Sen. Stabenow discusses 2 bills to support veterans in Swartz Creek

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SWARTZ CREEK (WJRT) (8/9/2018) - U.S. Sentor Debbie Stabenow discussed two new bills Thursday during a visit in Swartz Creek designed to help veterans transition back to American life.

She stopped at the American Legion post to talk about legislation that she hopes will make a difference in the lives of our veterans.

"They come home, the community service organizations don't know they're here, they don't know they're there, and so connecting them up becomes very important," said Stabenow, a Democrat from Lansing.

Stabenow is the co-sponsor of the Veterans Transition Assistance Act, which was introduced on July 30.

The bill would allow service members to give their permission to be contacted by local community groups, including veterans service organizations, as they transition to civilian life.

The U.S. Department of Defense would also start the transition process much earlier.

Stabenow also authored a bill that would help cover housing for those on the GI Bill in between semesters.

Thursday's discussion follows a series of statewide roundtable talks held with veterans.and service providers.

Stabenow faces political newcomer Republican John James, a combat veteran, in the November general election.