Michigan Creates Program to Employ Wounded Veterans at State DOT

AASHTO Journal, 15 June 2012

Michigan Department of Transportation launched a new program last week aimed at helping wounded veterans transition back into civilian life and the workforce.

The Wounded Veterans Internship Program, funded through the Federal Highway Administration and also sponsored by veteran service organizations across the state, will match these veterans with paid internships within MDOT in the fields of aeronautics, engineering, finance, maintenance, planning, project management, and research.

“This program will help fill a vital need, providing opportunities to our men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line for all of us and suffered physically or psychologically in the process,” said Director Kirk Steudle in a statement. “Gov. Snyder has made it a priority to help the estimated 30 percent of Michigan’s veterans who are unemployed. We at MDOT are proud to share in that mission.”

MDOT anticipates the majority of veterans will come from U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but stress that any wounded veteran may apply. Applicants must be Michigan residents who have been honorably discharged.

More information on MDOT’s Wounded Veterans Internship Program is available at 1.usa.gov/woundedvet.

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