Resources for Michigan military veterans and their families

Scroll down to learn more about the following opportunities:
Airport support
Benefits and resources
Christian support and encouragement
Deployment support
Equine therapy
Farming, gardening and beekeeping programs
Female veteran support
Financial support and home repairs
Get connected, peer support
Gold Star family support
Holiday/adopt a family support
Homeless (or at risk) veteran support
Honor flights
Memorial Day resources and opportunities
Mental & physical health, fitness, and wellness support
Military and veteran spouse mentoring & resiliency programs
Motorcycle clubs and organizations
Parents of military support
Regional resources with a range of services
Reintegration support
Service dogs, therapy dogs, companion pets
Vacation and recreation opportunities
Veterans homes
Volunteering and community service
Wounded warrior & disabled veteran support
Additional support for military & veteran families

Airport support

Homefront Hugs Foundation (Ann Arbor, MI)
One of Homefront Hugs' missions includes Homefront Welcome Hugs, our airport welcome program.

Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Centers (Detroit, Lansing, Troy)
Since 2011, the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center and its 200+ volunteers have served over 637,000 guests in four Freedom Centers across Michigan. Every week, our volunteers fill 80 shifts to keep our doors open to active and retired United States military personnel and allied forces. We welcome their immediate family as well including Gold Star families. We provide our guests with a comfortable place to sit and relax while they enjoy food and beverages.

Benefits and resources

Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services
With over 700,000 veterans in Michigan, we are the ranked 11th in the nation in veteran population. It is of great importance that we serve this population is such a way that honors their service towards us. The challenges our men and women face when returning home from combat are numerous and grave. However, with the help of our faith-based partners, we are committed to ensure the honor, dignity, and success of our veterans. You can help support veterans by doing any of the following:
  • Host a MDHHS training session at you church to learn more about veteran affairs. Email us at [email protected] to get started .
  • Help veterans get in touch with programs and services offered by Michigan Department of Military and Veterans

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. MVAA is a state government agency and is housed within Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The agency works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, health care and quality of life, making Michigan a great place for veterans and their families to call home. The agency aggregates veterans services currently found in 14 state agencies as well as hundreds of community-based veteran programs to create a no wrong door access to benefits and services.

At MVAA, we believe proactive and periodic communications and "check-ins" with veterans can change lives for the better. Benefits and resources change. Different initiatives and programs start, and sometimes end. A veteran's status changes from employment status, to student status, to quality of life status, and everything in between. We believe veterans can benefit from "check-ins" from MVAA or one of our partner organizations. The "Check on MIVet" initiative aims to reach veterans who desire or could benefit from a "check-in," to ensure they receive the employment, education, healthcare, quality of life, or other benefit/ resource information they need to thrive. "Check on MIVet" is not a mental health line, or a "wellness" check, and should not be utilized for that purpose. MVAA is not a mental health provider. If you or a veteran you know is experiencing a crisis, contact 1-800-273-8255.

Military OneSource (for Active Duty, National Guard and Reservists and families)  
Military OneSource is your 24/7 connection to information, answers and support to help you reach your goals, overcome challenges and thrive. As a member of our military family, you are eligible to use this Department of Defense-funded program anytime, anywhere. Turn to Military OneSource for tax services, spouse employment help, webinars and online training, relocation and deployment tools, and much more.

Michigan Military OneSource Consultant Facebook page:

National Association of County Veterans Service Officers
If you want assistance or need help in obtaining benefits, contact us and we will do our best to answer your questions or help you contact the County or State Veterans Service Officer nearest your place of residence. You will receive a response within 24 hours.

Christian support and encouragement

Officers Christian Fellowship (Holland, Grand Rapids)
OCF - Building Christian leaders, families, fellowships. Our purpose is to glorify God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society.

Point Man Ministries
Point Man Ministries is run by veterans from all conflicts, nationalities and backgrounds. Although, the primary focus of Point Man has always been to offer spiritual healing from PTSD, Point Man today is involved in group meetings, publishing, hospital visits, conferences, supplying speakers for churches and veteran groups, welcome home projects and community support. Just about anywhere there are vets there is a Point Man presence. All services offered by Point Man are free of charge.

  • Outposts are lead by Christian vets who care deeply about veterans and their struggles. They fully understand the difficulties associated with returning home after a long and difficult deployment as well as the non-combat experiences. Outposts are places for veterans to talk, share and listen to others who have walked in their shoes. All vets are welcome regardless of what country they served with and gender is irrelevant as both men and women have served and sacrificed for their respective countries. (Michigan locations - Farwell, Belleville, Niles, Grand Ledge, Ithaca, Carson City, Gladwin)

  • Homefront groups are lead by Christian mothers, wives and friends of both active duty military and veterans. They provide an understanding ear and caring heart that only those left behind at home can understand. They have experienced the stress of dealing with deployments and the effects of a loved one returning home from war. If you have someone you love deployed or having issues readjusting since coming home get connected with a local group or contact HQ for assistance. (Michigan locations - Niles, Gladwin, Elsie, Farwell, Jenison)

REBOOT Combat Recovery (Michigan course locations - Alma, Brighton, Flint, Reed City, Troy)
War wounds the soul. But through REBOOT Combat Recovery, combat veterans and their families are experiencing breakthrough in their war against PTSD.

REBOOT’s faith-based combat trauma healing course is designed to address the spiritual wounds of war. At REBOOT locations across the country, combat veterans are healing, divorce rates are dropping, medication abuse is decreasing and suicide numbers are being reduced.

The Road Map - Heroes Return event (Big Rapids, MI)
The Heroes Return is a 4-day intensive event of God-seeking, self-searching and spiritual training designed to unlock and return men's hearts to God.

The Return event (men), Reflect event (women), The Heroes Return for military, both active and former and first responders and The Young Mens Return for 15-17 year old men, is a four day journey in beginning a walk seeking the Father’s heart without distraction. The days provide the time needed for searching and listening to what the Father says is true about us. Register now to attend our next event!

Warriors Set Free (Grand Rapids, MI)
Discipleship, Biblical training, resources - Warriors Set Free is a ministry run by veterans for veterans. Typically a veteran will only be comfortable talking to another veteran about the experiences they have had in a war or military service. Trying to explain your military experience to a civilian has its challenges. We remove that problem by training vets to help vets.

Deployment support
Additional deployment support (Nationwide):
  • Cards & letters - LINK
  • Care packages - LINK
  • General support - LINK

Cards for Soldiers (Grayling, MI)
The Cards for Soldiers program supplies our deployed soldiers with handmade cards to send home to their friends and family. Send your handmade cards to:
    Cards for Soldiers
    C/O Charly Mathews
    388 E M 72 HGWY
    Grayling, MI 49738

Homefront Hugs Foundation (Ann Arbor, MI)
Some of Homefront Hugs' missions include Homefront Hero Hugs (our adoption program) and Homefront Orphan Hugs (helping orphans our troops aid in the war zone).

Operation Care Package Michigan (Lapeer, MI)
We send support of care packages and letters with the help of all our volunteers, the community and business throughout the USA.

Operation From the Heart (Roseville, MI)
Operation from The Heart (OpFTH) is a non profit that sends care packages to the troops overseas.

Stronger Warrior Foundation - Mission Resupply (Milford, MI)
Our mission is to keep active, retired, and the families of United States service members strong financially, mentally, and physically. We’re on a mission to send over 5,000 care packages to our deployed warriors by 2022.

Additional education resources (Nationwide) for:
  • Military spouses - LINK
  • Military veterans - LINK

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Additional employment resources (Nationwide) for:
  • Military spouses - LINK
  • Military veterans - LINK

Hire MI Vet (Ann Arbor, MI)
Hire MI Vet is a non-profit community initiative that provides employment-related services to help open the doors to meaningful employment for veterans and their families.

