LANSING — House Democrats announced their Supporting MI Veterans legislative package aimed at empowering Michigan’s brave men and women in uniform when they return home. State Rep. Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) co-sponsored various bills in the package.

“After the sacrifices, our veterans have made while serving our country, we need to do everything in our power to support them as they return to civilian life,” said Coleman. “One way we can do that is by addressing unemployment, and I am happy to say that this package includes several initiatives to help veterans find good-paying jobs. I’m proud to support this legislation that puts our veterans first.”

Michigan is home to the 11th largest veteran population in the nation, with over 550,000 veterans accounting for over 7 percent of the state’s adult population. The Supporting MI Veterans package aims to provide comprehensive support from waiving teaching license and medical record fees, providing property tax credits and free public transportation, to creating a special hotline for reporting instances of abuse, neglect or exploitation.