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Posted on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 : 11 a.m.

Governor Rick Snyder's visit to Kuwait a 'morale booster,' says Ypsilanti soldier

By Pete Cunningham

Governor Rick Snyder's trip overseas wasn't especially long, but it had an impact on the Michigan-based soldiers.

On April 18, Snyder met with the Michigan Army National Guard 14-62nd Transportation Company at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, where the company is working on the withdrawal of military equipment from the area.


Governor Rick Snyder (left) addresses the Michigan Army National Guard 14-62nd Transportation Company as Ypsilanti-native 2nd Lt. Nicole Furnish moderates.

"Thank you for the opportunity to come talk to you because you’re the people doing the hard work, serving our country; you’re making sacrifices for your country, for your state," Snyder said.

Soldiers had an opportunity to ask Snyder questions. Second Lt. Nicole Furnish, of Ypsilanti, helped moderate the session and on a video of the event said most of the questions centered around what would be waiting for soldiers when they got home.

"Some of the issues that were addressed, we’re more concerned about what’s going on back home when we get home," Furnish said. "For example, jobs, education, giving us funding for education, and how we’re going to find jobs when we get home."

After answering questions, Snyder met the soldiers and posed for individual photos.

"I think it’s great for the soldiers to see that their governor cares enough to come through and see them all the way in Kuwiat," Furnish said. "It’s a good morale booster."

Contact Pete Cunningham at or by phone at 734-623-2561. Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.


Marcus B.

Tue, Apr 24, 2012 : 3:58 a.m.

That's great if our makes our troops feel appreciated. It doesn't mean, however, that it wasn't a political stunt to allow the lieutenant governor to sign the Autism health care coverage bill. I'm all for covering Autism, but why single out one mental disorder for mandatory coverage? Aren't depression and PTSD just as debilitating? I guess the lieutenant governor doesn't have a child with these. Perhaps the "what's in it for me?" crowd has predictable limits on their compassion for others.


Tue, Apr 24, 2012 : 10:22 a.m.

do as I say not as I do


Tue, Apr 24, 2012 : 1:25 a.m.

Referring to Mr Snyder as Lord is a violation. Didnt see that in the guidelines

The Black Stallion3

Mon, Apr 23, 2012 : 11:04 p.m.

Thank You Mr. Snyder for caring about our troops.....some of us appreciate that.


Mon, Apr 23, 2012 : 10:25 p.m.

If I were a soldier from Michigan, I would be embarrassed to have a visit from Governor Snyder, given the terrible job he is doing as governor, especially his reverse Robin Hood income tax plan last year, which shifted the tax burden from the wealthy and big businesses to the poor, middle class, seniors, and disabled people. Because of this misguided tax plan of Snyder's, we are losing a whopping $1,200 Homestead Property Tax Credit starting next year, which we had been receiving since about the late 90s. Snyder deserves to be recalled!!


Mon, Apr 23, 2012 : 10:55 p.m.

Bring back Granholm! LOL!


Mon, Apr 23, 2012 : 10:36 p.m.

make sure you sign when it's going around next time.