Friday, December 27, 2013

American Legion Release -- National Commander: "VA Christmas card ban defies law'

Legion National Commander: 'VA Christmas card ban defies law'
 
INDIANAPOLIS (December 26, 2013) -- Handwritten Christmas cards from schoolchildren were denied distribution to veterans at the Dallas VA Medical Center this week because they referenced the holiday by name, and American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger is not happy  about it. Neither is the Liberty Institute, which has sided with the Legion in opposing a number of other attempts to prevent free expression of speech and religion.
Also this week, the VA hospital in Augusta, Ga., announced a new policy that turned away high-school students who intended to sing Christmas carols to veterans, as they traditionally have in past years. And in Iowa City, American Legion members were told they could not hand out presents to veterans if the wrapping paper said Merry Christmas, a problem they solved by filtering the gifts through the VA chaplain.
The American Legion has asked VA Central Office for an explanation of why it appears that Christians are being singled out for restrictions, especially when the holiday honors the birth of Jesus Christ.
"First of all, VA's decision to prohibit the delivery of Christmas cards that mention Christmas is ludicrous," Dellinger said today after Texas teacher Susan Chapman was told Monday that her students' cards would not be delivered to veterans. "Second of all, VA has been down this road before, and recently. VA has been warned through a federal court decree to stop denying freedom of religious expression at its facilities. It's pretty obvious the Dallas VA did not get that memo."
When high school singers arrived last Friday at the Augusta, Ga., VA Medical Center, officials reportedly gave them a list of 12 approved, secular holiday songs. Unprepared to sing them, the students opted not to perform. "That's censorship, pure and simple," Dellinger said of the rejected carolers. "Every Christmas, every religious holiday, Christians are more and more often targeted for censorship and restriction at VA facilities. Veterans in these hospitals fought to protect such freedoms."
Chapman, the wife of a U.S. military veteran, has requested that the Dallas VA Medical Center immediately rescind its discriminatory policy and allow her and her students – and any others in the future – to distribute Christmas cards that say "Merry Christmas" or "God Bless You" or mention Jesus. Writing to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and VA North Texas Health System Director Jeffery L. Milligan, Liberty Institute set a deadline of Friday, Dec. 27, for confirmation in writing "that Mrs. Chapman and her students may distribute cards that contain the phrase 'Merry Christmas,' 'God Bless You,' or that contain other religious references to veterans at the Medical Center and at all other VA hospitals, and that the holiday card policies of the Department and the Medical Center (are) brought in line with applicable law."
 
"Of course, for this year's schoolchildren, it's a little late, and that's really disappointing," said Dellinger, who leads the 2.4-million-member American Legion, largest veterans organization in the country. "VA needs to let those children deliver cards to the veterans now, and those who wrongly banned them owe an apology to the children, the teacher and the veterans who were supposed to get them Monday. This is a clear case of discrimination on the basis of religious expression; the courts have already ruled that such policies are unconstitutional. The American Legion fully concurs with that interpretation."
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Veteran Events & Announcements 12/26 to 1/2/2014

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 (things are slow) days here in the Metro Detroit area.  I have also attached my latest event listing which has 4 new items on it.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  Clicking on "attached flyer" for each event either below or on the future listing will get you the flyer for that event.

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

"Oakland County Parks will recycle old Christmas Trees" Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers 11 park locations to make holiday cleanup easy and environmentally friendly by recycling Christmas trees. Dec. 26, 2013 – Jan. 13, 2014, seven days a week. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Addison Oaks near Oxford; Catalpa Oaks in Southfield; Glen Oaks Golf Course in Farmington Hills; Groveland Oaks near Holly; Independence Oaks in Clarkston; Lyon Oaks in Lyon Township; Orion Oaks in Orion Township; Red Oaks Golf Course in Madison Heights; Springfield Oaks in Davisburg; Waterford Oaks in Waterford; and White Lake Oaks Golf Course in White Lake. Independence Oaks and Orion Oaks county parks will offer extended Christmas tree recycling dates from Dec. 26, 2013 – Feb. 3, 2014.

EVENTS

"Tuesday, December 31, 2013" Southfield VFW Post 2645 is hosting a New Year's Eve Bash, starting at 7PM and running till 2AM at their post, located at 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield. Advance tickets only at $30 single, $50 couple, which includes music & dancing. Contact Joe at 248-356-9423 or Bonnie at 313-670-5992 for tickets. See attached for more info.

