Thursday, December 8, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 12/8 to 1/14

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there is 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 
If your group has an event benefiting veterans, or you hear of an event, please share with me so I can share with the veteran community.  I would rather get an event 3 times than not at all!

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!
"Marine Corps Toys For Tots (Update)" It's getting close to that time of year. To donate toys, find drop locations, or give good old fashion cash, visit their official website for Oakland County, Wayne County, or Macomb County. ALSO speaking of Marines, the Michigan Women Marines are collecting clothing items for women veterans in need around the area and in local VA hospitals. For a complete listing of items needed and where they can be dropped off see flyer.
"Girl Scout Cookies for Troops" There is a Girl Scout in Macomb Twp that has sent over 7500 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to deployed troops, and wants to send more! Like anything else takes money, so if you wish to contribute see flyer.
"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! ALSO: Are you paying for supplemental Medicare coverage? For veterans with Medicare A & B, Humana offers a medical plan that costs $0 and offers increased civilian medical benefits as well as preventive dental, vision, a gym membership and more! Call Ryan at 313-318-7187 for additional information. This is what I use!
EVENTS!
"Thursday, December 8, 2016" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Oakland County Sportsman Club 4770 Waterford Road Clarkston, Mi., from 4 till 6PM. For the troops they are looking for: wipes - personal care - foot powder - socks - cans of pasta, tuna, chicken, fruit, refried beans, etc. - single serving meals - jerky - nuts - dried fruit - "pocket foods (anything that will fit into a packet to take out on missions) powdered drink mix - coffee - tea - energy bars - protien bars - sunflower seeds - ready to eat meals - Raymon noodles - crackers - granola bars - breakfast bars - Things to make them smile - a letter from YOU - nerf balls. And for K-9's they are looking for: waterless shampoo large Kong's (which are toys) paw & nose salve K-9 ear cleaner K-9 eye drops large rope chews collapsible food and water bowls . And if you want to send money to help cover the $15 shipping costs of a package you can send a check to: Desert Angels, Inc. PO Box 210455 Auburn Hills, Mi. 48321.
"Thursday, December 8, 2016 (NEW)" The Michigan Vet Project is holding a Stuff-A-Truck to collect items for over 175 homeless vets in the Metro Detroit area. This willo take place at Texas Roadhouse, 14660 Pardee, Taylor, from 3:30 till 10PM. For more info and to see items needed see flyer.
"Saturday, December 10, 2016" The Macomb County Vet Center, 42621 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, ste 105, will host an Army/Navy Football Game Party from 3 till 7 PM. Bring a dish to pass, but no alcohol permited. RSVP at 586-412-0107 and see flyer. To get a 10% discount on your meal bring this flyer!
"Saturday, December 10, 2016 (NEW)" Operation Yellow Ribbon is hosting a Holiday Jamz at the Shelby Twp DAV Hall, 47326 Dequindre, from 6:30 till !!PM. $10 donation accepted at door. Live band, sing along,etc. For more info see flyer or call Peggy at 248-425-2722..
"Saturday, December 10, 2016" Women Serving Women Vets is hosting the movie Polar Express at 2PM at the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser, Detroit. This is a free event where you can take the kids (or grandkids) for a free movie, popcorn, sodas. Seating is limited so wswvets@gmail.com with your name and how many tickets you would like. Hurry, seats are limited.
"Sunday, December 11, 2016" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is featuring another in their lecture series, this time on the history of the US Coast Guard, from 2 till 4pm by historian Dan Heaton. Located at 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe. Admission by donation. See flyer for more info.
"Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (NEW)" The DOVE (Development of Vietnam Endeavors) is hosting its annual dinner at the Inverness Club, 4001 Dorr St, Toledo, from 6:30 till 11PM. Tickets are $50 per person. Come see our progress over the past year and join us for a glimpse into our future plans at the D.O.V.E. Fund Annual Christmas dinner. The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the D.O.V.E. Fund and how we help the people of Vietnam. Fred Grimm, Vietnam Projects Chair, will a give a brief summary of each project including solar lights, World Wide Mobility Carts, fresh water, leper assistance, scholarships and much more. Grimm, along with wife Jill and Vice Chairman, John Abbey and wife Julie, will lead the next trip to Vietnam on February 1st. Grimm and Abbey, both Vietnam veterans, have each traveled to Vietnam dozens of times and look forward to going back each year. The 2017 contingent will land in Saigon just as the Tet holiday is winding down. Travelers will then travel to Hue, Plieku, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hanoi and Phu Quoc for an exhilarating three weeks in wonderful Vietnam. To RSVP & tickets email them at dinner@dovefund.org.
"Thursday, December 15, 2016" Vets Returning Home has another in their Country Concert Series at Royalty House, 8201 E 13 Mile, Warren, with doors opening at 5:30PM, concert at 7PM. This month it is Josh Gracin, with special guest Joey Vee. For more info see flyer. For tickets visit them at www.vetsreturninghome.org.
"Thursday, December 15, 2016 (NEW)" Soldiers' Angels is hosting a mobile food distribution for all low income vets from Noon till 2PM at the American Legion Post 375 Parking Lot, 19486 Sherwood, Detroit. Call 210-629-0020 to register to receive items. See flyer for more info.
"Saturday, January 14, 2017" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting its annual Gala fundraiser at the museum, 2068 E St, Belleville (Willow Run Airport), with doors opening at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:30. After dinner there will be an afterglow party presented by Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle featuring Dwayne L Gill, Marine, former Cop, and a teriffic comic! Tickets start at $250 per person. For more info and tickets visit the official website.


