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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.

Heroes to Hives 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, 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 directly provide students with a free 9-month education course that includes online lectures and live Q and A sessions coupled with hands-on instruction at locations across the state of Michigan. On-the-ground* classes focus on hive management as well as the therapeutic benefits of beekeeping. *Instruction may be modified to a virtual format due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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

Make a Gift by Mail:

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

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 21OOPCF1VETH2H” in the note section.


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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