Veterans' Employment Services in Michigan: October 2022 Newsletter

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October 2022

Veterans' Employment Services Newsletter


VBA Disability Benefits to Increase in New Year

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The new, 2023 VA Disability Compensation rates and based on Social Security's Cost of Living Adjustment. Official compensation tables will be provided by the Veterans Affairs Agency in December 2022.

In this episode of SITREP, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Paul Corbett discusses the new compensation rates based on Social Security' Cost of Living Adjustment. Watch the full episode here.


Michigan Dept. of Labor & Economic Opportunity Earns Gold-level Status for Supporting Veterans

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The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has earned Gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employer status from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) for its commitment to hire, retain and support military veterans.

Only about 3% of the more than 500 Veteran-Friendly Employers earn Gold-level status. To receive this recognition, employers must retain at least 75% of veteran hires over the most recent 12 months, implement internal veteran support networks, and create either a hiring rotation or leadership development program within their organization – in addition to meeting all other program requirements.

"The certification highlights the dedication of LEO's Veterans' Employment Services staff and their personalized approach to helping other veterans find suitable employment opportunities," said Stephanie Beckhorn, deputy director of LEO's Office of Employment and Training

Veterans' Employment Services (VES) helps eligible veterans and their spouses reach their employment goals through customized career solutions. As veterans themselves, VES staff have first-hand knowledge of the types of barriers veterans and transitioning service members face when looking for civilian job opportunities.

Read more about this award here.

Gov. Whitmer Declares October Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Governor Whitmer declared October Disability Employment Awareness Month in Michigan to build on Michigan's efforts to maintain an inclusive community and strong economy. This month is meant to educate Michiganders about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions and talents of Michigan workers with disabilities.

Disability Employment Awareness Month calls upon employers, schools, and community organizations in Michigan to observe with appropriate programs and activities, and to advance the important message that people with disabilities add value and talent to our workplaces and communities. 

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), housed within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, assists persons with disabilities to find competitive employment and achieve self-sufficiency. Last year alone, MRS helped more than 1,800 customers gain industry-recognized credentials. See how they can help you or a loved one at

Detroit Veterans Day Parade Marks 17th Year

Among the many parades, ceremonies and events marking Veterans Day across Michigan is the 17th annual Detroit Veterans Day Parade, which will step off at 11:11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Council (MDVC) invites all veterans and service organizations, youth groups, marching bands, school and community members to participate in the parade.

The parade will leave from and return to the IBEW Local 58, at 1358 Abbott St. in Detroit. The parade is coupled with the 4Star 4Mile Race, combined into what is called the Armed Services Salute, honoring the service of our veterans, active military and community volunteers with the motto, “Inspiring patriotism through community service.”

The deadline to register for the parade is Nov. 1. Visit the MDVC website for more information.

A Few Questions With...

Paul Freese

Paul Freese – Veterans' Career Advisor, Dearborn

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

My experience as a supervisor helped because I was responsible for coordinating supportive resources and taking care of my troops and their family to ensure their well-being both professionally and personally. Not unlike the role of a VCA.

What should veterans expect when they meet with a VCA?

A VCA is veteran a too, so our veteran clients can expect someone with empathy because we also experienced military culture and possess that unique military point of view.

What resource do you recommend for veterans seeking employment? 

I don’t have a one size fits all resource, but I often recommend YouTube for tips on resume writing, interview prep questions, and salary negotiation. Our team produced a number or tips that can be found on our website.

The Art of Informational Interviewing

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If you’re not familiar with informational interviewing, you’re not alone. But you are missing a key component of becoming a candidate of interest for open jobs.

An informational interview is an informal conversation with somebody working in an area that interests you, with the purpose of learning more about their job, company and employee experience.

But how do you know who to reach out to for an informational interview, and where do you find them? How do you get the most out of your informational interview? Do these things right, and you will grow a network of allies exponentially and showcase yourself as a proactive, well-informed candidate.

