Fitting and Proper Tribute to Veterans

first_img13May Fitting and Proper Tribute to Veterans Michigan must continue to embody the spirit of Memorial DayIn a few weeks, we’ll celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends, ushering in another beautiful summer in northern Michigan. In honor of this important holiday, I wished to share a few words spoken nearly 130 years ago by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., describing the meaning of the day:“Memorial Day… embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiasm and faith is the condition of acting greatly. To fight out a war, you must believe something and want something with all your might. So must you do to carry anything else to an end worth reaching.”I was reminded of this quote recently when I attended the Traverse City chapter for Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War 100th anniversary celebration, marking a milestone of dedication for a group of men that have loyally and passionately honored the memories of soldiers who have long since passed away. This group’s longevity and dedication to its mission serves as an inspiration to our community. But their devotion shouldn’t come as a surprise; Michiganders have a long tradition of honoring veterans.It was a small group of Michiganders who in 1862 first decorated graves of Michigan soldiers buried at Arlington Heights, prompting a national movement to celebrate Decoration Day. The Michigan Legislature then became the first among the northern states to officially recognize Decoration Day—now known as Memorial Day—in 1871. Where our state once led the nation in honoring and remembering its veterans, it must always strive to continue.A recent example of Michigan’s commitment to helping and supporting our deserved veterans occurred just this session when the Legislature established a new Veterans Affairs Agency to connect veterans with vital benefits and services and invested in nursing care and maintenance for the Grand Rapids and Jacobetti Veterans’ Homes. Thanks to recently created laws, veterans may now receive a designation on their driver’s license to indicate their service, disabled veterans, former POWs, and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients may now access our state parks free of charge, and the principal residence for disabled veterans—and their surviving spouses—is now eligible to be exempt from property taxes.During my time in office, I’ve been proud to support furthering the establishment of Michigan Veteran Treatment Courts, which recognize the difficulties some soldiers face when returning from war and provide treatment programs for veterans struggling with substance abuse or mental illness. Just last week, I assisted with a package of bills to help ensure that veterans who have successfully gone through these courts become aware of and utilize the benefits to which they are entitled.Finding a job, however, is the single most important thing I hear from men and women returning to civilian life concerns. Soldiers often return with technical training which meets or exceeds the criteria of many certifications for vocational employment, but until recently Michigan didn’t recognize this training. Now, there is an expedited licensing process for veterans in several career fields, including EMT, firefighter and mechanical contractor. Proposals to waive license and application fees for certification in numerous occupations have passed the legislature, but have not been signed into law.Offering our veterans better opportunities for securing employment and providing for their families is among the best ways we can say thank you. Which is why, as a personal measure of gratitude and support, I will be hosting a job fair geared for veterans and job providers seeking the skills and knowledge that military men and women possess. Doors are open 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 16, at the Traverse City VFW Hall (3400 Veterans Drive). A town hall meeting will take place afterwards to provide further information on the benefits and services to which veterans are entitled.Michigan is devoted to the task of providing for its veterans. The men and women who fight for our country have earned the respect, honor and support of our community, and we must remain committed to showing our appreciation. As we celebrate Memorial Day on May 26, let’s remember to do so “with enthusiasm and faith,” and honor Michigan’s veterans with all our heart.###Veterans who have questions or cannot attend the Veterans Job Fair and Town Hall may call Rep. Schmidt’s office toll-free at (800) REP-1046, via email or online at Categories: Newslast_img read more

HBO Asia has launched the streaming services mult

first_imgHBO Asia has launched the streaming service’s multiscreen OTT TV offering HBO Go in Vietnam.HBO Asia, its Vietnam agent and their platform partner FPT Play unveiled the launch at a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City. HBO Go is now available on the FPT Play app.HBO Go Asia offers series, movies and documentaries from the US and Asia, Hollywood blockbusters, Asian hit movies and kids programmes. The latest series will premiere on HBO GO on the same day as the US.Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia said that the service would soon be available on more platforms. Subscribers will also be able to live stream HBO, Max by HBO and Red by HBO channels which are subtitled in Vietnamese.Nguyen Hanh, president said that the group had been preparing to unveil HBO Go in the market for over three years, ensuring that the service was in full compliance with local law.Vu Anh Tu, deputy general director of FPT Telecom, said that the launch would mark “the first time young Vietnamese audiences have a chance to enjoy Band of Brothers, the latest season of Game of Thrones, and thousands of blockbusters and action programming on platforms including smartphone, tablet, smart TV, the web and FPT Play Box”.“The launch of HBO GO marked a critical breakthrough for FPT Play in providing the best audience experience. Working with a world-leading content provider, we will do our utmost to utilize technologies and infrastructure capable of offering audiences the most entertaining and relaxing programming, worthy of the No. 1-rated OTT service provider in Vietnam,” he said.last_img read more