Sunday, November 27, 2011

Wounded Warrior Retreat Project


The American Legion Department of Michigan Wounded Warrior Retreat Project 

By Gary Tanner, Reconnect Committee Chairman

The Department of Michigan Reconnect Committee in cooperation with ACO Hardware of Michigan, the Michigan Psychological Association Foundation and the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau has launched another new and innovative program to better serve Michigan’s veterans, service members and their families.  

The Michigan Wounded Warrior Retreat program is designed to provide Wounded and returning Warriors and their families with a relaxing weekend away to help relieve some of the stress associated with Combat injuries.  It can be extremely difficult coping with such injuries and the new normal that these families are forced to deal with.  The Michigan Wounded Warrior Retreat program will provide a pleasant distraction and some critical family bonding time in a peaceful and relaxing Northern Michigan setting.  We are very fortunate that one of Michigan’s most beautiful locations…Mackinac Island has agreed to join us in honoring these great Men and Women who have given up so much for each of us by defending Justice Freedom and Democracy around the world.   
Like the American Legion Department of Michigan, ACO is firmly committed to supporting our veterans, our military and our communities.  For the past two years, ACO Hardware stores throughout the state have collected monetary donations from their customers from mid-May until the Fourth of July weekend in support of the Department of Michigan Reconnect Committee’s Wounded Warrior Retreat project resulting in a total of $40,000.00 donation.  The Reconnect Committee contacted the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau with a proposal to offer our wounded warriors and their families a discounted package on the island to allow these families time to relax and spend some all important quality time together.  Mackinac Island not only consented, but they offered the American Legion Department of Michigan two 2-night stays with all meals included at either the Murray Hotel or The Inn on Mackinac each month.  All monetary donations to this program will be used to take care of all associated costs with these retreats as well as to conduct Veteran and Caregiver retreats in conjunction with community educational presentations about the recognition, symptoms and successful treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury, (TBI), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD). 
Mackinac Island in conjunction with the Department of Michigan’s newly acquired Trout Lake property and the donations collected by ACO Hardware should provide a great addition to Michigan’s commitment to serving our Veterans and their families.  We look forward to additional resort locations consenting to support this project by partnering with the American Legion to provide complimentary or low cost packages to our returning warriors and their families.

The Michigan Psychological Association Foundation has partnered with the American Legion Dept. of Michigan to provide critical services to our Wounded Veterans, Service Members and their families during the Veteran Retreats, Caregiver Retreats and educational seminars all designed to help these families cope with the added difficulties of living with physical and emotional Combat related wounds.  

The Reconnect Committee has continued to work closely with other Department of Michigan Committees such as Heroes to Hometowns, Public Relations, V.A. & R. and our State Service Officers in order to facilitate the quickest and most comprehensive care possible for our returning warriors.

Gary Tanner
Chairman
Dept. Reconnect Committee
The American Legion Department of 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.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Attend Legion Leadership College - Michigan

LEADERSHIP COLLEGE - COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU


December 2, 2011 Zone 5   Post 144, 115 N. Front St., L'Anse, MI 49946 
December 3, 2011 Zone 5  Post 71, 802 Delta Ave. Gladstone MI 49837 
December 4, 2011 Zone 5  Post 74, 7964 State Hwy M-123, Newberry, MI 49868 
January 14, 2012 Zone 4  Post 165, 5111 Hedgewood Dr, Midland MI 48640 
January 15, 2012 Zone 4  Post 458, (Eagles Aerier 1825) 515 S. Wisconsin,  
     Gaylord, MI 49734 
January 28, 2012 Zone 3  Post 149, 408 S. Saginaw St, Holly, MI 48442

Calling all Michigan Legion, Auxiliary, and SAL Leaders and Future Leaders!
  • Would you like to know more about the proper procedures for running a meeting? 
  • How about things you can do to make your meeting run smoother and shorter?  
  • Want to learn about the latest technology like MyLegion.org? 
  • Maybe you want to better understand online membership renewal?

            If any of those ideas interest you then you need to attend Michigan Leadership College!

            Along with all those things we will also cover use of Public Relations, How to Write a Resolution, Legion Programs, Post Development & Revitalization, Duties of Office and more!
            
            The Auxiliary and SAL provide knowledgeable leaders to explain the difference and similarities in our programs and answer questions on Auxiliary and SAL!
           
REGISTER TODAY!!!!

            Lunch is even on us! So come on out and spend a day learning how you can help your posts, units & squadrons!



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, November 24, 2011

MI Legion Gear - Gift Ideas for your Legionnaire

"Tis the season for holiday gift giving......


Give your Michigan Legionnaire a gift so they can "show their pride"

MI Legion Gear Order Form



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.

