Friday, January 11, 2013

Need Direction for Your Legion Post?

Don't Miss the Upcoming Legion College and other Learning Opportunities

West side Legionnaires come attend the Leadership College at the Paw Paw Post 68 on Jan 26th.

South East Michigan Legionnaires head to Southgate Post 478 for Leadership College Feb 9th, 2013

ALL Legionnaires come to the Winter Meeting in Flint Michigan.  We will have "Post Development & Membership" Training, Children and Youth Program training and a Leadership College Saturday Feb 16th, 2013.

Register for Leadership College

Register for LEAD Training

Register for Winter Meeting

Don't miss it, learn how to take your Post to the next level.



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.

We Are Looking For Military Police Veterans


The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) is in the process of creating a police academy in the State of Michigan just for Military Police or equivalent.  The academy takes into consideration the training the service member or veteran has received in the military.  The program will be a 240 hour program; this condenses the normal academy program by 2/3’s.

Who is eligible?

  •     Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard service members preparing to transition in to civilian life, or are veterans of those branches
  •   Have performed as a military police officer for a minimum of 2080 hours in specified law enforcement occupational specialties (MOS); 
  •      Satisfactorily completed military police training at a federal service school;
  •       Honorable discharge; or currently serving
  •       Have discounted employment for no more than 5 years before the start of the program
  •       Must meet all MCOLES pre-employment standards, which includes passing the physical fitness exam and the reading/writing examination

When will the academy be run?

·         Currently MCOLES is seeking an approved academy to begin late summer of 2013 or fall of 2013.
This program is open to service members and veterans, who meet the eligibility, around the United States who are seeking certification as a law enforcement officer.  Michigan residence is not required.
For more information contact Ms. Joyce Nelson at 517-636-0699, email nelsonj20@michigan.gov or Mr. Wayne Carlson at 517-322-5614, email carlsonw1@michigan.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.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

SAVING LADY LIBERTY


Saving Lady Liberty on Mackinac Island....

On May 28th, 1950 the Statue of Liberty replica was dedicated on Mackinac Island.  This replica was 1 of 200 placed in 39 states around the country.  The idea of Boys Scouts of America in Kansas City, Jack Whitaker, Scout Commissioner at the time, called the crusade to “Strengthen the Arm of Liberty”.  No one knows why the Island was chosen, although speculation is because of the work the Scouts performed at Fort Mackinac.

For 62 years Lady Liberty has stood tall in the high winds, rain, deep snows, and all of Mother Nature’s fury, the weather has taken its toll.  Her seams are cracking, the spikes on her crown have worn off, her color has faded, and she has suffered dings and dents over the years.

As part of the Mackinac Island community and as an Americanism project for the Post we decided to help bring back the glory of the islands Lady Liberty.  The project is well on its way; she has been carefully removed from the island and sent to the city of Detroit for restoration.  Upon her return in 2013, when our fund raising efforts have been completed we wish to move the statue to a more prominent location on the island for all to see. 

The Statue of Liberty in New York harbor is the symbol of freedom and opportunity.  Immigrants who came from the “Old World” saw the torch as a light to a new world, a new life.  Doughboys of WW1 and service members from WWII returning from Europe on ships say it as being home.  Seeing images of Lady Liberty reminds us of “Freedom and Opportunity” and promotes 100% Americanism.

We are in the process of raising $61,000 for the project and would ask if you would donate to help in this endeavor.   Please send your donation to American Legion Post 299, PO Box 1518, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Attn: Liberty Project


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.

Reminder Job Fair in Grand Rapids, MI Jan 24th, 2013


Grand Rapids, MI

Date Event: January 24, 2013
Join us January 24, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a job fair for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses at the Grand Valley National Guard Armory, 1200 44th St., Southwest, in Wyoming, MI.  This event will be a one-of-a-kind FREE hiring fair for both employers and job seekers.
This hiring event is being conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the Michigan Veterans’ Services Division, Pure Michigan Workforce Development Agency, the Michigan Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the U.S. Army Reserve, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, NBC News, and other local partners.
January 24, 2013
9 am to 12 pm
Grand Valley National Guard Armory
1200 44th Street Southwest
Wyoming, MI
Registration
Job seekers click here.
Employers click here.
If you need assistance registering, please contact us at hiringourheroes@uschamber.com or 202-463-5807.
Click here to view the event flyer.


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, January 4, 2013

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Announces “Valentines for Veterans” Concert featuring Country Music Artist Aaron Tippin


VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Announces “Valentines for Veterans” Concert
featuring Country Music Artist Aaron Tippin

Ann Arbor, MI – The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System will have its first ever “Valentines for Veterans” Concert featuring country music recording artist Aaron Tippin on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium in Ypsilanti.
Tickets are required and general-admission ticket distribution for Veterans will begin January 7, 2013. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis with four priorities of ticket distribution: Gold Star Family Members (those who have lost a family member in service), Veterans, families of Veterans and the general public. Tickets are limited to two per individual.
Veterans may visit the Voluntary Service Department located in the basement of the Liberty Building at the VA Ann Arbor Medical Center to obtain tickets, or through the ticket reservation line by calling (734) 222-7994. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis to Veterans and the community. Tickets will be available to the public beginning January 22, 2013.

Tippin boasts five certified gold albums, one platinum, and three number-one hits. Many in the music industry have dubbed the tireless South Carolinian as the “Hillbilly Hercules.” Tippin’s hits include “You’ve Got to Stand For Something,” ''My Blue Angel,'' ''That's As Close As I'll Get to Loving You,'' and ''I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way.'' Between 1990 and 1997, he scored six top-10 hits, two number one songs, and created such memorable moments as ''The Call of the Wild,'' ''I Got It Honest'' and ''Whole Lotta Love on the Line.'' He also appeared on the soundtracks of such films as 'The Beverly Hillbillies' (1993) and 'Fire Down Below' (1997). In addition, he is a successful songwriter, with artists such as Garth Brooks, Charley Pride, Kenny Chesney and others having recorded his tunes.
The popular national concert series is made possible through the generosity of nonprofit organizations and through donations of funds, time and materials from local communities. No admission will be charged to attend this concert “because the price has already been paid” by the sacrifices of America’s Veterans.
Volunteers, businesses and Veterans Service Organizations who want to assist with time and/or donations to bring the no-cost event to Veterans and the community may contact concert coordinator, Beverly Leneski at (734) 845-3467. Donations will be used for lighting, sound, concert promotion and security.

About the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Since 1953, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (which includes the VA Ann Arbor Medical Center, the VA Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic [CBOC], the VA Flint CBOC, and the VA Jackson CBOC, as well as the VA Center of Excellence for Practice Management and Outcomes Research) has provided state-of-the-art health care services to the men and women who have proudly served our nation. Nearly 57,000 Veterans living in a 15-county area of Michigan and Northwest Ohio utilized the VAAAHS in fiscal year 2011.The Ann Arbor Medical Center also serves as a referral center for specialty care.
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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.