Connecting With Your VCAT
Dear Volunteers,

It seems every day there are new and changing resources available for Veterans and Guardsmen in our state. One of the ways we can continue to stay abreast of these changes is by participating in the information sharing sessions held by each of the 10 regional Veteran Community Action Teams (VCATs), and getting to know our community partners. 
Many of you have previously participated with the VCATs with varying levels of engagement. Like most things in life, you will get out of participating with your VCAT what you put into it. Here are some tips on how to become more engaged:

  • Attend a meeting
  • Start relationships with others working in the Veteran space in your region
  • Share the Buddy-to-Buddy mission with those who are not yet familiar
  • Let us know when and where you will be representing B2B, and we will ensure you have all the materials you might need

To get started, contact an MVAA Regional Coordinator. These folks can send you information about upcoming events and more. Summer is a great time to get out in the community to build the relationships you need to assist Veterans throughout the year.
Regional Coordinators:
Region 1
Frank Lombard
Region 2
Robert Bezanson
Region 3
Steven Rollins
Region 4
Brandy Walkington
Region 5
Nicole Alexander
Region 6
Bruce Freimark
Region 7
Adam Obanjoko
Region 8
Michael Wilson
Region 9
Josh Parish
Region 10
Kate Logan

The Buddy-to-Buddy Team
New Volunteers
We are thrilled to welcome these new Volunteers to our team this month!
Michael Jemison
Army & Air Force Veteran, Sterling Heights
Ted Kozlowski
Army Veteran, Redford
Dave Misaros
Army Veteran, Saint Clair
William Warner
Army Veteran, Monroe
Month in Review | April 2018
Number of service members and veterans assisted: 50

Concerns identified:
Top interaction log submitters:

Steve Alguire - 22
Cliff Tholen - 7
Jon Luker - 6
Richie Roberts - 5

Number of drill/outreach events: 32

Most drill/outreach events attended and logged:

Bruce Binns - 8
Fred Turk - 2
Dick Overton - 2
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 Anniversary
Kudos to volunteer David Thomas for celebrating six years as a volunteer this month! Thank you for your service, David.
Farewell to Kate Melcher
Kate Melcher announced earlier this week that she will be stepping down from the Program Manager role to focus on her own self-care and help with her aging parents. During her tenure here, Kate has made great contributions to the program, and we are grateful for her leadership. Kate’s last day at Buddy-to-Buddy will be Friday, June 1. Best wishes to you, Kate! Read Kate's farewell message .

Adam Jando will be assuming the PM duties in the interim as final staffing decisions are made. Do not hesitate to contact him at (734) 998-5826 at with any questions you may have.
Program Merchandise for Sale
As the weather becomes warmer, don't forget that you can purchase a lightweight, performance material T-shirt to wear to drills and events! You can contact the merchandise vendor, Ivy Promotion, at 937-829-2287 or to place your order for the lightweight T-shirt as well as other B2B merchandise. A percentage of sales goes directly to supporting B2B.
Schedule a Re-Training
Has it been a while since you went through our New Volunteer Training? Do you think you might benefit from going through training again? If so, contact us about attending an upcoming training. We've recently overhauled our training content and we think that any and all volunteers who are interested in brushing up their skills will benefit from going through the new and updated training. Contact us to schedule a re-training...
Need Any New Program Supplies? Let Us Know!
If you are running low on program supplies, such as business cards, brochures, or other documents, please contact Jamie Majer at (734) 998-5825 or and the supplies will be ordered and sent to you as soon as possible.
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 Adam Jando at or (734) 998-5826.
Buddy-to-Buddy Pics
Ron Springer was recently featured on the front cover of the Lansing State Journal. The photo was taken at the 15th Annual Capital Area Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, for which Ron was representing B2B and assisting veterans at.
Volunteer Richie Roberts with Kimberly Suchek, author of the "Operation Military Resources" guide, at the Washtenaw County Veterans Resource Fair
Volunteers Ron Springer and Ron Richards at a veterans resource fair in Jackson
Program Social Worker Adam Jando at the "Our Community Salutes" event at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial
M-SPAN and Buddy-to-Buddy's Kate Melcher, Michelle Kees, and Jane Spinner with leaders from ITC Michigan, which, along with its employees, recently donated over $4,000 to support B2B
B2B volunteer David Hagen (pictured at right, center) and Kate Melcher joined other Michigan veterans, including Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan, for a special session in the Michigan Senate last week
Adam Jando, Richie Roberts, and Jamie Majer at the 9th Annual Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX) at Macomb Community College
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
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