Getting Ready for Veterans Day
Dear Volunteers, 

The leaves have changed and football season is in full swing, so of course that also means that Buddy-to-Buddy is getting into high gear to celebrate Veterans Day. There are many Veterans Day events throughout the state in November, so if you are interested in attending any and representing Buddy-to-Buddy, let us know!
Stephanie Zarb, Buddy-to-Buddy Program Manager

We encourage you to share the Veterans Day events you have heard about or will be attending with us on our November 7 and 8 Support Calls. You can also contact Outreach Coordinator Valeria Shipp at or (734) 998-5827 and she will add your event to the event calendar. As always, don't be shy about taking pictures of yourself at these events and sending them to us! We love seeing what you're doing out in the community. 

Stephanie Zarb
Program Manager 

Volunteer Veteran of the Month
Richie Roberts was our Volunteer of the Month for September!  Since he trained into the program in December of 2015, he has been a dedicated and reliable at-large volunteer who goes above and beyond to help veterans and doesn’t shy away from dealing with some very  tough, complex issues.  Read more about Richie...
October 29 Benefit Dinner & Concert
Join us for a night of fun on October 29th! The Polish Legion of American Veterans is hosting a Benefit Concert & Dinner at the Lyskawa VFW Hall in Dearborn Heights to raise funds for Buddy-to-Buddy. The evening will include dinner, a concert by a Neil Diamond tribute band, a cash bar, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $25 each and all proceeds will go to Buddy-to-Buddy. Purchase tickets...
Welcome, New Volunteers!
We welcomed the following volunteers to our team in September:

Steve Miller – Steve served in the Navy for four years and later went on to a long career as a machinist. In addition to his work with Buddy-to-Buddy, Steve volunteers at the VA in Wyoming. 
Thank you for choosing to volunteer with us!
Nathan Cross – Nathan served in the Army for five years. He is now studying Business Administration and works for the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program in Jackson. 

Aimee Papineau – Aimee has been an Army Reservist since 2012. She is studying Psychology at Eastern Michigan University and works in the Veteran Services office there. 
Top Log Submitters
The top log submissions in September: 

Joe McClellan – 19
     Bruce Binns – 12
Mike Bachand – 11
Mark Lindke – 11 
Cliff Tholen – 10 

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.
Training Anniversaries This Month
The following volunteers are celebrating their training anniversaries with the program this month: 

Six Years
Gary Bourdeau 
Paul Jingozian 
Pete Raciti 

Five Years
Dick Overton 

Three Years
Joe McClellan 

Two Years
Bob Baumstark 
Lonny Bourque 
Mo De La O 
Jerome Gapczynski
Terry Madick 

One Year
Rob Herbstreith 

Harry McCown 
Keith Overby 

Thank you for your years of service! 
Happy Training Anniversary
Program Merchandise for Sale
The new lightweight tees are now available in men's and women's sizes! As the weather starts to cool off, we'd like to remind you that men's and women's hoodies, vests, and long sleeve shirts are also for sale. For those of you interested in looking these items over, along with other merchandise items available for sale, visit Ivy Promotion’s website...
"Wounded Warrior Dogs" Wins ArtPrize Public Vote
James Mellick's "Wounded Warrior Dogs" won the public vote for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. "The dogs are intended to be symbolic of the sacrifice and exhibit the same wounds as their human companions in battle," reads the artist's statement. Mellick, of Milford Center, Ohio, created the work in tribute to military veterans, and intends to exhibit it to raise donations for wounded-warrior organizations.
Buddy-to-Buddy Pics
Bob Short was recently in West Virginia helping Rhonda Cooper of the West Virginia National Guard at a veteran outreach event in West Virginia. Along with Program Manager Stephanie Zarb, Bob is working with the West Virginia National Guard to establish Buddy-to-Buddy there.
Dee Harris and Mark Reynolds at a VA Stand Down in Detroit. 
Where Will We Be This Month?
Click here to view a calendar of events that either our Outreach Coordinator, Valeria Shipp, or various Volunteer Veterans will be attending on behalf of Buddy-to-Buddy. This calendar gets updated on a regular basis and we encourage you to refer to it frequently.

If there are any events throughout the state that you think might be good for Buddy-to-Buddy to have a table at, please contact Valeria Shipp at or (734) 249-0380.
Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program
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