veterans

Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Ex-Navy sniper from MI shares veterans’ stories in new book

Former Navy Seal sniper Ryan Parrot has released a new book on his and other veterans' stories.
Credit Courtesy of Ryan Parrott

In February, we brought you the story of Ryan Parrott. He’s a former Navy Seal sniper from Michigan who now runs “Sons of the Flag”, an organization that helps veterans with burn injuries. Parrott is coming back to Michigan from Dallas, where he lives now, to serve as the grand marshal of Dearborn’s Memorial Day parade on Monday. With a name like Parrott, you know he picked up a nickname in the Navy Seals--he’s called Birdman.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Peppermint Creek bringing stories of vets to stage

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is teaming up with a national organization that gathers stories from veterans and their families for an upcoming project. “The Telling Project” wants to hear from Michigan people with military ties for what Peppermint Creek will call “Telling: Lansing”. It will be staged in November.

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Community
1:16 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Mid-Michigan Purple Heart recipient opens his heart to Afghan comrades

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    The Purple Heart is the oldest military award the United States of America gives to its service members.  It’s sometimes called “the medal nobody wants,” because it’s given to those killed or wounded in combat.  Now, a mid-Michigan man has joined those ranks.  First Lieutenant William Milzarski is  retired from the U-S Army.  He first enlisted back on August 1, 1990 -- the day before Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.  He spent just a few years in as a heavy construction operator.  He was injured, got out and eventually went to Cooley Law School.

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Politics & Government
11:42 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Other states may be models for Michigan veterans services

State officials estimate about 30,000 military veterans live in the Lansing region. A new program aims to connect veterans’ services such as health care and educational benefits more efficiently.

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Politics & Government
11:16 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Michigan native, former Navy Seal remembers 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

Ryan Parrott of Sons of the Flag. He knew 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle well.
Credit Courtesy of Ryan Parrott

“American Sniper” has set box office records over the last few weeks. It tells the story of Chris Kyle, known as America’s most lethal Navy Seal sniper. The film is up for six Oscars, including Best Picture, and Bradley Cooper is nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Chris Kyle. The movie has generated lots of discussion, both pro and con, about Kyle’s legacy.

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History
12:52 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Michigan vet reflects on life-altering service in Vietnam

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, when Americans remember and thank those who have served their country in the armed forces.
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Ninety-six years ago today, the guns fell silent across Europe, marking the armistice that ended the First World War. Veterans Day has been officially observed as a federal holiday in the United States since 1954. Here in mid-Michigan, local veterans are having their stories preserved for the future.

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Education
11:08 am
Tue September 16, 2014

New program helps MI vets re-enter civilian workforce

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is launching a new program aimed at helping veterans re-enter the work force.

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Community
12:33 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Neighbors in Action: VFW National Home for Children

VFW Homes provide housing and support services to struggling military and veteran families from across the nation on a 70-acre campus village in Eaton Rapids, MI.
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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the VFW National Home for Children. The campus, located in Eaton Rapids, offers a nationwide help-line and has 42 single-family homes for families of active duty military or veterans from around the country.

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Politics & Government
1:08 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State trust fund helps Michigan combat veterans

Holm served in the Marine Corps for 25 years and has been awarded numerous medals including the Meritorious Service Medal.
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The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund helps combat-era veterans weather economic emergencies. The fund operates within the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The director of the Agency, Jeff Barnes, recently appointed U.S. Marine veteran Lindell Holm to run the trust fund.

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Politics & Government
12:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

'Storming the Hill' to stem veteran suicides

Iraq war veteran Nick Cook now works to help Michigan veterans with access to benefits and other resources.
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All this week, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been in Washington D.C. to lobby for legislation aimed at reducing the numbers of veteran suicides.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

New mental health resource serves Michigan vets

Dan Zomerlei (center) and Paul Lepley (right) with host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

There’s a new mental health resource for military personnel and their families, and Michigan is at the forefront of the effort. It’s called Star Behavioral Health Providers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:35 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Ann Arbor, Lansing make top ten list for hiring veterans

The Michigan National Guard hosted a job fair in Lansing last week.
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On this Veterans’ Day, there’s some good news to report for people transitioning from the military back into civilian life. A recent national survey ranks Ann Arbor and Lansing among the top 10 best medium-sized cities in the nation for hiring veterans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:56 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Veterans struggle to access services in Michigan

Eric Calley served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. He's the co-founder of the veterans' advocacy group, The Fight Continues. He's pictured with his service dog, Liberty.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

 

Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has deployed nearly two million military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan.  As operations wind down, thousands of troops are returning home, and many with profound physical and psychological wounds.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:00 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Director of new state Veteran's Affairs Agency shares plan

Michigan's first Veterans Affairs Agency is aiming to improve coordinated customer services for veterans to access state and federal benefits in Michigan.
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Data show that Michigan’s nearly 700,000 veterans are not connecting with important services that state and federal agencies offer involving employment, health and education.

  

To correct the situation, Governor Rick Snyder last month approved $3 million to launch Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Current State's Mark Bashore speaks with its first director, U.S. Army veteran Jeff Barnes.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson vows more initiatives to help Michigan veterans

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced a series of new initiatives to help Michigan's nearly 700,000 military veterans today.  

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TV Made in Michigan
8:36 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Pacific Theatre | The War: Michigan Voices

Watch it online now. Oral histories from Michigan veterans who served in the Pacific theatre of World War II.

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TV Made in Michigan
8:12 am
Mon November 12, 2012

European Theatre | The War: Michigan Voices

Watch it online now. Oral histories from Michigan veterans who served in the European theatre during World War II.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

The War: Michigan Voices

Watch it online now. Michigan veterans of World War II recall their experiences in the European and Pacific theatres.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

State Legislature Gives Green Light to Veterans Courts

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Military veterans in Michigan could soon have a network of courts to deal specifically with issues affecting them.

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NewsRoom
6:36 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Veterans Would Qualify for Residential Tuition Rates Under Bills

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Some state lawmakers want to give returning veterans a break on tuition at public universities and community colleges if they settle in Michigan.

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Economic Evolution in the Great Lake State
12:01 am
Mon February 27, 2012

reWorking Michigan: Unemployed Veterans Need Help Transitioning to Civilian Careers

Michigan Army National Guard Captain Amanda Falor is working on a master's degree in management. She says civilian employers sometimes find it difficult to understand her experiences in the military.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

The military is a unique sub-culture of American life: it speaks in acronyms, it has its own justice system, and it places great responsibility on its members.  Yet despite their high level of training, thousands of veterans who leave the military struggle to find a job.  A new initiative in mid-Michigan is designed to bring warriors to the workplace. 

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