Michigan starts new effort to hire military veterans

Darrel Butcher is an Army veteran who is thankful for programs like Hiring our Heroes.

Veterans say trading in their camouflage for a suit and tie is a difficult transition. The new initiative coined Hiring our Hero's Vet States Program, is trying to draw attention to veterans with invaluable experience right here in Michigan.

"When I got out first thing on my list to do was employment," said Army veteran Darrel Butcher.

Since serving four years in the Army, Darrel Butcher has been adjusting to life without his uniform. Through ads and job fairs like the one held Wednesday at Baker Collegeâ??s Owosso campus Butcher is landing a job with Veteran Affairs.

"It took about a few six seven months before I found employment," said Butcher.

Through a new partnership with hiring our hero's Michigan is trying to speed up the hiring process and provide more jobs for veterans.

"They help you out as much as you want to help yourself out," said Butcher.

Employers are excited to be more available and tap into what they call an invaluable resource.

"These are guys (men and women) that know how to represent an organization bigger than themselves," said Driving for America Veteran Recruiter Justin Nichols.

Nichols says, taking care of Michigan vets is also the responsibility of individual employers.

"Get them started on a career path. We don't promote job placement as much as it is career path placement," said Nichols.

"Was it an easier process with these programs? Absolutely," said Butcher.

Over the next 3 to 5 years Michigan is expecting 30,000 to 50,000 veterans to move into the state.