In 2013, the West Michigan Veterans Coalition was selected by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to implement Altarum Institute’s no-wrong-door collaborative Veteran Community Action Team (VCAT). The model is designed to enhance the delivery of services from public, private, and nonprofit organizations to veterans and their family members. The VCAT aims to institute a community-based veterans’ system of care through the establishment of broad-based coalitions of veterans’ service organizations, health and community service providers, veterans and their family members, and other stakeholders.
The WMVC has formed four working subcommittees to address specific issues facing veterans in the community. The subcommittees meet periodically throughout the quarter to identify and alleviate barriers in education, employment, healthcare, and quality of life.
West Michigan Veterans Coalition Military Family Assistance Fund
The West Michigan Veterans Coalition Military Family Assistance Fund is a limited financial assistance program that was established to address the immediate quality of life needs of Military-connected Families during a time of temporary financial hardship.
Over the Years
Developed an Advisory Board and four committees: Education, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life. Still maintains quarterly meetings, but now is actively working together as a unit to provide better services to our Military-Connected individuals and their Families.
Apart of a statewide initiative with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and Altarum Institute to implement the “no wrong door” Veteran Community Action Team (VCAT).
The WMVC has grown to more than 100 state and local Veterans’ agencies that share information on resources and programs for education, employment, health care, and quality of life.
Non-Profit Organization Established
With donations from the Armed Forces Thanksgiving Committee, 2 scholarships were created: the Armed Forces Scholarship and the Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship.