Thursday, May 29, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 5/29 to 6/6

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 5 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!

"Golf, Golf, & more Golf" It's that time of year when everyone is hosting a golf outing. To help you duffers pick the ones you like I am listing them here. Date, group hosting & where the golf takes place:

  • "Wednesday, June 4, 2014" State VFW in Grand Blanc. Flyer
  • "Saturday, June 21, 2014 (NEW)" Troy VFW in Troy. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, June 28, 2014" Chief Petty Officer Association at Selfridge. Flyer
  • "Monday, July 14, 2014 (NEW)" Selfridge Air Show Group in Chesterfield Twp. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, August 2, 2014" Great Lakes National Cemetery in Lepeer. Flyer
  • "Saturday, August 2, 2014" Pontiac VVA Chapter 133 at Highland Hills. Flyer.
  • "Friday, August 8, 2014" Marine Corps League at Selfridge. Flyer
  • "Saturday, August 16, 2014" Garden City AM Legion in Dearborn Hgts. Flyer
  • "Sunday, August 17, 2014" MI Women Marine Association at Selfridge. Flyer

"Warrior Veteran Ice Hockey" Michigan Warrior Hockey Program for disabled/wounded Veterans will be hosting a training clinic Tuesdays 7:30pm-8:50pm starting June 17 at Royal Oak Ice Arena. Free to all Veterans, leading up to skating competitively and charity/fundraiser events in the Fall. Contact General Manager Josh Krajewski at jkrajewski1@yahoo.com or 313-461-3211 for more information.

"Tiger Baseball Tickets" Active members and Veterans of the military are eligible to purchase half-price box office dynamically priced Upper Box Infield and Upper Reserved tickets to all 2014 Monday-Thursday regular season home games excluding July 8, 9 and August 26, 27 and 28. Tickets must be purchased at the Comerica Park Box Office and a valid military ID or Veteran ID must be presented at time of purchase. Service members may purchase a maximum of four (4) tickets per customer. This offer is based on availability. http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/community/saluteheroes.jsp

EVENTS

"Friday, May 30, 2014" Fraser VFW Post 6691 is hosting a Reverse Raffle, with over $4000 is raffle prizes. Donation is $50 for a raffle ticket & dinner, $20 for extra person with you dinner. Dinner will start at 6:30 with raffle starting at 7:30. See flyer for more information.

"Saturday, May 31, 2014" The Disabled American Veterans is holding an informational seminar on benefits at the Robert Cox Chapter 129, located at 47326 Dequindre, Shelby Twp, from 1 to 3PM. For more information see flyer.

"Wednesday, June 4, 2014" The Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport in Belleville, will be hosting Tim Burns, North American Rockwell, sharing his experiences on the F-86, the B-1, space shuttle, etc. This is a free event in their general purpose room, starting at 7:30PM.

"Wednesday, June 4, 2014" Richmond VFW Post 6802 is hosting the State VFW Convention Golf Outing at the Jewel of Grand Blanc Golf Course, 5270 Perry Rd, Grand Blanc, with a 9AM tee off time. $55 per golfer, $220 per team of 4, includes golf, cart, hot dogs, chips, etc. For more info contact them at 586-651-8228 or see attached flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. May 29th, Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "THURSDAY CAR CRUISES".  Food, Fun and Music.  50/50 Raffles.  Featuring a Little Bit of Classic Cars.  For more information, contact J. Sutton at (313) 207-6689.  Post 2645 is located 24222 W. 9 Mile Road in Southfield.  Just West of Telegraph Road.
 
  1. May 29th, Thursday 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. May 29th, 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. May 30th, 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. May 30th, 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. May 30th, 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, VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
June 1st, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org



Legion calls for criminal investigations at VA #MiLegion

            Legion calls for criminal investigations at VA
       
Phoenix report confirms dishonest scheduling procedures are 'systemic'

