Michael Poyma has been with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs since January 2007. Before joining the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) Program as an Employment Specialist, Mike spent nearly five years serving veterans in Illinois as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist, Transition Assistance Program (TAP) facilitator, VR&E Coordinator, and Assistant Statewide Coordinator for Veterans Programs, all within the Illinois Dept. of Employment Security (IDES).
Mike is a service-disabled Army veteran who served on active duty from 1990 to 1993 as a Blackhawk Helicopter Repairer. His deployments included tours in Germany, Turkey, and Iraq. After military service, he obtained a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University while participating in the VR&E program.
Mike is married and is the father of two boys, ages 16 and 14, and lives in Williamston just outside of Lansing. He is Chair of the Lansing Area Veteran Coalition, Executive Director of INVESTVets, member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion service organizations, and is a volunteer mentor for the Ingham County Veterans Treatment Court. Mike was reappointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to be a member of the Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services for a three-year term through 2018, as a disabled veterans advocate.