These organizations are resources outside traditional VFW programs that assist veterans and their families in multiple ways.

Veteran Wellness
Heroes to Hives
Heroes to Hives is a 9-month beginning beekeeping education course designed to train Service Members through a free online training program that is coupled with on-ground training opportunities (in select States) and to develop a community of support with other veterans. Since 2015, Heroes to Hives has trained over 8,200 Service Members and their dependents from all over the world. Registration is open from November 2023-2024, learn more sign up here!
Also, read about the program's impact in Michigan from WILX News 10.
Vet Life
Vet Life provides veterans with a network of sustainable solutions and resources to improve the quality of civilian life. They host multiple free events for veteran families as well as provide valuable veteran specific resources.

Stronger Warrior Foundation
The Stronger Warrior Foundation has multiple grants available for disabled veterans needing assistance with home or vehicle adaptability. The Michigan-based organization is awarding grants up to $6,000 depending on the need. If you or someone you know could benefit from this grant, applications are found here!
For more information, email zac@strongerwarriorfoundation.org
Disabled Veterans National Foundation
DVNF provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and freedom. They provide resources for mental health, homelessness, employment and other programs.
Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project provides programs in mental healthcareer counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care, along with our advocacy efforts, we improve the lives of millions of warriors and their families.
Veteran Recreation
Foxhole is a nonprofit organization with a mission to assist veterans in their return to society through martial arts. They are here to support vets through any challenge they may encounter by training together and providing programs to encourage community involvement. There is a mutual trust and military-style friendship that is built when this group takes on challenges together.
 Oscar Mike Foundation
The Oscar Mike Foundation (OMF) is a nonprofit with a mission to get injured veterans back on the move with adaptive sports. Each summer, OMF hosts clinics to give veterans with various disabilities a safe and affordable place to try a variety of sports.
 Veteran Mental Health and Homelessness
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest, established comprehensive human services organizations with 16,000 mission-driven professionals, dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. This organization provides mental health, family and community programs. They also are a resource for those experiencing homelessness and provide disability assistance.
Service Dogs
Veteran Service Dog
Veteran Service Dog is a 100% volunteer organization that connects dogs with veterans in need of a service animal. After this connection is made, they provide training for both the service dog and the veteran in proper handling and continued training. This program is entirely free to veterans.

Blue Star Service Dogs
Blue Star Service Dogs is a program centered on pairing and training the veteran and their service dogs over time to increase the working bond between veteran and dog. It also is a unique model that increases sustainability of a service dog as a  functional tool to decrease or eliminate symptoms from their disability.


Commander's Corner

Commander Ray Lopez




Thank you all for working so hard in your communities through advocacy and positioning your VFW Posts as a place for all veterans and their families. Our Department officers are working hard for you to meet any needs you have as you serve our veterans.

I ask you for helps in supporting a legislative initiative to provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment to Michigan veterans. Please sign this petition to let our legislators know that the VFW is supportive of this alternative treatment for veterans in need. Our voices matter, and together, our voices are louder.

I am continuously amazed by the spirit and relentless efforts you all make to serve Michigan veterans. I am so proud to be your commander and hope to see as many of you as possible at our upcoming State Convention. Thank you for your service!

Ray Lopez, State Commander, VFW Department of Michigan