Supporting Veterans in Battle Creek

November 4, 2019

Veterans Day is November 11 which means many people will be honoring those who have risked and lost their lives for our freedom.

Because of the holiday, our team wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the resources that our community offers to help veterans every day. After all, while Veterans Day may only be an annual occurrence, we believe in supporting the veterans in our community all year long.

The History of Veterans Day

Veterans became a national holiday in 1938, and it has been celebrated annually ever since. It’s celebrated on November 11 in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” when World War I ended in 1918.

Veterans Day honors those who have fought and died in all wars. It is a remembrance of those who have given their lives to service, both living and deceased.

Veteran Resources in Battle Creek

Many Battle Creek community members have created resources and organizations to help veterans.

Veterans Helping Veterans West Michigan

One of these community members is Larry Bales, who was the subject of a Focus On blog in July. He is a veteran, and he saw a need in the community to provide. Larry started Veterans Helping Veterans West Michigan (VHVWM) to connect vets with donated items that can help improve their lives. You can learn more about VHVWM by clicking here.

The Battle Creek VA Medical Center

The Battle Creek VA Medical Center works hard to provide medical and supportive services to veterans in the community. This initiative relies in part on volunteers to help with everything from baking cookies to standing as an honor guard. The Battle Creek VA Medical Center also offers a program called, “No Veteran Dies Alone,” that ensures every veteran is treated with respect and honor in their final moments. If you’re interested in getting involved with any of their programs, click here.

Zero Day

Zero Day was founded in Lansing before it moved in 2014 to the Silver Star Veteran Community in Battle Creek. Now, Zero Day helps to provide veterans with the resources they need to transition to civilian life. This can include community revitalization, counseling support, job training, and more. Learn more about this project by clicking here.

Upcoming Veteran Support

Our community is working hard to create more resources for veterans. In fact, The Battle Creek VA Medical Center has been testing autonomous vehicles that could be used as transportation for their patients.

These vehicles are currently being tested on Western Michigan University’s campus. After this test, they will be applied as a way to extend hours and make it easier for patients to schedule their services.

We are happy to be a part of a community that values veterans, and we look forward to seeing these resources expand over time. Our team thanks the veterans in our community for all they’ve done.

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