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On Veterans Day, lets do something to make a difference in the lives of those who have served. See below to find out how you can help!!!

Vets Helping Vets of South West MI. is a local advocate for the homeless and displaced. We travel throughout Battle Creek and the surrounding counties to help veterans and families in need. We provide assistance with furniture, household items, clothing, and the basic necessities to achieve sustainability and help end homelessness.

9AM - Local Vets will Ruck March (relatively fast march over distance carrying a load - It is both a common military exercise and a civilian activity) from Firekeepers Casino to Dark Horse Brewing Company. Prior, Ruck March participants will be collecting monetary pledges per mile to donate to Veterans Helping Veterans SWMI. Conatct Jimmy ( or Tanya ( if you would like to pledge or participate.

11AM/12PM - Ruck March arrival at Dark Horse

Dark Horse Brewing Company will be brewing a special Veteran's Beer that will be released on this day at 11am. Every pint purchased of this beer, $1 will be donated to Veterans Helping Veterans. Stay tuned for beer details.

Here are the specialty beers made for this event in honor of our Veterans representing the branches of our military. For every pint purchased, $1 will be donated to Veterans Helping Veterans. Purchase a flight of all 4, plus one other Dark Horse Beer for $17, $3 will be donated to Veterans Helping Veterans.

Blue Falcon IPA – Army - 8.5% ABV, 48 IBU’s
Aromas of citrus and tropical fruit blend with undertones of pine and a slight toffee and caramel sweetness on the nose. All of these aromas and flavors are going on at once make this a beer you would surely share with any Blue Falcon out there.

Crayon Eater Blackberry Brown Ale – Marines – 7% ABV, 18 IBU’s
Brown in color with some red reflections make this beer almost as easy to look at as it is to drink. A soft fruit nose with under tones of caramel and brown sugar leave way to a slightly sweet and tart finish thanks to the blackberry addition. We think this beer can cover a box of 64 Crayons from a taste perspective without a doubt.

Hot Rackin Cherry Stout – Navy - 7.5% ABV, 20 IBU’s
Another stout looking like the view out of a submarine window, dark. A slightly sweet cherry aroma combines with roasty coffee notes and chocolate in the aroma and flavor of this beer with the Michigan Montmorency Cherries finishing slightly tart.

Civs in Unis Blood Orange Pale Ale – Air Force – 5.5% ABV, 42 IBU’s, 
This is the perfect beer to sit back and relax with. The combination of hops and blood oranges make for every sip getting easier to drink while assisting in it getting easier to slip farther back into your favorite arm chair.

Beer Specials for Veterans all day at the Taproom.

Dark Horse Commons will be offering a free 10 oz. coffee to any Veteran. We will also have 12 oz. bagged GI Jitter Juice Black & Tan Coffee Bean Blend available for purchase. For every bag purchased, $2 will be donated to Veterans Helping Veterans.

A limited T-Shirt will also be available for purchase, with proceeds going to Veterans Helping Veterans. Stay tuned for t-shirt design & cost.

Last, but not least, Veterans Helping Veterans will be bringing in a trailer to collect donations for Veterans. Please feel free to bring any of the following items to donate:

Household Goods - sheets, towels, pillows, blankets, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, tooth paste/brush, combs, shaving cream, deodorant, etc.

Lightly used Kitchen Appliances - small and large

Lightly used Furniture - tables, lamps, chairs, couch, bed, etc.

New or Lightly used Clothing - socks, shoes, pants, coats, shirts, etc.

Anything a Veteran may need for home.

With all of us coming together, we will be able to make the difference in a Veteran's life.