Veterans' Employment Services in Michigan: April 2023 Newsletter

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April 2023

Veterans' Employment Services Newsletter


April is Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month

To foster acceptance and inspire Michiganders to work together to create a more welcoming and inclusive state for all, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Departments of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), Education (MDE), Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Autism Alliance of Michigan to proclaim April as Autism Acceptance Month.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., affecting more than five million people, per recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance estimates.

LEO, MDE, MDHHS, Autism Alliance of Michigan and many other community providers across the state have resources for individuals with autism, ranging from identification and diagnosis, to support, training and intervention.

Discover the mission and resources of Autism Alliance of Michigan by visiting Explore the vocational rehabilitation services provided to people with autism by Michigan Rehabilitation Services, within LEO’s Office of Employment and Training, by visiting You can also learn more about how MDE and MDHHS support individuals with autism by visiting MDE’s Special Education website or

Helping Incarcerated Veterans Return to Work

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Redemption and second chances are American values and, for the estimated 65 million Americans who have a criminal record, a second chance can make a huge difference.

Unfortunately, returning citizens face significant barriers such as the inability to find housing, employment or education, and pay for debt that arises as a result of their incarceration.

These barriers can contribute to recidivism, which decreases public safety. With the help of the Clean Slate bills, returning citizens can get a second chance.

Veterans' Employment Services, along with partners in the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Michigan Works! network, provide programs to help incarcerated veterans successfully reenter society and return to work.

Michigan Citizen Reentry Initiative (MiCRI)

The Michigan Citizen Reentry Initiative (MiCRI) is designed to reduce recidivism among returning citizens and increase their successful participation in employment and training opportunities.

Michigan Incarcerated Veterans' In-Reach Program (MIVIP)

The Michigan Incarcerated Veterans’ In-Reach Program (MIVIP) helps provide pre-release education, employment assistance and career guidance to incarcerated veterans at seven correctional facilities in Michigan.

Learn more about these programs at

Earn While You Learn with a Registered Apprenticeship

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Registered Apprenticeships allow you to earn an industry-recognized credential without the high cost of tuition. Registered Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with classroom instruction, allowing you to gain hands-on experience and the chance to "earn while you learn." 

And workers who complete apprenticeship programs earn an average of $300,000 more over their career when compared to peers who don't! Plus, 92% of apprentices stay with their employer after completing their program.

Today, apprenticeships are expanding across both traditional and nontraditional industries into more than 1,200 occupations, including careers in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, construction, education, energy, healthcare, information technology, mobility, and many others.

For more information and to find your nearest Apprenticeship Success Coordinator, go to

How Your Local Michigan Works! Service Center Can Help You!

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The Michigan Works! Service Centers provide workforce development services for job seekers, incumbent workers, employers, and youth through their regional centers across the state.

In partnership with employers, educators, economic developers, and community organizations, Michigan Works! helps provide resources to create a qualified workforce that meets the current and future talent needs of Michigan employers.

Michigan Works! Service Centers can be found in all areas of Michigan and can help provide you with the resources you need to succeed in your current, or new, job. You'll find qualified professionals dedicated to helping you make the most out of your career journey. 

Find your local Michigan Works! Service Center at

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Veteran Success: VES Staff Helps Army Veteran Find a Meaningful Career

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Recently-retired U.S Army veteran David Vondoloski had been working for a local mortgage loan servicing company in a clerical job that was not very meaningful to him. When David decided he wanted a more challenging job that utilized his extensive military leadership experience, he stopped by his local Michigan Works! Service Center in Hancock.

There, he worked with Harriet King, a Michigan Works! Talent Specialist, to determine whether he qualified for VES services. Once David had been identified as an eligible veteran, Harriet helped connect him with Veterans' Career Advisor (VCA) William Ennis. 

Together, VCA William and David developed a comprehensive career plan to include information on additional services such as Joint Service Transcripts, FASFA, E-Benefits resources, and job search resources through Pure Michigan Talent Connect (

Once David’s resume was updated, he was referred to Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) Kendal Kettle. LVER Kendal then worked with David to explore local opportunities.

Their collaboration led David to apply for the Operations Manager position with Lamers Bus Lines, where David was interviewed by Lamers Bus Lines’ CEO. David made such a powerful impression that he was offered the District Manager position with a competitive annual salary!

What You Should Know About Military Federal Resumes

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As a former or current member of the armed forces, you have already demonstrated personal dedication, perseverance and strong commitment to your country. Today, the U.S. government is better prepared than ever to offer you new, economically competitive civilian employment opportunities.

Whether you're an officer, bookkeeper, aircraft repairman, supply clerk or administrative officer, the federal government may have the right job for you. Now all you need is to create your federal resume. Learn how to create your federal resume here.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' Veteran Navigators

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The Veteran Navigators were created to assist veterans and military families of ALL eras and discharge types. They work to connect veterans and their families to federal, state and local resources to ease issues regarding mental health, substance abuse, housing and other common issues that impact veterans in order to support healthier lifestyles and provide support.

Find a Veteran Navigator that services your area.

Get a VA Veterans ID Card to Access Veteran Discounts

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Did you know, many businesses offer discounts to veterans – including restaurants, hotels, recreational activities, and even home improvement stores. To take advantage of these discounts, you’ll need an easy way to show your veteran status. And the best way to do this is through a VA Veteran ID Card.

The VA’s Veteran ID Card has been digital since September 2022. This is different from the VA healthcare ID card, which veterans receive when they enroll in VA healthcare. 

Apply for your VA Veteran ID Card here. If you have a physical card, you can still continue to use it. 

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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.


Liner Technician Hiring Event

May 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
May 3, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Event Address:
 Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! - 312 E Genesee Ave, Saginaw, MI 48607

American Linear Systems will be conducting on the spot interviews for Remote Work Liner Tech. 


Ingham County DHHS Spring Job Fair

May 4, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Event Address: Don Johnson Fieldhouse - 400 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, MI 48912

Over 150 positions available in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Transportation, and more with wages of $15 per hour and up.


Michigan Works! West Central Hiring Party

May 5, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Event Address: 
Michigan Works! West Central - 5252 S M37, Baldwin, MI 49304
Event Details: view the details here

Come dressed to impress and meet with employers. Interviews may happen on site. Enjoy a free lunch and leave with a job!


Michigan Trades Career Event (hybrid event)

May 12, 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
Event Address:
Capital Commons Center - 400 S Pine St, Lansing, MI 48933
Event Details: register for the event here

Are you a skilled trades professional looking for a great career opportunity? Join us May 12, 2023 to learn how you can become a member of the State of Michigan Professional Trades Team! 


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.