Serving those who served: Events, resources available to help veterans and their families

November 11, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

In recognition of Veterans Day, Michigan Medicine would like to honor its veterans, active duty servicemembers and their families. The sacrifice, bravery and courage demonstrated by veterans and servicemembers is both praise-worthy and inspiring — as it embodies what it means to be the leaders and best.

This week, the University of Michigan is recognizing veterans and their experiences and sacrifices with the annual Veterans Week celebration.

Programming throughout this week is a variety of in-person, virtual and hybrid activities and is aimed at celebrating and educating the broader U-M community on the experiences, resources and needs of the veteran community. Events throughout the week are open to the entire U-M community and general public.

Celebrate and support our veteran community by attending panels, lectures, and stories being held this week. Click here for a full rundown.

Connecting the veteran community

While Veterans Week is coming to a close, resources are available to Michigan Medicine veterans year-round that help promote their well-being. In honor of Wellness Week 2021, here are a few of these important resources:

Veterans and their families are invited to join the Veterans Connections Resource Group (VCRG) offered by the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.

The VCRG is a community that gathers to promote belonging and inclusion while discovering how the organization can best meet the needs of veterans and their families. The VCRG meets the third Wednesday of every month and engages in authentic dialogue and shared experiences as well as highlighting opportunities for Michigan Medicine to be more inclusive of veterans.

Please email veteransresourcegroup@umich.edu for further details on participating.

Veteran students are also encouraged to participate in PAVE (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education) that pairs incoming veteran and military students with current students who have already served.

Further resources for veterans and their families

U-M faculty and staff training workshops, hosted both online and in-person, help you learn tools to best serve military-connected students.

U-M student resources are available to assist veteran students with recreational activities, housing, transportation, and veteran and peer mentorship.

U-M spouse and family support aids military spouses and families with their unique needs. Working with Student Services and the Center for the Education of Women+, the VMS (Veteran and Military Services) helps military-connected families secure childcare and education.

Office for Counseling and Workplace Resilience is there to serve all members of Michigan Medicine, including the military community.

The Wellness Office is dedicated to improving workforce well-being, reducing professional burnout, and creating a caring, safe environment where all faculty, staff and learners at Michigan Medicine can thrive.

Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN) is dedicated to military and veteran mental health, including innovative approaches to outreach, engagement and reducing stigma.

Additional veteran resources can be found at:

Make the Connection for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Resources

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

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