Michigan Veterans

Jan Little
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Michigan Ability Partners (MAP) has an ongoing mission to find work, housing, and other esssentials for military veterans and those with disabilities. The COVID-19 public health crisis created new and different challenges. MAP's chief executive officer, Jan Little, joined WEMU's David Fair to look at the immediate past, the present, and the future. 

Observing Memorial Day During COVID-19

May 25, 2020
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COVID-19 will impact how veterans will be honored this year on Memorial Day in Washtenaw County. 

Ypsilanti Township Army Veteran Gets A New Roof

May 20, 2019
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An Ypsilanti Township military veteran received a new roof Monday, thanks to the national Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

Focus On EMU: Stories Of Service

Oct 20, 2018
Eastern Michigan University
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Combat veterans across America have many stories to tell, and an upcoming event will give them a chance to share them with the public.  In this week's "Focus on EMU," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Eastern Michigan University theatre arts professor Wallace Bridges, who is the event director of the "Stories of Service" event coming to Ann Arbor.

Michigan House of Representatives
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Sexual harassment by public officials is one of the topics lawmakers are looking to tackle this term. 

Legislature Backtracks On Detroit Veterans’ Home

Dec 15, 2017
Michigan Capitol
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A new veterans’ home may not go in Detroit as originally planned. 

Ann Arbor
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Investigators say a man died at a VA hospital in Michigan after a nurse mistakenly believed he didn't want to be resuscitated in case of an emergency.

Lisa Barry

With Veterans Day coming up Saturday, there will be much focus on military veterans and those who served in the United States Armed Forces.  A special evening is planned November 8th at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, where several veterans will tell their stories combined with other musical elements.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talked to Daniel Patrick and Kathy Hay about the event.

Grand Rapids
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A report says troubles at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are largely resolved.

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Democratic lawmakers in Lansing say the state Attorney General is doing too little, too late.

Grand Rapids
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Eleven former employees of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been charged with felonies for falsifying reports to reflect they made required patient visits when, instead, they were ignoring them. 

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and a millage is expected to be a main topic of discussion.


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The Ford Motor Company is trying to help match local veterans with meaningful jobs.  

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
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A joint state House committee could begin hearings as soon as this week on a scathing audit of a state-run veterans’ home.


To help address the transportation needs of veterans in our state, AmeriCorps and the Michigan Region 10 Veterans Community Action Team has started a program called Wheels for Warriors. 

Michigan has done a poor job over the last decade making sure veterans collect all the benefits they’re entitled to. That’s according to a new report from the state Auditor General’s office.

The audit shows the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (DMVA) has failed to adequately track the performance and spending of veterans’ agencies across the state. That includes organization such as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion.