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VA Launches Community-Based Employment Service for Homeless Veterans

06/10/2015 01:07 PM EDT


The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced a new employment program aimed at helping job-ready Veterans exiting homelessness, and those on the brink of homelessness, gain stable and long-term employment.

Anna Mae Hays is living proof that a single person can change the world. Starting as a 22 year old girl from New York, she was able to climb the ranks of the US Army to cement her place in history as the first female Brigadier General. Her exemplary military career paved the road for future women, such as our own Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone (ret.), to be both accepted and respected as a military leader.

General Hays’ story begins with her first deployment during WWII in January of 1943. Less than year after joining the Army Nurse Corps, she was off to India to provide medical care to American soldiers who were constructing a road to China. During her 2-year tenure there, she helped just under 50,000 American soldiers and was promoted to First Lieutenant.

Although the war ended in 1945, her career was just beginning.  She remained in active duty and deployed to the Korean War in 1950. Her success in the cold, under-supplied operating rooms there catapulted her through the command ranks. After the Korean War, she returned home to serve her country. Hays led the emergency room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, considered the Army’s preeminent hospital at the time.

In 1967, she was appointed as Chief of the Army Nurse Corps. As Chief during the Vietnam War, she took multiple trips to the region in order to direct the nursing efforts. It would be her final tour of duty.

Hays received her last promotion in 1970, becoming the first woman to wear the stars of a General officer. She retired the following year.

Brigadier General Hays will be remembered for far more than her rank. She served in 3 major US wars in under 25 years; was a pioneer in the previously male-only military chain-of-command; and an advocate for gender-equality in the military. Her efforts allowed for pregnant military officers to continue to serve their country and abolished limits that prevented potential nurses from serving in the Army Nurse Corps Reserve based on the age of their dependents.

This month marks the 45th anniversary of her promotion to Brigadier General. At the age of 95, she remains a leader to which both men and women inspire to be.

Click here to see the full story of her remarkable career:


The Hire More Heroes Act (H.R. 22) amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow employers to exclude employees who get their health care under TRICARE or from the Veterans Administration from the calculations used to determine whether an employer is an applicable large employer and therefore subject to the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This would apply to all months beginning after December 31, 2013, thus providing retroactive and prospective relief from the ACA.



Real property owned by a disabled veteran is exempt from property taxes. Click here for details.

Governor Snyder recently signed into law P.A. 161 of 2013. This Act amends MCL 211.7b regarding Veterans


Sec. 7b. (1) Real property used and owned as a homestead by a disabled veteran who was discharged from the armed forces of the United States under honorable conditions or by an individual described in subsection (2) is exempt from the collection of taxes under this act. To obtain the exemption, an affidavit showing the facts required by this section and a description of the real property shall be filed by the property owner or his or her legal designee with the supervisor or other assessing officer during the period beginning with the tax day for each year and ending at the time of the final adjournment of the local board of review. The affidavit when filed shall be open to inspection. The county treasurer shall cancel taxes subject to collection under this act for any year in which a disabled veteran eligible for the exemption under this section has acquired title to real property exempt under this section. Upon granting the exemption under this section, each local taxing unit shall bear the loss of its portion of the taxes upon which the exemption has been granted.

(2) If a disabled veteran who is otherwise eligible for the exemption under this section dies, either before or after the exemption under this section is granted, the exemption shall remain available to or shall continue for his or her unremarried surviving spouse. The surviving spouse shall comply with the requirements of subsection (1) and shall indicate on the affidavit that he or she is the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran entitled to the exemption under this section. The exemption shall continue as long as the surviving spouse remains unremarried.

(3) As used in this section, “disabled veteran” means a person who is a resident of this state and who meets 1 of the following criteria:

(a) Has been determined by the United States department of veterans affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate.

(b) Has a certificate from the United States veterans’ administration, or its successors, certifying that he or she is receiving or has received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing.

(c) Has been rated by the United States department of veterans affairs as individually unemployable.


The State Tax Commission has provided some initial guidelines:

 1.    This exemption is only available to disabled veterans or, if the veteran has died, to their unremarried surviving spouse who own and use the home as their homestead.

 2.    The disabled veteran or their surviving spouse must be a resident of the State of Michigan.

 3.    Eligible disabled veterans will be able to apply for a 2013 exemption at the December 2013 Board of Review. An exemption will cancel the July and December 2013 taxes, but will not cancel any taxes levied before 2013.

 4.    The Act requires an Affidavit be filed in order to apply for the exemption.




These are the words for those who attended the Peer to Peer Veterans Meeting this past Saturday. 

This meeting is open to all women who have served or are currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves.



I want to also thank Stephanie for opening her home to us. I'm very grateful. I also want to thank Arlene for getting us all together! She doesn't think she really does enough (or much) for us, but I think this was a big deal for us. So, Arlene, thank you from the bottom of my heart



I haven't felt that exhilarated in a while.

> I just want to thank you for all your hard work and getting us together.

> Your tireless work is part of my healing process.


I had such an amazing time yesterday How wonderful to have met you ALL
Hope to see you beautiful women very soon!

