What do you think Michigan should be doing to address veteran unemployment?

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Thank you for standing up for Michigan’s veterans and sharing your thoughts on how we can better assist them. Our veterans have given our state and our country so much and their elected officials should be doing everything that they can to support them when they return home. This legislation has bipartisan support and will help small businesses and veteran workers alike, but we need to continue to spread the word and urge the Legislature to take action.

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There are currently around 660,000 veterans in Michigan, the 11th largest veteran population in the country. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have had the largest influx of veterans in decades. But after fighting for our freedom around the world, they are sadly facing another battle when they come home: the battle to find work and lead a normal life. In 2013, Michigan had the second-highest veteran unemployment rate in the U.S. with a rate of 10.6%, and 13.5% specifically for post-9/11 veterans—both 4% higher than the national veteran unemployment rates. A Vietnam veteran himself, Senator Vincent Gregory is working to change that with his “Hire MI Heroes Act.” The bipartisan legislation will provide Michigan businesses that hire our veterans with a tax credit of 25% of the veterans’ compensation up to $4,000. It helps our small businesses lower their taxes while helping our veterans get back on their feet and put the skills, talents and discipline they honed in the military to work in our economy.

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