Working with multiple regional partners, the Community Foundation recently commissioned a study of veteran services in our area, specifically Michigan Prosperity Region 4A.

The study was conducted by the Altarum Institute—a nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization—and involved interviews with veterans and service providers to get a true picture of what services are available for local veterans, how veterans access those services, and what gaps exist.

The study was funded by the Community Foundation and local partners in Osceola, Mecosta, Lake, Oceana, and Mason counties.

Results showed that while there are many resources available for veterans in our community, individuals and organizations are not always aware of them. In order to connect veterans to services, work has begun to form a Veterans Community Action Team for our region. A major responsibility of the team will be to create an online platform to allow service providers to quickly connect veterans and their families to a wide array of services and resources.

You can read the full survey report here.

For more information, contact Maria Gonzalez at 231.924.5350.