Despite a challenging financial environment, MACV continues assisting vets facing crises. If the vets is homeless, they provide both transitional and permanent housing; if the vet has a home but is at risk of losing it, they provide financial support and planning assistance to stabilize the situation; if the vet needs a job, they provide a program to ensure one is found; if counseling, legal advice, or medical help is needed, they direct the vet to those who can help. Hundreds of vets are helped this way each year in Minnesota resulting in them becoming independent and productive members of the community.
I have served on the MACV board for 13 years. Thousands of veterans in Minnesota have been helped deals with homelessness or other crises. Whether it was covering the rent for a few months, providing housing and food as needed, job training, or other forms of aid, MACV was always there. If a service could better be provided elsewhere, MACV helps make the necessary connections. They have received awards as the best nonprofit helping vets in the country and from the governor for most effective use of grant dollars.
I recently became a Board Member of MACV as I was impressed with the daily mission of supporting Veterans and their ongoing needs. I feel that everyday citizens of the United States such as myself are permanently indebted to the men and women who defend our country through the military. This organization and its management do a tremendous job serving Veterans in need.
I have been involved with MACV for over 10 years, both on a personal and profession basis. MACV is a unique organization, in that both, indivduals that are being helped and those helping-employed, are changed by the experience for the positive. I have witnessed numerous individuals that have had their lives profoundly impacted for the better by the programs and services that MACV offers to the veteran community it serves. In my professional interfacing with MACV, I see on a daily basis, how the individuals that work within MACV truly care about the veterans that they are helping, all the while performing their work with the utmost of professionalism, even under the emotional stress that comes with working with individuals in need, along with the continued stresses that come from being a non-profit always in need of more funding to allow for helping the continued increased number of veterans and their families in need of MACV services.
I have had the honor of volunteering with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans for the past 4 1/2 years. I provide backpacks filled with basic necessity items for MACV to distribute to veterans that they are working with. The level of passion and dedication that all of their employees have is completely beyond anything I have experienced at any other organization. They do everything they can possibly do to help the veteran get back on their feet. Part of their success comes from their ability to hold the veteran completely responsible for all of their actions and motivations, while at the same time, treating them with complete respect. This is an amazing organization that is actually out there everyday doing what we would all like to do - helping to create a world where the term "homeless veteran" no longer exists.
As a member of the board of directors I am impressed on a daily basis by the commitment of the management and staff of MACV. They all embody a profound commitment to serving veterans. As a veteran myself it is very gratifying to know that there are people who value the contributions and sacrifices our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines make on behalf of our country. The MACV staff makes the effort to help all veterans in MN that are homeless, or in crisis of being homeless. The only thing that prevents them from helping all who seek their services is a shortage of funding. I serve on another non-profit board so I can compare MACV's performance and say that they truly are great stewards of the donations they receive, making sure that each and every dollar is maximized in serving veterans in need.
I have worked for and with this organization on various levels: hands-on volunteer, military and family programs professional and as a board member. The organizaton is undeniablly necessary to help veterans of all ages get back on their feet when the need arises. I have personally seen the good that has been accomplished in offering help to homeless veterans and their families and veterans in need. In my professional life, I serve our veterans, military personnel and/or their families. There have been times I have sought help for funding, services and advice through MAC-V's staff. Their help has been invaluable. The hiring of previous clients to help other veterans should show us that the program works; and it works well.
This organization is superb at helping those veterans in need who wish to be helped. Not a hand out group but a dedicated staff with the tools and desire to make a difference one veteran at a time. With offices throughout Minnesota they can quickly respond with needed interim assistance as well as long term support like permanent housing and case management. I could not be prouder to be associated with this group of professionals.
As a retired Naval EOD officer and a member of this organizations Board of Directors for four years, I can't begin to tell you the many veterans' lives this organization as literally saved.
I have been on the board for MACV for over ten years, the last seven as Treasurer. During that time I have seen thousands of veterans assisted with financial, housing, vocational, and counseling support when they desperately needed it. I have spoken with hundreds of them and heard stories of lives being saved, individuals self-worth being restored, and of veterans again becoming productive members of society. In performing this important mission, MACV has established systems to ensure accountabilly and that all funds are most effectively used. They have been designated the primary organization to address veterans homelessness in the state by the Minn Dept of Veteran Affairs. The Governor has recognized them by including them in him budget initiatives. The US Dept of Veterans Administration recently awarded them the honor of being the best nonprofit working with homeless vets in the country. Countless audits by donoors and CPAs have verified the integrity of their financial systems. It is a privilege and honor to be on the MACV board.
I have worked with MACV since 2003. I have seen amazing work from this organization for veterans. As a General Manager for radio stations working with many organizations of many varieties, MACV stands alone in my opinion for the work it does to help veterans when the need it most.