Local ­Veteran Named as Finalist for West Michigan Woman “Brilliance Award”


Local ­Veteran Named as Finalist for West Michigan Woman “Brilliance Award

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, April 15 – US Air Force veteran Brandi McBride has been named as a finalist for the West Michigan Woman Brilliance Award in the “Champion of Service” category.  McBride, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, chairs the West Michigan Veterans Coalition and is a tireless advocate for veterans and their families.  Her nomination stood out among over 280 Brilliance Award nominees.

McBride’s accomplishments attracted the attention of the board of directors of Finish the Mission Veteran Relief Fund, which works closely with the Coalition.  “Nominating a veteran for the Brilliance Award may be a ‘first,’” said Tom Antor, Finish the Mission board chair.  “We can’t think of anyone who is more deserving.”

Announcement of all awardees will be made at a ceremony planned for Thursday, June 10, at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

About West Michigan Veterans Coalition

The Coalition is a collaboration among local military-friendly organizations that provide support, information, and resources to veterans and their families, employers, and others throughout West Michigan.  Our mission is to improve the lives of military-connected families in the areas of Education, Employment, Healthcare and Quality of Life by connecting them to all available services and resources throughout West Michigan.  Learn how you can support the West Michigan Veterans Coalition at: www.westmichiganveterans.org.

About Finish The Mission Veteran Relief Fund

Finish the Mission is dedicated to West Michigan Veterans by developing strategic partnerships and resources to enhance their quality of life, remembering their sacrifice through ceremony, and acknowledging their service through events and community outreach.  To learn how you can help “Finish The Mission,” please visit our website:  www.finishthemission.org.



Paul Ryan
West Michigan Veterans Coalition
Vice Chair, Executive Board


Linda Vos-Graham
Finish the Mission Veteran Relief Fund
Member, Board of Directors

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