Michigan’s House Concurrent Resolution No. 3.

A concurrent solution to call on the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority to ensure plans for the new state veterans homes included signed smoking areas. The state of Michigan has committed to the process of updating its system of veteran’s homes to create a sustainable and responsive network of homes that meets the long-term care and aging needs of all Michigan veterans. Smoking was a regular part of military life and encouraged by our Armed Forces. For decades, the C-rations issued to the members of the military in the field included cigarettes. Many veterans entered military service nonsmokers but left a regular smoker. A lack of smoking areas will create a  barrier to nearly a third of Michigan veterans receiving the care they have earned and deserve through service to our country; now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That we call on the Michigan Veterans ‘Facility Authority to ensure plans for the new state veterans homes included closed, have climate-controlled designated smoking areas attached to buildings. Legislature’s approval of $42 million in funding for the construction of two new veterans homes, including the new Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

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