INVESTVets aims to improve employment outcomes for those who have served in our nation's Armed Forces and their families in Michigan by eliminating cultural barriers and empowering veterans. Established in July 2015 as the employment pillar of the Lansing Area Veterans Coalition, INVESTVets has focused on the most significant barrier to veterans’ employment: the military-civilian cultural gap.

This community-based organization connects employers with veteran and military talent by offering activities that reduce the high expectations and stress that are common with traditional job fairs. Comprising of stakeholders from private and public organizations and agencies, the INVESTVets network includes more than 250 employers in Michigan.

Michigan National Guard Employment Services
The Michigan National Guard employment page is for military members and veterans seeking employment in Michigan. The employment page was created to post up-to-date employment opportunities in the state from companies looking to hire veterans and people with military backgrounds.

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Michigan Veterans' Employment Services
Our mission is to deliver intensive employment services to a targeted veteran population as an integrated partner with the Michigan Works! Agency, in accordance with the intent of the Jobs for Veterans State Grant program.

Intensive Employment Services for Eligible Veterans -- Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists provide intensive and individualized employment services to eligible veterans and spouses assisting them with overcoming significant barriers to employment. These services include guiding the program participant through the process of:
  • increasing resume marketability;
  • improving interviewing skills;
  • effectively using social networking; and
  • partnering with other service providers and organizations.

Visit your local Michigan Works! service center to take advantage of their vocational counseling, education and training programs, and job seeking assistance. Tell them that you are a veteran so they can provide Priority of Service and determine whether you are eligible for intensive employment services for veterans.

Visit or call (800) 285-WORKS (9675) to find your local Michigan Works! service center.

Volunteers of America Michigan (Southfield, MI)
Veterans: Contact us toll-free statewide by calling 877-509-VETS

Volunteers of America has been working with our nation's veterans since World War I. An overview of what we provide: veterans housing, veterans employment, and supportive services for veterans families.

Veterans Employment: Comprehensive employment and training program services designed to address employment barriers with coordinated case management. A continuum of supportive services are provided, giving homeless veterans the ability to participate in job skills training programs while meeting their basic needs. Serving 32 counties across the state. Call (877) 509-8387 with questions.

Zero Day (Battle Creek, MI)
The mission of Zero Day is to empower veterans through intentional employment, purposeful training, housing and deliberate application of the discipline and core values inherent to military veterans. Zero Day is not here to just provide jobs for veterans, Zero Day is here to inspire veterans in their pursuit of rewarding careers.

Equine therapy
Additional equine therapy opportunities (Nationwide) - LINK

Equine Escape (Goodrich, MI)
There are many challenges for our veterans as they transition from military life to civilian life. One such challenge is forming relationships. Veterans may feel as if they are being judged based on their military actions or suffer from PTSD due to event(s) they had to participate in. The military recognizes that EAL may be a good choice for our veterans. EAL is a popular choice as it addresses many psychosocial factors that office-based therapy cannot. Some of the key domain the military recognizes as benefiting from EAL are physical, emotional, family relationships, social, spiritual and career (U.S. Army 2014) EAL allows a safe place to feel and address emotions through the human-animal bond. The herd mentality, prey animal instincts and unconditional acceptance of horses is why they work so well with our veterans. We look forward to giving back to our service men and women as we started this program in June 2017. 

H.O.O.V.E.S. Healing of Our Veterans through Equine Assisted Services
(NW Ohio, SE Michigan)
H.O.O.V.E.S. provides 100% confidential service at no cost to veterans seeking assistance with addictions, anxiety, PTS, and reintegration. Our program is offered at 5 locations in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  

We provide training at no cost to veterans who are:
  • Experiencing PTS, depression, anxiety, addiction and more
  • Facing reintegration challenges
  • Family members who have a military member currently deployed 
  • Families dealing with the loss of a veteran
  • Military members seeking personal growth and development
  • Children of military members 

Little Blessings Veteran Outreach (Temperance, MI)
Little Blessings Veteran Outreach offers EAGALA certified equine therapy to military veterans and their families.

Peace Ranch (Traverse City, MI)
Peace Ranch offers EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) which incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning.

Peace Ranch partners with local and government agencies to serve veterans with combat stress, re-entry issues, PTSD, MST, and other military trauma issues. Services are free of charge to all veterans and their families.

We serve veterans from 32 counties north and west of Saginaw. In addition to equine therapy we offer peer support services, recovery groups, life support, and training.

Reining Liberty Ranch (Traverse City, MI)
Reining Liberty Ranch is nestled on eleven acres just outside of Traverse City, Michigan. The ranch offers a working equine boarding stable, an indoor riding arena, a turn of the century farm house, beautiful country gardens, and several outbuildings. It is a place of community to local veterans, their families, individual boarders and ranch volunteers.

Reining Liberty Ranch offers community based programs that serve veterans, their families, and other disabled/at-risk individuals within the Grand Traverse Community. The ranch programs focus on the horse-human relationship and include Relational Horsemanship, Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Equine Facilitated Learning and agricultural activities. Through these programs and activities, participants have the opportunity to connect with others facing similar challenges. The Ranch is the catalyst for healing through building relationships, mentorship opportunities, interaction and reintegration within our community.

Reining Liberty Ranch promotes the physical, relational and emotional health of Veterans and their families, and disabled/at-risk individuals through equine, agricultural, educational services and community outreach.

Farming, gardening and beekeeping programs
Additional programs for farming, gardening and beekeeping (Nationwide) - LINK

Farmer Veteran Coalition (Lansing, MI)
The Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan is dedicated to support the growth and success of Michigan’s military veterans through agriculture. FVC­-MI develops and administers programs specifically designed to meet the needs of farmer veterans in the state of Michigan, and collaborates with veteran and agricultural organizations within the state to ensure Michigan farmer veterans are given the best opportunity to become successful and sustainable within the agricultural community.

Heroes to Hives (East Lansing, MI)
Heroes to Hives is a unique program through Michigan State University Extension that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping. Veterans leave our program with a broad depth of beekeeping knowledge, as well as personal and professional relationships that open up new opportunities and ensure long-term peer support.

Female veteran support
Additional support opportunities (Nationwide) - LINK

Michigan Women of the Military Peer Support Group
Continuing her mission to support strong women, Shelly Rood proudly serves as a Program Facilitator for Michigan's Women of the Military Peer Support Group Program.  This incredible team coordinates monthly Peer Support meetings and recreational therapy events for various chapters across the state.

Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment
Michigan Women Veteran Empowerment is a faith-based non-profit organization. Their mission is to empower all veterans, military family members and the at-risk youth in the 8 dimensions of wellness (Emotional, Financial, Environmental, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social and Spiritual) through education, trainings, programs, events, mentorships, advocacy and supportive resources in the State of Michigan. 

  • Bring awareness to society the many issues within the veteran population and provide solutions.
  • Engage veterans in healthy conversations, build relationships and a vibrant community.
  • Provide professional high-quality services and resources for all veterans and their family members. 
  • Showcase and provide a platform for veteran’s gifts, talents, accomplishments to be honored. 
  • Support and encourage veterans and military family members to be successful in every area of their lives.
  • Provide an opportunity for veterans and the community at large to network, be educated and connected to their community resources.
  • Host high quality events, workshops, retreats, conferences and effective programs. 
  • Advocate and support all sexual assault survivors.

