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COVID-19 Information and Programs
Veterans have support during COVID-19 and beyond. You can lean on us at the MVAA. Explore resources and programs you've earned.
Buddy to Buddy Veteran Mentorship
Veterans, you're not alone. This MVAA initiative 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 on call throughout Michigan to help support veterans' 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.
Veteran Service Officers
Need assistance? Veteran Service Officers across the state are here to help. They'll help veterans determine eligibility and file for the federal benefits they earned for their service, including disability compensation. Call us at 1-800-MICH-VET to get connected with an accredited Veteran Service Officer near you.
The economic effects of COVID-19 have been widespread. But veterans can still find plenty of jobs in Michigan, including positions in law enforcement, the utility industry and at our own Michigan Veteran Homes. Through our work with Michigan's 400 Veteran-Friendly Employers and our partnerships with public and private organizations, we're working hard to connect our veterans with the right employment opportunities.
Check on MIVet
Veterans have earned their benefits, and we want to "check in" to make sure you're getting the most out of them. Our Check on MIVet program reaches out to veterans and connects them to any employment, education, healthcare or quality of life benefits?they might need during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
If you're a veteran, Guard or Reserve member, or the loved one of a veteran who would like to schedule a benefits "check in,"?click here.?
Mental Health Resources
In stressful and unsettling times like these, managing your mental health is crucial. Luckily, you're never alone. There are many resources available to help you with stress, fear, anxiety or feelings of depression. Connect to crisis lines by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing '1,' find tools to implement in your daily life and start taking steps toward a healthier mind today.
If you are currently in an emotional crisis and need immediate help, call the Veterans Crisis Line to speak confidentially with a qualified crisis counselor at 1-800-273-8255, and Press 1. You can also text 838255 or chat with a qualified responder online.