Most Michigan youth unqualified for military service, report says

Capital News Service
LANSING – An estimated three out of four young adults in Michigan are not qualified to serve in the military, according to a new report. Mission Readiness, a national security organization based in New York, cited minimum standards for education, physical fitness and lack of a criminal record. The group of retired military leaders advocates for investments in education. The goal is to help young Americans succeed in school, in hopes that more will grow up prepared for military service, should they choose to enlist. The report, “Michigan Youth: Ready, Willing but Unable to Serve,” presents statistics that showed a quarter of young people in the state don’t graduate from high school on time.

Invisible, unemployed, more women vets homeless

Capital News Service
LANSING – A growing number of female veterans in the state are living in the streets or homeless shelters, according to the Michigan Women’s Commission. About 45,400 female veterans live in Michigan, according to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. Michigan has no specific program targeting homeless female veterans, but efforts are being made to improve their access to all programs, said Susy Avery, executive director of the commission. A rough estimate of homeless veterans in the state is 4,000, but there is no data on female ones, said Angela Simpson, deputy public affairs officer for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Nationally, the number of female veterans doubled from 4 to 8 percent between 1990 and 2010.