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Gov. Whitmer Recognizes November as Veterans and Military Families Month

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed November 2022 as Veterans and Military Families Month to honor veterans and military families throughout the state by recognizing their sacrifices and celebrating their successes.

“This month, Michigan's brave service members and veterans for their service and sacrifices to keep us safe and secure our freedoms,” said Gov. Whitmer. “We also recognize the families of service members for supporting their moms or dads, aunts and uncles, brothers or sisters, sons or daughters while on deployment. We owe those who serve and their families our gratitude and we pledge ourselves to work together to help them thrive.”

“The dedication and strength of military families during rotational deployments and long separations is an inspiration to us all,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “Michigan understands that families also serve and is honored to pay tribute to them.”

This month, there are many ways to celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month. One of the best ways to show support for the military is to donate to a charity that supports them. The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is accepting donations to help support military families with grants funding financial assistance: Military Family Relief Fund Donate Page. Michigan Veteran Homes (MVH) is seeking monetary donations to support the life enrichment fund which is used to improve the quality of life for veteran members: MVH Donation Page. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) is accepting donations to help connect veterans to the services and benefits they have earned: MVAA Donation Page

“Michigan is home to more than 550,000 veterans and their families,” said Zaneta Adams, director of the MVAA. “Michigan's veterans are brave and selfless individuals who, when duty called, willingly put themselves in harm's way to defend the lives and liberty of others.”

Michigan is committed to making the state the premier choice for military service members, veterans and their families to live, work, serve and play. In support of this effort, the MVAA helps connect veterans with federal, state and local benefits and resources they earned for their service. To learn more about employment, healthcare, education and quality-of-life benefits, veterans can contact the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center at 1-800-MICH-VET or visit www.michigan.gov/MVAA.

For more information on upcoming ceremonies and activities to honor veterans and military families, please visit the MVAA events calendar at www.michigan.gov/mvaa/events.

View the proclamation here: November 2022: Veterans and Military Families Month.