Friday, March 28, 2014

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. See flyer for more info and to order tickets.

"Saturday, March 29, 2014" The American Indian Veterans of Michigan is hosting their annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day at their chapter located at 26641 Lawrence, Center Line, starting at 2PM. Mostaccioli, salad, bread, bake sale, movies shown all day, etc. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, March 29, 2014" Dearborn Legion Post is hosting a Live Veteran Auction. Bid on your favorite vet and corresponding events such as golf, dinner for two, wine tasting, etc. At their post, 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn, from 5 to 9PM. See flyer for complete details.

"Sunday, March 30, 2014" American Legion Post 404, in Harrison, is hosting a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event along with VVA Chapter 1047, starting at 10AM. There will be guest speakers, a free lunch for all, DJ music, and gift certificates from around the Clare County area. See flyer for more information.

"Sunday, March 30, 2014" The Michigan Military Technical & History Museum is having Randy Hotton talk about flying his Navy P-3 Orion over Vietnam. The program starts at 2PM and is by donation, at 16000 Stephens, Eastpointe. See flyer for more information.

"Wednesday, April 2, 2014" The Southfield Veterans Commission (my group) along with the Southfield Library, is hosting the 7th annual Spell Bowl in the library, 26300 Evergreen, Southfield, from 7 to 9PM. Five person team is $40 and the team will receive a listing of all words that might be used. All proceeds go to the commission. See flyer for details.

And from our friends at the VFW:
8.      March 28th, Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – “FISH FRY”.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. or 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
 
9.      March 28th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Post 4659 Shelby Twp. – “FISH FRY”.  Every Friday until Easter, you can get a Fish (cod) Dinner for $8.  The Fish (cod) Dinner includes “Sam Adams” beer batter Cod, Cole Slaw and homemade chips for $8.  Also, you can get a Shrimp Dinner including Cole Slaw and homemade chips for $7.50.  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson Street in Shelby Twp. 48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
 
  1. March 28th, Friday 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., VFW 6802 Richmond – “ALL YOU CAN FISH FRY for $12”.  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.
 
  1. March 28th, 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.
 
  1. March 28th, 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.
 
  1. March 28th, 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.
 
  1. March 29th, Saturday 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m – VFW 1146 St. Clair Shores – “4th ANNUAL WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY”.  Honor the Vietnam Wall Traveling Memorial.  Live Patriotic Entertainment.  “Guardians of Harmony” Chorus.  Bag Pipers.  FREE ENTRY!  Munchies & More.  COME AND WELCOME HOME OUR VIETNAM HEROES!  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
 
  1. March 30th, 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.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Friday, March 21, 2014

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 several semeniars in Oakland & Macomb Counties for family enrichment for service memebers, their partners, & their children. Participants receive $90 for their time. See flyer for Oakland County or Macomb County for more information.

EVENTS

"Saturday, March 22, 2014" New Baltimore VFW Post 7573 is hosting a Hard Times Party at their post, 35011 23 Mile Rd, New Baltimore, starting at 6PM. Prizes for the best hard times costumes. Tickets are $25 for an evening of dinner, music, etc. Contact 586-725-7100 for tickets are see flyer.

"Tuesday, March 25, 2014" Wayne County Veteran Services is hosting the first in a series of veteran seminars, "The No Wrong Door Seminar." Get your Wayne County Vet ID card, ask questions regarding benefits, etc. Will be held at the Wayne Ford Civic League, 1661 N Wayne Rd, Westland, from 5 to 9PM. See flyer for more information.

"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. See flyer for more info and to order tickets.

And from our friends at the VFW:

 
8.      March 21st, Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – “FISH FRY”.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. or 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
 
  1. March 21st, Friday 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 6802 Richmond – “ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY for $12”.  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.  
 
  1. March 21st, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – “FISH FRY FRIDAY”.  Includes Cod & Pollack, Mac & Cheese, Baked Potato, Cole Slaw, Rolls & Dessert.  $8 per plate or “All You Can Eat” for $10.  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.
 
11.  March 21st, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Post 4659 Shelby Twp. – “FISH FRY”.  Every Friday until Easter, you can get a Fish (cod) Dinner for $8.  The Fish (cod) Dinner includes “Sam Adams” beer batter Cod, Cole Slaw and homemade chips for $8.  Also, you can get a Shrimp Dinner including Cole Slaw and homemade chips for $7.50.  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson Street in Shelby Twp. 48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
 
  1. March 21st, 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.
 
  1. March 21st, 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.
 
14.  March 21st, 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. March 21st, 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.
 
