LANSING – Army veteran John E. James’s greatest achievement has been bringing back all of his soldiers from Operation Iraqi Freedom alive and unharmed. Now he is looking out for the well-being of his fellow Michigan veterans as chair of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Board.

“I am grateful to Governor Snyder and Director Barnes for another opportunity to serve Michigan veterans and their families,” James said. “I look forward to doing my part to raise awareness and improve access for veterans across the state while ensuring we continue to run an efficient program.”

James served as an Aviation Officer in the United States Army, where he earned two Air Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, an Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, a Global War on Terror Service Medal and an Army Service Medal. His commendations include: the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger tab, the Army Aviation badge and the Air Assault Badge.

“John’s experience and leadership have made him a terrific asset to the Trust Fund Board,” said Michigan Veterans Affairs Director Jeff Barnes. “This is a well-deserved honor for John, and I look forward to working with him in his new role.”

James was appointed to the MVTF Board in 2012. He is Vice President of Operations at the Detroit-based James Group International, a global provider of supply chain management, logistics and e-commerce services. James will earn his M.S. in Supply Chain Mgmt. from Penn State University later this year and his MBA from the University of Michigan in 2015.

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund awards emergency grants to combat veterans when an unforeseen situation has caused a temporary financial emergency or hardship that a grant, if approved, would resolve. Applicants must be able to show they will be able to meet future expenses after the grant. Applications are accepted in the veteran’s county of residence. For more information, visit or call 517-284-5298.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency mission is to serve as the central coordinating point, connecting those who have served in the United States Armed Services and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state of Michigan. The agency values inclusion, integrity, transparency, innovation and respect and aspires to provide the customer service experience that veterans deserve.


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