"Wednesday, January 8, 2014 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum, at Willow Run Airport, is hosting an Historic Presentation Night featuring Jerry Towler, discussing his experiences as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Jerry was involved in the Battle for the Ia Drang Valley, the battle portrayed in the movie "We Were Soldiers". Jerry was also in Bob Mason's book "Chickenhawk", with the name of Gary Resler. The Huey on display at the Yankee Air Museum is dedicated to Jerry and is painted up like the aircraft he flew in Vietnam. Event starts at 7:30 and is FREE in the General Purpose Room.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. December 27th, Friday 3:00 p.m. to Midnight – VFW 9507 Madison Heights – "Burger & Fries for $5.50".  Karaoke from 9 p.m. to Midnight.  $.75 for 12 oz. Draft Beer.  $1.75 for 22 oz. Draft Beer.  VFW 9507 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.  Phone (248) 543-2557.
  2. December 27th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, Steak Burrito - $4; steak, rice, bean, pico de gallo, and cheese - 2 pounder! $6, Boot Camp Burrito Challenge - 3 pound version of the regular steak burrito, loaded in devil sauce and extremely spicy.  1 out of 3 contestants have been able to complete the Ghost Chili Burrito challenge so far, the first to do it was a fellow U.S. Marine, Tom LaForge.  $12 or free if you complete the challenge within 45 minutes.   This is an open challenge, so any member or guest is welcome to try.  WARNING: it is extremely spicy.  To get a good look at the difficulty feel free to pull it up on YouTube under VFW 1370 1st Annual Boot camp Burrito Challenge."  VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
  3. December 27th, Friday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – VFW 2358 Roseville.  "Bingo with Linked – Progressive Jackpots".  Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.  VFW 2358 is located 25671 Gratiot in Roseville, just ½ block South of Frazho.  Phone number is (586) 771-0173.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
  4. December 29th, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
  5. December 31st, Tuesday ALL DAY – VFW 9507 Madison Heights – "TACO TUESDAY FOR $1.50".  Tacos are $1.50 each All Day Long!  12 oz. Draft Beer for $.75.  22 oz. Draft Beer for $1.75.  VFW 9507 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.  Phone (248) 543-2557.
  6. DECEMBER 31ST, TUESDAY 7:00 P.M. TO 2:00 A.M. – VFW 2645 SOUTHFIELD – "NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY".  Roast Beef Dinner at 7:30 p.m.  Hors D'Ooeuvres and Champagne Toast at Midnight.  Music and Dancing.  50/50 Raffle.  Door Prizes.  Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple.  Call Joe at (248) 356-9423 or Bonnie at (313) 670-5992.  VFW 2645 is located at 24222 W. 9 Mile Road, just West of Telegraph in Southfield.
  7. DECEMBER 31ST, TUESDAY 9:00 P.M. TO 1:30 A.M. – BRUCE POST 1146 ST. CLAIR SHORES.  "NEW YEAR'S PARTY IN THE CLUBROOM WITH THE "GEEZER" CLASSIC ROCK BAND.  BRUCE POST 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Friday, December 20, 2013

Veteran Events & Announcements 12/19 to 12/26

Listed below are the events I have for the next 7 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  I have also attached my latest event listing which has no new items on it.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  Clicking on "attached flyer" for each event either below or on the future listing will get you the flyer for that event.

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

"Oakland County Dog Parks for Free on Christmas Day" Oakland County P & R is opening 3 dog parks on Christmas Day for free: Lyon Oaks in Wixom; Orion Park in Lake Orion; and, Red Oaks in Madison Hgts, from 8AM till sunset.

"Oakland County Parks will recycle old Christmas Trees" Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers 11 park locations to make holiday cleanup easy and environmentally friendly by recycling Christmas trees. Dec. 26, 2013 – Jan. 13, 2014, seven days a week. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Addison Oaks near Oxford; Catalpa Oaks in Southfield; Glen Oaks Golf Course in Farmington Hills; Groveland Oaks near Holly; Independence Oaks in Clarkston; Lyon Oaks in Lyon Township; Orion Oaks in Orion Township; Red Oaks Golf Course in Madison Heights; Springfield Oaks in Davisburg; Waterford Oaks in Waterford; and White Lake Oaks Golf Course in White Lake. Independence Oaks and Orion Oaks county parks will offer extended Christmas tree recycling dates from Dec. 26, 2013 – Feb. 3, 2014.