  1. March 22nd Saturday 1:00 p.m. – VFW 2269 Wixom – “PAST DISTRICT 5 COMMANDERS’/PAST DISTRICT 5 LADIES AUXILIARY PRESIDENTS’ BANQUET”.  Doors open at 1:00 p.m.  Dinner at 2:00 p.m. with program to follow.   Post 2269 is located at 2652 Loon Lake Road in Wixom 48393.  Phone (248) 624-9742.
 
  1. March 22nd, Saturday 6:00 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – “HARD TIMES PARTY”.  Includes Dinner, Music, Open Bar, Snacks and Prizes.  Prizes for Best Hard Times Costumes.  Cost is $25 per person.  Information and Tickets, Call (586) 725-7100.  Reserved Tickets must be paid by March 5, 2014.  Proceeds help Veterans Programs.  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.
 
  1. March 23rd, Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – VFW 6802 Richmond – “MEAT BINGO”.  Have a FUN afternoon of playing a quick NEW GAME and a change to Win some MEAT.  Snack Food available for a donation. Post 6802 is located at 34339 Division in Richmond.  48062.  Phone (586) 727-1436.    
 
  1. March 23rd, 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.
 
  1. March 24th, Monday 6:45 p.m. – VFW 9021 Warren – “DISTRICT 5 SERVICE OFFICERS MEETING”.  ALL VFW, LADIES AUXILIARY & MEN’S AUXILIARY Members should attend and learn about VA Benefits.  The Class is being taught by Regional VFW Service Officer Issac.  Dinner is at 6:45 p.m.  Class is at 7:30 p.m.  VFW 9021 is located at 32100 Ryan Road in Warren 48092.  Just North of Chicago Road or North of 13 Mile Road.  Phone (586) 264-3490.

--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Important Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) News


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 made for enrollment periods that begin after March 31.  Again, this lump sum payment does not provide additional VRAP benefits beyond 12 months.

 

As you know, VRAP was established by the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 and began July 1, 2012. So far, we have provided more than $740 million in retraining assistance for more than 75,000 unemployed Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 years.

 

School Certifying Officials must submit all VRAP enrollment certifications to VA on or before March 17, 2014 and must continue to review enrollments and report changes to VA for training pursued after March 31 through the end of the current enrollment period.

 

VRAP participants must verify attendance on or after March 31, 2014, for training pursued in March to receive payment. Attendance may be verified via VA’s Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or via the toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378).  Participants should report any changes in enrollment that occur on or after April 1, 2014, to their school certifying official and to VA at 1-888-GI Bill-1 (1-888-442-4551).  A reduction in training or withdrawal may result in an overpayment.  

 

You can help raise awareness about the end of this important program by sharing information on your website, in newsletters, and through social media channels. New information about VRAP will be posted online at: www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/education.asp

 

We appreciate your help in communicating this important information to Veterans.

 

 

Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Legionnaires heading to Washington


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 commanders will meet with National Commander Dellinger on March 23 at the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Several of the Legion’s commissions and committees will meet the next day, followed by the "Commander’s Call" legislative briefing on March 25. Confirmed speakers for that event include Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The Washington Conference also includes a two-day Business Development Workshop on March 25-26.
Several pre-conference events are also planned at the Washington Hilton, beginning with a March 20 Hiring Our Heroes Career Fair that will feature vendors such as USAA, Lockheed Martin, The Home Depot, the Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, Intelsat and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Also on March 20, The American Legion will conduct an Employment Workshop and a VA claims processing event to help veterans in filing their benefits claims.
On March 22-23, The American Legion will host a For HEROES (Her Entrepreneurship – Resources, Opportunities, Experiences & Support) Women’s Entrepreneurship Course. The two-day intensive entrepreneurship course was created by the Legion in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse (N.Y.) University. After completing the free course, participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan and launch their enterprise.
Women veterans interested in attending the For HEROES Women’s Entrepreneurship Course can register online here or register by contacting Jasmine Davis at (202) 263-5771 or jdavis@legion.org.


