Wishing You a Great Summer
Dear Volunteers, 

For many, summer is a slower time, a period when schedules loosen up and many take well-deserved vacations. Yet for Buddy-to-Buddy, it's often one of the most active seasons for volunteers and program staff! It seems that there are more veteran-related events, trainings at armories, and veterans organization conventions to keep us all busy.
Stephanie Zarb, Buddy-to-Buddy Program Manager
If you would like to attend events on behalf of the program, contact our new Outreach Coordinator, Nathan Cross, at crossna@umich.edu or (734) 998-5827. Whether you're heading to an armory or an event on behalf of Buddy-to-Buddy or traveling with your families, we wish you a wonderful summer. Whatever your plans are, take pictures and send them to us—we welcome photos of you on vacation just as much as photos of you attending drill! 

Stephanie Zarb
Program Manager
  
Volunteer Veteran of the Month
Bianca Racine was our Volunteer of the Month for May! Bianca trained as a volunteer in August 2016 and is assigned to the 1775 MP CO at the Pontiac Armory. Bianca stands out because of her warmth and dedication, openness to sharing her story, and willingness to always go the extra mile to help fellow veterans. She is an asset to the program and a pillar of support to the individuals she assists. Read more about Bianca...
Current Program Statistics
Number of service members and veterans assisted from January 1 to  June 15:

2017: 455
2016: 404
                     

Percentage of our 2017 goal assisting 1000 veterans reached so far:

45%

Top interaction log submitters in May:

Steve Alguire - 22
Julia Treme - 15
Robert Calhoun - 11
Delia Baker - 10
Jon Luker - 10

Most events attended and logged in May:

Steve Miller - 4
Mark Reynolds - 4
Thank you for taking the time to submit your logs and using the website to communicate with us. These submissions are key in helping us continue to serve Michigan’s veterans.
This Month's Training Anniversaries
The following volunteers are celebrating their training anniversaries with the program this month: 

Six Years!
Mark Lindke
Joe Riedy

Four Years
Bruce Binns
Anna Skowronski

One Year
Brandon LaLonde

Thank you for your service! 
Welcome to Our New Staff Members
Join us in welcoming two new staff members to our team, both of whom are veterans: Nathan Cross, our new Outreach Coordinator, and Cassandra Parks, our new Administrative Assistant. Learn more about Nathan and Cassandra... 
Volunteer Recognition Event Photos
The photos from our annual Volunteer Recognition Event are ready to view! If you were there, we hope you enjoy re-living moments from this event, and if you weren't able to be there, we hope you can join us next year. View the 2017 Recognition Event photos...
Annual Training at Camp Grayling
In years past, many volunteers who are assigned to armories have been invited by their units to go to drill at Camp Grayling. If you have been invited this year and are considering going, check out this excellent guide that volunteer Ron Springer created: "Tips for Visiting Camp Grayling, Fort Custer & Other Guard Facilities." 
Interested in Representing Buddy-to-Buddy at an Event?
Would you like to represent Buddy-to-Buddy at a veteran-focused event in your community? Do you know of an event that you think someone from Buddy-to-Buddy should attend? If so, contact Outreach Coordinator Nathan Cross at crossna@umich.edu or (734) 998-5827. 
Buddy-to-Buddy Pics
Mark Lindke at a Michigan Air National Guard Yellow Ribbon event in Ypsilanti
Steve Alguire with First Lieutenant Aaron Bickerstaff, Commanding Officer of Co D, 125th Infantry at the Big Rapids Armory
Gary Bourdeau and Stephanie Zarb at a DAV convention in Sault Ste. Marie
Buddy-to-Buddy is part of Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN),  a portfolio of military mental health programs within the University of Michigan Depression Center.
Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program
1-888-822-8339 | buddytobuddyvvp@umich.edu | www.buddytobuddy.org
2025 Traverwood Dr., Suite C | Ann Arbor | MI | 48105