By Jacob Arnold
“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.” – S. Kelley Harrell
With the increase in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder cases, as well as the need for benefits and assistance, Veterans are facing more difficulties than ever. It can be daunting to try and find the best results in caring for their families and themselves, as well as navigating through the different resources and organizations.
Below is a list of five Veteran Organizations that are found right here in the Greater Lansing Area. They provide assistance and improvement of quality of life to Veterans and their families.
1. American Legion
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.
Location: 212 North Verlinden Ave, Suite A Lansing, MI 48915
Contact Information: Phone (517) 371-4720
Fax (517) 371-2401
2. Volunteers of America
Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions.
Location:430 North Larch St. Lansing, MI 48912
Contact Information: (517) 484-4414
3. Salvation Army
The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children’s programs. Their work is funded through kettle donations, corporate contributions, and the sale of goods donated to Salvation Army Family Stores. Eighty-two cents of every dollar spent supports their various missions across the country.
Location: 525 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing MI 48912-1518
Contact Information: Phone: 517.482.9715
4. Stiggy’s Dogs
Stiggy’s Dogs is a 501(c)(3) organization that rescues and trains shelter dogs to be psychiatric service dogs for military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) or Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”). The psychiatric service dogs are trained and deployed at no cost to the veteran. Stiggy’s Dogs all pass the Canine Good Citizen ® Certification test and then are paired with their handlers for further training. Since each veteran has unique qualities and needs, each dog is individually trained to meet that veteran’s needs. Stiggy’s Dogs offers the veteran and dog pairing a lifetime of support after deployment.
Location:2610 Bowen Road
Howell, MI 48855
Contact Information: (248) 667-8364
5. Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency serves as the central coordinating point, connecting those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families to services and benefits throughout the state of Michigan. The agency values inclusion, integrity, transparency, innovation and respect and aspires to provide the customer service experience that veterans deserve.
Location: Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Contact Information
222 North Washington Square, 5th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933
Contact Information: 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838)
6. Veterans of Foreign Wars of Michigan
Veterans of Foreign Wars is the official nonprofit service organization for USA military veterans benefits, VFW programs, community service, patriotic and world events, American flag sales, and services to military veterans and communities.
Location: 924 N Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48906
Contact Information: Phone:(517) 487-3715
7. MSU Disabled Veteran’s Assistance Program
New and returning undergraduate veterans with a military-related disability who are Michigan residents and working on their first baccalaureate degree will qualify for an aid package that covers full costs without loans. The student will be awarded a combination of federal, state, and MSU gift funds, combined with veteran’s educational benefits and Michigan Rehabilitation Services benefits (if eligible), along with a work component. If the student cannot work due to the disability, the work component will be omitted in favor of additional grant funding.
Location:556 E. Circle Drive, Room 8 | Student Services Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1113
Contact Information: Phone: (517) 884-5973 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Ingham County Veteran Affairs
Accredited counselors are available to assist Ingham & Clinton county veterans and their dependents with applying for VA benefits. Counselors will help with obtaining the appropriate documentation, completing the appropriate form and monitor claims with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
Location: 5303 S Cedar St # 2, Lansing, MI 48911
Contact Information: (517) 887-4331
9. Lansing Community College Veteran Affairs
In cooperation with Lansing Community College, their mission is to provide the best possible services to veterans by making Lansing Community College a home away from home, and providing a safe learning environment that each alumnus will take with them in pursuit of a better future.
Location:Huron Building (HB) 333 North Washington Square
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Contact Information:Phone: 517-483-5246
Toll Free: 800-644-4522
10. United States Army Survivor Outreach Services
Survivor Outreach Services is the official Army program designed to provide long term support to surviving Families of Fallen Soldiers. Conceived of and developed by Survivors, this program is continually refined based on Survivor feedback and involvement by senior Army leaders. Regardless of your loved one’s Army component, duty status, location, or manner of death, Survivor Outreach Services Support Coordinators and Financial Counselors are here to provide dedicated outreach and support when, and for as long as you desire.
Location: 3423 North Martin Luther King Blvd
Lansing, MI 48906
Support Coordinator: (998) 372-1126 cell
Support Coordinator: (517) 672-0918 cell
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Tickets for the public are $13 and only $8 for Active Duty Military and Veterans, which can be purchased at http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/reentry. *
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