US Navy Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned By Steve Carmody • Nov 10, 2013 Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio This Veterans Day, Michigan has the dubious distinction of having its military veterans among those receiving the least government benefits of any in the 50 states. 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. Navy Week sails into Detroit to celebrate War of 1812 bicentennial By Sarah Cwiek • Sep 6, 2012 US Navy / via ourflagwasstillthere.org The US Navy’s past and present is on display in Detroit this week. Detroit is just one “Navy Week” stop on a Great Lakes tour commemorating the War of 1812. The war pitting the newly-independent US against Great Britain was more or less a draw—though it’s seen very differently just across the border in Windsor, Ontario. But everyone agrees that the war gave birth to the modern US Navy.