Help is Available for Vets at Risk

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NORTHEAST MICHIGAN – Lately, we all hear plenty about loss, grief and ongoing fears and uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 crisis.

Shy of closing off from reality, we are unable to totally escape from the barrage of depressing news of infection and deaths, each loss impacting a circle of friends and loved ones. These times can challenge one’s sense of personal mortality, their spirituality and belief in the world around them. Thus, it is vitally important that we take the time to care for ourselves, express our love and care for family and friends in any manner safe and within our abilities and recognize the good that not only remains, but often flourishes during times of crisis.

To be helpful to others, however, it is important to also take care of ourselves. Supportive services, accessed through internet or simply your phone, have grown significantly out of our current crisis.

These may be helpful to ongoing substance abuse recovery or other personal mental health care needs, including coping with family and employment related stressors.

Services include those that are based in our local communities, as well as others available nationally. The volume of programs and their contact information is too extensive to list here in our limited space. The important thing is to know that they do exist and that there are individuals who can still connect you to services, despite windows being dark and most lobbies being closed in service agencies.

Services remain available for housing assistance, food assistance and other emergency needs.

If you would like guidance in locating specific assistance in your area, please contact the Northern Michigan Veteran’s Coalition at 989-272-3855 and leave us a message including your contact information, community of residence and the nature of assistance you seek.

We will contact you and provide assistance in connecting you with the resources available. You are not alone.

There are troops in reserve.

Veteran events

1st Tue. – Montmorency Co. Veterans Coffee hour 9 a.m. Atlanta VFW Hall

1st Wed. – Otsego Co. Veterans Coffee hour Gaylord Regional Airport 9 a.m.

1st Thu- Roscommon Co. Veterans Coffee hour 9 a.m. at Roscommon Co.- Blodgett Airport Houghton Lake 1st & 3rd Thur. –  Alcona Co. Veterans Coffee & Donuts, 9 a.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 201 N 2nd St, Harrisville

2d Mon. – NMVC Board Meeting 9:30 a.m. Chemical Bank 521 W Main St. Gaylord

2d Wed. — Gaylord Bowling Center (LZ-282), 11:30 a.m. To 1 p.m. Veteran’s Lunch

2d Thu. – Crawford Co. Veterans Coffee 9 a.m. American Legion Post 106 Grayling.

3rd Tue.– Oscoda Co. Veterans Coffee & Donuts 9 a.m. at Ellie’s 12 Tables in Mio

3rd Wed. – Gaylord Elks Veterans Lunch noon.

4th Wed. – Cheboygan Co. Veterans Coffee 9 a.m. McDonald’s S. Main St. Cheboygan

4th Thu.— Alpena Co. Veterans Coffee Hour, Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

4th Thu. —Iosco Co. Veterans Coffee Hour (Oct—Apr) 9:30-10:30 a.m. American Legion Post 211, 900 E. Lincoln St, East Tawas