Today marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War and filmmaker Michael Moore is using this milestone as an opportunity to encourage northern Michigan businesses to hire veterans.
Moore is asking local business owners to post the Affirmative Action Policy for Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran on their premises to let customers know they are a veteran-friendly business.
"The policy is simple," said Moore. "When you have a job opening, encourage veterans to apply and, if qualified, hire them. One of the most difficult things for our troops when they return to civilian life is finding employment."
The State Theatre and Traverse City Film Festival are spearheading the campaign and are making posters available to local businesses to show their support. The State Theatre is also offering buttons that read "I Shop Where Veterans Work" and is asking community members to wear the buttons and to sign a petition of support for the program.
"We believe the best way to thank our veterans for their service is not to say it to them, but to actually do it," Moore said.
As of February this year, 200,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were unemployed.
The State Theatre currently has a job opening for a Full-Time projectionist and is encouraging veterans to apply.