Veterans' Employment Services in Michigan: July 2023 Newsletter

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July 2023

Veterans' Employment Services Newsletter


Tips for Veterans Navigating the Job Search

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Transitioning from military service to civilian life can be both an exciting and challenging endeavor, especially when it comes to finding a new career path. Successfully navigating the job search as a veteran requires careful planning and a strategic approach. Here are some top tips to assist veterans in making a successful transition to civilian careers.

  • Leverage Your Unique Skills and Experiences. Military personnel possess valuable qualities such as leadership, discipline, teamwork, and adaptability. It's essential to showcase these attributes on your resume and during interviews. And don’t forget to translate your experience into civilian-friendly language to help employers understand the relevance of your experience in a corporate setting.
  • Networking, Networking, Networking. Networking plays a crucial role in the civilian job market. Connect with fellow service members who’ve already transitioned into civilian careers, as they can provide valuable insights and recommendations. Attending job fairs, industry events, and veteran-specific networking groups can help build a professional network and open doors to potential job opportunities. Be sure to explore resources such as Michigan Works!, Veterans' Employment Services, and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
  • Stop by Your Local Michigan Works! Service Center. These centers offer personalized career counseling, resume writing support, and access to job listings tailored to veterans. Michigan Works! also provides specialized training programs to enhance employability and the staff at are well-versed in veteran-related benefits. They’ll be able to guide you through the process of accessing programs and provide the support you need for a successful transition to civilian careers.

Find your local Michigan Works! Service Center at or by calling 800-285-WORKS (9675). 

Female Veterans, Start Your Career in Skilled Trades

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Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) has partnered with a number of construction skilled trades apprenticeship programs to bring you an interactive way to learn about the trades, meet other tradeswomen, and learn more about the WIST Apprenticeship Readiness Program.

When: Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Lansing Neighborhood Empowerment Center - 600 W Maple St, Lansing, MI

Learn more at

Celebrating 33 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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July 26, 2023 marked the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This important civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life – including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services is committed to continuing to work with job seekers to ensure their accommodation needs are being met. Learn more about the work they do at

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Veteran Success: VES Partners with Peckham to place Veterans into Careers

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Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) Fred Pittman partnered with Veteran Services Specialist Matt Urhammer from Peckham, Inc. in February 2023 to help Peckham fill their job openings with veteran talent.

Shortly afterward, LVER Pittman was receiving regular job updates that he passed along to the rest of the VES staff. So when Veterans' Career Advisor (VCA) Rayetta Wyatt verified that veteran James Shotwell was job ready, she quickly referred him to LVER Pittman. Guided by Pittman, James expressed interest in the Millett Forklift Operator position at Peckham, Inc. and successfully secured the job in Lansing.

Matt's commitment to advocating for veterans was evident throughout the process, and LVER Pittman believed Peckham, Inc. deserved recognition for their support. As a result, LVER Pittman presented a well-deserved Certificate of Appreciation from VES to Matt and Director of Workforce Planning, Alex Modlin, in Lansing. The event was also attended by Lansing-based VCA Deb Bohanon.

VES is proud of this strong partnership is thankful for Peckham, Inc.'s continuous support in hiring and supporting Michigan veterans. The partnership between Peckham and VES promises a brighter future for veterans.

PACT Act Claims Deadline

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Don't miss your chance to have your PACT Act benefits backdated by one year! Submit your claim or intent to file by Wednesday, August 9 for possible one-year backdated benefits.

The PACT Act expands VA healthcare for veterans exposed to toxic substances. Apply online at

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency offers free and confidential assistance. Call 1-800-MICH-VET to get started.

Military Discount Center, Deals and Freebies

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The Military Discount Center highlights the commitment of businesses that support our military through numerous military discounts, deals and freebies for active-duty service members, veterans and their families.

View featured discounts at

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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.

First Annual Behavioral Health Job Fair

July 28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Event Address:
 Goodwill of Greater Detroit - 3111 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48208
Event Details: view the details here

Nonprofit Job Fair focused on licensed counseling and social work candidates.


Saginaw Intermediate School District Interviews

July 31, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Event Address: Millet Learning Center - 3660 Southfield Drive, Saginaw, MI 48601

On-the-spot interviews for open support positions with Saginaw Intermediate School District.


STARS Job & Education Fair

Aug. 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
Event Address: 
STARS Plaza - 615 Johnson St, Saginaw, MI 48607

The Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS) will be hosting a job and education fair. Opportunities are accessible by STARS routes!


IHM Senior Living Community Healthcare Hiring Event

Aug. 9, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Event Address:
SEMCA Michigan Works! - 1531 N Telegraph Rd, Monroe, MI 48162

IHM Senior Living Community is hiring CNAs, Nurse Aides, and Charge Nurses. Bring your resume and come learn the benefits of working for IHM!


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.