Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday At The VA Detroit Job Fair..

Monday morning, activity is controlled chaos at Cobo Center.  Workers are rushing around getting things done for the start of tomorrows VA Job Fair.  24,000 jobs are currently available from the companies who will be present.  Make sure you pre-register with your resume, you just might show up and be asked for an interview.

Visit the American Legion Department of Michigan booth, #10726  Over by the Mobile Vet Center.

Reporting from Detroit, Mark Sutton, PR Director, Michigan Legion.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Detroit Veteran Hiring Fair Employers Have Need for IT Specialists and Engineers Nationwide


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Detroit Veteran Hiring Fair Employers Have Need for IT Specialists and Engineers Nationwide

Employers Include Chrysler, Dell, Jorge Scientific and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2012) – The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to register public and private sector employers with open positions for its upcoming Veteran Hiring Fair, June 26-28 at Detroit’s Cobo Center. The event is free for Veterans and employers due to a sponsorship from VA for Vets(http://vaforvets.va.gov), VA’s flagship program setting new standards in Veteran employment for the public and private sectors.

“Veterans bring many leadership qualities to the workplace.  Many also have the high-tech skills needed to excel in these cutting-edge, technical environments,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.  “Employers are offering thousands of jobs in Michigan and across the country.  I strongly encourage Veterans to go to our website, speak with a coach and apply for these jobs now.”

A number of participating employers are looking to hire engineers nationwide. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is hiring for mechanical, electrical and computer engineering positions in Michigan and Virginia.  Jorge Scientific Corporation is looking to fill Information Technology Specialist positions in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Louisiana.

Veterans are encouraged to visit http://VAforVets.VA.gov/Detroit now and apply for these positions.  Qualified Veterans will be contacted directly by employers to schedule interviews.  Veterans may also sign up to work with certified career coaches on the website to fine-tune or develop resumes and prepare for interviews.

VA is hosting three major events at Detroit’s Cobo Center June 26-29:  The VA for Vets Hiring Fair, the Veteran Open House will be open to Veterans June 26-28, and the National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo will run from June 26-29.  The events are expected to attract thousands of Veterans, business owners and federal employees, with an economic impact estimated at $11 million for the city.

More than 24,000 federal and private-sector job openings across the country will be available at the free Veteran Hiring Fair June 26-28.  Approximately 4,000 of those jobs will be in the local area, with 3,000 in the private sector and 1,000 in the public sector.  VA will bring together partners like the First Lady’s Joining Forces initiative and Hiring Our Heroes, along with private sector companies, during the fair. 

Not only will the fair provide Veterans an opportunity to showcase their skills to potential employers, it will also assist Veterans with resume preparation, interview techniques and career coaching.  

VA hosted a similar event Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C., which attracted over 4,100 Veterans and resulted in more than 2,600 on-the-spot interviews and over 500 tentative job offers.

The Open House gives Veterans and their families the chance to find out about the wide range of financial and health care benefits, services and resources that are available from federal, state and community agencies. Veterans can conveniently enroll in VA care, sign up for MyHealtheVet, and get their questions answered face to face.

The National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is the premier government event for Veteran-owned businesses.  Last year’s conference in New Orleans drew almost 5,000 attendees, and more than 6,000 participants are expected this year.  VA will provide Veteran-owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned businesses with a wide range of information to help them maximize opportunities in the federal workplace.

Known historically as the world’s capital for the transportation industry, the Detroit metro area is reinventing itself with six booming industries: medical research, defense, entertainment, green tech, urban farming, and aeronautics.  About 330,000 Veterans are served by the city’s VA medical center, and more than 704,000 Veterans live in Michigan.

VA invites all interested persons and businesses to attend.  More information about the small business conference is available at www.nationalveteransconference.com. Information and registration for the hiring fair is available at www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit.

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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, June 19, 2012

VA Provides Veterans Instant Access to Records with eBenefits during Detroit VA for Vets Hiring Fair




VA Provides Veterans Instant Access to Records with
eBenefits during Detroit VA for Vets Hiring Fair
WASHINGTON (June 18, 2012)  – Veterans needing important military documents for job applications will be able to instantly obtain them while at the Detroit VA for Vets Hiring Fair through the joint Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) online portal, eBenefits.

VA will have personnel available at the hiring fair to help Veterans and Servicemembers register for a free premium eBenefits account and print documents that often accompany a federal job application, such as military discharge records and VA-generated letters, like civil service preference letters.

“Having the correct documents in hand when applying for federal careers can be the difference between getting an offer and not getting an interview,” said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey. “eBenefits.gov ensures every Veteran and Servicemember has instant access to these important documents and can put their best foot forward.”

