Veteran and military organizations in Dowagiac have been established to recognize the sacrifices of unsung heroes, to pay tribute to those who are wounded or killed in action, to remember and be grateful to the men and women who are the mental and emotional mainstays of Armed Forces. They honor the symbol of the cost of the nation’s freedom. They promote patriotism, fraternalism and preservation of America’s military history. Most importantly, they provide comfort and assistance to all veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance. They also have volunteers providing assistance to hospitalized veterans.