"Items needed at Piquette Square" The most needed items for Piquette Square are: 3 piece frying pan sets 3 piece pot sets Coffee pots (4 cup preferable) Toasters Pillows Bathroom cleaning brushes Cleaning products (regular size bottles as we can't split products) - Toilet bowl cleaner, - Floor/all purpose cleaner - Comet or other sink and bathtub cleaner. If you have or can donate contact Chery at 313-297-1377.

EVENTS
Nothing for this week, except to say again,
Merry Christmas!

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. December 20th, Friday 3:00 p.m. to Midnight – VFW 9507 Madison Heights – "Burger & Fries for $5.50".  Karaoke from 9 p.m. to Midnight.  $.75 for 12 oz. Draft Beer.  $1.75 for 22 oz. Draft Beer.  VFW 9507 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.  Phone (248) 543-2557.
7.      December 20th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "BURGER & FRIES or ONION RINGS for $5.50".  Your choice of a Burger & Fries or a Burger & Onion Rings for $5.50.  Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Tell your Family & Friends.  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
  1. December 20th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield.  "FRIDAY NIGHT FISH FRY".  COD Fish Dinner for $8, CATFISH or PERCH Dinner for $7.50, CHICKEN FINGER Dinner for $7.50, JUMBO SHRIMP Dinner for $9, WING DINGS & FRIES for $7, COMBO Dinners for $9.50, SANDWICHES for $5 and POUND CAKE per slice at $1.50.  Sides include French-Fries, Cole Slaw, Spaghetti, and Macaroni & Cheese.  Extra Sides $1.50.  Extra Fish $2.50.  Beverage is available.  Dine In or Take Out.  Call Ahead for Quicker Service at (248) 350-3529.  Come out, bring your Friends, and Enjoy a Great Meal.   OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Parking in rear of Post.  Post 2645 is located at 24222 W. 9 Mile Road, just West of Telegraph in Southfield.
  2. December 20th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, Steak Burrito - $4; steak, rice, bean, pico de gallo, and cheese - 2 pounder! $6, Boot Camp Burrito Challenge - 3 pound version of the regular steak burrito, loaded in devil sauce and extremely spicy.  1 out of 3 contestants have been able to complete the Ghost Chili Burrito challenge so far, the first to do it was a fellow U.S. Marine, Tom LaForge.  $12 or free if you complete the challenge within 45 minutes.   This is an open challenge, so any member or guest is welcome to try.  WARNING: it is extremely spicy.  To get a good look at the difficulty feel free to pull it up on YouTube under VFW 1370 1st Annual Boot camp Burrito Challenge."  VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
  3. December 20th, Friday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – VFW 2358 Roseville.  "Bingo with Linked – Progressive Jackpots".  Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.  VFW 2358 is located 25671 Gratiot in Roseville, just ½ block South of Frazho.  Phone number is (586) 771-0173.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
  4. December 22nd, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
  5. December 24th, Tuesday ALL DAY – VFW 9507 Madison Heights – "TACO TUESDAY FOR $1.50".  Tacos are $1.50 each All Day Long!  12 oz. Draft Beer for $.75.  22 oz. Draft Beer for $1.75.  VFW 9507 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.  Phone (248) 543-2557.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Legion to Senate: Do not reduce COLA for veterans - REVISED

Legion to Senate: Do not reduce COLA for veterans
 
WASHINGTON (December 18, 2013) –The American Legion voiced its outrage over budget cuts on military retirees' benefits at a Dec. 18 press conference in Washington. The U.S. Senate had just passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which – if signed by the president – will reduce cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) benefits for America's retired veterans by more than $6 billion.
The bill was worked out between Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and passed the Senate by a 64-36 vote. Murray and Ryan claim the measure will drop the country's deficit by $23 billion and reduce the impact of sequestration.
"Passing this broken legislation today was wrong," Louis Celli, the Legion's Legislative director said at the press conference. "It was wrong because (the Senate) had time to fix it, and ... chose not to."
While several bills have already been introduced into Congress to repeal the COLA cuts, "some who seek to 'technically fix' this provision are only looking to repeal the portion that affects medically retired veterans," Celli said. "I guess the rest of the military retirees aren't worth the trouble to fix."
The reductions in COLA benefits would affect about 900,000 military retirees, including those who are medically retired. Over a 10-year period, COLA benefits would be reduced by 1 percent per year, resulting in a total savings of $6.3 billion.
Noting that the 113th Congress has passed only 58 pieces of legislation out of more than 6,600 introduced, Celli said, "And now we're supposed to put our faith and trust in the same Congress to pass a law that overturns this (COLA provision), when they were unable to fix it in the first place? Make no mistake – The American Legion will dedicate every available resource to repealing and overturning this provision.
"The day would go down in history as the day Congress turned their backs on veterans everywhere by selling out 0.2 percent of the American population and asking them to be held financially responsible to pay for sequestration."
National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said he is "absolutely sickened by the thought that the only group targeted by the budget bill to lose direct income is the American veteran, including veterans who have been medically retired from military service due to catastrophic injuries sustained in battle."
 
