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Buddy to Buddy Volunteer Mentorship Program
Veterans, you're not alone. The Buddy to Buddy initiative at MVAA continues the program developed at the University of Michigan and offered throughout Michigan since 2009. Buddy to Buddy offers personal, one-on-one veteran mentorship to veterans of all eras and discharge types as well as individuals currently serving in the Michigan National Guard or Reserves who may not know where to find the resources they need or may be reluctant to ask for help. Volunteer veteran mentors, called "Buddies," are located throughout Michigan to help support a veteran's needs and to link them to benefits and resources ranging from financial to employment, and from education to health care. Buddies can also connect their fellow veterans to advocates, such as Veteran Navigators, who can help with mental health and substance abuse issues.
To begin the process to find resources in your area and to connect to the Buddy to Buddy program, call 1-800-MICH-VET.
If you are a veteran interested in becoming a mentor for other veterans in your area, please complete the Buddy to Buddy mentor application. A monthly information session about becoming a mentor is available. To request to join this session, email MVAA-B2B@michigan.gov.