The Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center. The program was made possible through partnerships with the Michigan Army National Guard, the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center, and Michigan State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
Our programs would not be possible without the support and generosity of our sponsors: The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Major League Baseball Charities, Welcome Back Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Services Network 11, and Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health Services.
Since 2009, our program has grown significantly. We now have over 130 trained and active volunteers working in 42 of Michigan’s Army National Guard armories, and many communities throughout the entire state. Our volunteers have assisted more than 1,700 Michigan veterans and service members over the past six years. Our volunteers have spent more than 6,000 hours at drill visits and events. We currently serve veterans, service members, and their families in Michigan.