Tuesday, July 26, 2011

State Commander Richard Chatman receives recognition from the Detroit City Council

DETROIT, MICH - American Legion Department of Michigan State Commander Richard Chatman received recognition  today from the Detroit City Council members Brenda Jones and Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. for being elected as State Commander, being the first African American State Commander in Michigan, and being a son of Detroit.


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Monday, July 25, 2011

GMA Cover is looking positions

www.gmacover.com

GMA Cover Corp.
(Main Office)
2440 20th Street
Port Huron, Michigan
USA    48060


GMA Hiring Needs

GMA is in receipt of recent contract awards and has immediate need of three specific positions.  GMA is an equal opportunity employer and operates a drug free work place.  GMA offers competitive salary and benefits.

Specifically GMA is looking for individuals who are committed to doing things right in support of our Warfighters; add value to the work place and work within a team environment.  If you fit with these values, are a US Citizen and have demonstrated the skills necessary to fill the job postings provided, we are interested in talking to you.

Shift Supervisor

GMA is looking for up to three supervisors to support production.  Leadership, integrity and application of technical specifications are mandatory skills.  Must be able to drive subordinates, identify and resolve issues, and “think on their feet.” Ability to interface with all levels of the organization including technical personnel is required.  Strong preference will be given to those who are familiar with requirements for Department of Defense contracts and quality specifications. 

This job specifically will involve the supervision of contracts related to critical support equipment in support of our Warfighters.    Specific job details are provided below:

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Managing and supervising a production shift to optimize cost and quality according to the weekly plan presented by the production manager including, but not limited to the following responsibilities:

  • Supervising a shift of employees
  • Training employees
  • Motivating employees
  • Maintaining personnel procedures
  • Maintaining and improving production processes
  • Meeting production deadlines and efficiencies of manufactured product
  • Ensuring accurate completion and submission of daily hours worked by employees
  • Meeting or exceeding production standards and quality using established QA procedures
  • Establishing productivity and quality control systems
  • Identifying and reporting daily variances to production standards and quality specifications
  • Establish and maintain efficient communication with management, other supervisors, and employees
  • Ensure efficient flow of materials between departments to maximize productivity and to minimize in-process inventory
  • Maintain good housekeeping
  • Creating and promoting a team work environment
  • Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

ACCOUNTABILITIES:           
  • Efficient processing of paperwork
  • Timely delivery of manufactured products
  • Effective use of facilities and resources
  • Good housekeeping
  • Compliance with health & safety procedures and standards
  • Working in and promoting a team work environment
  • Understand the significant environmental aspects and impacts of the position and take all steps necessary to minimize any impacts by following related procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Strong interpersonal, mediation and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (minimum)/College Degree (preferred)
  • Computer literate

Friday, July 22, 2011

Recognizing the “COLD WAR” Veterans


Why do we exclude some veterans from benefits offered by the State of Michigan and the counties? 

                From 1946 until the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States was in a constant state of readiness.  Did the men and women who served during those times just show up for work?  No, many of them served in dangerous locations where the threat of invasion from Soviet aggression was high.  Were the MP’s and units station in Berlin, not at a constant state of vigilance.

                Did the US Air Force service members who worked at the bases, where fighter jets were on constant alert, not serving with distinction and ready to fight at any moment? How about the B-52 bombers, they had pilots and ground crew, sitting at the ready with nuclear bombs not at war? How much thanks do we owe the silo officers for the many days they spent in the silo’s, training and waiting for the call to launch, that never came?

                During the “Cold War” there were enemy engagements not recognized by the VA for benefits.  The State of Michigan defines only war time or times when expeditionary medals were given as veterans.  The Michigan Legislature is working to change that.

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Michigan American Legion State Baseball Tournament AA Series will be held in Midland Michigan July 27th-July 31st, 2011. A Series Tournament will be held July 27th-July 31st, 2011 Adrian College.

For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

American Legion Michigan District 3 Launches New Website


     Dr. Monroe Johnson, Jr., 3rd District Commander, is pleased to announce the Internet publication today of our 3rd District website.  www.MichiganLegionDistrict3.org

   The site was developed as a resource tool for the Posts, Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion, and Legion Riders of our District. This was accomplished in following with the objectives set by newly elected Department Commander Richard Chatman at the Convention. We must embrace the great technology that is available to us today, so that we are better equipped to serve our veterans, our Posts, and the communities in which we all reside. Commander Chatman further emphasized that as Legion officers and members we must all be "United, Energized, Engaged, Enthusiastic, and Committed" to make 2011-2012 the best year on record for The American Legion. 