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, March 14, 2014

ESPNU to broadcast American Legion World Series championship in Shelby

Shelby Star (NC)
ESPNU to broadcast American Legion World Series championship in Shelby
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 televised on ESPNU, with a potential viewership of 80 million.
There may be a few minor stadium changes at Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium to accommodate the new TV presence, Holbrook said.
“I don’t think they will be major, but we will have to have the fiber and additional power sources to supply satellite dishes,” he said. “We will have to have more camera locations. ESPN3 only had three or four, while ESPNU will need six to eight cameras at minimum.”
Any stadium changes will be decided in early April, Holbrook said.
'Changes the entire format'
The tournament schedule will also change to accommodate the TV coverage.
“It changes the entire format of the tournament,” Holbrook said. “It just used to be a double elimination tournament, but going to ESPNU required a change of format.”
Broadcasting the games live makes it necessary to change the format of the World Series from a double elimination tournament to pool play.
“ESPNU needs to know the exact time each game will be played. There can’t be any ‘what-ifs,’” Holbrook said. “In double elimination, you have what-ifs with the championship game."
With pool play, every team knows exactly what time they are playing and every team gets a day off, because there will always be two teams that won’t be playing.
Each team is also assured up to three games, where in the past they may not have played more than two.
To switch to pool play, the board had to get permission from the national Legion headquarters.
Teams will also arrive a day earlier for the tournament, Holbrook said.
'Contributing to travel tourism'
Holbrook said the new World Series format will mean teams will be in town longer, which will mean more opportunities for those visitors to spend money that will help the local economy.
“Under the present format, every team will be playing through Sunday. Their teams and parents will stay in town a day or two longer,” Holbrook said. “This gives them a better feel for the events. People will be staying here longer and also contributing to travel tourism.”
The 2013 ALWS pumped $15.8 million into the local economy, according to a report from the Cleveland County travel/tourism department.
Part of the agreement with ESPNU is also to have 30-second advertising spots during the World Series to promote and advertise the county, Holbrook said.
“This provides the county and city the ability to showcase things like the stadium, the Scruggs Center, the Don Gibson, gateway trails and our wineries,” he said. “This gives us an opportunity to promote this area and shoot them across the nation."
 
2014 American Legion World Series
* Aug. 14-19, 2014
* For more information, follow @AL_WorldSeries on Twitter, "like" The Shelby Star on Facebook or visit www.legion.org/baseball.
* Follow The Star in the coming months for more information on the ALWS concerts, festival, baseball games and more.
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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 the United States and so The American Legion began.

95 years ago The American Legion was found on four pillars; Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, Child & Youth, National Security, and Americanism.  Supporting the ideals and the Boys Scout organization was a part of our founding and since then The American Legion supports 23 different programs for the veterans and youth of America.  They include Boys State and Boys Nation, American Legion Baseball, the Oratorical Contest and many other programs that support the 4 pillars of our founding. The American Legion, Department of Michigan and its over 400 Posts continue to support our veterans, their families, our local communities, and the youth of this great State of Michigan.  Our 86,000 members volunteer, raise money, and keep with the intent of our basic premise, “veterans serving veterans”. 

To learn more about The American Legion, Department of Michigan and how to become a member visit www.michiganlegion.org or call (517) 371-4720 ext 16.

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Mark Sutton, Public Relations Director, (517) 371-4720 ext 16 mark@michiganlegion.org

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, March 10, 2014

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


Save the Date
Veterans Park at Piquette Square
Ribbon Cutting and Naming Ceremony
May 21, 2014, 9 - 10:30AM
 
Please RSVP:
 
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 more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

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 surrounding areas, now have a new outlet to interface with, and to serve, the community. The American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran’s organization, is inviting all wartime veterans in the area to join them in revitalizing 4 American Legion posts in the Lansing area.

Officers and staff members of The American Legion Post 178, Post 205, Post 237, Post 460 and Michigan American Legion state headquarters will be in town March 13th, 14th, and 15th             at 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 related questions 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 Legion, the American Legion officers will focus on community service and assistance to veterans. The scope and nature of the post’s community
service will be determined by its members and inputs from local civic and community officials.

Since its founding in 1919, The American Legion has been a key advocate for veterans’ benefits children & youth, patriotic American values, a strong national defense and quality-of-life issues for those serving in today’s armed forces.

The organization, which created the original draft of the GI Bill, is the leading advocate for a strong veteran’s health care system. Creation of the federal forerunner of the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as the agency’s ascent to cabinet-level status is due in part to The American Legion’s advocacy. The American Legion was also instrumental in the establishment of the veteran’s home loan, veterans hiring preference and just compensation to veterans suffering from illnesses related to their military service, including those whose ailments stem from exposure to Agent Orange and mysterious Persian Gulf origins.

Equally significant are The American Legion’s efforts to instill values in young people through
numerous programs, including American Legion Boys State, American Legion Boys Nation, Junior Shooting Sports, the National High School Oratorical Contest, and American Legion Baseball. The American Legion has supported Scouting since 1919. Many American Legion posts also support Junior ROTC high school units, fund-raising for handicapped children, the Children’s Miracle Network and partnerships with other nonprofit organizations such as Special Olympics.

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Contact Mark Sutton, Public Relations Director, 517-371-4720 ext 16 or email mark@michiganlegion.org