LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The director of the Michigan State Police says veterans returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan would be good candidates to serve and protect the state.
The Detroit Free Press reports Monday (http://on.freep.com/xffSYL) that Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue (KRIS'-tee KIB'-ee AY'-too) is looking at veterans to be among the 400 troopers she aims to recruit and train.
Etue says veterans have the right demeanor and "know how to shine their shoes."
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposal includes increasing general fund support for the state police. He also wants to lower unemployment among the state's Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Etue says the state has about 3,000 returning veterans.
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