WINC for All Women Veterans (Muskegon, MI)
WINC: For All Women Veteran’s (“WINC”) mission is to revitalize the female veteran. And WINC is not just for female veterans who were injured or just female veterans who were injured in combat. WINC is for ALL female veterans and female active duty members. Promoting the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health of the female veteran is one aspect of our organization. With more awareness, we believe more women will have access to the proper health care, the proper treatment for military sexual trauma, and even the proper treatment when going to a VA facility, among other things.  

Financial support and home repairs
(see also Holiday support and Homeless veteran support listed on this page)
Additional financial resources (Nationwide) - LINK

Bob Brinker Memorial Veterans Foundation
On June 3rd, 2015, Vietnam Army veteran Bob Brinker passed away suddenly at the age of 65. Bob was passionate about helping out his fellow veterans. His family and friends are continuing his legacy through the Bob Brinker Memorial Veterans Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping and honoring U.S. veterans, active military and first responders.

We have created numerous fundraisers and events–held in Michigan, Florida and California–in the spirit of Bob’s mantra, “No Veteran Left Behind or Forgotten.” Bob will never be forgotten.

Forgotten Eagles
We are a non-profit organization promoting the POW/MIA awareness and help of Michigan veterans who are in need.

Free Grants for Veterans - Michigan
Our website offers free detailed information on grants for veterans. These grants are given away for free, and do not have to be repaid. Although grants listed on our site are not available exclusively to veterans, there are many opportunities that veterans can take advantage of. We offer information on the following:
  • Grants for rent
  • Housing assistance
  • Help with bills
  • Education grants
  • Medical bills grants
  • Business grants

Heart of Michigan United Way (Kent County)
OPERATION UNITED: FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020 (Postponed)
20 Veterans - 100s of Volunteers - 1 Day 
Operation United mobilizes volunteers to complete yardwork, landscaping, and minor outdoor home repair for 20 military families here in Kent County. Projects include stair & ramp building, power washing, refuse removal, mulching, mowing, and tree planting.

Michigan National Guard Family Fund
The Michigan National Guard Family Fund was created to assist Air and Army National Guard families who experience financial difficulties with temporary emergency financial assistance, and to fund programs and training to maintain and improve the quality of life of our Michigan National Guard families. What constitutes a need? Emergency loss of income through activation for military duty, inability to maintain employment due to injury or sudden illness, or job loss; unexpected medical expenses; pay problems; or the accumulation of legitimate bills (e.g. rent, mortgage, electric, oil, gas, etc.). Inability to pay for basic needs: food, shelter, utilities, clothing, medical bills, and transportation due to unforeseen circumstances. Applications are required to be submitted with the necessary documentation.

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If you are having temporary financial issues and require assistance with utility bills, vehicle or home repairs, medical bills or other debts, please contact MVAA at 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or fill out and submit an Emergency Assistance Form...

Soldier and Sailor Relief Funds - County Soldier and Sailor Relief Funds may be available to assist with emergency expenses and burial costs. Contact your county veteran services office for eligibility information.

Michigan Veteran Trust Fund - The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund provides emergency grants to Michigan veterans and dependent family members to help them weather short-term financial crisis.

National Guard Family Program - The National Guard Family Program provides support and education to National Guard families.

Each state has a State Family Program director and one to four Wing Family Program Coordinators in support of the families. There are also family readiness groups/key volunteer groups, family readiness assistants and family assistance staff.

Purple Heart Homes (West Michigan chapter - Serving Mason, Oceana and Muskegon counties)
E-mail: [email protected]
Purple Heart Homes fills the gaps in housing through the Veterans’ Aging In Place and Veterans Home Ownership Programs. From building a ramp for a veteran of World War II, to providing home ownership opportunities to younger veterans, our programs are designed out of necessity and fit the specific needs of the veteran population.

Stronger Warrior Foundation (Milford, MI)
Our mission is to keep active, retired, and the families of United States service members strong financially, mentally, and physically. We’re on a mission to build a stronger community, one adaptive housing modification at a time.

The American Legion
Request temporary financial assistance from the Reconnect programs.

The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund
The mission of The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund™ (FWSF) is to support Michigan-based soldiers who serve and protect our country. We are a non-profit, non-partisan non-profit organization. We are honored to help injured soldiers pay their living expenses, and provide assistance to the families of the fallen.

USA Cares (Michigan chapter)
USA Cares Michigan Chapter was founded in 2011 to help post 911 Vets and their families. We help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is focused on four main areas:
  • Post-traumatic stress & brain injury treatment - Financial assistance for treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. This program is saving the lives of veterans and restoring families
  • Help with sustainable employment - Removing the financial barriers that prevent post-9/11 veterans from securing sustainable employment
  • Financial assistance due to reduction in pay - Providing emergency financial assistance to veterans and active duty service members who sustain a significant reduction in pay because of their service
  • Emergency assistance - Providing emergency financial assistance to veterans and active duty service members who sustain a significant reduction in pay because of their service

Veterans in Crisis (Traverse City, MI)
A community-based effort to support veterans in Northern Michigan - When our heroes in uniform return home, often times the transition to civilian life is an emotional and financial struggle. Veterans In Crisis was created to assist veterans with some of those unforeseen needs; whether its a wheel-chair ramp that needs to be constructed or something as simple as a gas card that allows veterans to attend medical appointments.

West Michigan Veterans Ranch (Cedar Springs, MI)
The mission of the West Michigan Veterans Ranch is to encourage a purpose driven by a healthy lifestyle, through activities, recreational services, home repairs, handicap assistance services, physical and mental health support, transitional housing for homelessness, and family support programs for those who are struggling with the transition of having their loved ones return home with PTSD, TBI and many other concerns. Services include:
  • General repairs, special repairs and accessibility additions, home modifications.
  • Financial counseling
  • Continuing support

Wounded Soldier Foundation (Belding, MI - Serving Montcalm, Ionia, and Kent Counties)
The Wounded Soldier Foundation’s purpose is to provide aid and/or assistance to any Veteran, Military Personnel, and their immediate family members in Montcalm, Ionia, or Kent County, who encounters hardship due to circumstances out of their control. To volunteer and assist in any function that benefits military personnel, especially veterans.

Get connected, peer support

Facebook groups
  • IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) Vet Together Southeastern Michigan - LINK
  • IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) Vet Together Western Michigan - LINK
  • Michigan Military Veterans - LINK
  • Michigan Veterans - LINK
  • Military Families United of Michigan - LINK
  • SW MI Veterans - LINK
  • United Veterans of Michigan - LINK
  • Veterans of Michigan - LINK
  • West Michigan Veterans - LINK

Veteran Service Organizations
  • Operation We Are Here's list of VSO's (American Legion, AmVets, DAV, VFW, and more) - LINK

Gold Star family support
Additional resources for Gold Star families (Nationwide) - LINK

Michigan Challenge (Northport, MI)
Our mission is to provide traditional sail training as developed by Tall Ships America.  Our focus clientele is Gold Star teens (children of fallen military heroes), veterans and their families, and grieving youth. The experience will include team building, leadership, and character building in a fun, healing environment.

Military Families United of Michigan (Niles, MI)
Military Families United is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is to honor the fallen, support those who fight, and serve their families. We are a coalition of Blue Star, Gold Star, Next of Kin, Veterans, and Patriotic American Families who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform and support them in their mission to keep America safe. Through a portfolio of unique services, events, and advocacy programs, we seek to ensure that future generations of Americans will never forget the sacrifices of our courageous military and that these men and women and their families receive the support we can provide.

Northern Michigan Blue to Gold Star Mothers (Traverse City, MI)
The main purpose and mission of the Northern Michigan Blue to Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is to provide a means for the blue and gold families of northern Michigan to connect. We want to provide education and informational activities that will increase public awareness of Blue Star and Gold Star Families, and to support families of all veterans who have died during or as a result of military service.

