Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Downey of Columbus to its Board of Directors. Downey accepted his nomination in July and joins a nine-member board that makes policy decisions and oversees MVRC operations.
“Mike is dedicated to our goal of helping Ohio’s veterans build strong, healthy lives. We are fortunate to have his guidance, especially as we continue to expand the services we provide veterans,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper.
Downey joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and served from 1985 to 1996, including a deployment to Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm with the 3/5 Cavalry Regiment as an Infantry Squad Leader. He is currently the Regional Facilities Director of Access Ohio Operations, an outpatient mental health recovery center and diagnostic and treatment center for substance abuse patients.
Since his time in the armed forces, Downey has remained active in the military and veterans community. He is the Vice President of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 12-1, which supports the Fisher House Foundation and other military support foundations. Before serving as Vice President, he served as the Public Relations Officer for five years. Downey is also active in the Homeless Veterans Initiative, a program designed to aide homeless veterans throughout Ohio.