The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Don't Let Them Set the Agent Orange Clock Back

Touring the Detroit VA Regional Office

DETROIT, MICH - Members of the State House of Representatives and State Senate visited the Veteran Services Office and Veteran Affairs regional office in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday.   The members sit on the Military and Veterans Affairs subcommittee that oversees the grants allocated to the Veteran Service Organizations.  Jason Allen, Senior Director of Veterans Affairs for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs was on the tour as well.The tour was lead by VFW Service officer Toby Beanblossom and DAV Veteran Service Office Director Doug Wells.  Doug and Toby led the tour through the 12 floor Veteran Services Organization Offices, down to the 11th floor where the VA's appeals are processed and then back up through the 13th and 14th floors.

Upon visiting the 14th floor we met with VA Detroit's Regional Office Director for a few minutes.  The purpose of the tour was to give the visitors a first hand look at the process of veteran claims and the magnitude of the problem in the VA's backlog system.  Although systems have been put in place to make the process more efficient the number of claims is just overwhelming.

One file alone was over 2 feet thick and another had over 37 volumes of notes.  God bless the workers of the VA for the job they are doing there.

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Coming Together to Fight for a Troubled Veteran

OKEMOS, Mich. — When the standoff began on a humid August night, it seemed destined to become one more case of a returned soldier pulled down by a war he could not leave behind.

Staff Sgt. Brad Eifert circled through the woods behind his house here, holding a .45-caliber pistol. The police were out there somewhere and, one way or the other, he was ready to die. He raised the gun to his head and then lowered it. Then he fired nine rounds.“They’re going to take me down, they’re going to finish me off, so,” he remembers thinking, “finish me off.”  read more

 

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Michigan College to Offer One-of-a-Kind Program to Ex-Military Medics -- LANSING, Mich., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Michigan College to Offer One-of-a-Kind Program to Ex-Military Medics -- LANSING, Mich., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

LANSING, Mich., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lansing Community College – after two years of planning – is set to launch a unique medical program that will give a well-earned boost to men and women who served as military medics. Previously denied classroom credit for their prior medical training, this special group of veterans will now be credited for their efforts as they pursue civilian medical certification and licensure. The program, dubbed "Medic to Paramedic," will welcome its first group of students in January.

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The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. TheAmerican Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, childwelfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Thank You For Supporting The Legion

On behalf of The American Legion Department of Michigan thank you Legionnaires for your continued support of our preferred provider the Legionnaire Insurance Trust products and services.  Our partnership has with this great company has provided the members in the State of Michigan a great product and in return the company supports our efforts to provide resources to continue our mission of serving veterans.  Something USAA services cannot do.

L.I.T the Department’s preferred provider since 1966
This past April LIT presented the department a check for $234,113 which is used for our Veteran Service Office.  Due to recent cuts in State of Michigan grant money to the VSO services, without this check we would be forced to eliminate the field service officers deployed in various locations throughout the state.

To our new Legionnaires, LIT was formed in 1966 to provide low cost insurance protection to our members. They insure, in one form or another, some 2 million Legionnaires in 48 participating Departments around the country. They are the PREFERRED Provider for the Department of Michigan.

Take advantage of your “No Cost” $1000 Benefit for LIT

For being a Legion member you are entitled to $1000 of Accidental Death benefit, go to www.lit.com to register for your benefit.  Register today and as long as your dues are kept current you will be covered until August 31, 2016.

LIT offers competitive home and car insurance, and many health care supplement products.  Legion Insurance Trust

The City of Lakes Hosts 93rd Annual American Legion National Convention

By Patrick Lafferty, Adjutant

Minneapolis, Minnesota is the gathering point for Legionnaires from around the country at the National Convention.  The 93rd annual meeting will be held August 26-September 1, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn, in downtown Minneapolis.  Registration must be submitted to the department headquarters by July 25th, 2011, you can find the form for 2011 National Convention Registration on our website www.michiganlegion.org under the “FYI” button.

For information check out the National website www.legion.org/convention for more details.

Don’t forget to register for the Michigan Party, to be held Saturday August 27th.  A bus will be picking us up at 4:30pm at the hotel.  Dinner will be on a cruise; we set off at 5:30 pm and return to the hotel at 8:30 pm, price for the party is $20.  If you want to drive to the dock, please see Kim at convention for directions.

Bringing Awareness to Public Safety

The Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs have identified the number one issue from the "Global War on Terror" is Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.  These invisible wounds have been around since the creation of war.  In World War I, it was called "shell shock", as time has passed and more wars have continued we now have clinical names for them or initials, PTS and TBI.  The signature wounds of our day.

