LANSING — As part of House Democrats’ comprehensive Supporting MI Veterans package aimed at increasing support for Michigan’s brave men and women in uniform when they return home, state Rep. Jim Haadsma (D-Battle Creek) unveiled his bill today to create a special tax credit for veterans who have served in the last 20 years and are disabled or eligible for a military pension.

“It’s impossible to simply express in words the deep appreciation I have for all those who have served to keep our state and nation safe,” said Haadsma. “Michigan’s veterans exemplify all that’s best in us as a people through their tireless determination, honor and selfless sacrifice. It’s our turn to give back to those who have given us so much, and that begins by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money to support themselves and their families.”

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 is comprised of over 20 bills from more than 20 different sponsors 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.