State Senator Kim LaSata is holding a Veteran of the Year contest. She says southwest Michigan is blessed with a large community of veterans, and she wants to recognize them for their service. Anyone who wishes to nominate a veteran should include their name and contact information, the veteran’s name, his or her military branch and era of service, and a description of why the veteran deserves the award. The submissions will be taken through October 4, and they can be made online. You an also make submissions via email at SenKLaSata@senate.michigan.gov or by phone at 517-373-6960. The Veteran of the Year will be announced on Veterans Day, November 11.