Thursday, August 4, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 8/4 to 8/18

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 4 new items. You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html 

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website, Detroit Public Televisions' Veterans website, and a few others:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
https://sites.google.com/site/miveteranevents/home/military-events

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Help support Buddy-2-Buddy (IMPORTANT)" The Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program needs your help to keep this critical program in place in order to continue to support thousands of Michigan veterans and service members. Visit www.friends.umich.edu/buddy-to-buddy and help support Buddy-to-Buddy in its goal to generate the funding that enables the program and its volunteers to help Michigan's service members and veterans. PLUS here is the lastest B2B Job Fair listing for August. Again, they just compile the list.

"Peace of Mind for us older vets!" As we all get older we need to start thinking about our medical records, a living will, a regular will, funeral expenses, etc. The State Bar of Michigan has put together a terrific booklet covering these topics with forms you can fill out at home to cover a simple will, living will, etc. Take a look to see if you should do any of this!

EVENTS!

"Friday, August 5, 2016" Advanced Cable is hosting their 2nd annual Bark-E-Que to raise money to support Stiggy's Dogs (Anew hope for every vet, a second chance for every dog) at Barrister Gardens, 24225 Harper, St Clair Shores, from 5 till 10 PM. Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door. For more info call 248-268-3167 or see flyer.

"Saturday, August 6, 2016" The Fallen & Wounded Soldier Fund is hosting a Party with a Purpose to help support the troops. It will take place at Stee & Kathy's, 6264 Kingon Fr, Brighton, starting at 5PM. Entertainment by the Fallen Heroes. Cost is $30. For reservations call 248-860-4642 and see flyer.

"Sunday, August 7, 2016" Everyone is invited to the 69th Annual Victory in Japan Day Service to honor the Gold Star Mothers. This will take place at the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, 621 W Long Lake Rd, Troy, starting at 11AM. Lunch afterwards at Old Settles Post 4659. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, August 13, 2016 (NEW)" RUCK for the Fallen, Project Brotherhood resolve is a non profit, non government program to help homeless vets, is hosting a 22 Mile walk starting at am, till 7PM, at the Lapeer VFW Post 4139, 128 Daley Rd, Lapeer. Cost is $30 per person. To register go to their Facebook page.. For other info see flyer.

"Sunday, August 14, 2016" On the 71st anniversary of VJ-Day, The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial will host a massive re-enactment of the kiss near the sculpture in Memorial Park, Woodward Avenue, just north of 13 Mile road in Royal Oak, Michigan at 1PM. Kissers and cheering onlookers are welcome. 25' Sailor and Nurse Seen Kissing in Memorial Park: Through December The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial (michiganww2memorial.org) is pleased to present "Embracing Peace," a 25' painted bronze sculpture of the famous kiss in Times Square at the end of WWII in Memorial Park, Royal Oak, Woodward Avenue, north of 13 Mile Road. More information on the display is available here (michiganww2memorial.org/events/embracing-peace/). Leverage your Facebook and other social media network to help raise funds and awareness about The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial by joining our Kiss and Tell 5 campaign and find out how you could appear on a Royal Oak bill board. Click here (kissandtell5.org) for details.

"Thursday, August 18, 2016" The Southfield Veterans Commission, American Society of Employers, & the VA, are hosting a Vet Job Fair in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, from 9AM till 1PM. For more info & to register goto www.smilg.org or see flyer.


--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member


Thursday, July 28, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 7/28 to 8/11

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 4 new items. You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html 

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website, Detroit Public Televisions' Veterans website, and a few others:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
https://sites.google.com/site/miveteranevents/home/military-events

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Free Legal Services" The Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc., is hosting numerous (17 to be exact) free legal clinics (priority for vets) in both Oakland & Macomb counties for the next 6 months, all starting at 10AM. See Oakland flyer for those dates & locations. Macomb flyer for their dates & locations. More info at 877-964-4700 in Oakland County, 586-465-1344 in Macomb.

"More Free Legal Services!" The Wayne County Friend of the Court is hosting outreach assistance where you can discuss your FOC issues. There are numerous locations for the next couple of months so see flyer for times and places where you can get your issues resolved.