Our goal is to provide education and a network of support to the families of active duty military and the families of military members who have lost their lives as a result of their service. Some families fly a service flag with a blue star to indicate a loved one on active duty and the star becomes gold when that member is killed whether it's in combat or by their own hand.

The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund
The mission of the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund™ (FWSF) is to support Michigan-based soldiers who serve and protect our country. We are a non-profit, non-partisan non-profit organization. We are honored to help injured soldiers pay their living expenses, and provide assistance to the families of the fallen.

Holiday support/adopt a family support
Additional holiday support/adopt a family resources (Nationwide) - LINK​

Homefront Hugs Foundation (Ann Arbor, MI)
One of Homefront Hugs' missions includes Homefront Hero Hugs, our adoption program.

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The Michigan National Guard Adopt-A-Family Program is an opportunity for organizations and families to reach out and support a family. Adopt-A-Family Program, coordinated through the State Family Program Office in Lansing, Michigan, is seeking organizations and families interested in sponsoring a Michigan National Guard family. Families that need assistance are required to submit an application. Applications for both families and sponsors/contributors will be matched up to meet the needs of both parties. It is our policy to give the family the utmost confidentiality and a safe way to receive support. Many service members are serving overseas while their families are trying to make the best of the holiday season without them. Support may be in the form of money, food, or mentorship. Traditionally, families have received Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Christmas gifts have included a clothing outfit for each family member and a few toys for each child. Organizations and businesses who would like to adopt-a-family or need more information should contact the Family Program Office at 517-481-9889 or [email protected].

Harvest for Heroes and Adopt a Veteran Family/Heroes Holiday programs.

Volunteers of America - Adopt a Family Michigan
Volunteers of America Michigan’s Adopt A Family program helps families with children, seniors and veterans by providing food, toys and clothing. The program connects those who can help with those who need help. This Volunteers of America program is an opportunity for individuals, teams, companies and organizations to reach out and lift up those in need, either through direct adoption or financial contribution.

Homeless (or at risk) veteran support
Additional resources and programs for homeless veterans (Nationwide) - LINK

Michigan Ability Partners (Ann Arbor and Jackson, MI)
Michigan Ability Partners creates opportunities for veterans, people with barriers to employment, and those experiencing homelessness. 

Michigan Veterans Foundation (Detroit, MI)
The Michigan Veterans Foundation is a non-profit agency. Our main project is the Detroit Veterans Center - a well planned and well - supported community effort. The Foundation has been asked to expand it's services to several other cities in Michigan, and currently has plans to open other facilities strategically located throughout the State of Michigan.

Piquette Square for Veterans (Detroit, MI)
Provides information on housing, counseling, job training and support groups for homeless Michigan Veterans.

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
The VA is committed to ending homelessness among veterans. Our focus is threefold:
  • Conducting coordinated outreach to proactively seek out veterans in need of assistance.
  • Connecting homeless and at-risk veterans with housing solutions, health care, community employment services and other required supports.
  • Collaborating with federal, state and local agencies; employers; housing providers, faith-based and community nonprofits; and others to expand employment and affordable housing options for veterans exiting homelessness.

Veterans Constructing Communities Foundation (St. Clair Shores, MI)
(VCCF) Veterans Constructing Communities Foundation is a Michigan registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit national organization created to serve veterans of all war eras, their families and surviving spouses’ housing needs.

VETLIFE - Warmth for Warriors (Southeastern Michigan)
Warmth for Warriors is an annual 5K fun run/walk which raises funds to help homeless veterans throughout the state of Michigan. Special sleeping bags which turn into parkas are purchased and donated to veterans in southeastern Michigan in addition to winter hats, gloves, socks, blankets, and other toiletry items.

Vets Returning Home (Roseville, MI)
Vets Returning Home is a Michigan registered nonprofit agency. The overall objective is to provide a clean, safe, sober living environment for veterans. The goal of Vets Returning Home is simple: to end chronic homelessness among veterans in our communities. Our mission is complex, requiring more than putting a roof over the veterans’ heads. It requires an approach that address the “total veteran” and his needs and making sure they succeed after they are transitioned. We are a volunteer operated 11,000 square foot facility with 43 beds and commercial kitchen. 6 of the 43 beds are dedicated to females only. We provide a stable and sober living environment to veterans in crisis. Onsite services including employment readiness training, aid with job placement, disability benefit connection, legal support and life skills training. Community support both physical and financial has been vital to our ability to continue our mission. Vets Returning Home receives NO government funding. We have successfully transitioned on average 250 veterans a year back into society as a fully functioning community member.

Veterans Haven of Hope House (Ann Arbor, MI)
The Veterans Haven of Hope House is a two-year transitional housing program for homeless veterans, which provides individualized services to help transition them back into mainstream society. Veterans Haven of Hope House is operated by the Salvation Army of Washtenaw County. Services provided include:
  • Free housing
  • Individualized case work services
  • Weekly meetings with caseworkers
  • Continuing education

 For more information please call 734.668.8353

Veterans Helping Veterans (Calhoun and Kalamazoo Counties)
Vets Helping Vets SWMI.  is a vocal advocate for the homeless and displaced.
We help our veterans and their families in need. we provide assistance to help them achieve sustainability and help end homelessness. 

Volunteers of America Michigan (Southfield, MI)
Veterans: Contact us toll-free statewide by calling 877-509-VETS

Volunteers of America has been working with our nation's veterans since World War I. In Michigan, no private provider serves more. An overview of what we provide: veterans housing, veterans employment, and supportive services for veterans families.
  • Veterans Housing: Veterans are welcomed to programs that provide case management, employment assistance and physical and mental health services of the VA Medical Hospitals. Eighty percent who complete the program return to independent living. Detroit (313) 463-7065.
  • Veterans Employment: Comprehensive employment and training program services designed to address employment barriers with coordinated case management. A continuum of supportive services are provided, giving homeless veterans the ability to participate in job skills training programs while meeting their basic needs. Serving 32 counties across the state. Call (877) 509-8387 with questions.
  • Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF): Help for very low-income veterans and their families to prevent homelessness, or rapidly rehouse those who already are homeless. Case management and legal assistance, in addition to direct aid with rent, utilities, moving costs, etc. Serving 14 counties across the state. Call (877) 509-8387 with questions.

Honor flights

Honor Flight Network (Michigan hubs)
The Honor Flight Network is a national network of independent hubs working together to honor our nation’s veterans with an all-expenses paid trip to the memorials in Washington, D.C., a trip many of our veterans may not otherwise be able to take. Participation in an Honor Flight trip gives veterans the chance to share this momentous trip with other veterans, to remember friends and comrades lost, and share their stories and experiences with each other.

Memorial Day resources and opportunities
An exhaustive list of opportunities to honor & remember the Fallen (Nationwide) - LINK

Carry the Load - Michigan chapter
What started as a mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has grown to include more than just our military heroes and more than just the one holiday. Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day.

Veterans Memorial 150 (Ludington to Bay City)
The VM150 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that raises funds for worthy veterans service organizations. Our keystone event, The Veterans Memorial 150, consists of 150 miles of open roads and rail trail that spans a course from Lake Michigan in Ludington to Saginaw Bay in Bay City. We also plan other events from 5K road races, and timed events.

Wreaths Across American (December 17, 2022)
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Join us by sponsoring a veterans’ wreath at a cemetery near you, volunteering or donating to a local sponsorship group. Click on this LINK and enter MI (for Michigan) in the search box to discover opportunities across the state of Michigan.

