ANN ARBOR, MI — Altarum Institute’s Michigan Veteran Community Action Teams (MiVCAT) Project has been awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Seven Seals Award for 2015. The Seven Seals Award is presented in recognition of significant organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission to develop and promote supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities.
The award will be presented at a ceremony and dinner on August 22, 2015, at Michigan State University, Henry Center, 3535 Forest Road, Lansing.
MiVCAT is a collaborative community model created by Altarum to enhance the delivery of services from public, private, and nonprofit organizations to Veterans and their family members. The MiVCAT project was introduced by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency in August 2013, with initial pilots in 2 of Michigan’s 10 Prosperity Regions: Detroit Metro Region 10 and West Michigan Region 4.
From 2014 to present, the model has expanded across six state Prosperity Regions, covering 40 counties and a population of 522,000 Veterans, and is in the process of expanding to the rest of the state. The project already encompasses a network of more than 1,000 providers from all service areas and diverse organizations, working together to ensure that Veterans receive the benefits and support that they need in order to thrive in Michigan.
“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said MiVCAT Program Director Max Burke, a Veteran. “We hope to use this as a springboard to open even more doors for Veterans in need and help those throughout Michigan and beyond.”