In our continuing show of support and appreciation for Michigan veterans and National Guard and Reserve members during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and partners will hand out free care packages in Muskegon and Clinton Township on Nov. 14.
The two events are the latest in the MVAA’s Operation Veteran Care Package campaign, which previously included stops in Lansing, Detroit and Pontiac.
“The Operation Veteran Care Package events have been highly collaborative and successful in reaching out to veterans and National Guard and Reserve members to show our gratitude during these challenging times,” said MVAA Director Zaneta Adams. “While the care packages are one way of showing our appreciation, the ongoing campaign reinforces our larger mission to serve Michigan’s more than 550,000 veterans and their families and ultimately get them connected to the benefits and resources they earned for their service to our nation.”
Veterans who are unable to attend the events but would like more information about connecting to resources and benefits in their area can call the MVAA’s 24/7 hotline at 1-800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).
The care packages are valued at $40 or more and include gift cards, sanitary items, resources and handwritten notes of thanks from students across the country.
Food boxes will also be given out at both events, as well as frozen turkeys in Clinton Township and whole chickens in Muskegon, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is required for the drive-thru, contact-free events and veterans must bring proof of service. One package per veteran, National Guard or Reserve member.
In addition, Veteran Navigators from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will be on hand to check in with veterans and can follow up with anyone needing additional assistance for themselves or their families. Veteran Navigators assist veterans of all eras regardless of discharge type, providing resources for issues such as mental health, homelessness and substance abuse.
Here are more details on the two events, including registration links:
CLINTON TOWNSHIP: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Macomb County Veteran Services, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, 48036. Register here. Flu shots provided by Genoa Healthcare will be available for veterans and family members (senior dose is available); if you are able, pre-fill and print the form here.Thanks to Gleaners, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1370, Genoa Healthcare and CaptionCall.
MUSKEGON: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Muskegon County Veterans Affairs, 165 E. Apple Ave. #201, Muskegon. Register here. Thanks to Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, City of Muskegon, Muskegon County Veteran Services, WINC for all Women Veterans, Walking with Warriors, Muskegon Vet Center, CaptionCall, Disability Network, and Muskegon County VFW Posts.