Stabenow Holds Roundtable with Veterans Leaders, Service Providers in Grand Rapids

This is one of many roundtable discussions Senator Stabenow is holding with veterans across the state

Monday, July 16, 2018

GRAND RAPIDS – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today held a roundtable discussion with veterans leaders and service providers at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to get their input on how programs serving veterans are working and provide an update on her latest work to support veterans and their families.


“It was an honor to meet in Grand Rapids today with veterans and other leaders who are on the front lines in meeting the needs of veterans in West Michigan,” said Senator Stabenow. “We’ve made some important progress in addressing problems with our VA health system and providing job, housing and educational opportunities for our veterans, but there are still so many more challenges and issues to address. Today’s discussion was great and will help me continue to get things done for our Michigan veterans.”


GRCC President Bill Pink said the college certified 377 military veteran students in the 2017-2018 academic year, allowing them to take advantage of the funding from state and federal benefit programs to use toward coursework.


“We’re proud to serve the people who have served our country, helping them earn credits to advance their education and career skills leading to great jobs,” Pink said. “We’re focused on being relevant and responsive to all of our community. Our veterans are a vitally important part of West Michigan, and we want to make sure they have every opportunity to build on the skills they gained in the service.”


Stabenow was joined by representatives from Grand Valley State University, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Cherry Health, Mercy Health, Grand Rapids Veterans Center, Habitat for Humanity, Kent County Veterans Services, Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Wyoming VA Health Care Center, Marine Corps League, Ferris State University, and Grand Rapids Community College.


More background on Senator Stabenow’s work to improve services for Michigan’s veterans may be found here.