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MVAA presents first-ever awards to veterans and veteran advocates

An Ann Arbor grandfather did a "buddy check" on more than 100 of his fellow veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic, paying special attention to the homebound.

A National Guard member and mother of four uncovered and cleaned veteran headstones in an Owosso cemetery over Fourth of July.

And the son of Grand Rapids veteran started a Michigan nonprofit that has contributed more than $100,000 to support veterans and dependents.

These remarkable people are just three of 11 recipients in the first-ever round of awards from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency that recognize veterans, veteran advocates and, in one case, a veteran-friendly county. In the week leading up to Veterans Day, the awards represent an opportunity for us to honor and celebrate our veterans and those who advocate on their behalf for their continuing service and sacrifices.

The awards will be presented Nov. 6 at the inaugural Michigan Military & Veterans Gala at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Here is more on the awardees, who were chosen by an independent panel of judges and will be featured in the Michigan Heroes Museum in Frankenmuth for the next year:


Dave Draper