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Media contacts: Washington: Marty Callaghan:202-263-5758/202-215-8644, mcallaghan@legion.org or Craig Roberts: 202-263-2982/202-406-0887, croberts@legion.org. Indianapolis: John Raughter (317) 630-1350 /(317) 441-8847
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Michigan American Legion Seeks High School Student Contestants for the Annual Oratorical Contest, Grand Prize $18,000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Michigan American Legion Seeks High School Student Contestants for the Annual Oratorical Contest, Grand Prize $18,000



LANSING (December 16, 2013) - “A constitutional speech contest” The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

Deadline to register for the first level of competition is January 2nd, 2014; contestants must be sponsored by an American Legion Post.  Contests will be held in 1 of 16 Districts around the state or in 1 of 5 Zones.  9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders under the age of 20 attending an accredited High School program may compete.  Registration applications are available by emailing packet@michiganlegion.org, visiting www.michiganlegion.org/oratorical, or calling (517) 371-4720 ext 11.

The American Legion has over 80,000 members in the State of Michigan and was founded in 1919. The Legion was founded based on four pillars, Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation, Defense, Youth, and Americanism.  Members volunteer thousands of hours every year to the State Veteran Homes, VA facilities throughout Michigan and in their local communities. For more information visit www.michiganlegion.org or contact Mark Sutton, Public Relations Director at (517) 371-4720 ext. 16.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Press Release: American Legion vows to continue fight for Mt. Soledad Cross

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Legion vows to continue fight for Mt. Soledad Cross
 
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec 13, 2013)— Calling the latest decision by a federal judge to remove a cross from a veterans memorial "very regrettable," the head of the nation's largest veterans service organization vowed to continue supporting the legal fight to maintain the symbol that has stood at San Diego's Mount Soledad for more than half a century.
 
"The fight for the Mount Soledad Cross perfectly epitomizes what is emblazoned on the back of every American Legion membership card, the words, 'For God and Country,'" said American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger. "Fortunately, the court has stayed the order allowing 90 days to file an appeal. The legal fight has been going on for almost a quarter century and The American Legion, which has previously filed an amicus curiae (friend of court) brief, does not plan to retreat now."
 
In addition to the cross, the memorial is accompanied by more than 1,600 plaques bearing names, messages and etched images of veterans. It also includes secular symbols and 18 Stars of David. The case could still be heard by the Ninth Circuit Court and, ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
"There is a popular saying that there are no atheists in foxholes," Dellinger said. "While I respect the rights of the minority, most veterans are people of religious faith. What about their rights? What about the crosses that are on the graves of U.S. military heroes buried in veterans cemeteries? The American Legion takes these attacks on the religious rights of veterans very seriously and we salute the Liberty Institute and all of those willing to stand up to this intolerance."
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Media contacts: Indianapolis: Joe March or John Raughter, (317) 630-1253 / (317) 441-8847, Washington:  Marty Callaghan:202-263-5758/202-215-8644 or Craig Roberts: 202-263-2982/202-406-0887.
 
 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Vet Events & Announcements 12/12 to 12/17

Listed below are the events I have for the next 7 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  I have also attached my latest event listing which has 2 new items on it.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  Clicking on "attached flyer" for each event either below or on the future listing will get you the flyer for that event.

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"RV Needed to Rent" A long time supporter of Veterans, a vet himself, and Spartan Fan, and who has a son currently serving in Afghanistan, and who runs the TBI foundation in Brighton for veterans, would like to rent a RV or Class A so he and his family can make the Rose Bowl. If you have one that fits the bill please contact Rick Briggs at 810-908-1901.

