About Us2024-05-09T13:38:36-04:00

Community-Based Effort to Help Veterans in Northern Michigan

Veterans in Crisis (VIC) is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to address the urgent needs of veterans across Northwest Lower Michigan.

Since 2016, VIC has successfully provided assistance to veterans facing a wide range of crises.  From unexpected out-of-pocket medical expenses, to essential home repair – VIC has been there to help.

To qualify for assistance, an armed service veteran of any era need only to have been released from active duty or retired from the National Guard. VIC does not observe the Veterans Administration’s “peacetime” or “wartime” service periods, or apply a subjective combat service standard. If a veteran served honorably, we can help.

Our Difference

  • Volunteer-led, Veteran Focused

  • Community Based

  • Rapid Response

  • No Red Tape

  • Hands-On Approach

  • Confidential

  • Tangible Impacts

  • Efficient & Effective

VIC Board of Directors

The Veterans in Crisis Board of Directors prides itself on responding to a veteran’s needs in the shortest time possible – in some cases releasing funds to address a crisis on the very same day.

The Board of Directors is comprised of a team of professionals from all walks of life within the Northern Michigan community. The diverse backgrounds and mix of veterans provides a unique opprtunity to problem solve and rely on connections within the community to provide aid and resources to veterans.

Dave Pistor


Charles Hamlyn

Vice-Chair, Marine

Chris Warren


Stacyann Smith

Secretary, Navy

Jim Sanborn

Board Member

Chad Brown

Board Member, Army

Tim Brick

Board Member

Rob Donnell

Board Member, USCG

Art Forster

Board Member, Air Force

Brad Mackler

Board Member

Greg Tarrant

Board Member

Shelly Murphy

Board Member, Army

Josh Traeger

Board Member, Air Force

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible for assistance?2023-05-16T21:17:11-04:00

Every Veteran matters. Since 2016 we have successfully used a hand-up, rapid response approach to help those who have served their country. Men and women who served honorably in any branch of the armed forces and have been released from active duty or retired. VIC does not observe “peacetime” or “wartime” service periods.

How was VIC started?2023-05-16T21:08:15-04:00

When wartime heroes return home, often times the transition back to civilian life can be emotional and financially burdensome. Veteran’s In Crisis, Inc. organized a golf tournament to raise money annually for these veterans who are struggling financially.  All of the proceeds from the annual golf tournament provide assistance to veterans in Northern Michigan.

How quickly does VIC provide assistance?2023-05-16T21:20:20-04:00

Veteran assistance does not have to take forever. By the time people come to us the need has reached urgent status and we understand how important it is not only to resolve the financial burden, but to ease uncertainty. We are proud to arrange rapid response when it is needed most, often within 24 hours depending on the need.

What Areas Does VIC Serve?2023-05-23T23:01:23-04:00

We provide services to veterans throughout Northern Michigan who reside without our service area as shown in the map.

Providing Assistance to Local Veterans

Veterans is Crisis has been a great partner in helping veterans in Grand Traverse and Leelanau county!

Michael W. Roof
Director, Grand Traverse County Veterans’ Affairs

am beyond blessed and grateful for the assistance from Veterans In Crisis in helping with my home repairs so quickly!

Kathy M.
US Navy, Retired

So many thanks to Veterans In Crisis for helping me with my family’s transportation needs in a matter of a few days.

Paddraic L.
Traverse City

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