Career Certificates are now available, and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training is excited to help bring these scholarships to our state.

The Google Career Certificate program can help you get on the fast track to a competitively paid job in a high-growth field. You don’t need relevant experience or a degree to complete this flexible, online job training. Just put the skills, passion, and ambition you already have to work.

  • Explore what the program has to offer at Learn more about how the Google Career Certificates work to put you on the path to in-demand jobs.
  • Learn how you can earn a Google Career Certificate for free by contacting your local Michigan Works! office at

Designed by Google, this self-paced, online training program can prepare you for careers in the high-growth fields of project management, user experience (UX) design, data analytics, and IT support. And with under 10 hours spent studying a week, you can be prepped for a new career in under six months. Once you graduate from the Google Career Certificate program, you can connect directly with over 150 top U.S. employers to jump-start your job search.

There are over 1.27 million job openings across Certificate fields and the demand is growing. Earn a credential and stand out to employers with a Google Career Certificate.

VES Sets Up Shop at the U.P. State Fair

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Since 1928, the Upper Peninsula State Fair has provided a place for folks from across the nation to experience and celebrate the unique culture and heritage of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Fair remains as unique and wonderful as the people and places found across this marvelous peninsula.

Veterans’ Employment Representatives were onsite to connect with veterans and employers to promote the Veterans’ Employment Services program, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency’s Veteran Friendly Employer Certification program, and the Hire Vets Medallion program. Employers welcomed the information provided on the various programs that recognized companies that employed veterans.

In addition, VES staff were able to connect with local, county, and federal veteran resources such as Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress, Reserve Component Transition Assistant Advisor, Veteran Service Officer, Veteran Community Action Team, and Veteran Affairs. These partnerships will help VES staff continue providing the best service for Michigan veterans.

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Veteran Success: VES Staff Help Navy Veteran Find Dream Job

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Navy veteran William Wonnacott stopped by his local Michigan Works! Service Center in May looking for help finding a full-time job where he could utilize his extensive experience in material handling and forklift operation.

Michigan Works! staff referred William to Veteran Career Advisor (VCA) William Mourufas, who used a comprehensive assessment that helped identify barriers to employment and established an action plan to overcome those barriers.

Veteran Employment Services maintains close relationships with local employers to place an emphasis on locating better jobs and supporting small businesses. These connections with employers continuously prove valuable in assisting veterans to accomplish their employment goals.

One of those relationships is with Superior Fabrication in Kinross, Michigan, a company that prides itself on hiring veteran talent. After reaching out to the employer, VES staff discovered there was an opening for an experienced material handler. VCA Mourufas then helped William update and tailor his resume and apply for the position. 

VCA Mourufas also provided a referral to Local Veteran Employment Representative (LVER) Kendal Kettle for additional assistance advocating for William to the employer. Within hours of submitting the application and advocating to the Human Resources department on behalf of the veteran, William received an invitation for an interview!

In the days leading up to his interview, VCA Mourufas worked with William to sharpen his interview skills. And the work paid off. William was offered the position during the interview and began working full-time making $17.50 per hour, with room to grow.

William is very satisfied with his employment and efforts of VES staff to protect and enhance his health, safety and economic security. Additionally, Superior Fabrication is thrilled to continue their dedication to veterans by growing their team with new veteran talent. VES looks forward to continuing relationships with Superior Fabrication and other local businesses that have a commitment to serving those who served.

Veterans and Their Survivors Can Now Apply for PACT Act Benefits

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"The PACT Act is a historic new law that will help [the Veterans Affairs] deliver for millions of veterans — and their survivors — by empowering us to presumptively provide care and benefits to vets suffering from more than 20 toxic exposure-related conditions," said Veterans Affairs Secretary Dennis McDonough. "It will also bring generations of veterans into VA healthcare, which will improve veteran health outcomes across the board." 

If you think you might be eligible for PACT Act benefits, get started by filing a claim at the VA. All 23 presumptive conditions in the PACT Act are eligible for benefits effective August 10. You can learn more about the PACT Act by visiting or calling 1-800-MY-VA-411.

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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's Career Events Calendar.


Metro Detroit Career Expo

Aug. 31, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Event Address:
Sheraton Hotel - 27000 S Karevich Dr., Novi, MI 48377
Event Details: view flyer here

Connect with statewide, local and national companies ready to interview candidates. Bring your resume and prepare to interview with 50 employers with immediate job openings across multiple industries.  


Intelligen-Ashlor Job Fair

Sept. 1, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Event Address: Oakland County Michigan Works! - 31186 Beck Rd., Novi, MI 48377
Event Details: view flyer here

Intelligen-Ashlor is looking to staff more than 70 positions for an automotive warehouse in Wixom. Bring your resume and see if this company is a good fit for you!


UPS Hiring Event

Sept. 9, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Event Address: Livonia Michigan Works! - 30246 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150
Event Details: view flyer here

Full time and seasonal positions available with excellent weekly pay. Medical, dental and vision available after waiting period and up to $25,000 un tuition assistance. 


Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS) Job Fair

Sept. 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Event Address: Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! - 312 E Genesee Ave, Saginaw, MI 48607
Event Details: view flyer here

Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS) will be conducting on the spot interviews for Director of planning, Garage Technician, Para CDL Bus Operator, Mechanic, and Chief Paratransit Operation Supervisor. 


Michigan Department of Corrections Open Interviews

Sept. 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Event Address: Michigan Works! Service Center - 1409 Washington St., Midland, MI 48640
Event Details: view flyer here

Open interviews for corrections officers in the St. Louis area. Please bring a change of clothes for the fitness test.


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 and in-person job fairs by visiting’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!

Health and Other Resources


Health Resources

Additional Resources

Health Benefits: 877-222-8387
Other VA Benefits: 800-827-1000

Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255
Homeless Services: 877-424-3838

Health Benefits

Veterans Crisis Line 

Mental Health

Homeless Services


Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers) 

Disease Prevention

Compensated Work Therapy

Women Veterans Health Care

Substance Abuse Programs

Geriatrics and Extended Care

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
Rural Health 


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.