"Oakland County Dog Parks for Free on Christmas Day" Oakland County P & R is opening 3 dog parks on Christmas Day for free: Lyon Oaks in Wixom; Orion Park in Lake Orion; and, Red Oaks in Madison Hgts, from 8AM till sunset.

EVENTS

"Saturday, December 14, 2013" Macomb County Commissioners Tocco & Miller are hosting their 7th annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast at the Fraser Lion's Club, 34540 Utica Rd, Fraiser, from 10AM till Noon. Admission is FREE by bringing a canned good or non-perishable food item for the VVA 154 Food Program. Financial donations also accepted! See attached for more information.

"Saturday, December 14, 2013" Wreaths Across America will be placing wreaths at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, starting at 10:30AM. Everyone is welcome to come and help with the wreaths. A formal ceremony will take place at noon.

"Saturday, December 14, 2013" The Navy League of the US and the Association of the US Navy & Friends of the Navy - Michigan, are hosting the 2nd annual "Battle of the Beasts - Mules vs Goats," the Army/Navy football game, from 2 to 4PM at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit, 45 Monroe St. Admission includes free parking in the Compuware Garage, admission to the Hard Rock, and a half-time luncheon. To attend just click on this link and fill out the form.

"Saturday, December 14, 2013 (NEW)" St Clair Shores VFW Post 1146, 28404 Jefferson, St Clair Shores, is hosting a "Christmas With the King," Elvis & Friends tribute show, staring Toby Keith, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, & The King, with doors opening at 6:30PM. Tickets are $20, or 2 for $35. Contact Tim at 586-713-1519 or see attached for more information.

"Sunday, December 15, 2013" Suits for Soldiers is hosting a Bowling Fundraiser at Merri-Bowl Lanes, 30950 Five Mile, Livonia, from 2 to 4PM, with registration starting at 1:15PM. Tickets are $25 ($20 for vets) which includes 2 hours of bowling, pizza, & pop. To learn more about Suits for Soldiers and about this event see attached flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:

8.      December 13th, Friday 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - VFW 2645 Southfield - "FRIDAY FISH FRY".  COD Fish Dinner $8, CATFISH or PERCH Dinner $7.50, CHICKEN FINGER Dinner $7.50, JUMBO SHRIMP Dinner $9, WING DINGS & FRIES $7, COMBO Dinners $9.50, SANDWICHES $5, POUND CAKE per slice $1.50.  Sides include French-Fries, Cole Slaw, Spaghetti, and Macaroni & Cheese.  Extra Sides $1.50.  Extra Fish $2.50.  Dine In or Take Out.  Call Ahead for Quicker Service (248) 350-3529.  Come out, bring your Friends, and Enjoy a Great Meal.   OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Parking in rear of Post.  Post 2645 is located at 24222 W. 9 Mile Road, just West of Telegraph in Southfield.
  1. December 13th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, Steak Burrito - $4; steak, rice, bean, pico de gallo, and cheese - 2 pounder! $6, Boot Camp Burrito Challenge - 3 pound version of the regular steak burrito, loaded in devil sauce and extremely spicy.  1 out of 3 contestants have been able to complete the Ghost Chili Burrito challenge so far, the first to do it was a fellow U.S. Marine, Tom LaForge.  $12 or free if you complete the challenge within 45 minutes.   This is an open challenge, so any member or guest is welcome to try.  WARNING: it is extremely spicy.  To get a good look at the difficulty feel free to pull it up on YouTube under VFW 1370 1st Annual Boot camp Burrito Challenge."  VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
  2. December 13th, Friday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – VFW 2358 Roseville.  "Bingo with Linked – Progressive Jackpots"  Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! VFW 2358 is located 25671 Gratiot in Roseville, just ½ block South of Frazho.  Phone number is (586) 771-0173.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
  3. December 13th, Friday 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – VFW 9507 Madison Heights.  KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM!"  No Cover Charge!  VFW 9507 Madison Heights is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.
  4. December 14th, Saturday 7:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS, TOBEY KEITH, JOHNNY CASH and BRENDA LEE".  Tickets are $20 or 2/$35.  Contact Tim Litz for tickets & information at (586) 713-1519.  May bring in snacks.  Cash Bar.  50/50 Drawing.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road on the Water Side.
  5. December 15th, Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – VFW 9507 Madison Heights – "CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE".  Sponsored by Post 9507 Ladies Auxiliary. VFW 9507 Madison Heights is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.
  6. December 15th, Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – VFW 9507 Madison Heights – "CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY".  Sponsored by Post 9507 Ladies Auxiliary.  VFW 9507 Madison Heights is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.
  7. December 15th, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Statement by The American Legion National Commander