After Vietnam and even during the first half of the current wars the wounds were misdiagnosed and even ignored.  Between 2002 and 2005 thousands of soldiers were discharged from the Army with "personality disorders".  Some may have been, but we are learning many more were suffering from these treatable wounds PTS/TBI.  Many of us know what PTS is, but what about TBI or traumatic brain injury.  In it's simplest form it is a concussion, in most cases a severe concussion.  Unlike a Sunday football quarterback, when a Marine or Soldier is in the blast and shock wave of a IED they do not have the luxury of a time out on the sidelines.  They are blown over and if capable of getting up do so immediately and adrenaline, training and the will to live takes over.  They go on auto pilot ignoring any injury they sustained.  Sometimes the injury is known immediately upon returning to base, other times it can take days weeks, months and even years before symptoms arise.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

President Obama to address Legionnaires | The American Legion | Veterans Serving Veterans

President Obama to address Legionnaires | The American Legion | Veterans Serving Veterans


WASHINGTON (July 13, 2011) -- President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation from American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster to speak in person at the nation’s largest gathering of veterans and their families Aug. 30 in Minneapolis.
“It is always an honor to welcome the commander-in-chief at our national convention, but it is more meaningful than ever this year, as we look back on recent progress regarding the compassionate care of our nation’s wounded warriors, veterans, and the families who care for them, and as we look forward to challenges and opportunities alike for the Department of Veterans Affairs,” Foster said. “The nation’s largest organization of wartime veterans is deeply interested in the administration’s vision for the future of our economy, our national security and VA. We are all in this together.”
Foster, who met with Obama earlier this year in the Oval Office to discuss a variety of high-priority American Legion issues, said he is excited to hear the president address the Legion.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2011 Legacy Run - Run's through Michigan Sunday August 21st

Support the Legion Riders and the Legacy Scholarship Fund!!


The Legion Riders will be rolling through Michigan on their way to the National Convention in Minnesota.  They will be leaving Indianapolis on Sunday August 21st, heading north.

They stop in Fort Wayne, IN for lunch at 11:30 a.m., then leave for Charlotte American Legion Post 42 at 1 p.m. arriving about 3 p.m.


***POSSE UP POINT***
There will be a short rest period at Charlotte American Legion Post 42 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Gas stop locations are not listed online in order to help keep spectator traffic low in these areas.  Riders wishing to join the Legacy Run must do so at one of the “Posse-Up” points listed.  Charlotte American Legion Post 42 is designated as a Posse-Up point and riders may join the Run at that location.


Monday, July 11, 2011

The American Legion Department of Michigan - 2011 Award Recipients

During the year Legionnaires look for outstanding members of their community and recommend them for recognition.  These are some of our teachers and other reward recipients.



The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

New Veterans Benefits manual has been posted.

The Veteran Administration has posted the 2011 edition Federal Benefits for Veteran's, dependents, and spouses.

You can check out the online version or download a pdf version HERE

If you have questions about your claim or need to file a claim with the VA be sure to use the American Legion Veteran Service Office to assist you.  You can talk to them at 313-964-6640

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Student Veterans of America - Wayne State First Annual Golf Outing

First Annual Golf Outing for the Student Veteran's of America - the Wayne State University Chapter

July 30th, 2011
Contact: Patrick Hannah (734) 502 7896
See their brochure:  Here

Support the Veterans!!!!

Michigan-Related Projects in National Defense Authorization Act

VA Press Release Jul 7, 11 VA Creates Women Veterans Call Center

WASHINGTON (July 07, 2011) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has embarked on a major initiative to reach out to women Veterans in order to solicit their input on ways to enhance the health care services VA provides to women Veterans. 

"We are taking a proactive approach to enhancing VA health care for women Veterans," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
"We are seeking the input of women Veterans so that VA can continue to provide high quality health care to the growing numbers of women Veterans."

Representatives at VA's Health Resource Center (HRC) are placing calls to women Veterans nationwide, asking them to share their experiences with VA and suggest potential enhancements that will further VA's mission to provide the best care anywhere.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cadillac Area News- Student Trooper Program teaches young man about the State Police

Cadillac Area News, Sports, Entertainment - Cadillac News


CADILLAC - Peter Brouwer of Cadillac got a little taste of what it’s like to be a police officer.
This past week he and 48 other Michigan high school students were in Lansing, living the life of a Michigan State Police trooper-recruit during the annual Michigan American Legion Student Trooper Program at the MSP training academy.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Boys State: A week of ‘Americanism’ - Midland Daily News:

Boys State: A week of ‘Americanism’ - Midland Daily News:

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. TheAmerican Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, childwelfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Boys State alum watches grandson graduate program - Midland Daily News:

Michigan Legion Boys State 2011

Charles Gerds class of 1938 Michigan Boys State



Boys State alum watches grandson graduate program - Midland Daily News:

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. TheAmerican Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, childwelfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at http://www.michiganlegion.org.