Michigan Veterans

For years, Michigan veterans’ issues sat on the back burner in the public policy realm, despite their high unemployment rate and poor use of veterans’ benefits.

Reps. Santana and David Knezek announced last month that they’re leading a Democratic task force to identify ways to better serve veterans. They’ll travel the state and speak with veterans to nail down the biggest areas of concern, and turn those into legislation.

The federal government’s latest estimates peg the state’s veteran population at more than680,000 as of September 2012. The demographics are changing — as World War II and Korean veterans pass away, military restructuring is expected to send another 10,000 or more contemporary veterans back to Michigan annually in the next few years.

If you or someone you know is a veteran, check out the full story here.