Monday, August 22, 2011

Slide of Legacy Run Event in Charlotte, Michigan



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.

Scott Miller American Legion Natl Staff updates us on the ride - Day 1

Legion Riders in Charlotte Michigan - Heading to National Convention.



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, August 17, 2011

From one veteran to another - American Legion passes down motorized scooter (with video)

Donna Anderson, widow of Past State Commander Bill Anderson, donated Bill's scooter to an young veteran in need of one.

Watch the video



Then read the story

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, August 15, 2011

REGION: Boys State program looking to the future, students speak out (video) - Life - Heritage Newspapers

REGION: Boys State program looking to the future, students speak out (video) - Life - Heritage Newspapers

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.

Detroit Area Job Fair and Town Hall meeting Tuesday August 16th, 2011 - 60 Plus Employers


CONGRESSMEN HANSEN CLARKE AND JOHN CONYERS, JR.
 TO HOST JOBS FAIR TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011

WHO:        Congressman Hansen Clarke, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., 60 plus employers with more than 1,000 available positions, and members of the community.

WHAT:      “For the People” Jobs Fair and town hall meeting. 

This free jobs fair and more will include public and private sector employers and job readiness workshops and seminars.  Immediately following the jobs fair, will be a town hall meeting to discuss jobs creation and strengthening the economy. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus will be present, including Chairman Emanuel Cleaver II (MO-5), Maxine Waters (CA-35), Ed Towns (NY-10), Danny K. Davis (IL-7), and Gregory Meeks (NY-6).

MSNBC correspondent Jeff Johnson will moderate the town hall meeting.

WHEN:      Tuesday, August 16, 2011
                   “For the People” Jobs Fair: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                   Town Hall: 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Wayne County Community College District, Downtown Campus
                   1001 W. Fort St
                   Detroit, MI 48224

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Berryhill opens vs. Minnesota in American Legion World Series - Midland Daily News: Sports

Berryhill opens vs. Minnesota in American Legion World Series - Midland Daily News: Sports: "On the doorstep of a second national championship in three years, Berryhill Post 165 manager Steve Cronkright expects his team to be at least …" 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.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Job Opening at Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for the State of Michigan has a job opening for a State Administrative Assistant. The see the job Listing and apply on line click here.

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 Federal Effort Could Give Jobless Veterans Fresh Start





A new federal effort could mean a fresh start for thousands of jobless veterans.
President Barack Obama has announced a plan to help those who have served our country get back to work.
Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the country for veterans of the armed forces, at nearly 30%.
They risk their lives on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, but when they return home, the next battle is finding a job.
"There's a significant amount of veterans coming back to Michigan with high unemployment," said Jason Allen, Michigan's senior deputy director of veteran affairs. 

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.

Study tracks drug, alcohol use in OEF/OIF Veterans using VA July-August 2011 Research

July-August 2011 Research Currents


Reviewing data on more than 456,000 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans who enrolled in VA health care between 2002 and 2009, a team with VA and the University of California, San Francisco, found that around 11 percent of the patients had received a diagnosis of an alcohol or drug use disorder.
About 1 in 10 Veterans had an alcohol use disorder and 1 in 20 had a drug use disorder. Male sex, age under 25, never-married or divorced status, and greater combat exposure were linked with higher rates of drug and alcohol disorders.


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.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Berryhil advances to World Series: Loomis blanks Ohio in regional title game - Midland Daily News: Sports

Berryhil advances to World Series: Loomis blanks Ohio in regional title game - Midland Daily News: Sports: "Colton Loomis gift wrapped a six-hit shutout Monday afternoon, giving his manager, Steve Cronkright, a birthday present he'll never forget." 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.

This day in History - Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki


August 09
Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

1945 On this day in 1945, a second atom bomb is dropped on Japan by the United States, at Nagasaki, resulting finally in Japan's unconditional surrender. The devastation wrought at Hiroshima was not sufficient to convince the Japanese War Council to accept the Potsdam Conference's demand for unconditional surrender.




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, August 5, 2011

One Solider's Story - Press Release Show Times


NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM “ONE SOLDIER’S STORY”
HONORS SACRIFICE OF MONROE, MICH. SOLDIER FOR HIS COUNTRY
Seven-city film premiere tour supports Mikie’s Minutes charity developed in his honor

WIXOM, Mich., (July 13, 2011) – Sgt. Michael Ingram, Jr. returned home to Monroe, Mich. on a cold, rainy day to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, in a solemn ceremony, as Patriot Guard riders stood in salute of a fallen Michigan hero. Sgt. Ingram was killed in action (KIA) on April 17, 2010, while serving his country in Afghanistan.

His sacrifice will be honored with the support of seven Michigan venues, where filmmaker Keith Famie and Visionalist Entertainment Productions’ documentary film “One Soldier’s Story” will stop on their film premiere tour. The 70-minute film documents the story of Sgt. Ingram and his family. “One Soldier’s Story” will be shown at the following locations:

Veterans in Need are Encouraged to Apply to the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund

LANSING, MICH.—Mr. Jason Allen, the Senior Deputy Director of Michigan’s Veterans Affairs Directorate, encourages Michigan wartime veterans experiencing financial emergencies to seek assistance through the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund.