Celebrating With Thanksgiving


Chaplain
Eddie W. Brown, State Chaplain

“Celebrate with Thanksgiving”
    
            The holidays, or Holy Days as I like to call them, are fast approaching.  This is a special time of year and most religions have various celebrations during the next few months.  Many of us still working receive a few days off to celebrate with our families these special days of historical and/or religious significance.   During these events we need to remember the reason for the season.  We need to take time out of celebrations to honor God.  Psalm 69:30 says “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.”
            Thanksgiving needs to be more than football Thursday.  We need to take time to explain to our children why we are celebrating.  It sounds a little hokey but we really do need to repeat the stories of long ago.  Our children need to understand them and be able to carry on the traditions in years to come.  And, we need to include God in our celebration.  I like it when we go around the table and mention something we are thankful for.  And I do have so much for which I am thankful including a loving wife and family (have you seen the pictures of our granddaughter yet).    And when we go around the table it gives us another chance to tell someone that you love thanks for being in my life.  Hopefully we show our love in many ways every day, but it is still nice to say now and then. 
            Of course we have Christmas coming up as well.  For Christians this is one of the most significant events that we celebrate.  But for all of us, we should take the time to thank God for coming into our world and lives, regardless of your faith.  Although I have said it before I want to remind you that there are those among us that do not have family to share these days with.  Sometimes the Legion is about all the family they have.  So let’s be aware of those around of and find ways to include them. 
            And then, let’s celebrate and make a joyful noise.  Someone once said about me, when I get religion I want it to be like Eddie.  It was a great compliment because I do love to celebrate.  I want people to see the joy in my life and like being around me.  I want them to share in the love that God has given me and see the goodwill I have toward man and that it can be fun as well.  So give the right importance to the event, thank God and then celebrate His goodness.  Nehemiah 12:27-43:  At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. The musicians also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem…The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.”  God Bless You All.  Chaplin Eddie


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, November 22, 2011

Welcome Women Legionnaires


The changing face of the Legion
By: Wanda Torres
    Have you been noticing lately that the World around us is changing?  Our Communities are larger, our technologies are faster and very diverse.  Our wounds and our wounded are also very different.  We wear many new and different faces these days.
    Our American Legion is the largest Veteran’s Service Organization in America and I have always believed it is the best.  However, it will only remain the best if we all step up and do our part to keep Our Organization taking the steps needed to be the best.
    In past generations there were so many things happening to our service men and women that we did not understand.  Often, they would return home and have no idea how to deal with their physical and emotional pain.  If they were in a loving Community they may have found various ways to cope and continue on as a positive member of their Community.  Many self medicated and lost themselves in a bottle of booze, etc.
    Today we understand so much more, PTSD, physical and emotional wounds.  We want to be on the front lines here at home, welcoming our Comrades Home and helping in as many ways as we possibly can.
    No longer is the American Legion a good Ole boys club.  Many of the faces among us are now women.  Women who have served their country with valor and heroism.  These women are stepping up to continue serving their Comrades in the American Legion.  We need to Welcome them and join with them in putting forth all efforts needed for this American Legion to continue as the largest and best Veteran Service Organization in America.
    Negative behavior and sexist comments toward our female comrades put an ugly scar on our organization.  Let us at all times show respect, speak with honor and dignity and lift each other up.  This is the American Legion that we can all be Proud of! By doing what is right but honorable, we will see our Legion continue to grow and be the arm of care and encouragement to our service men and women, as well as their families.
    I am proud to be an American, I am proud to be a Legionnaire.

In Service To God, Our Veterans and Country
Your Fellow Legionnaire


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.

US CONGRESS FAILS VETERANS


MEMO TO:    Patrick Lafferty
DATE:            November 22, 2011
SUBJECT:       Supercommittee Task Force Update 4
FROM:           Tim Tetz, Legislative Director

Fellow Legionnaires –

As you learned yesterday, the Supercommittee has failed.  Late yesterday they gave up and announced their inability to come to a consensus on the $1.2 trillion in cuts.  As you recall, this failure was contrary to our message on the hill just three weeks ago.  The blaming has begun between the two parties, but in the end, everyone, no matter the party, no matter their status on the committee, no matter their elected position, failed.

We should not walk away in shame or accept blame for our efforts.  We did our best to bring a message of balanced approach to the Committee members and Congressional leadership.  We have lost this battle, but the fight has only just begun.  It will now be incumbent upon all of us to work to make certain that the process of sequestration within VA, DoD, and other agencies affects veterans as minutely as possible.  It will be a long drawn out conflict, taking the efforts of our membership for years to come.

I remain confident that we will prevail.  Our message is strong.  Our talking points are accurate.  The public opinion is on our side.  In the end, we shall prevail.

I thank you all for your efforts, your time, and your passion.  I look forward to continuing to advocate on behalf of The American Legion and our nations veterans and military.

-Tim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Legion scolds supercommittee

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fly a Flag for a Vet

The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan and Lansing Area Flagstar Banks Team up to support Veterans.


