America is the example of liberty in the world because we remain the home of the brave. Let’s never forget that the willingness of young people to serve is largely reflective of how we treat those who already served.
Saluting our veterans is about showing our appreciation for their service and ensuring America always has patriots committed to her defense.
The Michigan Senate recently approved legislation supporting our honorably discharged veterans by allowing them to use certain military training and experience toward professional licensure as an EMT, firefighter, boiler operator and stationary engineer, mechanical contractor, and residential builder.
The bills build on previously enacted laws for licensing as a security guard, commercial driver and journeyman electrician or plumber.
The reforms recognize that military training is rigorous and worthy of counting toward comparable jobs in the civilian workforce.
We owe our freedoms to the men and women in uniform who put their nation before themselves. This is a common-sense way we can help them find work when they return home.
I am hopeful that the bills will be signed before Veterans Day, a time reserved for us to honor the enormous sacrifice and selfless dedication of our veterans. While the sacrifice made by them and their families is a debt we can never fully repay, these reforms are a real, meaningful way to express our gratitude.
I look forward to taking part in tributes throughout Southwest Michigan to thank our veterans for their commitment to liberty.
I also encourage area residents to take a moment this Veterans Day weekend to tell a veteran how much you appreciate their service.