            WASHINGTON (May 28, 2014) - American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger has called for criminal investigations of all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees responsible for "secret" waiting lists at VA hospitals linked to the preventable patient deaths, after a May 28 interim report by VA's Office of Inspector General found the practice to be "systemic."
            "Now that VA's Office of Inspector General has confirmed what The American Legion claims," Dellinger said, "we are calling not only for the resignations of Secretary Shinseki and Under Secretary Hickey, but also the chief administrators of every hospital found guilty of falsifying their waiting lists for patients.
            "We want every VA employee who participated in these cover-ups to be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law if found guilty."
            The report said that reviews at several VA medical facilities have confirmed that dishonest scheduling practices are systemic throughout VHA (Veterans Health Administration).
            As of last month, VA's Office of Inspector General identified about 1,400 veterans waiting to receive primary-care appointments and another 1,700 veterans waiting for such appointments whose names were not in the hospital's Electronic Waiting List, or any list at all. The Office of Inspector General further noted its investigation has now spread to 42 other locations throughout the VA health care system.
            "These findings confirm what we've warned of from the very beginning," said Dellinger. "VA has been hiding the fact it is struggling to meet its own goal of setting appointments for veterans within 14 days. Instead, they lie to veterans by forcing them to wait for months on unofficial lists and some of them may be dying while they wait."
            Dellinger said VA must find a way to immediately get veterans the care they need and clean up the waiting-list scandal. "If VA needs to purchase additional private care to get veterans more timely treatment, then so be it. VA already has a budget for fee-based care, but are they spending the whole budget?  If not, that's where they need to start. Spend every dime of funding set aside for fee-based care, then move ahead from there."
            The Phoenix facility has also been accused by whistleblowers of "cooking the books" and making false reports of wait-times to VA's Central Office in Washington in order to qualify for big bonuses. The report noted that, while the Central Office listed average patient wait- times in Phoenix at 24 days, VA's Office of Inspector General's investigation showed the average to be 115 days.
            The report said that veterans "were and continue to be at risk of being forgotten or lost in Phoenix HCS's (Health Care System's) convoluted scheduling process. As a result, these veterans may never obtain a requested or required clinical appointment."
            One consequence of not placing veterans on Electronic Waiting Lists, the report said, "is that the Phoenix HCS leadership significantly understated the time new patients waited for their primary care appointment in their FY 2013 performance appraisal accomplishments, which is one of the factors considered for awards and salary increases."
            "Now that the Office of Inspector General has confirmed that VA employees in Phoenix were lying to veterans and hiding wait lists," Dellinger said, "we need to see swift, decisive action to ensure that VA is, indeed, capable of meeting its obligations to America's veterans."
            Dellinger called on VA to immediately implement all recommendations of the Office of Inspector General's report and to act swiftly to care for the veterans who have already waited far too long for treatment they have earned.
            "The American Legion will not allow these veterans to be forgotten while they wait," Dellinger said. "Neither should the Department of Veterans Affairs."

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Contact: Marty Callaghan, 202-341-8900.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Proposed Amendment to the Department of Michigan By-Laws #MiLegion

At the 2014 American Legion Department of Michigan Summer Convention the following By-Law Change is being proposed.

AMENDMENT 2014

Explanation of intended change:

Amendment 1 – Reasons for change:  In many past years, the Department has not had any or very few Posts participate in the various rituals and Color Guard competitions.  The Department parades have consisted of forming up and marching around a hotel parking lot and the parade has low participation.  Due to such low participation and financial concerns, the following is submitted:


AMENDMENT 1 – Submitted by Department Internal Affairs Committee

A proposed change to the State Constitution and By-Laws, Page 3-4, Article IV, Section 1, subsection f, which now reads:
            Americanism and Community Service
                        Subcommittee:  Law & Order
                        Subcommittee:  Scouting
            American Legion Baseball
            American Legion Boys' State
            Children and Youth
            Economic
            Education and Scholarship
            Finance/Personnel
            Internal Affairs
Subcommittee:  Constitution and By-Laws
Subcommittee:  Contest Supervisory
            Legislative
            Membership
            Michigan Leadership College
            National Security and Foreign Relations
                        Subcommittee:  Blood, Eye and Vital Organ Bank
                        Subcommittee:  POW/MIA
            Permanent Time and Place and Resolutions Assignment
            Post Development
            Public Relations
            Reconnect
            Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation
                        Subcommittee: V.A.V.S./V.H.V.S.
                       
            To be amended by:
eliminating the Contest Supervisory subcommittee of the Internal Affairs Committee

            so that when amended, Article IV, Section 1, subsection f, shall read:
The following permanent Department Committees and Subcommittees are hereby authorized:
            Americanism and Community Service
                        Subcommittee:  Law & Order
                        Subcommittee:  Scouting
            American Legion Baseball
            American Legion Boys' State
            Children and Youth
            Economic
            Education and Scholarship
            Finance/Personnel
            Internal Affairs
Subcommittee:  Constitution and By-Laws
            Legislative
            Membership
            Michigan Leadership College
            National Security and Foreign Relations
                        Subcommittee:  Blood, Eye and Vital Organ Bank
                        Subcommittee:  POW/MIA
            Permanent Time and Place and Resolutions Assignment
            Post Development
            Public Relations
            Reconnect
            Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation

                        Subcommittee: V.A.V.S./V.H.V.S.

