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

Veteran Wellness
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.

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.
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

September has become a month of remembrance. I want to encourage you to take a moment and reflect on the significance of Sept. 11, which marks the anniversary where our nation collectively held its breath in shock, and unified over grief and resolve for justice. Many of our members were children during this tragedy in 2001, while others were already retired from military service. In either case, you all answered the call to show up, no matter the cost, when your nation asked you, and I thank you. I hope the anniversary of Sept. 11 brings us closer together in the memory of those we lost, and reflect on the American resolve to never back down from injustice against our people.

Further, Sept. 15 is National POW/MIA Day. This day we take another pause to honor those who never came home, and were prisoners of war during their service. Together, we remember them.

I hope to see you at our annual Fall Conference in Flint, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Fall conference is a highlight for me because distance forces many of us to only see each other a few times per year. I'm excited to greet you as we convene to support each other in a common goal,  to serve our veteran and family community.