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Detroit News: Lawmakers seek aid for wrongly discharged veterans

by Melissa Nann Burke

Washington - Federal lawmakers are trying to make benefits available to veterans who may have been discharged in error due to behavior stemming from trauma during their service. Veterans can be denied Veterans Administration health care and other benefits if they received dishonorable or less-than-honorable discharges. However, the military and veterans' advocates are finding that thousands of former service members had undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries at t… Continue Reading


Stars and Stripes: Veterans advocates, lawmakers fight for protection in NDAA against less-than-honorable discharges

by Nikki Wentling

WASHINGTON - Veterans service organizations are pressuring lawmakers working on the National Defense Authorization Act to include an amendment protecting servicemembers with mental illness from less-than-honorable discharges. Veterans advocates and lawmakers said Tuesday at a news conference outside the Capitol that about 22,000 veterans with mental illness have received less-than-honorable discharges, called "bad paper," since 2009. Those veterans lose out on Department of Veterans Affairs hea… Continue Reading


Alcona County Review: U.S. Senator tours Harrisville Harbor during motorcycle tour through Michigan last week

by Cheryl Peterson

Harrisville was the second stop in the first day of U.S. Senator Gary Peters' motorcycle tour through 26 counties last week. He made a total of 12 stops over five days meeting with officials, business owners and community leaders to discuss his work on behalf of Michigan while serving in the U.S. Senate. His first stop was at the Alcona Health Center clinic in Oscoda to talk about the Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act. In Harrisville he met with City of Harrisville Mayor John Dobis and … Continue Reading


Coldwater Daily Reporter: Peters' bike tour stops in Coldwater

by Don Reid

COLDWATER - With mud splashed on his face and shirt, Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters roared across a wet stretch of ground then up a dirt slope and over the top of a hill. He was at the wheel of an off road truck behind the research and development center for Sport Trucks USA Inc., on Garfield Road Friday morning. Peters is the newest, and only Democratic Senator, elected two years ago. He took the seat held by retiring Carl Levin. The senator was in Coldwater for the fifth and final day of h… Continue Reading


Dowagiac Daily News: Sen. Peters participating in annual motorcycle tour

by Ted Yoakum

The verdant green pastures and clear blue skies of the Cass County landscape greeted one of Michigan's most prominent lawmakers as he prepared for a quick stop in the Grand Old City Thursday afternoon. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters rolled through the historic streets of downtown Dowagiac on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. The junior senator and his team stopped by the city to get a quick bite to eat and to see some of the sites before making his way toward the Rolling Meadows Farm in Jones later that d… Continue Reading


Sturgis Journal: Senator rolls into Sturgis on motorcycle

by Rosalie Currierr

It's common for legislators to visit constituents, but few rumble into town on a motorcycle. But that's how U.S. Sen. Gary Peters arrived Thursday in Sturgis. His ride through Michigan began Monday from his home in Oakland County and included 26 counties and 12 stops. He was scheduled to return home Friday night. Sturgis was among those 12 stops, thanks to efforts of Cathi Garn-Abbs from Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, who alerted Peters' office of the "Freedom Ride for Veterans" at Hamilto… Continue Reading


Three Rivers Commercial-News: Senator visits Jones, Sturgis during #RideMI tour

by Elena Meadows

JONES - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters visited sites in Jones and Sturgis on the penultimate day of his five-day #RideMI motorcycle tour of 26 counties with stops in 12.While at Rolling Meadows Farms on M-40 in Jones, Peters discussed workers issues and about the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule with farm personnel and Farm Bureau representatives. He also took a tour, learning about the farm's equipment and getting up close with the pigs they raise."I'm very grateful the senator chose t… Continue Reading


St. Joseph Herald-Palladium: Peters pitches for rural broadband

by Rod Smith

BLOOMINGDALE - If you head over to Pullman Elementary School anytime when school is out, you'll find kids sitting outside with laptops and similar devices. That's because the only source of broadband internet in the area, aside from satellite service, is at the school. An experiment with providing kids with netbooks "failed miserably," according to Deb Paquette, the Bloomingdale Public Schools superintendent, because students couldn't use them at home. Pullman is part of the Bloomingdale dis… Continue Reading


Big Rapids Pioneer: Wolverine welcomes Sen. Peters to talk with employees

by Meghan Haas

BIG RAPIDS - Riding into town on his Harley-Davidson, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters visited Wolverine Worldwide to tour the company and thank employees for their work in providing quality footwear for U.S. military men and women. Big Rapids is the third stop on Peters' five-day tour across the state. "It's so wonderful to see so many folks," Peters said as he addressed a crowd of Wolverine employees. "To be able to look out and see all of you is incredible. It's an honor to be here." Wolverine makes … Continue Reading