Drop of proposed TRICARE fee increase lauded; COLA decrease
opposed by Legion
 
WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2013) – The following statement was issued today by Daniel M. Dellinger, National Commander of The American Legion:
 
"While The American Legion applauds the proposed National Defense Authorization Act's prohibition against new TRICARE user fees and its limitations on raising existing fees, we strongly oppose any decrease in the annual cost of living allowance for veterans, retirees -- who are also veterans -- or their dependents and families. The men and women who have served our country honorably and well deserve to be treated in like fashion once they have hung up their uniforms. Few sacrifice as much as servicemembers, most especially those who have devoted their careers at great personal cost to the safety and welfare of our nation."
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Media contacts: Marty Callaghan:202-263-5758/202-215-8644, mcallaghan@legion.org or Craig Roberts: 202-263-2982/202-406-0887, croberts@legion.org. A high resolution photo of Nat. Cmdr. Dellinger is available at www.legion.org.
 
 
 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Cuts to AFN, Stars & Stripes should be off the table

Cuts to Armed Forces Network, Stars & Stripes should be 'off the table' says American Legion National Commander
 
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 4, 2013)—The head of the nation's largest veterans service organization warned that "morale is becoming a casualty of sequestration" thanks to the latest budget talk emanating from Washington.
"Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, our troops overseas were greeted with the news from Stars & Stripes that the historic newspaper might be on the chopping block by Pentagon budget-cutters," said American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger. "Moreover, the Armed Forces Network, which provides American-style programming including sporting events, is also facing cuts. This comes at a time when military commissaries across the country may close, weapons systems are eliminated, brigades are cut and training missions cancelled. The American Legion has been warning against sequestration for years now. We are starting to see the real effects of cutting an additional $500 billion from one of the few parts of the federal budget that is mandated by the Constitution. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel just said the cuts are too steep, too deep and too abrupt. He also referred to sequestration as an irresponsible way to govern. I agree."
Dellinger pointed out that benefit cuts start a vicious cycle which leads to manpower shortages and higher casualties in combat. "Every time America has cut its forces, we later regretted it. The American Legion is urging our 2.4 million members to contact their congressional delegations and let them know that the madness called 'sequestration' must end. The same message needs to be relayed to the president."
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John Raughter
Communications Director, National Headquarters
Phone 317.630.1253 ::  Fax 317.630.1368
 
 
 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Veteran Events & Announcements 12/5 to 12/12

Things are really starting to slowing down!  Listed below are the events I have for the next 7 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  I have also attached my latest event listing which has 2 new items on it!  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  Clicking on "attached flyer" for each event either below or on the future listing will get you the flyer for that event.

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx



ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"4th Annual Cold Weather Clothing Drive" The Wayne State University Student Veterans Organization is looking for winter clothing for our less fortunate veterans, and their familes. You can drop off at the SVA office at Wayne or they will pick them up. 

EVENTS

"Thursday, December 5, 2013 (NEW)" Firebird Tavern, 419 Monroe St, Detroit, is hosting a Whouille from 7 to 10PM, to raise money and collect toys for the Marine Corps Toy's 4 Tots program. See attached for more information.

"Saturday, December 7, 2013" Stagecrafters at the Balwin Theatre in Royal Oak is offering free tickets to Veterans for this show only, The Fantastics, starting at 8PM. See their website or call 248-541-6430 and use code VETTHX. See attached for more info.

"Saturday, December 7, 2013" Troy VFW Post 4037 & the Troy Police Department are hosting a Remember Pearl Harbor Day at the post starting at 8PM, located at 2375 E Maple, Troy. Donation of $10 at the door for food, cash bar, etc., with all proceeds to support the Holiday Food & Gift Fund. Clothing items are also welcome for both men and women vets. See attached for complete list.

"Sunday, December 8, 2013" The Oakland County Pioneer & Historical Society is hosting a Veterans Victorian Christmas Open House at the Pine Grove Museum/The Wisner Home, 405 Cesar Chavez Ave, Pontiac, from 1 to 5PM. Presentation of colors, exhibits, etc., to honor Pearl Harbor. Adult is $5, $10 for a family of 5. See attached for complete program and other details.

