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Saving Veterans and Honey Bees

Women in pink with beesVeterans face a multitude of challenges as they transition from military to civilian life. Challenges including anxiety, depression, dealing with service-related health issues and disabilities, and finding career opportunities that are personally rewarding. Exacerbated by the loss of the camaraderie and support inherent in military units, this often results in a sense of isolation and loss in the lives of many transitioning vets.

For the last 6 years, Heroes to Hives has been nation’s largest agriculture training program for military service members with nearly 1,000 alumni. In 2021, we have seen exponential growth with ~10,000 students enrolled representing all US states. Our program rebuilds the bonds within veteran communities while supporting the most important pollinator on the planet, honey bees. Through the program, veterans gain professional beekeeping training, small business training, and a MSU Heroes to Hives Certificate, all while building a new peer community and support network.

Honey bees provide pollination services to 35% of agricultural crops grown, a service worth almost 20 billion dollars in the US each year. In the last decade, beekeepers have reported losses at unprecedented rates, with beekeepers losing 30-40% of their colonies each year. Beekeepers face more challenges than ever before, with pests, pathogens, poor nutrition and pesticides making beekeeping more difficult, and expensive.

Your support can save the lives of veterans and bees

Support for the program provides veterans with a broad depth of beekeeping knowledge, as well as personal and professional relationships that open up new opportunities and ensure long-term peer support.

Gifts will support the development of 15 new instructional videos for the Heroes to Hives online course (see example below). These videos will serve as critical training components for military personnel in the Heroes to Hives program and will offer students short, topic specific reference videos for some of the most common beekeeping tasks to support their continuing education and beekeeping businesses. Videos will cover topics such as: Monitoring and managing pests, hive inspections, pathogen diagnosis and management, accessible technologies for beekeepers with disabilities, and the therapeutic benefits of beekeeping.

More infomation about the Heroes to Hives program can be found here.

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University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 21GGDCF1H2H” in the note section.

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The CARES Act allows taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for those who take the standard deduction. As always, please consult your tax advisor/attorney for advice on your specific situation.

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