Local and National, click names and facebook links to visit their sites.
Michigan Veterans Organizations Efforts
Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF) – nonprofit organization to help veterans in Michigan who return from the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, to provide supplemental assistance to the military and their families with assistance that helps with immediate financial needs. based in Metro Detroit. facebook
Michigan’s Disabled American Veterans (MI DAV) – Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization, Department of Michigan. Dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. Has chapters in Metro Detroit and throughout MI.
Veteran’s Haven – “Vets Helping Vets” non-profit Outreach Center dedicated to helping honorably discharged Vets. It offers food, clothing, and referral services for veterans in need. based in Wayne, MI. facebook
Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America (MPVA) – non-profit organization, has served Michigan for 54 years, reaching out on behalf of our members (veterans with spinal cord injury or disorders) to provide the highest possible quality of life in Michigan. facebook
Southeastern Michigan Veterans Stand Down – organization aids homeless veterans in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Their main fundraiser is the annual “Homeless Veterans Stand Down”.
The VET Program (formerly Suits for Soldiers www.suitsforsoldiers.org) – helps veterans and their families after they leave the service. They assist with business attire, resume writing, job placement, VA home loans and home purchasing, benefits assistance and much more.
Vets Returning Home – nonprofit whose objective is to provide a clean, safe, sober living environment. We operate as a transitional living facility designed to address the urgent needs of homeless veterans. based in Roseville, MI. facebook
Veterans4usa – nonprofit brings awareness to suicide and PTSD, helps veterans find jobs. based in Farwell, MI.
Operation Injured Soldiers – Hunting and Fishing Trips, Sporting and Racing Events, Corporate and Individuals provide opportunities of land use/ranches for Veterans to “Return to the Wild”, and more. based in South Lyon, MI. facebook
Buddy-to-Buddy – volunteer veteran program, a peer-to-peer outreach that trains veterans to provide peer support and linkage to needed resources for Michigan Post-9/11 service members and veterans. It’s one of the M-SPAN suite of military mental health programs at the University of Michigan.
Jam For Vets Project – music rehabilitation program, based in Michigan.
Metro Detroit Veterans Coalition – non-profit, info on → facebook
Events – Local Michigan
National Veterans Organizations Efforts
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) – a veterans advocacy and assistance group. “DAV is an organization of veterans helping veterans. We receive no government funding and look out for our members 100% of the time because we have been in their shoes. We are proud of our 90+-year history of helping our country’s veterans, proud of our record of fighting for your rights and proud of working alongside so many other non-profits and advocacy organizations to make sure that we fulfill our promises to the men and women who have served.”
Operation Ward 57 – Known as “the amputee ward” at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, the orthopedic Ward 57 at WRAMC housed some of the most severely injured patients for weeks or even months. Operation Ward 57 is a direct way for individuals and companies to show their support and raise funds for these courageous men and women who have given so much and deserve more. This is a grass-roots, volunteer effort.
Wounded Warrior Project WWP – serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.
Homes for Our Troops – a national non-profit organization strongly committed to helping those who have returned home with serious injuries since September 11, 2001. They assist severely injured veterans and their families by raising money and coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the veterans.
Building Homes for Heroes – a national non-profit organization strongly committed to supporting the men and women of the military who have returned home from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan with severe wounds and disabilities, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need. We build homes from the ground up or modify existing homes. These mortgage-free homes not only help to remove the family’s financial burden, they help to restore the individual’s freedom, and enable the veteran to lead a more independent and productive civilian life.
Purple Heart – official name: The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) – “The Only congressionally chartered veterans organization exclusively for combat wounded veterans. A nonprofit, charitable organization, the Purple Heart and its affiliated Service Foundation receive no government money… we rely totally on the gifts, contributions and bequests from our members and from other patriotic Americans.”
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) – wants to build centers across the country to serve returning veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress. “An independent not-for-profit organization, the Fund has provided close to $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public.”
American Veterans with Brain Injuries (AVBI) – mission is to offer support to brain injured American Veterans and their families or caregivers. This web site offers personal stories, resources, and announcements of services available to these American Veterans.
Gary Sinise Foundation – dedicated to serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Also features the Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band.
Welcome Back Veterans – WBV is committed to providing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to our veterans and their families in a public/private partnership with the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, Major League Baseball Charities, the McCormick Foundation and world renowned Centers of Excellence at University Hospitals throughout the country.
Healing Heroes Network + Hero Giveaways Sweepstakes – non-profit organization committed to healing Americas Heroes by providing financial assistance for quality care to military personnel injured in the line of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan since 9/11/01. Hero Giveaways Sweepstakes is a fundraiser to support those efforts.
IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America) – “Post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) provides resources and empower veterans to connect with one another. Through education, advocacy and community building, we strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.”
MusiCorps – “integrates regular visits by accomplished musicians who serve as mentors, the use of traditional instruments along with computer workstations and custom equipment, and projects tailored to individual circumstances, interests, and goals. Working in a variety of styles, and overcoming any obstacles, wounded warriors are able to learn, play, write, record, and perform music as a core part of their rehabilitation. The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band is the performance component of MusiCorps.”
Warrior Cry Music Project – “a group of volunteers who work with wounded soldiers at bases around the country. We provide the soldiers with musical instruments and then teach them to play. Working closely with therapists to create a positive educational and therapeutic music program, Warrior Cry gives wounded soldiers something positive to work toward and helps to get their minds off of their injuries. Music also helps get our wounded soldiers out of their shell and interested in socializing with others.”