VCAT Resources


Altarum's Veterans Community Action Teams (VCAT) provides resources for those looking to help Veterans in Michigan and beyond.  Please see our resources below, or contact Max Burke for more information.

Region 4A Assessment

AssessmentIn an effort to ensure that Military Veterans and their families are well supported within Michigan’s Western Region, Altarum Institute is conducting a community assessment of Veterans' experiences accessing services and support in their communities (Michigan Economic Prosperity Region 4A). The assessment includes interviews of service providers and Veteran advocates, and focus groups with Veterans.

The information collected will help inform and facilitate decisions on what actions are needed to ensure Veterans and their families are well supported within the Region. Counties covered by this assessment include Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, and Osceola. For further information, please contact Max Burke,  

Region 4A Assessment Veteran’s Focus Groups:

We are looking for Veterans to participate in Focus Groups. These sessions will be two hours long, and each Veteran will receive $50 cash for participating.  Veterans must register and be confirmed to participate.  Women Veterans have a choice of participating in an all-Women’s group or any of the other groups depending on time of service. For more information click on the desired focus group link below or download Veteran’s Focus Group flyer. 

Veteran Focus Group Highlights

  • $50 Cash for each Veteran participating
  • Who participates: All Veterans
  • Focus Groups are 2 hours in length
  • Must register and be confirmed to participate


Save FerrisGulf War, OEF/OIF/OND Veteran’s Focus Groups:

  • January 26, 2017, 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Ferris State University – University Center, Room 116
805 Campus Dr.
Big Rapids, MI  49307


Michigan WorksVietnam Era Veteran’s Focus Groups:

  • January 25, 2017, 1:00PM -3:00PM

Michigan Works! West Central
240 E. Church Ave
Reed City, MI 49677


Women Veteran’s Focus Group:

  • Updates to come

Please check back for more information regarding dates, times, and locations.  Veterans who want to sign up please contact Elena Bridges, or 616-401-2026.

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Tina Award

Tina Richardson, Deputy Director, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency accepted the Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence Award from VA Secretary Robert McDonald on behalf of the Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams (MiVCAT) Project at the National Association of State Directors of the VA mid-winter conference 2016. The award recognized the MiVCAT Project as a national best practice improving the system that serves veterans.






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