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Northwest Michigan Works! Offers Tools for Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

NORTHWEST MICHIGAN-At this time of year when we pay special tribute to our nation's veterans, Northwest Michigan Works! is reminding United States military veterans, including those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, about a full set of tools and tips to help them find jobs with businesses looking for skilled workers.

More than 750 Michigan National Guard members are deployed across the globe in support of the global war on terrorism. According to the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, that is down from over 1,800 only five months ago, with hundreds of soldiers recently returning from the Middle East to their families across the state.

"Northwest Michigan Works! is here to help businesses connect with our nation's heroes as they readjust to life at home," said Northwest Michigan Council of Governments CEO Elaine Wood.

Northwest Michigan Works! has service centers in Cadillac, Kalkaska, Manistee, Petoskey, and Traverse City. Each offers a broad spectrum of services to meet the needs of local businesses and assist those seeking employment. Services include local job postings, résumé assistance, support in finding qualified workers, interview facilities, information on and referral to business start-up, retention and expansion services, referral to sources for developing customized training programs and more.

"This country's veterans have the kind of leadership, commitment, experience and skills local businesses are clamoring for," said Wood. "We have the resources to connect these brave men and women with the businesses that need them. We are proud to provide the kind of service that focuses on the unique needs of each business with a position to fill and each veteran looking for a job after returning to the states."

Veterans, job seekers, families and employers can find the Northwest Michigan Works! Service Center closest to their home by visiting

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