While most job seekers are quick to connect with recruiters, talent specialists and other human resource professionals, the best people to ask for informational interviews are those working in jobs you want at companies that interest you.

Read more about informational interviews here.

State of Michigan Program Puts Healthcare Careers in Your Reach


Michigan Rural Enhanced Access to Careers in Healthcare (MiREACH) provides free on-ramps to healthcare careers.
Through support provided by MiREACH, you can receive the education and training needed to get started in a rewarding, in-demand healthcare career.

You’ll also receive on-the-job experience, and you may also be eligible for various wraparound supports such as transportation and childcare.

Perhaps just as importantly, MiREACH offers the opportunity to make a positive, meaningful impact in our community.

Interested in earning a paycheck in a career with great advancement opportunities? Learn more about the program at 

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Veteran Success: Finding the Perfect Fit

Richard (Dick) Guisbert

Vietnam Navy veteran Richard (Dick) Guisbert, stopped by his local Michigan Works! Service Center when he was looking for work. Dick wanted a job where he could give back and preferred to work with the state or federal government. 

Michigan Works! Talent Specialist Jessica Butera worked with Dick to determine his eligibility and connect him with Veterans' Career Advisor (VCA) William Mourufas for additional assistance.

VCA William worked with Dick to determine his barriers to employment and create an action plan to overcoming those barriers. The two quickly got to work on updating Dick's resume and applying to open jobs. Within days, William began receiving interview requests. VCA William and Dick then began preparing for the interviews by going over best practices and doing mock interviews.

After doing all the work and going through several interviews without an acceptable offer, VCA William and Dick finally found a job posting that seemed to be a perfect fit - a custodial position at the International Bridge with the State of Michigan.

Together, VCA William and Dick applied for the position and again practiced interview techniques. Dick successfully interviewed for the good-paying position and is now a State of Michigan employee. He is extremely satisfied with his new employment and the efforts from VES to protect and enhance his health, safety, and economic security.

Get Free Braille and Audio Books from the Braille & Talking Book Library

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Have you heard of the Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL)? The BTBL offers talking books at no charge for veterans who have a hard time reading regular print. 

You can get braille books, audio magazines, and digital talking book players delivered to your home at no charge. Or, download them right in the palm of your hand through the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) mobile app. 

If you have been honorably discharged by the U.S. Armed Forces and are blind, have low vision, or have a physical disability that prevents you from reading regular print materials, you qualify for this free service. 

To learn more and sign up, go to

Military Acronyms Defined - BLT




Who wouldn’t enjoy a delicious Battalion Landing Team?

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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.


Schaller Group Career Event

Oct. 24 - 28, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Event Address:
Schaller Corporation of Chesterfield - 49495 Gratiot Ave, Chesterfield, MI 48051
Event Details: view flyer here

Representatives are offering on-site interviews for General Laborer, Quality Technicians, Die Setters, Die Repair and Die Repair Trainee, Stamping Machine Repair, Weld Tech Quality Technicians and CMM Programmers. 


Metro Detroit Career Expo

Oct. 27, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Event Address: Marriott Hotel - 17100 N Laurel Park Dr., Livonia, MI 48152
Event Details: view flyer here

The Metro Detroit Career Expo will feature statewide, local and national companies ready to interview candidates. They are accepting resumes/applications. Bring your resume and prepare to interview with 50 employers with immediate job openings. 


UPS Hiring Event

Nov. 1, 9 a.m. - noon
Event Address: Livonia Michigan Works! - 30246 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150
Event Details: view flyer here

UPS offers excellent weekly pay, a safe work environment, up to $25,000 in tuition assistance, 401(k), and medical, dental and vision after a waiting period. Delivery drivers must have a valid driver's license and must be able to lift up to 70 pounds.


Return North

Nov. 10, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Event Details: register for the virtual event here

Return North is an annual professional career fair that matches professional job seekers with employers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


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!

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

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.