And from our friends at the VFW:
4.      December 5th, Thursday – VFW 4156 White Lake – "PROGRESSIVE BINGO".  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone (248) 698-8302.
5.      December 5th, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – Old Settlers VFW 4659 Shelby Twp. – "EUCHRE".  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Play starts at 7:00 p.m.  Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Coney Dogs, French Fries and Chili available.  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson in Shelby Twp.  48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
  1. December 6th, Friday 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., VFW 6802 Richmond – "ALL YOU CAN FISH FRY for $10".  Includes, Baked Potato or French Fries, Cole Slaw, Roll & Butter, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Fruit Salad, Cottage Cheese, Cake and Coffee.   All for Just $10.  Post 6802 is located at 34339 Division in Richmond.  48062.  Phone (586) 727-1436.
  2. December 6th, Friday - VFW 2645 Southfield - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. "FRIDAY FISH FRY". COD Fish Dinner $8, CATFISH or PERCH Dinner $7.50, CHICKEN FINGER Dinner $7.50, JUMBO SHRIMP Dinner $9, WING DINGS & FRIES $7, COMBO Dinners $9.50, SANDWICHES $5, POUND CAKE per slice $1.50.  Sides include French-Fries, Cole Slaw, Spaghetti, and Macaroni & Cheese.  Extra Sides $1.50.  Extra Fish $2.50.  Dine In or Take Out.  Call Ahead for Quicker Service (248) 350-3529.  Come out, bring your Friends, and Enjoy a Great Meal.   OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Parking in rear of Post.  Post 2645 is located at 24222 W. 9 Mile Road, just West of Telegraph in Southfield.
  3. December 6th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, Steak Burrito - $4; steak, rice, bean, pico de gallo, and cheese - 2 pounder! $6, Boot Camp Burrito Challenge - 3 pound version of the regular steak burrito, loaded in devil sauce and extremely spicy.  1 out of 3 contestants have been able to complete the Ghost Chili Burrito challenge so far, the first to do it was a fellow U.S. Marine, Tom LaForge.  $12 or free if you complete the challenge within 45 minutes.   This is an open challenge, so any member or guest is welcome to try.  WARNING: it is extremely spicy.  To get a good look at the difficulty feel free to pull it up on YouTube under VFW 1370 1st Annual Boot camp Burrito Challenge."  VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
  4. December 6th, Friday 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – VFW 9507 Madison Heights.  KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM!"  No Cover Charge!  VFW 9507 Madison Heights is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.
  5. December 6th, Friday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – VFW 2358 Roseville.  "Bingo with Linked – Progressive Jackpots".  Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.  VFW 2358 is located 25671 Gratiot in Roseville, just ½ block South of Frazho.  Phone number is (586) 771-0173.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
  6. December 8th, Sunday 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "PROGRESSIVE BINGO".  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone (248) 698-8302.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Monday, December 2, 2013

American Legion Release: National Commander rips proposal to close Commissaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
'Enough is Enough,' American Legion National Commander rips latest proposal to close stateside commissaries
 
INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 27, 2013)—The head of the nation's largest veterans service organization slammed a Department of Defense proposal to shut down all military-run grocery stores in the United States as just "another plan to punish veterans" for Washington's inability to balance the budget.
"As we count our blessings on Thanksgiving, shouldn't we remember that it is our veterans and our military that have kept us safe and free?" asked American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger. "And shouldn't that gratitude extend everyday and not just on holidays? Many military retirees are on fixed incomes and rely on these commissaries. They devoted a life of service to this nation. Their health insurance premiums are going up and the Pentagon openly considers cuts to pay and benefits for those still serving in harm's way.  Is it too much to ask that other areas of the federal government be cut and that the men and women who have already sacrificed so much for this country be allowed to keep the benefits that they have earned? They have already paid an enormous price to be eligible for these benefits, far more than what it is costing the treasury. Enough is enough. Veterans benefits are a cost of war and a free society."
Dellinger also pointed out that many military retirees have chosen to live in communities based on their proximity to commissaries and military exchanges. Delegates at The American Legion national convention in 2012 unanimously passed a resolution opposing any efforts "to dismantle or downsize the Defense Commissary Agency."
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Media contacts: Indianapolis: Joe March or John Raughter, (317) 630-1253 / (317) 441-8847, Washington:  Marty Callaghan:202-263-5758/202-215-8644 or Craig Roberts: 202-263-2982/202-406-0887.

