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Hundreds of Michigan employers have now been certified as veteran-friendly since the program began in 2013.

MICHIGAN—Veterans in Michigan are getting connected with even more career opportunities in 2020. 

The Veteran-Friendly Employer program helps connect Michigan’s 552,000 veterans to high quality jobs, while also giving them access to entrepreneurial and quality-of-life opportunities.

The Department of Environmental, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) recently became the third state department certified as a Veteran-Friendly Employer in 2020 alone, joining two others in Michigan.

Hundreds of Michigan employers have been certified since 2013 through the program so far. 

“Our veterans put their lives on the line for our families, and we must ensure that they have the support they need here at home,” said Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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“That’s why the State of Michigan is taking crucial steps to ensure our veterans can get connected to good jobs in our departments. As we approach Veterans Day, I want to thank all of those who have served our state and the family members and loved ones who have supported our veterans.” 

The new additions add to the grand total of ten State of Michigan departments or departmental units that have now been certified as Veteran-Friendly Employers through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). More than half of all state departments are now certified.

The other two that have been certified this year are the departments of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) and Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB).

The program was launched in 2013. Michigan now employs nearly 4,000 veterans, representing 7.3% of its workforce.

Nearly 400 private and public employers across the state are certified by the program through a rating system that includes Bronze, Silver and Gold distinctions for veteran-friendly employers.

The full list of employers can be viewed on MichiganVeterans.com

The ten Michigan departments that have been certified include: 

  • Michigan Department of Environmental, Great Lakes and Energy 
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Michigan State Police
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michigan Department of Corrections 
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity 
  • Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget 
  • Michigan Department of Insunick meyrance and Financial Services

“Veterans bring special skillsets, a strong work ethic and values to the workplace that employers need to help make their operations successful,” said MVAA Director Zaneta Adams.

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“The MVAA applauds the growing list of state departments for recognizing the value of hiring veterans and is committed to working with even more Michigan employers – public and private alike – to help them grow their veteran workforces.”  

Two state departments have achieved the Gold standard: the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and Michigan State Police. The MDOT now employs about 140 veterans according to a press release from Whitmer’s office.

“At MDOT, we are very committed to including military veterans in our workforce,” said MDOT Director Paul C. Ajegba. 

“Their talents and skills are valuable to our work, and our mission is not only to bring them on board but to continue to help them succeed.”

In addition to the above departments, three others have been recognized at the Silver level: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corrections, and Health and Human Services.

The three departments certified so far this year – DTMB, DIFS and, most recently, EGLE – join two others in the Bronze-level VFE category: Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Workforce Development unit and Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division, both certified in 2019. 

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“As the state’s newest Veteran-Friendly Employer, we are affirming our commitment to both supporting Michigan’s military veterans and ensuring EGLE is a welcoming and engaging workplace,” Clark added in an email to The Gander Newsroom.

“Protecting Michiganders’ quality of life and the natural resources fits hand-in-glove with their mission of protecting their country.”

 “We thank all those that have served our country, by air, water, and land, in our Armed Forces,” Clark added.

The MVAA is available 24/7 at 1-800-MICH-VET for all veterans who need assistance.