(WJBK) - The playing of Taps and Michigan veterans salute the fallen on Memorial Day -- among them Tyrone Chatman, the director of the Michigan Veterans Foundation.
"Those men and women who paid the ultimate price helping to protect and preserve the freedoms that we all enjoy," he said.
But Chatman's mission on this day -- and every day -- is also one of service to the homeless, specifically Michigan's homeless veterans, who are soon to have a new home on Grand River Avenue near Warren.
Work has just begun on the center but they plan to be in by December
"We waited two, three years to move in to somewhere," said Frank Fitz of the Michigan Veterans Foundation.
The foundation has helped so many homeless veterans, like Fitz, get back on their feet. He now works for them.
Tadzia Sanley said time when the program was for men only, they found a way to help female veterans as well -- transitional housing on the city's east side is now named after Stanley.
The Michigan Veterans Foundation is currently housed in the shadow of the new Little Caesars Arena, but the new campus will allow them to service more veterans, including women coming back from combat.