"Help support Buddy-2-Buddy (IMPORTANT)" The Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program needs your help to keep this critical program in place in order to continue to support thousands of Michigan veterans and service members. Visit www.friends.umich.edu/buddy-to-buddy and help support Buddy-to-Buddy in its goal to generate the funding that enables the program and its volunteers to help Michigan's service members and veterans.

"Peace of Mind for us older vets!" As we all get older we need to start thinking about our medical records, a living will, a regular will, funeral expenses, etc. The State Bar of Michigan has put together a terrific booklet covering these topics with forms you can fill out at home to cover a simple will, living will, etc. Take a look to see if you should do any of this!

EVENTS!

"Saturday, July 30, 2016" The Wayne State Student Vets are hosting their 6th Annual Golfing for Veterans tournament at the Links of Novi, 50395 W 10 Mile, Novi, with a shotgun start at 1:30PM. For more info call Pat at 313-577-4753 or see flyer.

"Saturday, July 30, 2016" Labadie Auto is sponsoring the CUMA 2 Mile Run and Pig Roast starting at 10AM at Great Lakes Harley Davidson in Sanford. Run will have 4 stops and end with a dinner at the Sanford American Legion Post. Cost is $20 per bike, $10 per rider. Funds raised supports the Fallen & Wounded Soldier Fund. For more info go to their Facebook page or see flyer.

"Saturday, July 30, 2016" VVA 154 & Wolverine Harley-Davison are hosting the annual Ride for Hospitalized Veterans. The ride will leave Wolverine, 44660 Gratiot, Clinton Twp, at 10AM to end at the Detroit VA Hospital on John R in Detroit. For a listing of items to be donated contact Pat at 586-246-0876 or see flyer.

"Monday, August 1, 2016" Arrow Strategies' is hosting its 2016 Operation Restore Valor Golf Outing at Plum Hollow County Club, 21631 Lahser, Southfield, with a 9:30AM shotgun start. For complete information and registration form see flyer.

"Wednesday, August 3, 2016" Southfield VFW Post 2645 is having an all you can eat spaghetti dinner at their post, located at 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield, starting at 5PM. Donation of $6 is requested. For more info see flyer.

"Wednesday, August 3, 2016" The Yankee Air Museum is presenting another in their FREE series on air power & WWII. Tonight's discussion will be 50 Years of Air Warfare, presented by Lon Nordeen. Again it is free and starts at 7:30PM in the General Purpose room at the museum, Willow Run Airport.

"Wednesday, August 3, 2016" This will be Veterans Night at Comerica Park as they play the Chicago White Sox, starting at 7PM. All vets and their families get special discounted tickets, with groups of 15 or more getting several other items. For more info call Carolyn at 313-471-2245 or see flyer. Must order by July 22nd

"Friday, August 5, 2016" Advanced Cable is hosting their 2nd annual Bark-E-Que to raise money to support Stiggy's Dogs (Anew hope for every vet, a second chance for every dog) at Barrister Gardens, 24225 Harper, St Clair Shores, from 5 till 10 PM. Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door. For more info call 248-268-3167 or see flyer.

"Saturday, August 6, 2016" The Fallen & Wounded Soldier Fund is hosting a Party with a Purpose to help support the troops. It will take place at Stee & Kathy's, 6264 Kingon Fr, Brighton, starting at 5PM. Entertainment by the Fallen Heroes. Cost is $30. For reservations call 248-860-4642 and see flyer.

"Sunday, August 7, 2016" Everyone is invited to the 69th Annual Victory in Japan Day Service to honor the Gold Star Mothers. This will take place at the White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery, 621 W Long Lake Rd, Troy, starting at 11AM. Lunch afterwards at Old Settles Post 4659. For more info see flyer.