Mental & physical health, fitness and wellness support
(see also Reintegration support listed on this page)
Additional support (Nationwide):
  • Fitness, health and wellness - LINK

Battle Creek VA Medical Center (Michigan)
PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program - The PTSD RRTP is a 26-bed program designed to assist Veterans in learning to live successfully with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) developed as a result of military experiences. Private and safe accommodations are available for women veterans. Military-related PTSD affects many areas of a veteran’s life and each area is addressed within the context of the program. Recovery-oriented goals are identified by each Veteran and problematic areas such as guilt, intrusions, avoidance, anger, and substance abuse are addressed within the context of achieving those goals. The program offers an intensive treatment approach in which Veterans attend therapeutic activities on a daily basis. Treatment modules aim to improve areas of daily life through group therapy and skill-training modules.

An initial course of treatment emphasizes evaluation, education, and many coping skills. Veterans then transition directly into the trauma processing phase of treatment. Evidence Based Treatments such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CPT-I) are utilized.

Easterseals Michigan
Easterseals Michigan's commitment to reaching out to the military community goes back to World War II. We advocate for, connect with, and provide support services to military service members, veterans and their families through all phases of deployment: predeployment, deployment and reunion reintegration.

We serve military service members, veterans and their families. Easterseals Michigan accepts Tricare insurance plans. Programs include:
  • HomeFront STRONG
  • STRONG Families
  • Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic
  • Individual Therapy/Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy 
  • Staging Groups for Substance Use/Abuse

Fisher House (Ann Arbor, MI) (Detroit location in progress)
Fisher House is a “home away from home” where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses typically have 16 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.

Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Together, the Ann Arbor and Detroit Fisher Houses will provide 11,680 nights of free lodging annually, saving veterans and their families over $1.5 million in out-of-pocket costs.

LifeGR Growth - Reconstruction (Ada, MI)
LifeGR is a national leader in Post-Traumatic Stress growth and reconstruction coaching for American heroes...veterans, military, and first responders.

Dr. David Beach is our Mental Health Director at LifeGR®, and founder of the revolutionary PTSGR® coaching. His work is being reviewed and utilized in over 91 countries around the world, and the impact he has had with our LifeGR® guests is nothing short of remarkable.

LifeGR’s Adrenaline Therapy® provides our heroes with exciting experiences that triggers their body to produce the powerful hormone adrenaline.

Lighthouse for Veterans (Muskegon, MI)
Lighthouse for Veterans was established to remember those lost to veteran suicide, as well as their families, while honoring and supporting the veterans that are still with us; and to also increase awareness and help prevent the tragedy that is veteran suicide.

Michigan VA Veteran Centers
Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families.

Military OneSource
Military OneSource is your 24/7 connection to information, answers and support to help you reach your goals, overcome challenges and thrive. As a member of our military family, you are eligible to use this Department of Defense-funded program anytime, anywhere. Turn to Military OneSource for tax services, spouse employment help, webinars and online training, relocation and deployment tools, and much more.

Your Michigan Military OneSource consultant is April Clipper.
E-mail: [email protected]
Office phone: 989-415-9846
Michigan Military Consultant Facebook page:

Below is a list of some mental health and wellness resources for Michigan service members.

  • Non-Medical Counseling: Military OneSource has many resources to help improve stress and mental wellness. There is no need to struggle alone, reach out and ask for help. It’s free and confidential, so no one will know unless you tell them. Sometimes strength means asking for help. Military OneSource connects you – or immediate family members – to that needed help, whether it involves spouse education and career opportunities, matters specific to families with special needs, financial and tax counseling or other important issues. Military OneSource offers a call center and online support to connect you to the program or professional to make sure that you receive the assistance you need.

  • Building Healthy Relationships: Building Healthy Relationships is a free education-based consultation designed to strengthen your relationships. This series of personalized coaching sessions is tailored to help you set goals and strengthen your communication skills

  • Peer to Peer: Sometimes, talking to a peer who’s shared many of your experiences can help you discover new solutions and make the most of your military life. Take advantage of Military OneSource peer-to-peer specialty consultations to discuss personal or career aspirations or challenges of military life.

  • Health and Wellness Coaching: Losing weight, managing stress, tackling transitions – if you're ready to make some life changes, free consultations with a Military OneSource health and wellness coach can help. Coaches can help you make a plan to reach your desired goals, keep on course and celebrate your achievements.

Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN) for service members, veterans, and their families
The M-SPAN programs at the University of Michigan are part of the Welcome Back Veterans national initiative, a collaboration between Major League Baseball and the McCormick Foundation.  Welcome Back Veterans is committed to creating a national network of university-based medical Centers of Excellence to address the mental health needs of our veterans and their families. M-SPAN programs are dedicated to military mental health and include innovative approaches to outreach, overcoming stigma, and the design and delivery of programs for military families. We are honored to do this work in partnership with the Michigan Army National Guard, and to develop and implement programs to meet the needs of our citizen soldiers & families.

One Troop (Southwest Michigan)
Our founder is an Army combat veteran. After returning home he began to experience the symptoms of PTSD. He found that the best relief was physical activity and being in community with others. For years he felt the call to give other veterans a positive outlet to eliminate isolation and become mentally and physically healthier. Our mission is to use community to improve the mental and physical health of military veterans. 

92 For 22 (Coopersville, MI)
The goal of 92 For 22 is to grow our organization to reach more veterans and continue to raise awareness that the average number of veterans that commit suicide each day is 22. By bringing awareness to the community about the struggles that veterans have, we hope to keep this subject top of mind. The vision of 92 For 22 is to raise enough money to purchase property to build an environment that offers outdoor recreation and therapeutic experiences focused on helping veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their families.

Stronger Warrior Foundation (Milford, MI)
Our mission is to keep active, retired, and the families of United States service members strong financially, mentally, and physically. SWF’s Health & Wellness is on a mission to supply the military community with top notch fitness resources. For free, and for life.

Team Red, White & Blue - Michigan chapters (Ann Arbor, Bay City, Detroit, Flint, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Lansing, Tecumseh)
The mission of Team RWB is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Our chapters deliver local, consistent, and inclusive opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. Volunteers host regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and community service events, and facilitate building strong local connections with members and organizations within the community.

22 2 None (Traverse City, MI)
22-2-NONE is a non-profit organization lead by a board of fellow veterans to help raise awareness and provide support in hopes to combat veteran suicide.

Victory Gym and Veterans Health Club (Brownstown Charter Township, MI)
Victory Gym and Veterans Health Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to enriching veteran and first responder lives. Our mission is to conquer PTSD through physical fitness, peer support, and connection! Membership is free for veterans, military and first responders.

Warriors and Caregivers United (Ann Arbor, MI)
We focus not just on helping the veteran; equally important are the caregivers, families and friends. In some cases, these veteran are not ready to be outside their safety bubble or bunker i.e., their home, etc. So, we invite caregivers and loved ones to attend our functions and events with or without their veteran. We know that families need a safe place to turn just as much as the veteran. We offer that to them. We will try to help any PTS Veteran of any era … not just OEF/OIF.
  • Provide an unassuming and safe environment for all veterans and families
  • Mentor functions for veterans and caregivers
  • Bring families together at retreats and fun events
  • Sponsor workshops with focus on nutrition, sleep, etc.
  • Reach out and invite other warrior families to join

Military and veteran spouse mentoring & resiliency programs
Additional programs (Nationwide) - LINK

HomeFront Strong
HomeFront Strong is an 8-week resiliency program designed specifically for the needs of Post-9/11 military and veteran spouses/partners. Delivered in an in-person group or on-line format, HomeFront Strong incorporates evidence-based strategies to help spouses reduce stress and social isolation, build optimism and positive coping, change negative thinking, and learn new approaches to self-care. A parallel resiliency program is also offered for children and teens of participating families.

