In May 2018, the Vet 2 Vet group at the VFW National Home for Children headed down to Detroit. They boarded charter boats and the boat of a friend and headed out on the Detroit River to catch walleye. They had a blast!
By the next year, others had caught wind of trip, and they almost doubled their group size with two more volunteers offering their boats to the vets' group. They have made the trip open to other veterans in the area as well as past National Home residents who still attend the group meetings, and plan to make this an annual event.
“The relationships I have developed with my fellow veterans at the National Home have helped me to cope with being in the civilian world after war. I truly cherish the opportunity I was given to be part of something like the Vet 2 Vet group.” Said a former resident.
“I had never had the opportunity to fish for walleye, and this provided a learning experience along with adding to the friendships and camaraderie I have with the other veterans at the VFW National Home. Thank you again!”
“The Vet 2 Vet group is the missing link when you leave service.” Commented another group member.
“The number 1 thing Veterans say they miss about the military is the brotherhood/sisterhood, the comradery. Knowing the person to your left and the person to the right is going to have your back. That's what the Vet to Vet group is.”
The National Home recognizes the critical role that a stable and supportive community plays in the reintegration process for our nations' military veterans, and our Vet 2 Vet group is just one way that our program helps these families have a successful future.