Veterans Green Villages

Building a sustaianble future with veteran leadership.

Veterans Green Villages


Veterans Green Villages

Working group to develop sustainable energy businesses and housing solutions for and by veterans the communities they live.

Location: 17300 Burgess St Detroit MI 48219
Members: 5
Latest Activity: Nov 1, 2018

Veterans Village Detroit

IDENTIFIED NEEDS: A sustainable small business incubator for veterans focused on disaster relief training and rebuilding efforts using blight removal and redidential restaration projects with local organizations.

CALL TO ACTION: Recruit partners to foster community emguagement project development, and indentify and provide a permanent location where the process of training volunteers to manage disaster response and rebuilding efforts can be done safely and sustainably.


GOALS: Certification disaster response management and job training in related fields of employment.

SERVICES: Housing, transportation and training for veterans and civilian disaster response volunteers helping Detroit and communities like it rebuild.

TRAINING: Disaster Response Training and Certifications,

Team Rubicon USA Member Orientation & Back Ground Check (Prerequisite)

First Aid
Lead & Asbestos Abatement 
FEMA NIMS ICS Disaster Management
Basic Debris & Blight Removal Certification From Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit
Blight Removal Code Enforcement Process, Contracting & Logistics, Operations, Management, Documentation, Reporting, Human Resources, Training and Authorizations for work to be done and billing payments 
Chain Saw Basic from Team Rubicon USA 
Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance certifications from Department of Interior and Team Rubicon USA 
Advanced Job Training Using Sustainable Reconstruction Projects:
Rebuilding Veterans Village Detroit
15,000 square foot apartment building, commercial kitchen, offices, classrooms and barracks 
Alternative Energy Solutions and Fuel Production; Solar. Battery Back up and Bio Fuels 
Sustainable Farming in Shipping Containers Freight Farms hydroponics systems 
United Peace Relief. INC
Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit.INC
Brightmoor Alliance
City of Detroit
All Hands International
Team Rubicon USA
Gordon Soderberg
313 269 1595 
Founder Vetrasn Green Villages, Inc.

Young Adults Mission Trip to Detroit. Young Adults traveled to Detroit May 19-23 and worked with the Motor City Blight Bluster @ Veterans Village-Detroit.

They removed carpets, drywall, insulation and tiles for 4 days in May.

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Veterans Green Village - DetroitProperty 1 Urban Organic Farm3 lots raised beds1 Veterans Green Farm 40ft Shipping containerZoned Veteran organic urban farmProperty 2 Veterans Housing and Volunteer…Continue

Started by Gordon Soderberg Nov 1, 2018.

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Comment by Gordon Soderberg on March 29, 2016 at 1:39am

The state of Michigan provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.


Michigan State Veterans Homes
There are 2 Michigan State Veterans Homes, the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, and the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. A veteran of the armed forces of the United States eligible for VA health care or financial assistance for long-term care may be admitted. The veteran must have been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Veterans who enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980, or who entered active duty after Oct. 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible.

Michigan residency is not required, and spouses or surviving spouses may be admitted if space is available. Fees are income based.

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Tuition Grant 
Michigan provides an annual undergraduate tuition grant of up to $2,800 for the eligible children of certain deceased military personnel or totally and permanently disabled veterans.

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Michigan offers veterans a large array of employment services including disabled veterans outreach programs and the Shifting Heroes Program, a component of the Michigan Shifting Gears Program which is a career-transition program for seasoned mid- and late-career professional talent going through, or preparing to go through, a career transition scenario.

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Visit the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency website for more information on any of these programs.

Comment by Gordon Soderberg on November 8, 2015 at 3:34pm

For hurricane Katrina we used a bus with satellite internet and a out door kitchen to set up our first relief camps. After Hurricane Sandy, our bus was used as the FOB (Forward Operating Base), a command center during the day and a full time security post for Team Rubicon USA assets at night.

I think about the trust Jake Wood, William McNulty, Ford Sypher, Peter Meijer, Matt Pelak put in my team to maintain the FOB during their first all hands national disaster response everyday since. I've also work on the concepts of quick and long term disaster support teams everyday since in Detroit.  

After returning from Operation Greased Lightning, I partnered with   Motor City Blight Busters: Detroit Non-Profit to build Veterans Village - Detroit where we have The Veterans Green Bus and apply our disaster response training to marshal the thousands of volunteers we recruit for blight removal projects every month.