HomeFront Strong is being disseminated throughout Michigan by community providers who are trained and supported to deliver the program at their own site. Published findings show that participation in the program is associated with decreased stress, depression, and anxiety, along with improvements in coping, optimism, and life satisfaction.

Motorcycle clubs and organizations
Additional organizations (Nationwide) - LINK

American Legion Riders (Michigan chapter)
American Legion Riders chapters are well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children's hospitals, schools, veterans homes, severely wounded servicemembers and scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in The American Legion Legacy Run to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association (Michigan chapters)
We are an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. As a registered 501(c)(19) veterans’ charity, our mission is to support and protect those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Our focus is to provide assistance and help to individual veterans, veteran care facilities, other veteran organizations and registered charities. We sponsor and participate in many veteran-related motorcycle (and other) charity events each year, and as a non-profit organization, donate to various veteran causes. Our mission statement is Veterans Helping Veterans.

Foundation 14 (Milan, MI)
This movement is committed to putting combat vets on bikes. While others provide band-aids the foundation offers a real solution. It is a reciprocal relationship between a rider and their motorcycle; one that can last a lifetime. In addition, the motorcycle is the key to something larger and keeps giving every day. Riding provides a sense of freedom, community, and a bond which is hard to duplicate. It’s a healthy alternative that lasts. If you want to support something, ask yourself if saving a vet is worth the value of your time? Losing a single vet is 1 too many. We are committed to doing something about it.

God's Squad Christian Motorcycle Club (Michigan chapter)
God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club was established in the late 1960’s in Sydney and founded on a broader basis, under the leadership of John Smith, in Melbourne 1972, where the Club Colours have been flown ever since. The Club primarily exists to minister among the ‘outlaw biker fraternity’ and associated groups, where it is an accepted and relevant expression of the Christian Church. Since it’s birth, out of the counter culture Jesus movement days of the late 60’s it has continued, over four decades, to devote its efforts amongst those on the fringes of society.

To get in touch, e-mail Guy Cherry "Prophet" (club President) at [email protected]

Michigan Bikers Helping Veterans
The Michigan Bikers Helping Veterans (MBHV) is a registered non profit that receives donated funds to distribute in Michigan to provide assistance to deserving families of the fallen and/or wounded service personnel, or veterans in critical financial need.

Patriot Guard Riders - State of Michigan
Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:
  • Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
  • Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.

Parents of military support
Additional support for parents (Nationwide) - LINK

Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. (Michigan chapters)
The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a community of mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. We support each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our veterans or the families of our Fallen Heroes.

Moms of Michigan Military and Supporters (Romeo, MI)
We are support group, comprised of family and supporters who have come together as a organization, to support each other during a loved one's military career. We send care packages to the deployed and work in our community to bring awareness to veterans

Northern Michigan Blue to Gold Star Mothers (Traverse City, MI)
The main purpose and mission of the Northern Michigan Blue to Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is to provide a means for the blue and gold families of northern Michigan to connect. We want to provide education and informational activities that will increase public awareness of Blue Star and Gold Star Families, and to support families of all Veterans who have died during or as a result of military service.

Our goal is to provide education and a network of support to the families of active duty military and the families of military members who have lost their lives as a result of their service. Some families fly a service flag with a blue star to indicate a loved one on active duty and the star becomes gold when that member is killed whether it's in combat or by their own hand.

Additional radio and podcast programs - LINK

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency - WJR Veterans Perspective
Veterans Perspective” is a show dedicated to the well-being of Michigan’s veteran population. Each week, host Zaneta Adams, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, spotlights resources veterans can use to help them live their best lives. Get up-to-date information, with first looks at service innovations, and differing points of view on challenges our veterans face. It’s all part of “Veterans Perspective” on News/Talk 760 WJR.

Northern Michigan Hometown Heroes

Warriors Hope

Regional resources with a range of services

Bedford Township Veterans Center (Bedford Township, MI)
The Bedford Twp. Veterans Committee is a local 501(c)3 non-profit community outreach organization of neighbors coming together to serve the needs of our military veterans (active, retired, reserve, and guard), and their families residing in Bedford Township, Michigan.

Downriver for Veterans (South of Detroit and north of Monroe, MI)
We provide assistance to veterans in the downriver communities south of Detroit and north of Monroe, MI.

Northern Michigan for Veterans (Traverse City, MI)
Northern Michigan for Veterans is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization providing untiring advocacy and outreach to northern Michigan veterans by building partnerships to improve access to healthcare, housing, jobs, education, and burial services.

Veterans Care Communities Foundation (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb Counties)
The Veterans Care Communities Foundation provides funding to allow for a permanent living environment for veterans, spouses, and surviving children and spouses of veterans. The holistic approach allows every veteran to “Age in Place” enjoying a peaceful, meaningful and enriched life throughout any challenge they may encounter. VCCF provides emergency grants to Michigan veterans and dependent family members in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties to help them weather short-term financial crisis.

Veterans Resource Network of Southeast Michigan (Livonia, MI)
The Veteran Resource Network of Southeast Michigan (VRNSM) is a non-profit veterans' support organization that provides opportunities, education, and services to military veterans and their families through a network of local businesses committed to providing a better quality of life for those who served our country.

West Michigan Veterans Coalition
The West Michigan Veterans Coalition is a collaboration between local military friendly organizations that provide support, information, and resources to those that have served or are serving in the Armed Forces and their families, employers, and other organizations throughout West Michigan.

Our mission is to improve the lives of anyone who has served or is serving in the Armed Forces and their families by connecting them to resources including education, employment, healthcare, and quality of life services.

Reintegration support
Additional support for reintegration after deployment (Nationwide) - LINK

*Warriors Hope (Marlette, MI)
Warriors Hope is an organization that serves veterans in Michigan who have come back from deployment. Our programs are geared to help veterans and their families bridge the gap between their military experiences and life as a civilian.

Warriors Hope provides a variety of events: BBQs, Euchre parties, hunting & family events. We provide reintegration coaching for those who need extra help & support. Annual events include:
  • Veterans Appreciation Dinner
  • Equine Therapy Ranch
  • Adaptive Outdoor Camp

Service dogs, therapy dogs, companion pets
Additional service dog and therapy dog organizations (Nationwide) - LINK

Blue Star Service Dogs (Hamburg, MI)
The mission of Blue Star Service Dogs is this: We Rescue One to Heal Another. Blue Star Service Dogs rescues shelter dogs, trains them, pairs them with combat veterans diagnosed with invisible wounds, and continues their training together to be service dogs.

K9 Camo Companions (MI)
Our veterans make sacrifices every day, many that do not end with their time in the service. As a way of thanking veterans and their families for their service, we have found a valuable connection with companion animals that provides peace and comfort. Our team of volunteers is dedicated to finding the most appropriate match by resourcing many rescue organizations in the west Michigan Area. Once a Veteran K9 connection has occurred, we offer six week Canine Good Citizen classes and certification.

Mission 2nd Stripe (Canton, MI)
We are a team of veterans helping other veterans by training service dogs and providing them free of charge to those who have served our country.

Veteran Service Dogs Organization (Howell, MI)
The mission of Veteran Service Dogs Organization is to provide service animals to US military veterans. Through the hard work, dedication, and passionate care of our trainers and providers, we train both the service animal and the veteran. The training of each dog is tailored to the veteran in need. We train the dogs to assist with the following disabilities: PTSD, panic disorders, physical disabilities, bipolar disorder, seizures, and many more.

