Virtual Veterans Resource Fair

Virtual Veterans Resource Fair

In honor of Veterans Day 2020, MWR Battle Creek Family Programs hosted the Virtual Veterans Resource Fair on November 10th

The Virtual Veterans Resource Fair included presentations from community partners offering various resources specifically geared towards Veterans. 

The event opened remarks from Mr. Cannon, Director DLA Disposition Services and continued throughout the afternoon.

Presenter Line Up with their presentations.

9:00 AM  Opening Remarks
Mr. Cannon, Director DLA Disposition Services 
9:15 AM 

Fort Custer National Cemetery 

Mr. Thomas Maynard
Learn about your benefits, eligibility, and pre-need burial planning with helpful links.


9:30 AM 

Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs 

Ms. Mary Lamparter
Learn about what a service dog is and does, and the impact they have on Veteran’s lives.                             


9:45 AM 

VA Medical Center Caregiver Support
Mr. Lewis Whalen, LMSW               

Learn about supports, services and resources for Caregivers of Veterans.


10:00 AM 

Tribe Talks 
Ms. Melissa Engle, MA LPC         

Learn about warrior retreats for military and Veterans that are interactive, on-location activities to help with PTSD.


10:15 AM 

Heroes to Hives 
Dr. Adam Ingrao, PhD                  

Learn about this unique program through MSU Extension that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of Veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping.


10:30 AM 

VA Medical Center Prosthetics 
Erin Carley & Amy Mansfield

Learn about home improvement & structural Alteration grants, clothing allowance program and the auto adaptive programs.

Presentation: Clothing Allowance Eligibility
Presentation: HISA
Presentation: Auto Adaptive Equipment

10:45 AM 

Talons Out Honor Flights 
Angela Pettit     

Learn the mission of Honor Flight to transport America’s Veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring those who served and sacrificed for our country.


11:00 AM 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Retired Colonel Frank J Walker, ASAF

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12:00 PM 

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency 
Ryan Engle   

Learn about building and connecting Michigan Veterans & their families to benefits and resources.


12:15 PM 

Warrior Set Free 
Steve Prince      

Learn about this support program of Set Free Ministries; run by Veterans for Veterans.    


12:30 PM 

Project Healing Water 
Adam Beam

Learn about fly fishing and tying; that can provide stress relief, build comradery, and find a healthy hobby. 


12:45 PM 

VA Medical Center Audiology 
Breena Scharrer, Audiologist

Learn about your benefits, how to obtain a hearing test and hearing aids.


1:00 PM 

Moral Injury-Michigan State University 
Tina Thompson, LMSW

Learn about Veterans who have experienced combat trauma and how to help Veterans heal from combat trauma and moral injury (30-minute presentation).


1:30 PM 

Veterans Benefits Administration Education 
Brent Haddow    

Learn about VA education benefits to help Veterans, Service members, and their qualified family members pay for college tuition, finding the right school or training program, and getting career counseling.


1:45 PM 

Zero Day 
Nate Cropsey

Learn about assistance provided for Veterans in pursuing their post military goals.


2:00 PM 

MWR ITR/Outdoor Recreation
Steven Gales       

Learn about ITR one-stop shopping for Military discounts for vacations including accommodations, tickets, airfare and more!  Outdoor Recreation offers Military/Veterans the opportunity to checkout equipment for your upcoming events.

ITR Presentation 2020

2:15 PM

Closing Remarks 

Lisa Grenon  

Resources/Information/Veteran booklets


For more info and questions, contact Family Programs Manager, Lisa Grenon, LMSW at: 269-961-4051 or