--   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

Senator Peters and Senator Stabenow Applaud Senate Passage of Legislation to Honor Michigan Veteran




Peters, Stabenow Applaud Senate Passage of Legislation to Honor Michigan Veteran

Bill Would Name Traverse City VA Clinic for Medal of Honor Recipient and Traverse City Area Native Colonel Demas T. Craw


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2016
Allison Green (Peters)
Miranda Margowsky (Stabenow)

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded unanimous Senate passage of legislation they introduced to name the Traverse City Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) after Army Colonel Demas T. Craw, a Traverse City-area native and Medal of Honor recipient. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives, where Congressman Benishek has introduced similar legislation.

"Colonel Demas Craw laid his life on the line and made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country," said Senator Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. "Naming this clinic in his honor will ensure Colonel Craw's legacy of patriotism and selflessness endures for years to come."

"Naming this clinic after one of Traverse City's own heroes is a fitting tribute to Colonel Craw and to the thousands of local veterans who will receive care at this facility," said Senator Stabenow. "It represents the commitment and fulfillment of promises we have made to our veterans."

A Traverse City based VA health clinic is scheduled to be built and completed in 2017, replacing the current undersized facility.  The new clinic will provide additional health care services for thousands of Northern Michigan veterans from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau and Manistee counties.

Colonel Craw was born in 1900 near Traverse City in Long Lake Township, and attended Traverse City Central High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1918. Craw served in both World Wars, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, and rose to the rank of Colonel. During World War II, Craw served in the U.S. Army Air Service as a military attaché to Greece where he reportedly came under fire 136 times and participated in 21 Royal Air Force bombing sorties. He received numerous commendations for his career of service, including the WWI and WWII Victory Medals, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the Purple Heart. Craw was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after he was killed in action near Port Lyautey, French-Morocco in November 1942 while attempting to broker a cease-fire.

A broad coalition of veterans groups support naming the Traverse City VA Clinic after Colonel Craw, including the Grand Traverse Area Veterans Coalition, VFW Cherryland Post #2780 and Auxiliary, Fife Lake American Legion Post #219, Michigan American Legion Post #35, the  Northwestern Michigan Chapter of Military Officers Association of America, American Military League Post #1, and Northwestern Michigan College.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Veteran Events & Announcements 12/1 to 12/15

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there is 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 
If your group has an event benefiting veterans, or you hear of an event, please share with me so I can share with the veteran community.  I would rather get an event 3 times than not at all!

