The Michigan Veterans Community Action Teams (MiVCAT) project is a collaborative community model created by the Altarum Institute to enhance the delivery of services from public, private, and nonprofit organizations to Veterans and their family members.
The MiVCAT project was introduced in Michigan by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) in August 2013, with pilots in two of Michigan’s ten Prosperity Regions—Detroit Metro Region 10 and West Michigan Region 4. In 2014-2015, MiVCAT expanded to four additional Regions: Region 5 East-Central; Region 6 East Michigan; Region 7 South-Central; and Region 9 Southeast Michigan.
Over 43,000 Veterans reside in Region 5. The largest portion of these individuals, 13,900, calls Saginaw County their home. The next highest Veteran populations in this Region can be found in Bay (9,300) and Midland (6,200) Counties. Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, and Isabella Counties have around 3,000 Veterans each while Arenac County is home to about 1,500 Veterans.