I don't know how anyone else felt or still might feel but I found it a true blessing.  As I sat there and really listened to the other women veterans stories you realize that you are not alone and that you are not the only one that has faced or continues to face challenges.

I feel that by coming together that we can find strength from each other and a true support system so that each of us as we move forward in our lives and the many challenges that  come along as well will have someone that we can turn to, even if it is just a simple "I understand, for we will know that they really do understand because they have been there and done that or had "that" done to them and they can relate"


Sorry, civilian people (usually spouses of veterans) do not understand why veterans go and sit at the American Legion or the VFW club rooms.  It is because you can sit on a bar stool next to a fellow vet and you don't have to utter a single word but you know they get it and you know that should the need arise they would have you back !


 For the most part......We all came in as strangers yesterday afternoon however we were able to share some pretty personal "stuff" with each other cause we knew we were "amoung comrades" and that we were safe there and by the end we were all hugging !


Ladies I had a blast yesterday! I don't get a chance to have time out much with my school schedule and homework load, so yesterday was a treat.  Stephanie, thank you so much for opening up your home to us.  Arlene, I echo Stephanie's sentiments when I say thank you for being our catalyst.

I know Kate said she would be willing to host in April and if no one objects I would like to host in May.


I look forward to seeing all of you soon,


Veteran, mom, grandmother, wife and student, Cristy B has this as her signature on her email.  Great

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan -- to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, Saturday, 4 March 1865


WSWVETS sponsored the first Annual Veteran Retreat at the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids.  A great time and wonderful food was had by all.   Click HERE foradditional photos

Another FUN gathering of Women that Have Served.  To see more photos, Click Here

Wendy, Air Force Veteran and her mom Donna create these fabulous flowers to beautify your garden.  The flowers are made from plastic bottles, painted wit transparent colors to glow in the sun or shade.  To date, they have UPCYCLED over 700 bottles and counting.  Available at the Brighton Farmers Market.  Want more information:

Gloria Lrwis served from January 1945 to December 1949 with the Army in Japan.  'I loved it, every minute of it", said Gloria.  Gloria Was nominated to have WSWVETS designate a brick in her honor to be placed in the Livingston County Veterans Memorial.  WSWVETS selected her name and this brick was placed a few weeks ago.  Gloria, thank you for your service. 


Kristina Derro, Esq.

Just two years ago, gay and lesbian individuals were prevented from serving openly in the military.  Now, same sex spouses of these veterans and service members will be able to share in their government benefits.

In a recent decision, the United States Supreme Court invalidated a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act which denied federal benefits to same sex couples married legally in their states.  This law has a large impact on the same sex spouses of veterans – they will now be able to get help with college tuition, can be buried in a national cemetery, and may be eligible for other financial spousal benefits.  Additionally, these spouses will now be able to receive indemnity pay for the death of a spouse in the military.

To learn more about the impact the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling has on veteran benefits, please visit:

WSWVETS Executive Committee members and other  interested parties were invited to tour the Detroit Veterans Center (a projectof) the Michigan Veterans Foundation. Tyrone Chatman, Executive Director provided the background of the Center  and shared the future plans for a Veterans Village for not only a new men’s facility, but the addition of a women’s facility as well. The Veterans Villiage will service all Veterans on-site from the elegibility/benfits, medical and mental health services thru the opportunity for veterans of own their own home in the Village.


Tyrone and the Foundation has the support of many corporate sponsors, HUD, private foundations, Veterans agencies and many Patriotic Citizens in the community!!


The Detroit Veterans Center is a transitional housing facility and resource center that houses approximately 110 homeless veterans. They provide the skills and confidence needed for homeless veterans to break the cycle of homelessness and return to independent living. This includes the specific goals of residential stability, increased skill level, increased income and greater self-determination to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency.


The Detroit Veterans center began operating in 1989. The DVC is a veteran-initiated project that is operated by veterans.  Homeless
veterans are a unique goup within the homeless population When a veteran returns to civilian life after their service in the military (especially those serving in war-time), they often return home to fragmented families, and difficulties with the reintegration process multiply. The unique nature of the DVC with its back to basics, military approach i.e., barracks-style quarters, squad leaders, moving up through the ranks etc. addresses the special needs of homeless veterans. The program rebuilds the sense of belonging and pride that
the veteran had during his service years.


For additional information contact: Tyrone Chatman, 2770 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48201, 313-831-5500 or


 For news and information of special interest to veterans, their families, and the businesses who employ them, tune in each week to the Veteran's Hour radio program hosted by Captain Ron and Colonel Joe.  

Sponsored by the Veterans' Services Division of Michigan's Workforce Development Agency, Veterans Hour is your link to veteran-specific services and opportunties, news of job openings and career fairs, and help accessing the benefits you've earned through your military service.

Veteran's Hour airs every Wednesday from 2PM to 3PM on WPON 1460 AM in Southfield and WCXI 1160 AM in Fenton, or Sundays from 10AM to 11AM on WMRX/WMPX 1490AM in Midland. 







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