Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

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Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Seal of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.jpg
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Department overview
Department executives Major General Gregory J. Vadnais, Adjutant General, Michigan National Guard & Director
Brigadier General Burton K. Francisco, Assistant Adjutant General - Army
Brigadier General Michael A. Stone, Assistant Adjutant General - Installations
Child agencies Michigan Army National Guard
Michigan Air National Guard
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
Michigan Volunteer Defense Force
Website http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/

The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is a principal department of the State of Michigan. It oversees the military components and veterans services for the State. The military components are the Michigan National Guard and Michigan Volunteer Defense Force (MI VDF).[1]

History[edit]

The Department of Military Affairs was formed as one of the initial principal departments under the Executive Organization Act of 1965 as required by the 1963 State Constitution. In 1997, the Department was renamed the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs by Executive Order.[2] In 2005 by Governor's Executive Order, the State Military Board was abolished with duties transfer to the Department with the Governor's approval authority over the Military Board was transferred to the State Administrative Board.[3]

Governor Rick Snyder issued an executive order on January 18, 2013 creating the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency within the Department effective March 20, 2013.[4][5]

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency[edit]

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is an agency formed within the department under the head of a cabinet-level director appointed by the Governor and reporting to both the Governor and Department Director. The agency is to coordinate and centralize various benefits and services. The agency director is the chief advisor to Governor and all department head regarding veterans services' policies, programs and procedures.[2][4][5]

The Agency was created when Governor Rick Snyder issued an executive order on January 18, 2013 with in the Department effective March 20, 2013. The Agency took over from the Department various responsibilities formerly held directly by the department in its Veterans Affairs Directorate, support for the State Veterans Home Board of Managers and Veterans Speakers Program.[2][4][5]

State Veterans Home Board of Managers:

  • D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans
  • Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
  • Michigan Veterans Trust Fund
  • Veterans service organizations state grants

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michigan Volunteer Defense Force
  2. ^ a b c Snyder, Rick. "Executive Order No. 2013-2 Executive Reorganization of Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Creation of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency" (PDF). Executive Orders. State of Michigan. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Grandholm, Jennifer. "Executive Reorganization Order No. 2005-3". Michigan Compiled Laws. Legislative Council, State of Michigan. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Martin, Tim (January 19, 2013). "Gov. Rick Snyder issues executive order aimed at strengthening support for military veterans in Michigan". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Flesher, John. "New state agency to help Michigan veterans". Lansing State Journal. Associated Press. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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