--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member

Thursday, July 21, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 7/21 to 8/4

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 9 new items. You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html 

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website, Detroit Public Televisions' Veterans website, and a few others:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
https://sites.google.com/site/miveteranevents/home/military-events
ANNOUNCEMENTS!
"Free Legal Services" The Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc., is hosting numerous (17 to be exact) free legal clinics (priority for vets) in both Oakland & Macomb counties for the next 6 months, all starting at 10AM. See Oakland flyer for those dates & locations. Macomb flyer for their dates & locations. More info at 877-964-4700 in Oakland County, 586-465-1344 in Macomb.
"More Free Legal Services!" The Wayne County Friend of the Court is hosting outreach assistance where you can discuss your FOC issues. There are numerous locations for the next couple of months so see flyer for times and places where you can get your issues resolved.
"Help support Buddy-2-Buddy (IMPORTANT)" The Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program needs your help to keep this critical program in place in order to continue to support thousands of Michigan veterans and service members. Visit www.friends.umich.edu/buddy-to-buddy and help support Buddy-to-Buddy in its goal to generate the funding that enables the program and its volunteers to help Michigan's service members and veterans.
"Peace of Mind for us older vets!" As we all get older we need to start thinking about our medical records, a living will, a regular will, funeral expenses, etc. The State Bar of Michigan has put together a terrific booklet covering these topics with forms you can fill out at home to cover a simple will, living will, etc. Take a look to see if you should do any of this!
"Buddy-2-Buddy Job Fairs for July" This is the latest list complied by the Buddy-2-Buddy network. They do not host, just complle the list.
EVENTS!
"Thursday, July 21, 2016 (NEW)" Congressman Tim Walberg is hosting a 50th Anniversary Lapel Pin Ceremony at the Saline American Legion Post, 320 W Michigan Ave, Saline, from 5 to 7PM. You can request a pin online at www.walberg.house.gov/Vietnam.
"Saturday, July 23, 2016" Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 is hosting its annual Golf Outing at Fernhill Golf Course, 17600 Clinton River Rd, Clinton Twp, with an 8AM registration, 9AM shotgun start. Cost is $80 per golfer which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast (which continent not specified), lunch, etc. For more info contact Debbie at 586-3-5031 or see flyer.
"Saturday, July 23, 2016" Randy Wise BuidckGMC, located at 2530 Owen Rd, Fenton, is hosting a Charity Car & Bike Show to support the Fallen & Wounded Soldier Fund., from 9AM till 3PM. For complete information see flyer.
"Saturday, July 23, 2016" Hulet-Bravender VFW Post in Holly is hosting a Pig Roast to honor all the veteran groups that supply Honor Guards at the Holly National Cemetery. This will take place at their post, 201 Airport Dr, Holly, starting at 1PM. for more info call Sam at 810-955-6799 or see flyer.
"Saturday, July 23, 2016" Boats4Vets is hosting its annual free boat ride for all veterans off of the Idle Hour Yacht Club on Harsens Island at 9AM. You must RSVP by 7/18 at 810-512-4660. Free boat ride, BBQ dinner, etc. For more info see flyer.
"Saturday, July 30, 2016" The Wayne State Student Vets are hosting their 6th Annual Golfing for Veterans tournament at the Links of Novi, 50395 W 10 Mile, Novi, with a shotgun start at 1:30PM. For more info call Pat at 313-577-4753 or see flyer.
"Saturday, July 30, 2016" Labadie Auto is sponsoring the CUMA 2 Mile Run and Pig Roast starting at 10AM at Great Lakes Harley Davidson in Sanford. Run will have 4 stops and end with a dinner at the Sanford American Legion Post. Cost is $20 per bike, $10 per rider. Funds raised supports the Fallen & Wounded Soldier Fund. For more info go to their Facebook page or see flyer.
"Saturday, July 30, 2016 (NEW)" VVA 154 & Wolverine Harley-Davison are hosting the annual Ride for Hospitalized Veterans. The ride will leave Wolverine, 44660 Gratiot, Clinton Twp, at 10AM to end at the Detroit VA Hospital on John R in Detroit. For a listing of items to be donated contact Pat at 586-246-0876 or see flyer.
"Monday, August 1, 2016" Arrow Strategies' is hosting its 2016 Operaton Restore Valor Golf Outing at Plum Hollow County Club, 21631 Lahser, Southfield, with a 9:30AM shotgun start. For complete information and registration form see flyer.
"Wednesday, August 3, 2016" Southfield VFW Post 2645 is having an all you can eat spaghetti dinner at their post, located at 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield, starting at 5PM. Donation of $6 is requested. For more info see flyer.
"Wednesday, August 3, 2016 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum is presenting another in their FREE series on air power & WWII. Tonight's discussion will be 50 Years of Air Warfare, presented by Lon Nordeen. Again it is free and starts at 7:30PM in the General Purpose room at the museum, Willow Run Airport.
"Wednesday, August 3, 2016" This will be Veterans Night at Comerica Park as they play the Chicago White Sox, starting at 7PM. All vets and their families get special discounted tickets, with groups of 15 or more getting several other items. For more info call Carolyn at 313-471-2245 or see flyer. Must order by July 22nd

