us marine corps http://michiganradio.org en Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-michigans-veterans-get-benefits-theyve-earned <p>This Veterans Day, Michigan has <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/11/michigan_ranks_last_among_stat.html">the dubious distinction</a> of having its military veterans among those receiving the least government benefits of any in the 50 states.</p><p>Michigan’s more than 650 thousand veterans get about $3,400 on average in benefits compared with a national average of nearly five thousand dollars a year.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:53:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15195 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned Flint family of jailed former Marine in Iran gets letters http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-family-jailed-former-marine-iran-gets-letters <p>DETROIT (AP) - The family of a former Marine detained in Iran for nearly two years says he's finally receiving visits from an uncle there and has been able to send letters to immediate family members in the United States.<br><br>The Flint Journal reports Amir Hekmati's family holds out hope the developments could signal some movement toward the 29-year-old's release and eventual return to Michigan.<br><br>Sarah Hekmati says the letters are "the first time he's been directly able to express his thoughts." Hekmati's family says he went to Iran in 2011 to visit his grandmothers.<br> Tue, 07 May 2013 17:46:57 +0000 The Associated Press 12448 at http://michiganradio.org Flint family of jailed former Marine in Iran gets letters Defense Dept cuts contract, costing potential jobs in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/defense-dept-cuts-contract-costing-potential-jobs-michigan <p><a href="http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=62351">The Secretary of Defense</a> says he wants to cancel a defense contract that would eliminate hundreds&nbsp;of&nbsp;potential new jobs in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>The contract would be for an amphibious vehicle for the U.S. Marine Corps. The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle was intended to replace a Vietnam era model. <a href="http://generaldynamics.com/">A Sterling Heights based division of General Dynamics</a> is the contractor that has been developing the 40 ton vehicle.</p><p>Peter Keating is a company spokesman. He says canceling the program now will cost as much as moving forward with production.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>"<em>We would expect our congressional delegation in Washington DC to take a look at that and in their wisdom decide if it’s something they’d like to support."&nbsp;</em></p></blockquote><p>The marine vehicle has been plagued with cost overruns and other problems since the Reagan administration.&nbsp;&nbsp; Escalating costs prompted the U.S. Marine Corps to cut in half the number of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles it planned to purchase. Keating insists past problems have been resolved.&nbsp; Thu, 06 Jan 2011 21:16:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 783 at http://michiganradio.org Defense Dept cuts contract, costing potential jobs in Michigan