Oscoda Press: Senator makes Oscoda stop during cycle tour

by Karen Rouse

OSCODA - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) stopped in Oscoda on Monday, Aug. 29, on his first day of his #RideMI Motorcycle Tour. Peters, an avid motorcycle rider, is riding through 26 counties and making 12 stops over five days to discuss his work on behalf of Michigan in the U.S. Senate. Peters toured Alcona Health Center's Oscoda clinic and received a demonstration of the telehealth services it has been providing since 2009. He briefly met with key staff members, who thanked him for coming, e… Continue Reading


Cadillac News: US Sen. Gary Peters swings through Reed City

by Andy Duffy

REED CITY - U.S. Sen. Gary Peters stopped in Reed City Tuesday to meet with civic and business leaders to learn about their efforts to expand broadband in Osceola County. The visit came on day two of a 26-county motorcycle jaunt across the state. Peters serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. Among those addressing Peters wer… Continue Reading


Big Rapids Pioneer: Peters hears of strides made in broadband capabilities

by Brandon Fountain

REED CITY - Increasing the access to broadband, especially in rural areas throughout Michigan and the country, has become an important part of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' job in Washington, D.C. Michigan's junior senator heard about the progress made of broadband capabilities in Osceola County during a meeting with community leaders and officials from Connect Michigan on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Reed City District Library. Broadband relates to or denotes a type of high-speed data transmission i… Continue Reading


Reuters: Six U.S. senators urge Obama to prioritize cyber crime at G20 summit

by Jonathan Spicer

NEW YORK, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Six U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to prioritize cyber crime at this weekend's Group of 20 summit in China, in the wake of the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. In the letter sent to the White House ahead of the Sept. 4-5 summit, Sherrod Brown, a senior Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, and five other Democratic senators say they want the U.S. president to press leaders from the w… Continue Reading


Big Rapids Pioneer: Peters hears of strides made in broadband capabilities

by Brandon Fountain

REED CITY - Increasing the access to broadband, especially in rural areas throughout Michigan and the country, has become an important part of U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' job in Washington, D.C. Michigan's junior senator heard about the progress made of broadband capabilities in Osceola County during a meeting with community leaders and officials from Connect Michigan on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Reed City District Library. Broadband relates to or denotes a type of high-speed data transmission in wh… Continue Reading


The Alpena News: Peters: U.S. presence remains vital to Eastern Europe security

by Tyler Winowiecki

ALPENA - While U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' visit to Alpena this week focused on the Great Lakes, he also took time to share his concerns with foreign policy after a recent bi-partisan trip to Eastern Europe. Peters said it is evident Russia's increased military presence throughout that region has the countries concerned. He used as an example Russia's increased submarine activity around Iceland - one of the countries he visited. Peters cited the U.S. Navy's reopening of the Cold War air base in Kefl… Continue Reading


The Alpena News: Peters promotes more care for Great Lakes

by Tyler Winowiecki

ALPENA - The importance of the Great Lakes and federal protection of its natural resources was on display to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters this week as he dove two popular wrecks within the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Peters also took advantage of his visit to announce a $131,191 grant to the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. "This funding will help researchers better understand how we can protect the sanctuary for future generations," he said. Peters spoke to how the s… Continue Reading


MLive/Flint Journal: Flint gets $20M from feds to help fix road damage from water line fixes

by Jiquanda Johnson

FLINT, MI - Federal officials announced today Flint will receive $20 million to support road projects on major streets in the city and ease financial woes for water line replacement work throughout the city. "Families in Flint are still living without access to safe, clean water, and they need assistance to recover from this man-made disaster," said Sen. Gary Peters. "This $20 million grant provides critical resources to help the City of Flint repair roads as they work to replace the damaged wa… Continue Reading


The Detroit News: Peters: Willow Run should be ‘national testing center’

by Michael Martinez

U.S. Senator Gary Peters wants to turn the proposed autonomous car test site at the former Willow Run bomber plant into a national testing center that would pull companies from around the country to southeast Michigan. Peters, speaking Friday to media before a panel at a cybersecurity conference at Cobo Center, said he's aggressively pitching the Department of Transportation to set up a competition to designate a single national center by the end of the year. "We really need one central place,… Continue Reading


Detroit Free Press: Peters, Dingell want Willow Run to be self-driving test center

by Greg Gardner

In another step to establish southeast Michigan as the hub of autonomous vehicle research, members of the Michigan congressional delegation have proposed that the American Center for Mobility be selected as a national testing and validation center. Sen. Gary Peters, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. Debbie Dingell met Friday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to pitch their idea. Earlier this week, the Michigan … Continue Reading


Grand Rapids Business Journal: Companies on board with mission to Mars

by Charlsie Dewey

When the first astronauts take off for Mars in the 2030s, a handful of West Michigan companies will have a hand in getting them there. At least 50 Michigan businesses are building components for NASA's Space Launch System rocket (SLS) and Orion spacecraft. The rocket is the largest ever constructed by NASA. Orion and SLS are currently being built and tested in preparation for a 2018 launch to test the capabilities needed for human deep-space exploration. The first human-crewed mission for SL… Continue Reading

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