LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency will host a Veterans Community Action Team summit in Grand Blanc on July 11 to network, share best practice and collaborate on how best to serve the state’s nearly 640,000 veterans.
VCATs are comprised of federal, state, local and faith-based organizations that support veterans in the communities where they live and work. The summit is intended for organizations located in the eastern regions of the state, and will feature VCAT regional coordinators from Economic Prosperity Regions 5, 6, 9 and 10. The event is the second of three to be held this summer.
The summit will feature breakout sessions on strategic planning and funding options, a discussion on best practices on local programs in the areas of employment, education, health care and quality of life.
The VCAT program was created to provide veterans easier access to comprehensive health, employment, education and quality-of-life opportunities. VCAT regional coordinators are assigned to each of the state’s 10 Economic Prosperity Regions, focusing on identifying solutions for gaps in veteran services, reducing duplication of efforts and simplifying connections with local resources.
The program has been serving veterans since 2013, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties. Nearly 1,200 organizations belong to the 10 VCATs.
Details of the summit are:
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Genesys Banquet and Conference Center
805 Health Park Boulevard
Grand Blanc, MI
For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/multiregional-vcat-summit-eastern-michigan-tickets-35542930863. Registration deadline is July 5.
The participating VCAT Regional Coordinators are:
Region 5 (Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties)
Region 6 (Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola counties)
Region 9 (Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties)
Region 10 (Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties)