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Bates Footwear Raises Funds For The Grand Rapids Home For Veterans During Military Appreciation Month

ROCKFORD, Mich., Aug. 2, 2017 – In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Bates recognized those who serve and have served by giving back to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. During the month of May, a portion of all online sales at was donated to the GRHV. Bates raised over $8,000.00 to help support the local charitable organization that provides long-term care and support for Michigan’s veterans.

“Bates is privileged to build a partnership with the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and honor our service members during Military Appreciation Month,” said Andrew Fowler, VP & General Manager, Bates Footwear. “The opportunity to provide support to those who fought for and defended our freedom is at the heart of Bates and the Grand Rapids Veterans Home.

The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is a long-term care state veterans home located on 90 beautifully wooded and landscaped acres near the mighty Grand River. It was originally constructed on this property in 1885 and is one of 152 state veterans’ homes throughout the nation. Initially founded in response to the needs of veterans in the aftermath of the Civil War, GRHV continues the tradition of serving the needs of Michigan’s veterans today, changing and adapting to the needs of the current and future veteran populations.

To learn more about the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, or to download the application policies, please visit


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