Veteran Service Initiatives
Please refer to this website for information concerning the MMIG’s up and coming veteran service projects
Currently the MMIG is sponsoring the active Military Family Support Program, the Veteran Health Partners program, which will be active in the fall of 2015, and annual fundraising efforts, which are continuously being developed. Please find more information below.
-Military Family Support Program (MFSP)-
The Military Family Support Program is an effort by the MMIG to offer support to military families during their time of greatest need, when their children are ill and in need of inpatient hospital care at UNC Hospitals. Members of our group hope to volunteer our time to provide support to military families first and foremost by social interaction, simply being there for the families and showing them that we care. More specifically, during visits we can be of assistance in navigating UNC Hospitals and the Chapel Hill community, offering parents with multiple children time to relax and recharge by entertaining the patients and their siblings, as well as any other service the families may need to make it through such a difficult time (fresh coffee, a snack, etc.). Essentially, the program will be designed to make the families feel that the military, UNC hospitals, and UNC School of Medicine are all standing beside them in support throughout their family crisis. The members of the MMIG were inspired to create this program after learning of Dr. Martin McCaffrey’s continued efforts to serve military families, as detailed in this article.
Any active military or veteran family is welcome to contact the leadership of the group if there is anything that we can do to offer support and assistance during their time in Chapel Hill at the email/phone number below.
The MFSP Founding Members (from left: Eric Strand, Matthew Braswell, John Cooper, Karli Gast, Dylan Hunter, Patrick Notini, and Noah Furr).
-Veteran Health Partners Program-
A new program for the fall of 2015, which was developed with the support of Linda Bowles, the director of Volunteer Services at UNC Hospitals, is the Veteran Health Partners program. This program will allow undergraduate and graduate students as well as members of the community to apply to serve as VHPs to be paired with individual veterans receiving care at UNC. VHPs will provide support for their veterans, acting as their partner in health, attending clinic visits and treatment sessions to help their partner navigate UNC Hospitals, minimize their difficulty in accessing care, and make their stay at UNC more enjoyable- all while building a relationship with their veteran. For information about how to volunteer, please visit the UNC Hospitals Volunteer Service website.
Any member of the North Carolina or UNC Health Care community who is interested in getting involved with our veteran service initiatives is encouraged to contact our group leadership about how to get involved, as is anyone seeking further information about our exciting new programs.