Monday, April 27, 2020

MVAA Press Release about Regional Coordinators


Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Press Release
Media Statement
April 27, 2020
Contact: David Dunckel
517-582-5864 or Ryan Engle 517-331-5375

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has made the difficult decision to end our grant agreement with Allied Technical Services, and thus MVAA's Regional Coordinator Program. Like all areas of government, business and the nonprofit sector, the financial impact and toll of COVID-19 is great, and we must make difficult but fiscally responsible decisions as we continue our services to Michigan veterans and our stewardship of state tax dollars. The grant originally scheduled to end in September 2020 will instead be terminated on May 15, 2020. The main role of our Regional Coordinators was veteran outreach which was severely impacted due to COVID-19, and numerous other programs and policies will fill any perceived gaps when it comes to connecting Michigan's veterans to their benefits.

 While the Regional Coordinator Program is ending, MVAA continues to examine and build ways that it can provide support, advocacy and connectivity at the local and regional levels, in order to ensure veterans and their families have the resources and support they need to thrive during – and after – this challenging time. We will continue to work with VCATs, MDHHS Veteran Navigators for mental health outreach, veteran service organizations and advocacy groups to ensure Michigan's veterans are connected to the benefits they earned for their service.

 If you are seeking resources for yourself or another veteran, please complete the Check on MIVET form by visiting bit.ly/34EvO4B or call 1-800-MICH-VET. As Michigan's central coordinating agency for Michigan's approximately 600,000 veterans and their families, MVAA is available 24/7 to answer veterans' questions and connect them to benefits and services.

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About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: Created by Executive Order in 2013, MVAA's mission is to be the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. The agency works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, state departments, county agencies, and community and veterans service organizations throughout the state. The agency operates the Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center, a 24/7/365 call center in partnership with Michigan 211. By calling 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) veterans, family members and service providers can get information and access a comprehensive network of resources and services. Learn more at MichiganVeterans.com.

Mark Sutton
Public Relations Director
American Legion Department of Michigan