Veterans' Employment Services in Michigan: March 2023 Newsletter

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March 2023

Veterans' Employment Services Newsletter


Women's History in the Armed Forces

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“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” - Michelle Obama

The first time women were allowed to openly serve in the U.S. military was in WWI after the passage of the Navel Act. The Act allowed recruiting women to serve in non-commissioned officers and non-combat roles. Close to 12,000 women served in the rank of Yeoman.

The amount of women serving in uniform expanded to nearly 350,000 American women in WWII, when women were serving across all branches of the military. Then, in 1948, President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act into law, officially allowing women to serve as full, permanent members of all branches of the Armed Forces.

Today, women are continuing to make progress on serving in defense of the nation and continuing to make significant contributions to their respective branches. 

Explore Agriculture Jobs During National Food & Agriculture Month

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Michigan's Food and Agriculture industry accounts for about 17% of all the state's jobs. This critical industry contributes $104 billion annually and plays a crucial role in our state's economy. 

To honor and celebrate Michigan’s farmers, the diversity of products grown and processed in our state, and the partnerships that keep our food and agriculture industry thriving, Governor Whitmer proclaimed March as Michigan Food and Agriculture Month.

If you're looking for a job, consider joining this critical industry that keeps Michigan fed. Explore open agriculture jobs!

Apprenticeship Training and Job Opportunity

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Are you interested in learning and building a career in the exciting world of Information Technology? The UST Xpanxion, Step IT Up apprenticeship program is launching an upcoming class focused on creating opportunities for underrepresented communities in the state of Michigan.

This is a special program for women and individuals from the African American and Latinx communities. If you meet the criteria, you’ll receive priority for class selection. The best part? You'll get paid to participate in a 100-day training program to become a Salesforce Developer!

Apply for the apprenticeship program.

USDOL VETS-Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses (TEAMS)

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Transition Employment Assistance for Military Spouses and Caregivers (TEAMS) is a series of Department of Labor employment workshops that extend the Department’s Transition Assistance Program to assist military spouses and caregivers as they plan and prepare for their job search in pursuit of their employment goals.

All TEAMS workshops are standalone, instructor-led training, provided at a variety of times, to meet the needs of individuals stationed throughout the world. You can take all of the workshops or just a few and they can be taken in any order that fits your availability and schedule.

Read more about TEAMS workshops.

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Veteran Success: Coming Home to a New Career

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Former Michigan Works! customer and veteran Joshua Traeger visited Michigan Works! Southeast at the beginning of the year for help finding a job. After determining Joshua was eligible for assistance from Veterans’ Employment Services, Joshua was referred to Veterans’ Career Advisor (VCA) Michael Albig for additional assistance.

Using a customer-focused approach, VCA Michael conducted a comprehensive assessment to determine how to best help Joshua.

Together, they set some long-term goals to help remove the barriers standing in Joshua’s way. These included a variety of intensive services like career coaching, resume assistance and tips to help Joshua make the most of his job search.

Joshua then began his job search and was quickly able to find a job he wanted with the Lenawee County Building & Grounds Maintenance Department. After a successful interview process, Joshua began his new job in February. 

It's Tax Filing Season! Veterans, Service members Could File for Free

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The Internal Revenue Service is committed to helping all veterans by working with community and government partners to provide timely federal tax-related information to veterans about tax credits and benefits, free tax preparation, financial education and asset-building opportunities.

Read more about free resources to help you file your taxes.

Spotlight - Michigan Veterans Homes D.J. Jacobetti

Within three home-like settings across Michigan, Michigan Veteran Homes (MVH) offers skilled nursing care along with the opportunity to live as independently as possible.

At MVH, members can keep the freedom they know and love - and receive the compassionate care they've earned.

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For veterans, there's high quality care and high quality of life at the top of our great state!

MVH D.J. Jacobetti is in the beautiful city of Marquette, near the shores of Lake Superior. The family-friendly campus surrounds veterans with the support they need, with a staff that's always encouraging wellness and independence.

  • 184 members: Members will have a variety of opportunities to participate in spiritual, social, recreational and educational activities - both on-site and in the surrounding communities.
  • 1 easily accessible building: This veteran-centric community features a four-story building - spanning an entire city block. That means members have access to everything they need, without having to leave.
  • A rich history: MVH D.J. Jacobetti was established in 1981, in the former St. Mary's Hospital building. What's more, it was named for Dominic J. Jacobetti, the longest-serving member of the Michigan House of Representatives.
  • Compassionate care: Every day, the extensive professional staff focuses on long- and short-term care, rehab and therapy, dementia and memory care, and palliative care, as well as domiciliary care services. An in-house pharmacy, pastoral care and specialty clinics (such as dental and vision care) are also available.

Learn more about Michigan Veteran Homes at

Michigan Veteran Homes D.J. Jacobetti is hosting its 26th Annual Charity Golf Outing on June 29, 2023. Keep an eye out for more information about 4-person teams as well as sponsorship opportunities.

Celebrate National Reading Month with Free Audiobooks

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March is National Reading Month and you can celebrate by receiving FREE audio and braille books from the Braille & Talking Book Library (BTBL)! You don't have to have a visual impairment to become a BTBL patron.

If you have a physical impairment that prevents you from holding a physical book, or if standard print has become difficult to read, you can also sign up! 

The library has more than 135,000 audio and braille books. You can get books delivered right to your home or download them through the BARD mobile app – all for FREE! 

Call 1-800-992-9012 or go to to get started.  

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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

March 30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Event Address:
 Radisson Hotel - 26555 Telegraph Rd, Southfield, MI 48033
Event Details: view the event flyer here

This event is a one-stop-shop for job seekers to meet with top companies, learn about current job openings, and attend informative seminars on topics such as resume writing and interview skills.


Bronson of Kalamazoo Job Fair

April 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Event Address: 1601 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Event Details: view the event details here

Approximately 10 Bronson talent acquisition team members will be on site to discuss exciting career opportunities available across Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Paw Paw, and South Haven. With full-time positions offering sign-on bonuses ranging from $500 to a staggering $20,000, the event promises to be a must-attend for anyone seeking a fulfilling career in a healthcare setting.



April 13, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Event Address: 
West Michigan Works! Holland Service Center - 12331 James St, Holland, MI 49424
Event Details: view the event flyer here

This fair will include employers of choice seeking candidates from opportunity populations, including veterans, returning citizens, people with disabilities and refugees. 


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.