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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.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 5/15 to 5/22

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!

"Golf, Golf, & more Golf" It's that time of year when everyone is hosting a golf outing. To help you duffers pick the ones you like I am listing them here. Date, group hosting & where the golf takes place:

  • "Friday, May 16, 2014" Operation Injured Soldiers in Novi. Flyer.
  • "Sunday, May 18, 2014" Dearbrn Legion in Dearborn. Flyer
  • "Sunday, May 18, 2014" Richmond VFW in Ray Twp. Flyer
  • "Wednesday, June 4, 2014" State VFW in Grand Blanc. Flyer
  • "Saturday, June 28, 2014 (NEW)" Chief Petty Officer Association at Selfridge. Flyer
  • "Saturday, August 2, 2014" Great Lakes National Cemetery in Lepeer. Flyer
  • "Friday, August 8, 2014" Marine Corps League at Selfridge. Flyer
  • "Saturday, August 16, 2014" Garden City AM Legion in Dearborn Hgts. Flyer
  • "Sunday, August 17, 2014" MI Women Marine Association at Selfridge. Flyer

"Wounded Warrior Veteran Ice Hockey" Joshua Krajewski is looking to start a Wounded Warrior Vet Ice Hockey League here in the Metro Detroit area, similar to one in Maryland. For complete information visit their website.

EVENTS

"Thursday, May 15, 2014 " Livonia American Legion Post 32, 9318 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, will be hosting a car show at 5PM with dinners, music, door prizes, etc, every Thursday in May. Call 734-427-5630 of see flyer for more info.

"Friday, May 16, 2014" Operation Injured Soldiers is holding their 5th annual Injured Soldiers Golf Outing at the Links of Novi, 50395 Ten Mile, Novi, with a 9:30AM shotgun start. Dinner at 4PM. For complete information see attached flyer.

"Friday, May 16, 2014" The Oakland County Women's Advisory Board is hosting Operation Success for Women Veterans, for networking, resources & Support. This is a free event at the Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills, from 11AM till 3PM, Building G Student Center. Registration is required by calling 248-853-7862. See flyer for more details.

"Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17, 2014" Tight Lines for Troops is hosting a charity fishing tournament for Michigan veterans at Seng's Marina, 47 Lake St, Manistee. Everyone is invited, but veterans pay nothing. See attached flyer for complete information on this event.

"Saturday, May 17, 2014" The Women Marines Association of MI & Romeo Masonic Temple invite all to their packing party to send packages to our troops overseas. Event is held in Romeo at 231 N Main from 10AM ti 2:30PM. See attached flyer for items of need and more information.

"Saturday, May 17, 2014" The Wolverine Chapter #67, Women's Army Corps Veteran Association, will be holding their 72nd annual anniversary luncheon at the Karas House, 23632 Plymouth Rd, Redford, from Noon to 4PM. Guest speaker will be the Honorable David Nathan, State Rep District 8, of the State Veterans Affairs Committee. Donation of $30. For reservations and more information see attached flyer.

"Saturday, May 17, 2014" The Royal Oak VFW Post 1669 is hosting an Armed Forces Day salute featuring the Legends Live, starting with a steak dinner at 5PM, show at 7:30. See Gene Pitney, Buddy Holly, etc. Tickets are $25 with a cash bar. Call Dan at 248-613-6831 for tickets or see flyer for more information.

"Saturday, May 17, 2014" Macomb County Team Selfridge is hosting a Career Fair at the Joint Dining Facility, 43156 Wagner, Selfridge, from 2 to 6PM. This event is open to all military & spouses, veterans, reserve members, etc. See flyer for complete information.

"Saturday, May 17, 2014" A Veterans & Family Fishing Derby will be held at Stoney Creek Metropark Winter Cove. Registration begins at 8:30 AM Opening Ceremony is at 9:00 AM. This is a free event. See flyer for more information.

"Sunday, May 18, 2014" The Birmingham Hometown Parade Committee will host a kick-off for summer events with a Hometown Parade starting at 1PM in downtown Birmingham. Veteran group participants are asked to attend with a special hospitality tent and reserved parking. See their website for specifics or attached flyer.