Warriors Hope - Paws 4 Boots (Marlette, MI)
Research tells us that dogs help calm our emotions and provide companionship in stressful times. This program provides dogs, free of charge, to veterans who need emotional support to help them manage their adjustment to civilian life. PAWS4BOOTS is focused on helping Veterans receive dogs that will help them manage their emotions and create some companionship to those who need that type of support.

Vacation, recreation and retreat opportunities
Additional opportunities (Nationwide):
  • Active duty military and veteran families - LINK
  • Gold Star families - LINK
  • PTSD and TBI families - LINK
  • Wounded warrior and disabled families - LINK

Blum's Landing (Millersburg, MI)
Blum's Landing is a place for military personnel who have endured physical and/or mental wounds from serving the country.

We are a non-profit bed and breakfast for military personnel and their families to relax, to recoup, and to re-energize from the stress of their current rehab and duties.

Camp Liberty, Inc. (Brighton, MI)
Camp Liberty provides inclusive outdoor recreation programs that aid in the reintegration of U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families, with an emphasis on assisting those with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

Compass Point Veteran Outreach (Port Sanilac, MI)
Compass Point Veteran Outreach offers sailing classes to veterans and their families. As a 501c(3) non-profit organization, both classroom sailing instruction and on the water training is completely complimentary.

Courage Incorporated
Courage Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization focused on helping individuals and veterans with physical disabilities participate in outdoor wilderness-based adventures.

At Courage Incorporated, our goal is simple: We provide individuals and veterans with physical disabilities the opportunity to harness their natural courage and enjoy the wilderness with camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking/canoeing, boating, and outdoor cooking. The only cost is the courage to try something they thought might not be possible.

For more information, or to book an event, please contact Courage Incorporated at: [email protected] or visit

Flyin' Heroes (Muskegon, MI)
Flyin’ Heroes is a program that utilizes the sport of fly fishing to promote therapeutic growth and rehabilitation of U.S. military veterans. The goal of Flyin’ Heroes is to create memorable fly fishing experiences that unlock the healing power of the water and foster lasting relationships.

Fishing is simply the tool that allows us to connect with our local community of veterans. We focus on the importance of creating lasting relationships and life long memories on the river.

Flyin’ Heroes utilizes individualized personal trips, which are used to empower and inspire veterans to make positive gains towards mental health and living productive, fulfilling lives.

Freedom for Patriots (Menominee, MI)
Freedom for Patriots is a nonprofit organization providing support for active and veteran
military members through recreational activities, regardless of physical or mental barriers.

Heroes on the Huron
Heroes on the Huron is a free kayak and canoe event for veterans and their families. Join VETLIFE as we host a fun day of camaraderie, resources, and unforgettable memories.

Heroes on the Water (Southeast Michigan chapter)
Heroes on the Water, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, provides no-cost therapeutic kayak fishing experiences to veterans, first-responders, active-duty military members and their families. Our volunteer-led chapters hold regularly scheduled events that improve lives while supporting our heroes.

Kamp George (Upper Peninsula, MI)
Kamp George is a nonprofit located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We offer all-inclusive vacations for military and first responders on disability from an at work incident or injured in the line of duty. 

Kamp George gives our heroes an opportunity to enjoy amazing adventures with family members. We offer a unique environment hosting dozens of activities to help build self esteem and bring everyone closer together. 

If you’re a first responder or a member of the military, or know a hero on disability from an at work incident or injured in the line of duty that would like to visit Kamp George. Please call or email. We look forward to meeting you. Thanks again for your service!

Little Troops on the Field
Little Troops on the Field is a free 3 hour football clinic for military children ages 8-12 years old. All registered children in attendance will receive a complementary t-shirt, snack, football, and autographs by former Detroit Lions Football players. Experienced coaches and Lions players will be taking children through a training with emphasis on teaching the game and improving techniques for all skill levels and positions. 

Michigan Challenge - Veterans Sailing (Traverse City, MI)
Volunteers, veterans and their families may sail on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 3 PM during the sailing season while Perception is in Traverse City.

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Michigan residents who are veterans with 100% disability or are full-time active duty military, fees are waived for hunting and fishing licenses not obtained through a lottery.

Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors (Ann Arbor, Jackson, Lansing, Detroit)
Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors (MiOFO) is a collaborative partnership whose mission is to provide outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities to wounded veterans and individuals with health challenges; and, to coordinate a support network that facilitates their recovery through connecting with nature.

MiOFO activities are centered around DNR-managed Sharonville State Game Area and the neighboring Camp Liberty property. The properties are near several population centers: Ann Arbor, Jackson, Lansing, and Detroit.

Chapter leader: Ian Eichel
Phone: 734-431-2215
E-mail: [email protected]

Michigan Warriors Hockey Program (Southeastern Michigan and Metro-Detroit)
The Michigan Warriors Hockey Program (MWHP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created for charitable and recreational activities, namely, providing an educational and developmental hockey program for Disabled Veterans and to participate in volunteer community services.

We welcome veterans of any disability or injury and any skill level to join the program and especially encourage those who have never played hockey before to come out and try.

Since the program’s inception, the MWHP has provided over 4000 man-hours of ice time to over 100 warriors throughout Southeastern Michigan and Metro-Detroit at no cost to the disabled veterans. All ice time is paid for through corporate sponsorships and private donations. Through MAHA and private donations, most warriors have been outfitted with new, up-to-date skates and other safety equipment. The MWHP hosts a staff of volunteer coaches with an experienced and extensive background in hockey.

Military Sportsmen of American (Michigan chapter)
Military Sportsmen of American is a nonprofit organization that gets veterans and first responders out hunting, fishing, camping, etc. If you have a love for the outdoors and are interested feel free to join the group and check us out.

Operation Injured Soldiers - Brave Hearts Estate (South Lyon, MI)
Operation Injured Soldiers is a tax exempt, nonprofit organization founded in 2005. We provide recreation opportunities to wounded military veterans of all eras as a “Thank You” for their service, and to aid in the recovery from physical and emotional injuries sustained during conflict deployments.

We know that it is important to help our disabled heroes get back to doing sports and hobbies they enjoyed before being deployed. Our role is to provide events and places where disabled veterans from all wars can enjoy the camaraderie of others.

Our goal is to thank these heroes for their sacrifices with a well deserved break, because we know that such “recreational therapy” produces significant health benefits. In order to be eligible for participation in our events a veteran must have a 30% disability rating or have experienced combat.

PGA Hope - Michigan
PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

The program introduces the game of golf through a developmental 6-8 week curriculum, taught by PGA professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. All programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA Section Foundations, so the cost of programming is free to all veterans.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (Traverse City, MI)
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.

Project Healing Waters brings a high-quality, full-spectrum fly fishing program to an ever-expanding number of disabled active military service personnel across the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, in Military Hospitals and the Warrior Transition Command. We focus our resources wherever the need is greatest and expand our partner base in the process. PHWFF has become recognized as an innovative leader and model in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled, through its successful application of the sport of fly fishing as a rehabilitation tool.

Interested volunteers and veteran participants should contact PHWFF Traverse City, MI Program Lead Dave Jankowski at [email protected]

Reunite the Fight (Plymouth, MI)
Reunite the Fight was founded in 2017 by a group of Marine combat veterans. They had reunited yearly after leaving the military, then life got in the way. After realizing how much they missed the reunions, and the benefits they got by keeping connected, they decided to give that opportunity to other veterans.

​Reunite the Fight reconnects veterans with their fellow service members by taking them on hunting and fishing trips around the country!

