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Veteran Events & Announcements 3/27 to 4/3

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

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx
ANNOUNCEMENTS!"Strong Military Families" The U of M Ann Arbor Hospital is sponsoring several seminars in Oakland & Macomb Counties for family enrichment for service members, their partners, & their children. Participants receive $90 for their time. See flyer for Oakland County or Macomb County for more information.EVENTS"Thursday, March 27, 2014" Patriot Week is hosting an award for Patriot of the Year to Major Carrie Atkinson, at the Oxford Inn, Royal Oak, from 6 to 8PM. …

Veteran Events & Announcements 3/20 to 3/27

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 3 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
You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx
ANNOUNCEMENTS!"Women Supporting Women Vets"WSWV is hosting a Peer to Peer meeting for women veterans on Saturday March 22 between 2 & 4 in Auburn Hills near I75 and M59. The purpose is simple, an opportunity for women veterans to gather and share with others who have walked in their boots. No agenda, casual dress no commitment. If you are interested in this or other monthly Peer to Peer gatherings, call or email Arlene. "Strong Military Families" The U of M Ann Arbor Hospital is sponsoring se…

Important Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) News

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Colleagues and Fellow Veterans,Many of you have heard about some changes in the VRAP program so I thought it might be useful to try and provide you with some direct information.  Bottom line, given that the statute directs VA that we do not have the authority to pay VRAP benefits after 31 March 2014, the decision was made to compute and distribute a lump sum payment for those Veterans still enrolled in March 2014 to enable them to complete their current term of instruction between now and June 30th.  It does not provide anyone more than the original program’s 12 months of benefits.We have begun to compute those lump sum payments already.  So, for example, if a Veteran is currently enrolled with a term/enrollment completion of 10 May 2014 – that individual would receive a lump sum for the month of April + 10 days in May.  If a Veteran’s term ends on 15 July, that individual would get a lump sum payment for April + May + June – and not the 15 days in July.  These payments will not be ma…

Legionnaires heading to Washington

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The American Legion’s legislative priorities will be highlighted during its 54th annual Washington Conference that kicks off March 23 and ends March 26 when American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger testifies before the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs.. Legionnaires from across the country will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress to discuss a variety of pressing issues, including: Protecting the Armed Forces against further budget cuts from sequestration. Opposing increases in TRICARE fees, including prescription drug fees. Ensuring the stability of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Reducing the VA claims backlog and modernizing the claims processing system. Increasing employment opportunities for veterans in the private sector. Ending homelessness among veterans and their families by the end of 2015. Securing in-state college tuition rates for student veterans from out-of-state. American Legion department c…

ESPNU to broadcast American Legion World Series championship in Shelby

Shelby Star (NC) ESPNU to broadcast American Legion World Series championship in Shelby By Jessica Pickens Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 18:48 PM. Nearly 80 million viewers nationwide will be able to watch the championship game of the 2014 American Legion World Series on television. This year, the World Series baseball games will broadcast on Internet service ESPN3, with the championship game set for TV network ESPNU, said Eddie Holbrook, co-chairman of the ALWS executive committee. “This has been a dream that we have had since the beginning,” Holbrook said of the Legion World Series having a presence on TV. “We had no idea that it could be done by year four.” The past two years, the American Legion World Series was broadcasted via ESPN3. As the contract with ESPN3 was up for renewal this spring, the Legion board wanted to look at how to get the games live on TV. In the 2014 event, the World Series will be broadcasted via ESPN3 through the semifinal games. The championship game will be televis…

The American Legion Celebrates its 95th Birthday Saturday March 15th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The American Legion Celebrates its 95th Birthday Saturday March 15th, 2014
LANSING (MARCH 7, 2014) – American Legion Posts throughout Michigan will be celebrating the 95th birthday of The American Legion on Saturday March 15th, 2014. 
The Paris Caucus was held on March 15-17th, 1919; the heading in the paper “Veterans of A.E.F. In Liberty League”. The “Conference on Organization…In Paris Beginning the 15th of March, 1919” .
In January 1919, four officers Teddy Roosevelt, Jr., George S. White, Eric Fisher Wood, and William J. Donovan, discussed that other wars had spawned associations of veterans, for example the Grand Army of the Republic and the Spanish-American War Veterans.  Was the “Great War” to have one? How would it be organized? What would be our purpose and principles?
From that initial meeting the Paris Caucus was organized, which established temporary committees to begin the process of organization.  Those committees would meet again in May of 1919 back in…

Save the Date Veterans Park at Piquette Square Ribbon Cutting and Naming Ceremony May 21, 2014, 9 - 10:30AM

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Save the Date Veterans Park at Piquette Square Ribbon Cutting and Naming Ceremony May 21, 2014, 9 - 10:30AM Please RSVP: Click for ONLINE REGISTRATION Location: 6221 Brush Detroit, MI 48202 Questions: Email us at callen@swsol.org Call Chery Allen at (313) 297.1377
Light refreshments will be provided. Hosted by the Veterans Park Committee and the Piquette Square Veterans Task Force, the ceremony will be an opportunity to honor and celebrate the contributions of veterans and of their supporters in our community. The mission of the Park is to help veterans improve health and fitness and to provide a gathering place where veterans, their families and the community can reconnnect.

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 mo…

Revitalizing American Legion Posts in the Lansing area; Veterans Wanted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Revitalizing American Legion Posts in the Lansing area; Veterans Wanted
LANSING (MARCH 7, 2014) – Wartime veterans of Lansing, MI., and surroundingareas, now have a new outlet to interface with, and to serve, the community. The American Legion,thenation’s largest veteran’s organization, is inviting all wartime veterans in the area to join them inrevitalizing 4 American Legion posts in the Lansing area.
Officers and staff members of The American Legion Post 178, Post 205, Post 237, Post 460and Michigan American Legion state headquarters will be in town March 13th, 14th, and 15that the following location:
UAW LOCAL 600 426 Clare Lansing, MI 48915
A veterans service officer will also be available to assist all area veterans with claims or other veteran relatedquestions on Friday and Saturday March 14th and 15th from 10AM to 4PM. A veteran’s benefits information seminar will be held Saturday March 15th, 2014 from 11AM to 12PM.
In keeping with the tradition of The American L…