Rick Snyder on Homeland Security
24/7/365 service to our veterans for benefits
Before we took office, we were ranked 53rd in how we helped our veterans in certain categories. Over the last four years, we've seen an over 20% increase in the average benefits veterans are getting in the state of Michigan, and we are now leading
the country with services such as 1-800-MICHVETS, a cutting-edge way we can give 24-7, 365-day service to our veterans. You deserve that, and we're going to keep up supporting our veterans."
Source: State of the State address at 2015 Michigan Inauguration
, Jan 20, 2015
There is a cost to sending our military into harm's way
In April of last year, I made a trip to Kuwait and Afghanistan. On that trip, it was one of the most moving trips of my entire life. It was special to see the service that these fine people give our country. One special thing happened: I was on Forward
Operating Base, Kunduz, in Afghanistan. It was with the 125th Infantry, a Michigan National Guard Unit. When I arrived they asked me to do a re-enlistment ceremony. So, I had the opportunity to swear people in to re-enlist in the
United States Military, in the Michigan National Guard on the Forwarding Operating Base in harm's way.
To give you some perspective, we had well over 1,000 Michiganders serve and come back this year, and there is a cost and we need to understand that.
This last year we lost nine service people that were Michiganders. So, I think it is only fitting that we send out thoughts and prayers at anyone in the Armed Services and all their families.
Source: 2013 State of the State Speech to Michigan Legislature
, Jan 16, 2013
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