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Governor Whitmer looks to invest in Michigan Army National Guard

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard of Alpena may receive funds from the state.

It’s all part of Governor Whitmer’s proposed investment to modernize current facilities used by the Michigan Army National Guard.

The goal is to address inequities that exist in the facilities provided Michigan’s female service members.

If approved the armory located in at the Alpena CRTC would receive over 3 million dollars in funding.

The Veteran Affairs Office said funding would also help solicit more women for service.

“The Alpena Armory would gain an investment of 3.5 Million dollars to upgrade and modernize the facility,” said Chief of Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs Penny Carroll. “There would be upgrades in bathrooms, locker room spaces and lactation rooms.”

Carroll said these factors are important because older buildings maintained by the state national guard weren’t originally constructed for the integration of women.

The Michigan VA said women are the fastest-growing veterans population nationwide with more than 2 million members.

Women are expected to account for 16 percent of the states veteran population by 2045.