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (Southern Michigan Team - Mattawan, MI)
Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is a national non-profit founded and headquartered in Rogers, Arkansas. SDIA exists to engage, assist and empower our nation’s “Sheep Dogs” (military veterans, law enforcement, fire & rescue, and EMS personnel) to Get Off The Couch and reengage in living a meaningful and productive life with a renewed sense of purpose. We provide continued service opportunities and outdoor adventures which offer physical challenges and the camaraderie that is often missing after a shift or tour of duty ends. For Sheep Dogs, “Helping Others is a Way of Life.”

Team River Runner (Michigan chapter - Eaton Rapids, MI)
Team River Runner's mission is to provide all veterans and their families an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddle sports!

Tight Lines for Troops (Manistee) - May 20-21, 2022
Annual Tight Lines for Troops Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan's veterans is a free event which helps disabled veterans have fun, and thanks them for their service.

VFW Camp Trotter (Newaygo, MI)
Camp Trotter is a children’s camp located 7 miles East of Newaygo on M-82. The camp sits on the shores of one of west Michigan's beautiful and picturesque lakes. It is owned and operated by the VFW. Camp Trotter exists primarily for children of veterans, but is not limited thereto; we offer five weeks of camping to children seven to twelve years old from all over the United States. The camp includes summer activities on site including swimming, boating, hiking, biking, arts and crafts, archery, softball, volleyball, as well as campfire activities. The children are given a general knowledge of science, art, and nature, and taught patriotism, courage, self reliance and kindred virtues. We try to further instill upon our campers morals and values by combining educational activities with fun, our goal is to guide and assist our youth to build a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

Walleyes for Warriors (Bay City, MI) - June 11-12, 2022
Walleyes for Warriors, located in Bay City, MI, is a free recreational therapy event such as this is a small way for us to not only say "Welcome Home," but also "Thank You" for serving our country.

Waterfowlers for Warriors (Pinconning, MI)
We try and provide lasting memories, a fun atmosphere through guided duck hunts and other events, and always with safety as our utmost priority.

Wilwin Lodge at Cygnet Cove (Custer, MI)
It is the mission of Michigan American Legion Wilwin at Cygnet Cove to provide a facility care for our disabled and handicapped veterans in a relaxed atmosphere. Providing the necessary therapeutic care needed, administered by licensed professionals; to utilize the property as a reconnect center for returning war veterans and their families after long deployments; to provide a visitation place for all veterans to utilize on special occasions, events, or vacation; to provide a place for our youth to enjoy the outdoors, including scouting groups, community groups, and other youth organizations.

Veterans homes

Allied for Veterans (Newaygo County, MI)
Allied for Veterans Inc. is a Veterans Advocacy Group located in northern Newaygo County. We are dedicated to organizing live musical performances and outdoor recreational activities for disabled veterans who reside in the State Homes in Michigan located in Grand Rapids and Marquette.

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Volunteering and community service
Additional opportunities (Nationwide) - LINK

Team Rubicon (Michigan chapter) (Michigan Facebook page)
Team Rubicon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon has deployed across the United States and around the world to provide immediate relief to those impacted by disasters and humanitarian crises.

Wounded warrior & disabled veteran support
Additional support for wounded warriors and caregivers (Nationwide) - LINK

Disabled American Veterans (Michigan chapters)
Getting involved in your local DAV Chapter is one of the many ways you can reach out to fellow veterans in your community. DAV Chapter members usually meet monthly to network and discuss issues of importance to veterans and the organization. Legislation, volunteer efforts and community projects are among the topics discussed, as well as upcoming events and activities.

Homefront Hugs Foundation (Ann Arbor, MI)
Homefront Hugs missions include Operation Healing Angel (helping our wounded and their caregivers),Homefront Hero Hugs (our adoption program), Homefront Orphan Hugs ( helping orphans our troops aid in the war zone), Homefront Welcome Hugs (our airport welcome program) and Homefront Hugs Kids and Teen Clubs just started this year across the country.

Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors (Ann Arbor, Jackson, Lansing, Detroit)
Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors (MiOFO) is a collaborative partnership whose mission is to provide outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities to wounded veterans and individuals with health challenges; and, to coordinate a support network that facilitates their recovery through connecting with nature. MiOFO activities are centered around DNR-managed Sharonville State Game Area and the neighboring Camp Liberty property. The properties are near several population centers: Ann Arbor, Jackson, Lansing, and Detroit.

Stronger Warrior Foundation - Adaptive Warrior (Milford, MI)
Adaptive Warrior’s main purpose is to help those service members that have become amputated, paralyzed, blind or deaf from accidents in post service, combat related service, or non-combat related service. This program aims to relieve the financial burden that may come with these injuries. The Stronger Warrior Foundation is dedicated to helping those warriors in need by financially supporting adaptive living additions to homes, vehicles, and any other necessities that are needed. Each grant provided to our Warriors is up to $6,000 based on the severity of the situation and need. Learn more about the complete process by clicking below.

Additional support for military & veteran families

AUSA (Association of the United States Army) (Michigan chapter)
AUSA works to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America’s Army and the men and women who serve. AUSA is a private, non-profit educational organization that supports America’s Army – Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees, Government Civilians, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and family members.

Operation Never Forgotten
Operation Never Forgotten (ONF) is a national non-profit volunteer organization supporting health and well-being of post-9/11 physically and/or invisibly wounded veterans, caregivers, gold star families and deployed troops. ONF creates awareness campaigns to remind the American public of the value of embracing the veteran community. ONF is dedicated in helping to rebuild the lives for those who have sacrificed so greatly to defend our freedoms.

ONF welcomes Post-9/11 veterans and caregivers to transition workshops. This program is managed by veterans, for veterans struggling in life after war. Veterans and/or caregivers must apply!

Vet Fest
Vet Fest is Michigan's largest veteran engagement event of the year drawing in several thousand veterans and family members from all around the state. Vet Fest is a free event for all active duty, retired, or military veteran families. Veterans can enjoy a day of camaraderie while learning about a wide variety of veteran specific resources. This is event is family orientated and veteran’s family members can enjoy food, bounce houses, live music, backpack and school supply giveaways, and more.

VFW National Home for Children (Eaton Rapids, MI)
The VFW National Home for Children was founded in 1925 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan as a place where families left behind by war could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their serviceman didn't come home. Today's military and veteran families face different challenges -- reintegration, post-traumatic stress, high unemployment and rehabilitation from battlefield injuries, among others -- and the National Home has evolved over our decades-long history to meet those changing needs. In addition, we understand that the impacts of war can be generational. The National Home is here to help veteran connected families as well who are directly related to a VFW or Auxiliary member or are eligible to become one. Resident families can accomplish significant life goals by participating in our program. We offer case management services to help families establish their plans for the future and set goals, education, recreational, and enrichment opportunities for parents and their children, as well as free housing and daycare. Community resources and counseling provided as needed.
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From the founder of Operation We Are Here:

Michigan is "home" for our family. We've had fun, adventuresome stops throughout our journey as an active duty Army family (Texas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Washington, Hawaii, Kansas), and yet, there's no place like home!

While the Operation We Are Here website lists thousands and thousands of nationwide non-profits and resources (be sure to check them out because they benefit you as well!), it's been on my heart to have a dedicated resource page just for Michigan. I think about it every time I connect with family, friends, and customers in coffee shops, in churches, and in my place of employment.

This page of resources is to be shared so that all of Michigan's military and veteran families ​can connect with the support and opportunities that are available to them.

To all who have served, to their loved ones who have served alongside them, and to those who generously support them, thank you...from a grateful military spouse, a grateful state, and a grateful nation.

May God bless you.

~ Benita Koeman (August 2020)