LANSING, MI - March 28th, 2012 the Michigan House sub committee for Military and Veteran Affairs approved the 2012-2013 budget. This budget includes the following for Veteran Service Organizations:
Funding to be 3,029,000 for the year, which is the same as last year. It also includes 2 one-time infusions of funding.
1. One-Time Appropriations - Veterans Advice, Advocacy and Assistance Grants
House includes a one-time line item appropriation of $2.0 million for veterans service organization grants to be funded with IDG funding being made available from the Department of Human Services.
2. One-Time Appropriations - Michigan Veterans Coalition Initiatives
House includes a one-time line item appropriation of $1.7 million for Michigan Veterans Coalition initiatives to be funded with IDG funding being made available from the Department of Human Services. Proposed initiatives include: establishing and implementing a college campus program to assist veterans on campus with enrolling in the veterans affairs health care system and with filing claims for disabilities; and implementing an Internet-based data system, in collaboration with the Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors, to ensure that Michigan's veterans and their families receive professional assistance, advocacy, and counseling to obtain and receive benefits.
To read more: Summary from the Fiscal Agency http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billanalysis/House/pdf/2011-HLA-5381-2.pdf
To read House Bill 5381: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billintroduced/House/pdf/2012-HIB-5381.pdf
Next step: March 29th, 2012 is the Senate version of the budget. Differences will be brought to conference.
The legislative team is working hard to keep these gains through out the process.
The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.