Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Michigan Legion Donates Classroom Flags to Detroit School

The American Legion Department of Michigan today donated 36 flags to the Bennett Elementary School in Southwest Detroit for the class rooms.  The school suffered a fire several years ago and their flags were destroyed.  Due to a lack of funding, a member of the school contacted Doug Williams, the Michigan Legion Legislative Director, after seeing an article about a bill signed into law for having flags made in the USA in government buildings.  The principle explained they are committed to teaching flag etiquette to all children in the school and the pledge is the most important part.

The American Legion Emblem sales has a special class room flag, they were ordered and presented to the school's summer time program.  We look forward to helping other schools put flags in the classroom.

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, July 5, 2012

Somerville to sponsor town hall for veterans


Somerville to sponsor town hall for veterans

State Rep. Pat Somerville will sponsor a town hall next week to discuss issues affecting

military veterans and their families.

The town hall takes place Monday, July 9, from 10 am until noon at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7310, located at 8840 Macomb St. in Gosse Ile. Joining Somerville at the town hall will be Jason Allen, Senior Deputy Director for Veterans Affairs at the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

"We owe our veterans and their families so much for the sacrifices they've made in defense of our nation and our way of life," said Somerville, R-New Boston. "As an elected official, it's my job to serve those who have served us with such distinction, and it's an honor to get a chance to hear from them and help them." Somerville and Allen will discuss legislation and other issues affecting veterans and those currently serving. All veterans, servicmemembers and their families are invited to attend. 
For additional information, residents can contact Somerville's office toll free at (866) 725-2929 or at patsomerville@house.mi.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.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Legionnaire Beverly List Receives 2012 State Legionnaire of the Year Award


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Northville Legionnaire Receives 2012 State Legionnaire of the Year Award

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, June 28, 2012 --  At the 94th State Convention held in Kalamazoo this past weekend, State Commander Richard Chatman presented Beverly Jo List of Northville the 2012 Legionnaire of the Year Award. 

Her daily life epitomizes the intent of the Four Pillars of the American Legion. Whether the call to action is for troop support, veterans’ service, membership, youth programs, national security, or patriotism, The American Legion, Department of Michigan, and her community can always rely on her selfless, humble response.

Beverly Jo List is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and current life member of American Legion Post 147 in Northville.  She is the executive assistant for the CEO of Rock Companies, part of the Quicken Loans family of businesses.  She has served as a service officer at a Post and District level; assisting veterans receive the benefits they have earned from the VA, for many years.

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 veterans 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 an 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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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The American Legion Department of Michigan elects New State Commander



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The American Legion Department of Michigan elects New State Commander

LANSING - Delegates to Michigan’s 94th State convention elected Tom Brown of American Legion Post 274 in Oscoda, Michigan as the 2012 – 2013 State Commander for The American Legion Department of Michigan Sunday July 1st, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Commander Brown earned his eligibility for the American Legion through his service in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1985. Mr. Brown retired from the United States Air Force with over 20 years of service. After working for Lockheed Corporation as a supervisor for 2 years he went to work for the United States Postal Service.  He retired from The Postal Service after over 22 years.  He has been married to Rysta, who is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, for 31 years.  He has 3 sons, Abraham, Justin and Benjamin who are all members of the Sons of the American Legion.  Tom is member of the Sons of the American Legion, the 40 & 8 and a Life member of the Disabled American Veterans.  He is a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Commander Brown is a 29 year Honorary Life member of Loud-Merkel-LaPlante Post 274 in Oscoda Michigan.  He has held every office in the Post, including Commander for four terms.  He has held office of the District, State and National levels of 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.

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