Veterans Community Action Team multiregional summit coming to Gaylord

Contact: Dan Waun, MVAA, 517-284-5236
Agency: Military and Veterans Affairs

June 9, 2017

LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency will host a Veterans Community Action Team summit in Gaylord on June 28 to network, share best practice, and collaborate on how best to serve the state’s more than 640,000 veterans.

VCATs are comprised of federal, state, local and faith-based organizations that support veterans in the communities where they live and work. The summit is intended for northern Michigan organizations and will feature VCAT regional coordinators from Economic Prosperity Regions 1, 2 and 3. The event is the first of three to be held this summer.

The summit will feature breakout sessions on strategic planning and funding options, a discussion on best practices on local programs in the areas of employment, education, health care and quality of life and on the federal VA Choice Program.

The VCAT program was created to provide veterans easier access to comprehensive health, employment, education, and quality-of-life opportunities. VCAT regional coordinators are assigned to each of the state’s 10 Economic Prosperity Regions, focusing on identifying solutions for gaps in veteran services, reducing duplication of efforts and simplifying connections with local resources.

The program has been serving veterans since 2013, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties. Nearly 1,200 organizations belong to the 10 VCATs.

Details of the summit are:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. EDT
University Center Gaylord
80 Livingston Boulevard
Gaylord, MI 49735

For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/multiregional-vcat-summit-northern-michigan-tickets-34915742927. Registration deadline is June 14.

The participating VCAT Regional Coordinators are:

Michael Bachand
Upper Peninsula Regional Coordinator – Region 1
backhand@micoutnies.org
906-250-5976

 

Robert Bezanson
Northwest Regional Coordinator – Region 2
bezanson@micounties.org
703-625-0978

 

Steven Rollins
Northeast Regional Coordinator – Region 3
rollins@micounties.org
989-370-7197