--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

VA Schedules 2 Million Appointments Using Veterans Choice Program




VA News Releases

VA News Release





07/14/2016 03:56 PM EDT

VA Schedules 2 Million Appointments Using Veterans Choice Program
Improvements made in increasing access to Community Care, but more work to be done
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Choice Program (VCP) has reached a key milestone in improving access to health care for Veterans. More than two million appointments have been scheduled through the program.  
"While two million appointments have been scheduled using the Choice Program and we are making progress, we will not rest until all Veterans who choose VA to be their healthcare provider are receiving the care they need, when they need it," said VA Secretary Robert McDonald.  "We will continue to make strides towards an integrated care network, and I urge Congress to enact our Plan to Consolidate Community Care so we can continue to build upon our progress."
The Choice Act, which included the VCP, was passed in August 2014 to help Veterans access timely health care both within VA and the community. VA was required to implement a new, national program in just 90 days, with new requirements that complicated the way VA provides community care. VA recognized many of these challenges very early in the implementation of the program and VA and all our stakeholders have been working together to make needed changes while implementing this new nationwide program. 
VA has outlined a path to improve community care and create a program that is easy to understand, simple to administer, and meets the needs of Veterans, community providers, and VA staff. VA submitted this plan to Congress in October 2015.
Within the Plan are several legislative proposals that VA and Congress need to work on together to improve the experiences for Veterans and community providers.
  • The first proposal would increase Veterans' access to community care providers by allowing VA to enter into agreements with local community providers.
  • The second would streamline when and how much VA pays for health care services by having VA be the primary payer.
  • The third fix would allow VA to more accurately account for healthcare purchased in the community.
  • Finally, the last request is for funding and funding flexibility to improve access to care, reimburse the cost of emergency treatment, and create value-based payment models to best serve Veterans that need community care.
"VA is developing innovative ideas and solutions to enhance the Veterans experience and strengthen partnerships with community providers" said Dr. Baligh Yehia, Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Health, Community Care.  "The Choice Program of today is a very different program than the one rolled out in November 2014. Many improvements have been made and we continue to work to deliver care to Veterans where and when they need it."
VCP PROGRESS TO DATE
  • Over 2 million appointments scheduled using the VCP significantly increases Veterans access to care.
  • Since the start of VCP we have seen a dramatic increase in utilization.  From October 2015 to March 2016 VCP authorizations for care have increased 103 percent. 
  • Over the course of the last 12 months, the Choice Provider Network has grown by 85 percent. The network now has over 350,000 providers and facilities.
  • Improved timeliness of payments to community providers by removing the requirement that VA receive the Veteran's entire medical record prior to payment.
  • Reduced administrative burden for medical record submission for community providers by streamlining the documentation required.
  • To enhance care coordination for Veterans, we have embedded contractor staff with VA staff at select locations.
  • Created dedicated teams from across the county to deliver community care improvements.
  • VA has also partnered with Congress to change laws to improve the community care experience by:
    • Removing the enrollment date requirement for Choice, allowing more Veterans to receive community care.
    • Implementing criteria of 40-mile driving distance from medical facility with primary care physician to increase number of Veterans accessing the program
    • Implementing the unusual or excessive burden criteria to increase access for Veterans that do not meet other eligibility criteria.
    • Expanding the episode of care authorization from 60 days to up to one year to reduce the administrative burdens of Veterans, community providers, and VA staff.
 "VA needs Congress's continued support to keep driving progress forward," added VA Secretary Robert McDonald. "Several legislative barriers remain which inhibit improvements outlined in our Plan to Consolidate Community Care Programs."
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