Veteran Resources

Veteran Resources

Lakeshore Barrier Free is a veteran owned business. One of our owners, Brandon Sawyer, served with the United States Marine Corps from 2009 until 2014 as an 0313 LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) Crewman. He completed two deployments; one combat deployment to Afghanistan, and another to Okinawa for non-combat operations on the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Brandon was also involved with the Marine Corps Reserves before completing his services and working on the foundation of Lakeshore Barrier Free.

At Lakeshore Barrier Free it is important to us that we give back to our community members who have served in the armed forces. If you are a service member or veteran with disabilities that require adapting your home to make it more accessible, Lakeshore Barrier Free would like to assist you in making your living space as comfortable and accessible as possible to restore the independence you deserve. We understand that the transition in and out of the service can be difficult, and even more so if you now require special accommodations within your home to make you feel more comfortable and mobile. Contact us today to see how we can best assist you!

Check out these government resources available to service men and women that can help provide grants and financing towards home modifications that best suits your needs.

Wounded Warriors Project

Wounded Warrior Project is a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following September 11, 2001. It operates as a nonprofit 501c organization.  www.woundedwarriersproject.

Veteran Home Loan Program.

Veterans United Home Loans is a full-service mortgage lender headquartered in Columbia, Missouri. The company has 28 offices nationwide and is licensed in all 50 states. The company primarily originates VA loans, a mortgage product guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2018, Veterans United financed $10.44 billion in VA volume nationwide, making it the largest VA lender in the nation.  ** Contact Veterans United to see if your loan can be used for home modification provided by Lakeshore Barrier Free. www.verteransunited.com

Kent County Veteran's Services

Contact line: 616-632-5722. Services aimed to assist all veterans in the county with their entitled benefits at the county, state and federal level.

West Michigan Veteran's Coalition

The West Michigan Veterans Coalition is a collaboration between local military friendly organizations that provide support, information, and resources to veterans and their families, employers, and other organization throughout West Michigan. www.westmichiganveterans.com

Department of Veterans Affairs:

The VA provides loans and grants to disabled veterans to assist with buying home and/or making their current homes more accessible. Visit their website at WWW.VA.GOV.

Department of Housing and Urban Development 203(k) Rehab Program:

This mortgage insurance program assists homeowners rehabilitate properties. They also assist low-income veterans with purchasing homes.

Organizations Honoring Our Troops!

Walleyes for Warriors!

This special event is hosted by the Bay City Elk in Bay City, Michigan, and it is their unique way of saying thank you to our troops and veterans! Check out their page at www.walleyesforwarriors.com to read about the amazing and successful fishing trips they’ve already hosted! 2020 registration should be available soon!

Freedom Hunters!

Freedom Hunters is a unique organization that provides outdoor adventures such as hunting, fishing and shooting to select active service men and women, their families and those were wounded while on duty. Check out www.FreedomHunters.org to see how they empower military and their families with appreciation for the great outdoors!

Tight Lines for Troops!

This Michigan based, all volunteer, non-profit organization helps provide free fishing trips to veterans from all eras and military branches. Check out their website at www.tightlinesfortroops.com to read about these amazing fishing trips and see how the community welcomes them back to shore. Lakeshore Barrier Free participated in this wonderful event in 2016, and plan to rejoin in coming years!

Military Hunting and Fishing discounts!

Check out MilitaryHuntingandFishing.com/Michigan/ to check out discounts offered to active military and wounded veterans for hunting and fishing licenses.