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Workforce Development Agency. State of Michigan Veterans’ Services Division. Vision & Leadership. Major General Robert W. Smith III, USA (Retired). Veterans’ Services Division.

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workforce development agency

Workforce Development Agency

State of Michigan

Veterans’ Services Division

vision leadership
Vision & Leadership

Major General Robert W. Smith III, USA (Retired)


Veterans’ Services Division

  • State of Michigan Agency that provide enhanced employment and education services to U.S. Military veterans and their eligible spouses
  • To be considered a veteran by Federal Regulations, one must have served on active duty for more than 180 days, or have been discharged (under other than dishonorable) or released from active duty due to a service-connected disability
veterans services division
  • Assist veterans with finding the appropriate federal, state, or local entities, for the reintegration process
  • Assist veterans in finding employment
  • Help explain to veterans their benefits and entitlements
  • Promote hiring of veterans (Job Developments)
  • Educate private sector employers and governmental agencies on the benefits of hiring veterans
veterans reintegration
Veterans’ Reintegration
  • Separation from active service
    • Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Guard and Reserve demobilization
    • Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Penal system releases (military and civilian)
    • Incarcerated Veterans’ Program
    • Pre-release Counseling and Employment Services
    • Veterans’ Court
veterans services division central office staff
Veterans’ Services DivisionCentral Office Staff
  • Expand partnerships with governmental entities, Veterans’ Service Organizations, and other community agencies
  • Maintain Division Web site and State Veterans’ Hotline
  • Research veteran issues, collect data on returning veterans and develop reports
  • Coordinate staff training
  • Implement legislative mandates
services provided include
Services Provided Include:
  • Registration for VA benefits
  • Job fairs
  • Transitional support
  • Educational Scholarships
strategic partners community
Strategic PartnersCommunity


Social Services

Education and Training Institutions


workforce education training
Workforce Education & Training



State Approving Agency

referring veterans for vsd services
Referring Veterans for VSD Services
  • Refer the Veteran to the nearest Michigan Works! Service Center, first…
  • If it is determined that the veteran will need more intensive job seeking services they will be referred to the LVER/DVOW in the service center.
Mr. Robert W. Smith III

Director, Veterans’ ServicesDivision

(517) 241-4224

Carmela Buchanan Department Training Analyst, VSD (517) 241-9893


Questions regarding this policy issuance should be directed to:

State Veterans’ Hotline:

(800) 455-5228