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!
"Marine Corps Toys For Tots (Update)" It's getting close to that time of year. To donate toys, find drop locations, or give good old fashion cash, visit their official website for Oakland County, Wayne County, or Macomb County. ALSO speaking of Marines, the Michigan Women Marines are collecting clothing items for women veterans in need around the area and in local VA hospitals. For a complete listing of items needed and where they can be dropped off see flyer.
"VA Annual Report" Every year the VA releases a report on the status of medicine for vets. You can read the new 2016/17 report here.
"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! ALSO: Are you paying for supplemental Medicare coverage? For veterans with Medicare A & B, Humana offers a medical plan that costs $0 and offers increased civilian medical benefits as well as preventive dental, vision, a gym membership and more! Call Ryan at 313-318-7187 for additional information. This is what I use!
EVENTS!
"Sunday, December 4, 2016 (NEW)" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the St. Lawrence School Packing Party St. Lawrence Catholic Church 44633 Utica Rd. Utica, Mi. 48317 12 noon - 3pm Contact person: Deann Sitler Coordinator of Youth Ministry St. Lawrence Catholic Church Phone: 586-731-5072 dsitler@stlawrenceparish.com. For the troops they are looking for: wipes - personal care - foot powder - socks - cans of pasta, tuna, chicken, fruit, refried beans, etc. - single serving meals - jerky - nuts - dried fruit - "pocket foods (anything that will fit into a packet to take out on missions) powdered drink mix - coffee - tea - energy bars - protien bars - sunflower seeds - ready to eat meals - Raymon noodles - crackers - granola bars - breakfast bars - Things to make them smile - a letter from YOU - nerf balls. And for K-9's they are looking for: waterless shampoo large Kong's (which are toys) paw & nose salve K-9 ear cleaner K-9 eye drops large rope chews collapsible food and water bowls . And if you want to send money to help cover the $15 shipping costs of a package you can send a check to: Desert Angels, Inc. PO Box 210455 Auburn Hills, Mi. 48321.
"Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (NEW)" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Oakland County Community College Auburn Hills Campus 2900 Featherstone Rd. Auburn Hills, Mi. 48326 12 noon - 3pm. For the troops they are looking for: wipes - personal care - foot powder - socks - cans of pasta, tuna, chicken, fruit, refried beans, etc. - single serving meals - jerky - nuts - dried fruit - "pocket foods (anything that will fit into a packet to take out on missions) powdered drink mix - coffee - tea - energy bars - protien bars - sunflower seeds - ready to eat meals - Raymon noodles - crackers - granola bars - breakfast bars - Things to make them smile - a letter from YOU - nerf balls. And for K-9's they are looking for: waterless shampoo large Kong's (which are toys) paw & nose salve K-9 ear cleaner K-9 eye drops large rope chews collapsible food and water bowls . And if you want to send money to help cover the $15 shipping costs of a package you can send a check to: Desert Angels, Inc. PO Box 210455 Auburn Hills, Mi. 48321.
"Wednesday, December 7, 2016" Southfield VFW Post 2645 hosts its monthly all you can eat spaghetti dinner for $6, which includes salad & bread. Post is located at 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield. Dinner from 5 till 8PM. For more info see flyer.
"Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (NEW)" The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial invites the public to join in a candlelight ceremony recognizing the 75th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor. The event will occur in Royal Oak, Mich., on National Pearl Harbor Day, Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30 PM. The event, will be in Memorial Park, the future home of The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial, on the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak. The formal program will start at 6:30 around Embracing Peace, Seward Johnson's massive 25' portrayal of the famous kiss in Times Square that symbolized the end of the war. The program will include, a 21-gun salute, taps and the singing of the National Anthem by WWII veteran Harold Lanning. The public is encouraged to bring white candles. Click here for details.
"Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their history lecture series of WWII in their General Purpose Room, Willow Run Airport, starting at 7:30PM. This is a free event. Today's discussion will be on Operation Nightingale, the forensic excavation of a B-17 crash site. Speaker will be Mark Reed.
"Thursday, December 8, 2016" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Oakland County Sportsman Club 4770 Waterford Road Clarkston, Mi., from 4 till 6PM. For the troops they are looking for: wipes - personal care - foot powder - socks - cans of pasta, tuna, chicken, fruit, refried beans, etc. - single serving meals - jerky - nuts - dried fruit - "pocket foods (anything that will fit into a packet to take out on missions) powdered drink mix - coffee - tea - energy bars - protien bars - sunflower seeds - ready to eat meals - Raymon noodles - crackers - granola bars - breakfast bars - Things to make them smile - a letter from YOU - nerf balls. And for K-9's they are looking for: waterless shampoo large Kong's (which are toys) paw & nose salve K-9 ear cleaner K-9 eye drops large rope chews collapsible food and water bowls . And if you want to send money to help cover the $15 shipping costs of a package you can send a check to: Desert Angels, Inc. PO Box 210455 Auburn Hills, Mi. 48321.
"Saturday, December 10, 2016" The Macomb County Vet Center, 42621 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, ste 105, will host an Army/Navy Football Game Party from 3 till 7 PM. Bring a dish to pass, but no alcohol permited. RSVP at 586-412-0107 and see flyer.
"Saturday, December 10, 2016" Women Serving Women Vets is hosting the movie Polar Express at 2PM at the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser, Detroit. This is a free event where you can take the kids (or grandkids) for a free movie, popcorn, sodas. Seating is limited so wswvets@gmail.com with your name and how many tickets you would like. Hurry, seats are limited.
"Sunday, December 11, 2016" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is featuring another in their lecture series, this time on the history of the US Coast Guard, from 2 till 4pm by historian Dan Heaton. Located at 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe. Admission by donation. See flyer for more info.


--   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, November 29, 2016

Thank You Isn't Enough -Warrior Hockey



Thank you friends, family, fans, and supporters of the Warriors!
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Thank You Isn't Enough

We here at the Michigan Warriors know what the words 'family' and 'community' mean.  It means giving back to those who give so much to us.  It means welcoming new Disabled Veterans and their spouses and children into our program every single week.  And most importantly, it means working each day to ensure our program continues to grow and we keep our Veterans on the ice.

#GivingTuesday is upon us, and we know your inboxes are being flooded by every organization out there.  We won't try to jump on the bandwagon of asking you for year-end giving, however we will ask you to take two and a half minutes out of your day to watch our new video, created through our partnership with Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers and CBS EcoMedia.  This video embodies our mission, our members, and what we accomplishing every single week on the ice.

When you watch this video, keep in the back of your mind that this program was started by Disabled Veterans right here in Detroit.  Keep in the back of your mind that this program is run by Disabled Veterans and the spouses of our Vets.  And lastly, keep in the back of your mind that if you cannot financially support the Michigan Warriors, a simple share of this video to your friends, family, and coworkers is invaluable to our organization.

Thank you from all of us at the Michigan Warriors Hockey Program!

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