Vet Events & Announcements 11/28 to 12/5


Things are slowing down now!  Listed below are the events I have for the next 7 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  I have also attached my latest event listing which has 4 new items on it!  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  Clicking on "attached flyer" for each event either below or on the future listing will get you the flyer for that event.

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

"4th Annual Cold Weather Clothing Drive" The Wayne State University Student Veterans Organization is looking for winter clothing for our less fortunate veterans, and their familes. You can drop off at the SVA office at Wayne or they will pick them up. For complete details on how to help see attached flyer. NOTE: Flyer states by November 20th but they are still taking donations!.

EVENTS

"Sunday, December 1, 2013" (NEW) New Baltimore VFW Post 7573 is hosting a Breakfast with Santa at their post, located at 35011 23 Mile, New Baltimore, from 8AM till Noon. Omelets & eggs to order, french toast, & more. Cost is $4 for adults, $2 for kids under 10. See attached.

"Tuesday, December 3, 2013" The Friends of the Dearborn Library are hosting an evening with John Craven, author, Vietnam Veteran, and founder of the DOVE fund to help improve living conditions in the poorest areas of Vietnam. The presentation will take place at the Henry Ford Centennial Library auditorium, 16301 Michigan, Dearborn, starting at 7PM. This is a free event. For more information call the library at 313-943-2330 or see attached.

"Wednesday, December 4, 2013" 21st Century Oncology is hosting a free dinner and lecture on Prostate health, advancements in Prostate Cancer, and treatment options, with discussions on how to navigate the VA system for non-VA care. This will be held at UnaSource Health Center, 4550 Investment Dr, St 100, Troy. See attached to register to attend this lecture.

"Wednesday, December 4, 2013" The Yankee Air Museum is having a showing of the Oral History Project video of Charlie McClain, Pear Harbor survivor, starting at 7:30PM in the general purpose room at the Museum at Willow Run airport. This is a free event.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. November 29th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield.  "FRIDAY NIGHT FISH FRY".  COD Fish Dinner for $8, CATFISH or PERCH Dinner for $7.50, CHICKEN FINGER Dinner for $7.50, JUMBO SHRIMP Dinner for $9, WING DINGS & FRIES for $7, COMBO Dinners for $9.50, SANDWICHES for $5 and POUND CAKE per slice at $1.50.  Sides include French-Fries, Cole Slaw, Spaghetti, and Macaroni & Cheese.  Extra Sides $1.50.  Extra Fish $2.50.  Beverage is available.  Dine In or Take Out.  Call Ahead for Quicker Service at (248) 350-3529.  Come out, bring your Friends, and Enjoy a Great Meal.   OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Parking in rear of Post.  Post 2645 is located at 24222 W. 9 Mile Road, just West of Telegraph in Southfield.
  2. November 29th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, Steak Burrito - $4; steak, rice, bean, pico de gallo, and cheese - 2 pounder! $6, Boot Camp Burrito Challenge - 3 pound version of the regular steak burrito, loaded in devil sauce and extremely spicy.  1 out of 3 contestants have been able to complete the Ghost Chili Burrito challenge so far, the first to do it was a fellow U.S. Marine, Tom LaForge.  $12 or free if you complete the challenge within 45 minutes.   This is an open challenge, so any member or guest is welcome to try.  WARNING: it is extremely spicy.  To get a good look at the difficulty feel free to pull it up on YouTube under VFW 1370 1st Annual Boot camp Burrito Challenge."  VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
  3. November 29th, Friday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – VFW 2358 Roseville.  "Bingo with Linked – Progressive Jackpots".  Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.  VFW 2358 is located 25671 Gratiot in Roseville, just ½ block South of Frazho.  Phone number is (586) 771-0173.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
9.      November 29th, Friday 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – VFW 1146 St. Clair Shores – "KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM".  No Cover Charge!  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. or 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
10.  December 1st, Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "BIG BREAKFAST"  Omelets and Eggs to Order, Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Homemade Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Bacon, Sausage and Potatoes.  Minimum Donation $4.00 Adults and $2.00 ages 10 and under.  This is a great breakfast and you will not go away hungry!  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Invite your Family & Friends!  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.  Phone (586) 725-7100.
  1. December .1st, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302