U.S. Department of Vetran Affairs http://michiganradio.org en Revamping vets' services http://michiganradio.org/post/revamping-vets-services <p>Michigan's new <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/">Veterans Affairs Agency</a> director says the state needs to do a better job connecting its nearly 700,000 veterans to services.</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 20:35:18 +0000 Associated Press 12042 at http://michiganradio.org Revamping vets' services U.S. gives $1.59 million for Michigan vets programs http://michiganradio.org/post/us-gives-159-million-michigan-vets-programs <p>DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is giving $1.59 million for programs helping homeless Michigan veterans and their families.</p><p>Department Secretary Eric Shinseki said Tuesday that two Michigan nonprofit agencies will help about 545 homeless veteran families.</p><p>The program is called Supportive Services for Veteran Families, and the nationwide initiative is awarding about $60 million to 85 agencies in 40 states and the District of Columbia.</p><p>The government is giving $999,559 to Southwest Counseling Solutions in Detroit and $590,928 to the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency in Wyandotte.</p><p>Under the program, the agencies will be able to provide a range of services to eligible very low-income veterans and their families. That can include some financial aid for rent, utilities, deposits and moving costs. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:47:31 +0000 The Associated Press 3470 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. gives $1.59 million for Michigan vets programs