Friday, October 28, 2011

Michigan Boys State Graduate Speaks about the Program

Boys State can change your life.  In 2011 Mike Ginocchio from Grand Haven, Michigan.  He was voted to represent the state of Michigan at Boys Nation 2011.


To learn more about our 75th year of Boys State 2012 visit www.michiganlegion.org/boysstate

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.

Delegation of Michigan Legionnaires head to Washington D.C.


LANSING, MICHIGAN, OCT. 27, 2011 – A delegation of American Legion Department of Michigan Legionnaires are heading to Washington, D.C. in hopes of meeting with Michigan Congressman Dave Camp (R- 4th District) and Congressman Fred Upton (R-6th District) on Wednesday November 2nd, 2011.  Congressman Camp and Congressman Upton are members of the budget super-committee; the American Legion opposes deep cuts to the Department of Defense or Veterans Administrations budget.

 “After 10 years of war and current military obligations America’s military readiness, equipment and the care of our veterans should be a priority to the Congress to maintain, not cut. Our service members are at war and need the equipment they have to be working properly.  Our veterans deserve better then a 14 month back log on compensation and pension claims currently at the Detroit Regional Office” says Patrick Lafferty, the Michigan Legion Department Adjutant

The Michigan delegation consists of Al Ford –Past Department Commander, John Skinner – Past Department Commander, Patrick Lafferty, Department Adjutant, and Doug Williams, Department Legislative Chairman.  The delegation will be a part of the 42 other Legionnaires summoned to Washington, D.C. by National Commander Fang Wong in hopes of meeting with the entire committee on November 2nd, 2011.


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.

Legislative Chairman Doug Williams Speaks on the Tony Conley Show AM 1320 WILS

LANSING, MICHIGAN, Oct 17th, 2011 -- American Legion Department of Michigan Legislative Chairman Doug Williams spoke with Tony Conley on AM 1320 WILS in Lansing.  They discussed the up coming trip to Washington D.C. and the delegation going next week to speak with Congressman Camp and Congress Upton.  The congressmen are members of the "Super-Committee" and the Legion is heading the to fight any budget cuts to our military and veterans administration budgets.  This interview is in 2 parts.

Doug Williams Interview part 1
Doug Williams interview part 2

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.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Legionnaire Lavern Spolarich stops by Department with a gift

Lansing, Michigan- Legionnaire Lavern Spolarich stopped by the Michigan Legion headquarters today to present a Bradford Exchange "We Will Never Forget" 9/11 Commemorative Sculpture to Department Commander Dick Chatman.



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, October 24, 2011

Richard Morrison Higgins Lake Veterans Advocacy & Post Service Officer Training


Annual Training is named

VA&R Director, James Topps, opened the annual Post Service Officer training at Higgins Lake with an announcement and presentation. Richard M. Morrison, a WWII U.S. Marine, who spent his time island hopping during the war, including landing on Iwo Jima.  Mr. Morrison spent 26 years as a Department Veteran Service Officer, advocating for veteran benefits.  From this day forward the training will be officially known as the “Richard Morrison Higgins Lake Veterans Advocacy & Post Service Officer Training”

If you are in need of help with your VA paperwork or to make a claim contact our Veteran Services Team 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.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Reconnecting with Our Veterans


Reconnect Committee?  What’s that?           
 It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are! 

The Reconnect Committee is constantly working to provide timely assistance to our Veterans, our Military Service Members and their Families.  A brief listing of the services we provide might include:

  • Providing Emergency Temporary Financial Assistance to our veterans and active military to  prevent eviction or losing their home or car
  • Attending National Guard Yellow Ribbon Pre-Deployment and Reintegration Workshops to educate our National Guard families about the many ways the American Legion can assist them.
  • Our committee members and volunteers drive thousands of miles each year transporting the Elmobility Room to Michigan’s Guard and Reserve units throughout the state.  The Elmobility Room provides their children with a safe, educational and fun environment to play during various Special Events Family Readiness Group meetings, Deployment Cycle briefings.

In cooperation with ACO Hardware:
  • Collected and shipped three tons of sporting good to our troops overseas in Iraq.
  • Established the Patriot Fund, (A permanent endowment fund to veterans of all Eras)
  • Established the American Legion Department of Michigan’s Wounded Warrior Retreat program which sends returning veterans and their families on all expenses paid respite weekends to locations such as our own Wilwin Lodge and Mackinac Island.  This program has grown to include partnerships with the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau and The Michigan Psychological Association Foundation.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quilting for Our Service members


Since November 16, 2005, with the help of the American Legion Post 550, Onsted, Michigan, the St. Mark’s Sew-Caring Quilters have made over 1000 quilts for our U.S. Military. These quilts have been shipped to hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan where they are used to help comfort our wounded service members while they are transported from an in country hospital to another hospital somewhere in Europe. To date, they have received 27 letters expressing the heartfelt gratitude of our soldiers and families. The group has also received a letter of acknowledgement from President Bush and a beautiful crystal angel from the Soldiers Angels group. Pictured above are 7 of the 17 ladies from the quilter group holding the 1000th quilt. Also pictured with the ladies is Post 550 Commander Michael McNally. Mike has ironed each and every one of these quilts.




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.

6th Annual Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Day Parade Nov 5th, 2011


2011 Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Day Parade
Saturday November 5th, 2011

Staging @ 0800, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 19, Woodward, at Temple St (just north of the Fox Theater. A 30-45 pre-parade ceremony. Step-off at 1000, southbound on Woodward to Hart Plaza. Saturday, November 5, 2011 (This is so as not to interfere with any actual November 11 ceremonies).
This is a parade of veterans, by veterans, and for veterans

Come out and Support the Parade... Legion Posts and Veterans Groups are encouraged to enter a group or display.  Contact John Williams, American Legion Post # 253, Royal Oak (248) 569-0824



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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Legion Baseball enforces rule adherence | The American Legion | Veterans Serving Veterans

Legion Baseball enforces rule adherence | The American Legion | Veterans Serving Veterans 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, October 3, 2011

Metro Detroit centers part of pilot project to treat brain-injured vets | Crain's Detroit Business

Metro Detroit centers part of pilot project to treat brain-injured vets | Crain's Detroit Business 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.