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.
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.
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.
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.
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.