Dear Volunteers,

It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the Volunteer Recognition Event in Clare, Michigan earlier this month. For those of you who were able to attend, I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. As I mentioned in my remarks, this event provides the opportunity to fully recognize your tremendous contributions over the last year.
The effort that went into making the evening a success was truly herculean and shared by so many, but I especially want to recognize the volunteer involvement that made it special. Paul Jingozian eloquently led the toast to our fallen and missing comrades and the pledge of allegiance. Ron Springer’s tribute to late volunteer Paul Clement and the presentation of the volunteer-signed decanter by Alfonse VanHese to Paul’s wife, Patti, and his granddaughters Lilly and Alisa was deeply moving.

Dick Overton thoughtfully recognized one of our National Guard partners, retiring Sergeant First Class Terry Pickett. In his remarks CH Lepley of the Michigan National Guard discussed how the work you do as volunteers inspires and better equips him to do his job.

If you have any feedback or ideas for next year, please let me know. Planning for next year’s event will be starting before we know it! If you couldn’t make it this year, I hope you will be able to next year. It was an evening to remember. You can view pictures capturing these moments and more from the event lower down in this newsletter. Thank you for all that you do. 

Bill Bryan
Program Manager
Buddy-to-Buddy Featured in New "This Is Michigan" Video
Buddy-to-Buddy was featured in a new Michigan Impact video and story for its “This Is Michigan: Stories of Our State” series. Multiple program volunteers and staff were interviewed and included in the video. Special thanks goes to volunteers Bianca Racine, Bruce Spiher, and Josh Moschino for doing a fantastic job being interviewed for the video! To watch the video and read the story, click here .
Month in Review | March 2019
Number of service members and veterans assisted: 50

Concerns identified:
Thanks to all who logged in March it was a great logging month!

Top interaction log submitters:
Paul Jingozian - 50
Jon Luker - 12
Richie Roberts - 9
Steve Alguire - 6
Michael Johnson - 5
Ninette Marcotte - 5
Ron Springer - 5
Julia Treme - 5

Number of drill/outreach events attended: 53

Most drill/outreach events attended and logged:
Mark Lindke - 4
Cliff Tholen - 3
Barbara Brennan - 3
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: 

Nine Years!
Matt Newman

Two Years
Eduardo Calzada-Ortiz
Ryan Kenerson

Thank you for your service!
Check Out the Recognition Event Photos
The professionally taken photos from the event are now available to view ! If you see any photos you'd like to download, please feel welcome to click on them and save the digital files. View the photos here.

If you attended the event and would like to receive a printed copy of the photograph of you being presented your certificate of recognition by CH Lepley, contact Jamie Majer at jmajer@umich.edu or (734) 998-5825.
Interested in Representing Buddy-to-Buddy at an Event?
Below are some upcoming events we will be at and are in need of volunteers for:

May
  • Fri., May 17 & Sat., May 18: Purple Heart State Convention in Grayling
  • Sat., May 18: Blessfest in Taylor 

June
  • Thurs., June 6 to Sat., June 8:  VFW State Convention in Flint
  • Fri., June 7: Genesee County Veterans Stand Down in Flint
  • Thurs., June 20: Detroit Veterans Job Fair in Detroit
  • Sat., June 22: For God and Country in Ypsilanti 
  • Wed., June 26 to Fri., June 28: DAV State Convention in Mt. Pleasant
  • Thurs., June 27 to Sun., June 30: American Legion State Conference in Kalamazoo  
August
  • Sat., August 10: VCAT 9 VetFest in Brighton
  • Sat., August 10 to Sun., Aug 11: Fly-in & Pancake Breakfast at Wurtsmith Air Museum in Oscoda
  • Mon., August 12 to Sun., Aug 18: UP State Fair in Escanaba  
If you would like to represent Buddy-to-Buddy at any of the events above or some other veteran-focused event in your community, contact Amy Kienast at amkienas@umich.edu or (734) 998-5829.
More Volunteers Needed
Do you know any veterans who would be great B2B volunteers? We need a few more volunteers in the following areas:

  • Detroit
  • Adrian
  • Flint
  • Jackson
  • Lansing
  • Midland
  • Monroe
  • Port Huron

If you run across someone who would be a great volunteer, please contact Amy at (734) 998-5829 or amkienas@umich.edu and let her know, or you can have them fill out an application here .  
Counties shown in blue have at least one volunteer residing in them; counties in green have no volunteers.
Schedule a Re-Training
Has it been a while since you went through our New Volunteer Training? A lot has changed. Do you think you might benefit from going through training again? If so, contact us about attending an upcoming training. We continually update our training content and think that any and all volunteers who are interested in refreshing their skills will benefit from going through the new and updated training. We'll provide a free lunch.
Currently, our next two scheduled trainings will be on Saturday, April 27 at Camp Grayling and Friday, May 3 at our office in Ann Arbor. Contact us to schedule a re-training.
Need Any New Program Supplies? Let Us Know!
Are you running low on program materials? Are you unsure about whether the materials you have are the most current versions? If so, please contact Jamie Majer at (734) 998-5825 or jmajer@umich.edu and the supplies you need will be ordered and sent to you as soon as possible.
Buddy-to-Buddy Pics
Mark Lindke and Paul Jingozian with VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System social workers who hosted them and Program Manager Bill Bryan for a panel discussion and also fundraised for the program during the month of March.
Jake Witherspoon at the Michigan Defense Expo speaking with an event attendee.
Ken Wood at the Michigan Defense Expo.
A plaque presented to volunteer Craig Hannar by the Officers and Soldiers of the 460th Chemical Company at the armory where he attends drill in appreciation for his "selfless dedication."
Fred Honerkamp with a veteran he helped get a recumbent bike for. Click here to read a story from The Midland Daily News about it.
A few photos from the annual Volunteer Recognition Event held at the Doherty Hotel in Clare on April 13. Click here to view more photos from the event.
Buddy-to-Buddy is part of Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN), a portfolio of military and veteran mental health programs within the University of Michigan Depression Center .
Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program
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