VA is hosting three major events at Detroit’s Cobo Center June 26-29:  The VA for Vets Hiring Fair, the Veteran Open House, and the National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo.   The events are expected to attract thousands of Veterans, business owners and federal employees, with an economic impact estimated at $11 million for the city.

More than 22,000 federal, and private-sector job openings across the country will be available at the free Veteran Hiring Fair June 26-28. VA will bring together partners like the First Lady’s “Joining Forces” initiative and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with private sector companies, during the fair.  Not only will the fair provide Veterans an opportunity to showcase their skills to potential employers, it will also assist Veterans with resume preparation, interview techniques and career coaching.  VA hosted a similar event Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C., which attracted over 4,100 Veterans and resulted in over 2,600 on-the-spot interviews and more than 500 tentative job offers.

The open house gives Veterans and their families the chance to find out about the wide range of financial and health-care benefits, services and resources that are available from federal, state and community agencies. Veterans can conveniently enroll in VA care, sign up for eBenefits and MyHealtheVet, and get their questions answered face to face.

The National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is the premier government event for Veteran-owned businesses.   Last year’s conference in New Orleans drew almost 5,000 attendees, and more than 6,000 participants are expected this year.  VA will provide Veteran-owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned businesses with a wide range of information to help them maximize opportunities in the federal workplace.

Known historically as the world’s capital for the transportation industry, the Detroit metro area is reinventing itself with six booming industries: medical research, defense, entertainment, green tech, urban farming, and aeronautics.  About 330,000 Veterans are served by the city’s VA medical center, and more than 704,000 Veterans live in Michigan.

VA invites all interested persons and businesses to attend.  More information about the small business conference is available at www.nationalveteransconference.com. Information and registration for the hiring fair is available at www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit. The eBenefits portal is available at www.ebenefits.va.gov.



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, June 18, 2012

Michigan Legion Boys State Opens the 75th Delegation


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Michigan Legion Boys State Opens the 75th Delegation

(MIDLAND, MI)-  Sunday June 17th, 2012 marked the 75th opening of The American Legion Department of Michigan Boys State program.  Over 260 high school juniors will spend 1 week at Northwood University in Midland, learning about the government process, by doing.  From holding political conventions, holding primaries, and campaigning for offices from city attorneys to State Governor.  Once elections are held and winners determined they will begin running their cities, counties, and state.  Lifelong friendships will be established and an interest in various careers will be established.
            Mike Ginocchio spoke at the opening ceremony; he expressed the difference having Boys State on his College application made in his acceptance at Norte Dame University.  He explained that the school said that his grades were like everyone else’s who applied, so were many of his accomplishments during high school, but what set him apart was his participation in Boys State.  Mike was one of 2 boys who represented Michigan at Boys Nation in 2011.  Boys State gave Mike more interest in studying law.
To follow the activities of Boys State you can find on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MIBoysState or on Twitter at @MiBoysSt.
 For more information on The Michigan Legion’s Boys State program, contact Deanna Clark, program administrator at 517-371-4720 ext 11, email programs@michiganlegion.org, or 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.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

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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.

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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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Deadline extended for The Michigan Legion’s Boys State Enroll ment


Deadline extended for The Michigan Legion’s Boys State Enroll ment

(LANSING)  (June 5, 2012)  -- The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, is inviting all members of Michigan to join them in sponsoring young men to attend The Michigan Legion’s Boys State this summer in Midland, Michigan
“These young men are the future leaders of America,” said Richard Chatman, State Commander,    “We are seeking boys with outstanding qualifications in character and leadership to attend one of the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction ever designed for high school students.”
High school juniors are selected in early spring by local American Legion posts to attend the program, which will be held at Northwood University from June 17th – 23rd, 2012
“It is a participatory program where each young man becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government,” said Chatman
In most cases, a sponsoring American Legion post, a local business, another community-based organization, or family member pays expenses associated with attending this program.
“I encourage the entire community – and in particular high school counselors, community leaders and business owners – to submit their recommendations for candidates to attend The American Legion Boys State program,” said Chatman.

The training at The Michigan Legion Boys State is objective and practical with city,
county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

”The Michigan Legion’s Boys State program is a unique way for young men to learn about the American system of government by taking part in a mock governmental system,” said Chatman. 
Michigan Legion Boys State has been providing this hand’s on education opportunity since 1938.
The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a similar program for young ladies called Girls State.
Registration has been extended until 5 p.m. June 13th, 2012
For more information on The Michigan Legion’s Boys State program, contact Deanna Clark, program administrator at 517-371-4720 ext 11, email programs@michiganlegion.org, or 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.

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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.