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December 9, 2016


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Connect with Michigan Veterans' Employment Services and other vets on Facebook

Thank you for your service to this great country. Are you part of the Michigan Veterans' Employment Services Facebook family? Take a minute to LIKE the page and join the conversation. Popular post of the week!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Merry Christmas

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The Michigan Veterans Employment Services staff meets in Troy for annual training conference

VES Staff

This amazing group of veterans are Michigan's Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists. They work in Michigan Works! offices all around the state, providing intensive and individualized employment services to eligible veterans and spouses assisting them with overcoming significant barriers to employment.

This photo was taken at their annual training conference earlier this week. This conference is an opportunity to network with peers, share experiences, learn best practices and collaborate strategies to more effectively serve our veterans.

Learn more about the Veterans Employment Services and how they might be of assistance to you or someone you may know.

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Toys for Tots - still time to give some extra hope this Christmas.

Toys for Tots

It's not too late to help a 'little' someone have a great Christmas this year. Select your city or zip code and you will be redirected to the Toys For Tots campaign in your area with specific instructions on how to donate locally.

Remember getting toys for Christmas? Can you imagine how devastating it would have been to receive nothing while all your friends received a new toy? Maybe you recall when a neighbor received nothing at Christmas because his or her family was experiencing hard times. It is painful to think about the impact a Christmas without a toy can have on a child and how adversely it can impact his or her self-esteem and future. Some never recover and ultimately never realize their potential.

Toys for Tots exists to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

If you haven't already done so, take a minute to make a donation and change a life!

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Trinity Services Group is hiring veterans all over Michigan

Trinity Services Group

Trinity Services Group is contracted by the Michigan Department of Corrections to provide food services to the Michigan prison system. They are seeking veterans to fill positions in many locations all around the state.

Learn more about the careers of Food Service Supervisors and Directors in this job preview video.

Download the PDF flyer or search for vacancies at

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New Horizons Veterans Career Expo - Friday, January 27

New Horizons

New Horizons is sponsoring a Veterans Career Expo and you are cordially invited to attend!  The West Michigan Military and Veteran Career Expo, in partnership with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers and West Michigan Works!, will be held at the Grand Valley Armory (1200 44th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509) in the gymnasium from 11am to 3pm. This event open to the general public.

Veterans or current active, reserve, or guard soldiers register here.

New Horizons is the leading provider of IT, Desktop Applications, Project Management and Business Skills training courses. As a learning solutions provider for many of the industry's top vendors, such as Microsoft, VMware and Cisco, we are positioned to offer the latest authorized classes delivered by certified instructors to keep you on the cutting edge of information technology. Classes can be taken at many locations throughout the state.

If you have any questions, please contact Kurtis Villa at 616-574-7581 or

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Veteran designation on driver license makes proving your veteran status easy

Veteran Driver License Designation

Tired of always 'proving' you are a veteran? The Michigan Secretary of State's Office has made it easy by printing the 'Veteran' designation on your driver license. Have you done it yet? Has it made it easier on you?

The veteran designation gives veterans an easy and optional way to prove their veteran status to receive discounts from businesses. Eligible veterans may get the designation by visiting any Secretary of State office or when renewing through the mail. The designation is available when you apply for an original or renewal Michigan license or ID at no additional charge. If added at another time, correction fees will apply like always.

Get more information and to fill out the veteran designation form.

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MVAA certified flag indicates 'Veteran-Friendly Employer' in MiTalent job search

MVAA Veteran Friendly Flag

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) has worked tirelessly to create standards for companies to become certified Veteran-Friendly Employers. MVAA recognizes employers that commit to military veteran recruitment, training and retention practices by awarding those employers Gold, Silver and Bronze level status as Veteran-Friendly Employers. MVAA’s Veteran-Friendly Employers program helps qualified organizations recruit and retain top veteran talent while providing others a road map to improve their recruitment efforts.

Employers can now attain this special certification with the MVAA in Pure Michigan Talent Connect. A new MVAA certified flag for certified employers will appear next to all job postings by MVAA recognized, Veteran-Friendly Employers.

What does this mean for you? As a veteran and job seeker, this flag indicator quickly assures you that this employer understands what you bring to the job and organization. This employer values your integrity, self-direction, diversity, leadership skills, and specialized advanced training. They can relate to your experience and skills and see how they align with their mission and goals. Now you can easily see who these employers are and apply for vacancies posted by MVAA Certified Veteran-Friendly Employers.

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Do you know a veteran who would like to intern with Michigan Department of Transportation?


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has a paid internship program for veterans.

Program Purpose:

  • To assist veterans in transitioning from military service to the civilian workplace by providing insight into the careers available within MDOT.
  • To provide meaningful work experience that integrates job duties, networking opportunities, training, workshops and job shadowing.
  • The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) benefits from an intern who will contribute valuable skills, knowledge, and abilities to our organization.

Program Highlights:

  • The program is open to veterans who are transitioning from military to civilian employment
  • This is a paid internship compensation is based on the position requirements and the skills, knowledge, and ability of the intern
  • The program is funded by a grant provided by the Federal Highway Administration
  • This is a non-career position (no paid time off or benefits)
  • The internship can last up to 2 years

Learn more about the program or contact Bruce Freimark, Program Coordinator by calling 517-373-1532 or sending an email to

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West Michigan veterans, join the Veterans Networking Job Club!

Networking Job Club

Hey, all you veterans in the Grand Rapids area! Are you looking for a new career? Join the Veteran Networking Job Club that meets every first and third Thursday of each month at 10am at West Michigan Works, 215 Straight NW, Grand Rapids in Kent County. December 15 is the next meeting. This is a great group of community resources working to connect veterans to resources and improve employment networking.

If you have questions, stop in or send an email to Leonard at

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Connect with Michigan Veterans' Employment Services and other vets on Facebook

Thank you for your service to this great country. Are you part of the Michigan Veterans' Employment Services Facebook family?

Check it out and become an active member by clicking 'like'. ------------->>

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