"Fly-a-Flag for a Vet" runs from November 1-November 23rd, 2011 in Lansing area Flagstar Banks.


East Lansing, Okemos, West Saginaw, Cedar Street, Grand Ledge branches.


Visit a participating branch and donate $1 and sign your name to a Fly a Flag card that will be displayed in the bank.  Donations go to support the Veteran Services  programs of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Michigan.


Don't live in the Lansing Area, but want to Fly a Flag, send a check to ALA of Michigan, in the memo line write Fly a Flag.  We will fly it here in the headquarters.


Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Reappointments made to Barrier Free Design Board


Reappointments made to Barrier Free Design Board
Monday, Nov. 14, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today reappointed Roger Donaldson of Holt, Karla Hudson of East Lansing and Brett Holt of Saginaw to the Barrier Free Design Board.

The board reviews, processes or recommends barrier-free design rules. It also oversees any exceptions to the rules and appropriate equivalent alternatives.

"These individuals have done a great job contributing to the board and will continue to ensure Michigan's buildings and infrastructure are safe and accessible to all our citizens," Snyder said.

Donaldson is an architect and owner of Roger L. Donaldson AIA, P.L.C., which provides accessible designs and works with individuals with disabilities to develope a better understanding of their needs. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA of Michigan, LEED Accredited Professionals, the Association of Licensed Architects, Construction Specifiers Institute, and the International Code Council.  Donaldson earned both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in architecture from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He will represent architects.

Hudson previously worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Michigan Commission for the Blind at the former Michigan Family Independence Agency. She was a participant in the Michigan National Agenda for the Visually Impaired. Hudson earned a bachelor's degree in individual and family relations from Western Michigan University and a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Michigan State University. She will represent the visually impaired.

Holt is the owner of Assistive Hearing Technologies. He is a member of the American Legion National Veterans Affairs Commission, is an American Legion Department of Michigan Americans with Disabilities Act advisor and Leadership College chairman. Holt also serves as an 8th district judge advocate and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He attended Texas A & M University and Delta College. Holt will represent the hearing impaired.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Oct. 31, 2014, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
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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, November 8, 2011

Thank You to our women veterans

HAPPY VETERANS DAY


Women Veterans: Tradition, Service, Pride from Skip and Robin Coblyn on Vimeo.


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.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Veteran Benefits Seminar in Southgate Michigan November 16th, 2011

Veteran's and Families Informational Seminar


Great Lakes National Cemetery Director Richard Anderson will be at VFW Post 9283, 16200 Dix-Toledo, Southgate, MI - November 16th, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Learn about the eligibility and requirements to receive veteran burial benefits. A veteran service officer will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on other VA benefit questions.

Open to Veteran's, veteran spouses, families, and caregivers of veterans. Please RSVP  irishshalew@aol.com

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Michigan Basketball Honor's Veterans November 11th, 2011-Ticket's 4 for $11


ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department will honor America's past and present military men and women on Friday November 11th, 2011 The Athletic Department will also honor our nation's servicemen and women during the Men’s Basketball game against Ferris State on Friday, November 11. All current and former Military members are eligible to receive a discounted rate of 4 tickets for $11.  Additionally, the Men’s Basketball team will be hosting its 3rd Annual Care Package Drive in conjunction with the University of Michigan Student Veterans Association.  Donations can be dropped off at Crisler Arena in the concourse near Gate E, Gate A or Gate B.

Preferred donation items include:

1.  Black/White socks
2.  Deodorant
3.  Men’s boxers/briefs and undershirts (all sizes)
4.  Gum
5.  Protein bars
6.  Canned chicken/tuna and ramen noodles
7.  Hand-written letters
8.  Hot Chocolate Mix
9.  Magazines (non-pornographic)
10. Granola Bars
11. Dried Fruit/Chex Mix
12. Baby Wipes
13. Chapstick
14. Batteries
15. Crossword puzzle/Word search books
16. Gas Cards (for vets moving to and from VA hospital)
17. $5-$10 Gift Cards to Restaurants, Target, Walmart, Meijer, etc (for homeless vets)
18. Snack kits for homeless vets (put in a Ziploc bag)
                -Roll of lifesavers (or other hard candy – non melting)
                -Granola bar, Rice Krispies bar, etc
                -Plastic utensils (knife, fork, spoon with napkin)
                -Ritz Snack Mix, trail mix, etc
                -Easy open can of tuna or other canned meat
To order your tickets
Instructions for Promotional Code:
1)      Visit www.MGoBlue.com/tickets
2)      On the left side---4th Tab Down--- click on the “Promotions” tab
3)      Enter:  UM4VETS
4)      Then fill out your ticket

For more information on any of the above events contact Ryan Duey at (734) 615-2025 or Angela Thick at (734) 647-0729.  


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.