The Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program is a free and confidential program that operates throughout the entire state of Michigan. Volunteer Veterans are assigned to National Guard armories, and offer resources and assistance to any soldier from those armories. Volunteer Veterans also provide outreach in their local communities and respond to calls for assistance from any Michigan veteran.
The Program trains Volunteer Veterans to link service members with the support, assistance, and resources they might need throughout the deployment cycle. Volunteers help service members address issues ranging from accessing financial, legal, benefit, or educational assistance to identifying mental health providers for emotional or relationship concerns. The primary goal is to intervene early, before identified concerns or stressors escalate into crises.
Anyone can call the Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program to seek assistance, make a referral, or to inquire further; however, we are only able to offer resources to military service members, veterans, and their families in Michigan. Michigan service members and veterans can call the program directly to be confidentially connected to our Volunteer Veterans. Others can call to refer a Michigan service member who might benefit from the program.