Michael Dorman is the Founder and Executive Director of Military Missions in Action (MMIA), a non-profit organization committed to assisting veterans with disabilities to achieve independent living while also supporting active servicemen and women and their families. Founded in 2008, the North Carolina-based organization has provided over $5 million in aid to local veterans with the help of more than 2,000 local volunteers.
Dorman’s history in the military, serving 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, and years spent as a contractor following his retirement, inspired him to put his skills to use helping fellow veterans.
Early one morning on Hunting Island State Park on the southeastern tip of South Carolina, Mike Dorman had a vision. The sun was coming up on the horizon, the waves were breaking on the shoreline and Michael, who had retired from the United States Coast Guard after 20 years of service, was in deep thought about his life.
“I was thinking about growing up in North Carolina, my career in the Coast Guard and my time spent as a contractor after the Coast Guard, and I felt the need to do more with my life,” says Dorman who grew up in North Carolina. He was thinking about his fellow veterans, those injured while serving their country; veterans with disabilities who needed everyday assistance.
“I did not know anyone who had been injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, and no one in my family was ever disabled in the military,” recalls Dorman. “My grandfather, William Edwin Andrews, of Fairmount NC served in World War II and was a Prisoner of War in Stalag XVIIb near Krems, Austria for 14 months.
“But, I was becoming more aware of the high number of returning veterans suffering from disabilities and knew a need existed to have their homes modified so they can live independently. I was also aware that a large number of veterans are just now suffering disabilities from the Vietnam War and that age was becoming a disability for Korean and World War II veterans.”
Those thoughts early that morning led Mike Dorman to make major changes in his life to start Military Missions in Action in January 2008, devoting his efforts to help veterans with disabilities achieve independent living as well as supporting our service men and women serving in combat areas and their families.
“I also wanted to honor our fallen heroes like my grandfather and support our men and women currently serving in the armed forces,” says Mike. “It does not matter whether you are young or old, rich or poor, Republican or Democrat; it is our duty and responsibility to support those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.”
He has received several awards for his philanthropic efforts including the 2015 Triangle Access Assistance Award, 2013 Fuquay-Varina’s Small Business of the Year, 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal, Order of the Long Leaf Pine, American Association for Affirmative Action 2010 Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award, and the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce 2010 Distinguished Service Award.
- There are five MMIA Programs:
Operation Building Hope – provides home modifications to ensure veterans with disabilities can live independently in a fully accessible home.
Homes for Healing – assists veterans who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). MMIA assists veterans who suffer these conditions through repairs and remodels in their homes, which in turn helps in their healing process. This program also provides furniture and household goods to previously homeless veterans who have obtained housing through the VA’s HUD/VASH program.
Military Child Access Assistance Program (MCAAP) – assists active duty service members and veterans who have children with special needs who require handicap accessibility into their home.
Fill the Footlocker – supports active-duty service-men and women serving in combat zones by collecting items which help bring them comfort, supports our homeless veterans in the state of North Carolina and assists low-income veteran and military families during the Christmas season.
Operation Warrior Golf –the Wounded Warrior battalions in North Carolina teaches veterans with disabilities how to overcome their limitation(s) through the game of golf. Upon completion of the program, MMIA presents the veteran with a gently used set of golf clubs.
If you are interested in helping MMIA through donation the easiest way is by credit card and/or check. If you wish to donate with a credit card, donate directly to Military Missions in Action using our secure online form through PayPal or donate using the MMIA Printer Friendly Donation Form and mail your donation directly to:
FUQUAY VARINA OFFICE
Military Missions in Action
411-B North Judd Parkway NE
Fuquay-Varina NC 27526
SOUTHERN PINES OFFICE
Military Missions in Action
625 South Page Street
Southern Pines NC 28387
There are other ways to help this organization please visit their website and Facebook page for more information today.