I've been repeating the same questions to myself and everyone I’ve worked with since Hurricane Katrina. 

How about a "disaster response boot camp"?

What would you need? 

Large enough disaster to keep cycling volunteers and maintain a staff for the training programs.

Slow enough disaster response requirement that you can pace the response to the funding and use alternative streams to raise capitol necessary and have the time to create sustainable incomes from perform certified contract work to clean up large parcels of blighted communities. 

You would need local partners that have a track record in the community of supporting blight removal and job training programs.

You would need housing, classrooms, equipment yard and the transportation for members to the from the training sites.

You would need to build it sustainably so you were not raising money to just keep the lights and heat on.

You would need to build it in the community your were serving. 

Detroit is just like any other large scale disaster just slower response because it was a caused by unmaintained city street drainages and storm run off infrastructure not a hurricane or dam breach. 

We have 100s of muck and guts left over from two years ago. Some have been waiting for help to clean their basements for two years.   

All Hands Volunteers are working on this with the city and volunteer groups they are recruiting and have been working with Motor City Blight Busters on using certified OSHA standards. 

Motor City Blight Busters has just negotiated a ten block section of Detroit to remove all the invasive, dead or dangerous trees and none structural debris for the Brightmoor Alliance under city authority and supervisions on compliance. 

We have a start up grant from The Fisher Foundation to build a bonded company to provide HR an independent auditing of the blight removal contracts.

Certifications in OSHA 30 - Hazmat Lead, Lead Asbestos Abatement, chain saw and heavy equipment training will be provided veterans cycling through the program.

Veterans Village, is a two story building built in 1976 as a 10 bed commercial residency 3 with offices, two classrooms, a common kitchen and living room.

By converting to barracks/classroom housing on the first floor 40 with up two 6 full time resident trainers upstairs.

10 Blocks from our FOB is the location of our first contract.  
Comment by Gordon Soderberg on October 1, 2015 at 10:54am

Good News! 

We received a grant from Fisher Foundation to help with improving operations a Veterans Village. 

Comment by Gordon Soderberg on June 23, 2015 at 12:51pm
Comment by Gordon Soderberg on June 16, 2015 at 8:50pm

FEMA Certifications required to respond to disasters.

Baseline Courses 

  • IS-700 NIMS, an Introduction: This independent study course introduces the NIMS concept. NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. 
  • ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System: This independent study course introduces ICS and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. It describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the system. This course also explains the relationship between ICS and NIMS.

Additional Courses

  • ICS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents: This independent study course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the ICS. ICS-200 provides training and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS. 
  • IS-800 National Response Framework (NRF), an IntroductionThe course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the NRF.
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents: ICS-300 provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. 
  • ICS-400 Advanced ICS: This course provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced application of ICS. This course expands upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300.

Training Program

As illustrated below, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program identifies those courses critical to train personnel capable of implementing all functions of emergency management. This program establishes the NIMS core curriculum to ensure it adequately trains emergency and incident response personnel to all concepts and principles of each NIMS component.  Click on this link to access the NIMS Training Program document.

Comment by Gordon Soderberg on February 26, 2015 at 2:43pm

Current plans for the Veterans Village.


Three phases of property redevelopment plan

Phase # 1

Building Design Stability and Security
Engineering Design, Financing, Insurance, Permitting and Sub Contracting
Roofing Siding Gutters Rain Catchment Windows and Exterior Doors and Fencing 

Phase # 2

Water, Gas and Electrical Service Hook ups.
Solar Installation Battery and Grid System
Plumbing & Electrical Gas to all rooms and appliance drop 
Installation HVAC and Water Floor Heating Systems
Insulate, Drywall and Paint Mechanical Room and Kitchen
Bathrooms and Shower & Laundry Rooms
Build Walk in Refrigeration & Dishwashing Systems

Phase # 3

Halls Bedrooms, Offices, Classroom and Living Room
Cabinets & Countertops,
Interior Doors and Trim
Lighting and Fixtures
Exterior Landscaping & Signage

Comment by Gordon Soderberg on November 7, 2014 at 5:17pm


PDF document of the the veterans village redesign by Polly Wong using SketchUp Pro.



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