“Our veterans have a great safety net in the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund. On average, the Trust awarded a million dollars plus annually over the past four years to veterans and their families in need. These awards can truly be a game changer for families in need. County representatives have the ability to provide $1,500 in assistance and the State Board has authority to award larger grants to families whose need cannot be met by a $1,500 grant,” said Allen.

Keith Famie Tells 'One Soldier's Story'

Thursday, August 4, 2011

VA Reaches Out to Veterans to Explain Upcoming Changes to GI Bill

Encourages Veterans to Visit VA Website to Learn More


WASHINGTON (August 4, 2011)- The Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) is reaching out to inform Veterans of recent changes made
by Congress to the Post 9/11 GI Bill that take effect in 2011.

               General Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits,
said "The Post 9/11 GI Bill is incredibly important because it reduces
the financial burdens of higher education so that Veterans have an
opportunity to achieve their education goals.  VA believes it is
important for Veterans to be aware of changes to the GI Bill this year
and learn more about how these changes may affect them."

               "It's hard to believe how far we have all come with the
Post-9/11 GI Bill the past two years," stated General Hickey. "Today,
more than 537,000 students have received over $11.5 billion in GI Bill
benefits to help them take charge of their future."

               Upcoming changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill effective
August 1, 2011 include paying the actual net cost of all public in-state
tuition and fees, rather than basing payments upon the highest in-state
tuition and fee rates for every state; capping private and foreign
tuition at $17,500 per academic year; and ending payments during certain
school breaks, to preserve Veterans' entitlement for future academic
semesters.  Also, certain students attending private schools in select
states can now continue to receive benefits at the same rate payable
during the previous academic year.

1st Zone Picnic - Saturday August 6th, 2011


The 3rd annual 1st Zone picnic is coming up soon on Saturday August 6th. It will be held at Taylor post 200, 11800 Michael St, Taylor, MI 48180 starting at noon until we run out of food. This year there will be a band playing great music from the past and present. I hope all legion family members will come out and show your support for the 1st Zone family. There is a $2.00 entrance fee due to the lack of donations this year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the squadrons in the 16th district for their donations. You can get ahold of Alex Germany or Archie Chapel for ticket information. Thank you also to the picnic committee for their hard work for keeping the picnic going.

See you there,
Jeremy Bell 
1st Zone Commander


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, August 3, 2011

DOD Press Release Aug 2, 2011 Vietnam War MIA idenfied and returned


The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Chief Warrant Officer George A. Howes, of KnoxInd., will be buried Aug. 5 in Arlington National Cemetery.  On Jan. 10, 1970, Howes and three aircrew members were returning to their base at Chu Lai, South Vietnam aboard a UH-1C Huey helicopter. Due to bad weather, their helicopter went down over Quang Nam Province, Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.).  A search was initiated for the crew, but no sign of the helicopter or crew was spotted. 
In 1989, the S.R.V. gave to U.S. specialists 25 boxes that reportedly contained the remains of U.S. servicemen related to this incident.  Later that year, additional remains and a military identification tag from one of the other missing servicemen were obtained from a Vietnamese refugee.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The DoD Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) is re-evaluating ..


The DoD Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) is re-evaluating Medical Evaluation Board (MEB) and Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) disability ratings for some Veterans medically separated between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2009, to ensure a correct disability retirement determination was made. Veterans who received a combined disability rating of 20 percent or less and were not found eligible for retirement can apply to have their MEB/PEB disability rating reviewed for fairness, consistency, and accuracy. Former reserve members with greater than 20 years of total federal military service but fewer than 20 years of active duty, who meet the above criteria, are also eligible to apply. Learn more about the PDBR and how to apply. Questions on the PDBR can be sent to PDBRPA@afncr.af.mil.

The DOD Physical Disability Board of Review’s web address is http://www.health.mil/About_MHS/Organizations/MHS_Offices_and_Programs/PDBR.aspx

The Board’s postal address is
PDBR intake unit
SAF/MRBR

550 C Street West

Suite 41

Randolph AFB, Texas 78150-4743

The form for application to the Board can be found at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/infomgt/forms/eforms/dd0294.pdf

American Veteran Traveling Tribute comes to Cadillac Michigan

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will be stopping in Cadillac, Michigan this weekend.


http://www.avtt.org/events/2011/cadillacMI.html

Notes for local members:


Post 94 Cadillac - WE are bringing the VIETNAM TRAVELING WALL TRIBUTE to CADILLAC on
AUG 3rd 2011 the ESCORT will begin @ the Burger KING/ Marathon in REED CITY @ 1:00 then proceed up US 131 to CADILLAC, the TRIBUTE will OPEN AUG 4th THRU THE 7th in the  CITY PARK , IF anyone needs brochures ?maps or info. they can E-MAIL me sodaredpopguy@yahoo.com or call POST 94 at 231-775-6500


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.