"Sunday, May 18, 2014" American Legion Dearborn Post 364 is hosting the 11th annual Bobby V golf outing to benefit Dearborn American Legion Baseball, at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course, 1300 S Telegraph, Dearborn. Registration at 9AM with a shotgun start at 10, dinner at 3 at the Legion Hall. Cost is $75 per person/$300 per foursome. See flyer for registration and more info.

"Sunday, May 18, 2014"The Richmond VFW Post 6802 is hosting its first annual Armed Forces Day Golf Outing at the Timberwood Golf Course, 23700 31 Mile, Ray Township, with a Noon shotgun start. Cost is $60 per golfer which includes 18 holes of golf, food, 50/50 raffle, steak dinner. See flyer for complete information.

"Tuesday, May 20, 2014"Southfield VFW Post 2645 is hosting a Casino Trip to Firekeepers Casino. Leave the post at 24222 W 9 Mile at 9AM, return at 7PM. Cost is $40 per person which includes $20 freeplay, juice & sweet rolls on the bus. For more info contact Donna at 248-357-5151 or see attached flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. May 15th, Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "THURSDAY CAR CRUISES".  Food, Fun and Music.  50/50 Raffles.  Featuring a Little Bit of Classic Cars.  For more information, contact J. Sutton at (313) 207-6689.  Post 2645 is located 24222 W. 9 Mile Road in Southfield.  Just West of Telegraph Road.
 
  1. May 15th, 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. May 15th, Thursday 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.
 
  1. May 16th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "STEAK OUT".  Grill a delicious New York Strip Steak "or" Chicken Breast, Baked Potato, Baked Beans, Salad, Rolls and Dessert for Just $12.  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.  Phone (586) 725-7100. 
 
  1. May 16th, 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.
 
  1. May 16th, 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. May 16th, 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, VFW 1370 1st Annual Boot camp Burrito Challenge."  VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
15.  May 16th, 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.
 
  1. May 16th, 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.
 
  1. May 18th, Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "4TH ANNUAL HOT RODS & HOT CAKES".  All You Can Eat Hot Cakes, Sausage, Bacon, Orange Juice & Coffee.  Breakfast Fundraiser for $7.  Children 6 & Under $4.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
 
  1. May 18th, 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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The American Legion Town Hall in Phoenix Tonight at 7 pm (local) - Streamed on Web

Media Advisory
The American Legion Town Hall
Topic: Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
7 pm local time
American Legion Post 41
715 South 2nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003
 
What: Deeply concerned about reports of fraudulent patient waiting lists, unacceptable wait times, denial of medical services, and a lack of accountability at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country, American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger and The American Legion System Worth Saving Task Force have also found cases where patient satisfaction was high and VA was meeting the needs of its population in a professional and ethical manner.
 
National Commander Dellinger and guest panelists are welcoming interested shareholders (veterans) and their families to share their experiences and concerns at the town hall. Commander Dellinger will take these concerns and experience with him when he testifies before Congress, Thursday, May 15.
 
Media Contacts: John Raughter, (317) 441-8847, Angel Juarez, (602)738-3860
 
The town hall will be web-streamed on www.AzCentral.com
 
Panelists will be available for interviews beginning at 6 pm local time.
 
 
 

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 5/8 to 5/15

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 11(!) 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!

"Golf, Golf, & more Golf" It's that time of year when everyone is hosting a golf outing. To help you duffers pick the ones you like I am listing them here. Date, group hosting & where the golf takes place:

  • "Friday, May 16, 2014" Operation Injured Soldiers in Novi. Flyer.
  • "Sunday, May 18, 2014" Dearbrn Legion in Dearborn. Flyer
  • "Sunday, May 18, 2014" Richmond VFW in Ray Twp. Flyer
  • "Wednesday, June 4, 2014" State VFW in Grand Blanc. Flyer
  • "Saturday, August 2, 2014" Great Lakes National Cemetery in Lepeer. Flyer
  • "Friday, August 8, 2014" Marine Corps League at Selfridge. Flyer
  • "Saturday, August 16, 2014" Garden City AM Legion in Dearborn Hgts. Flyer
  • "Sunday, August 17, 2014" MI Women Marine Association at Selfridge. Flyer

"Red Cross Items for Veterans" The SE Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross has several programs to assist veterans, and their families, with free programs & grants. See the associated flyer for each to get the full details. (1) Certified Nurse Assistant Training. (2) Boots to Business. (3) Emergency Financial Assistance. For questions regarding any of these programs contact Anne at 313-576-4126.

EVENTS

"Friday, May 9, 2014" The International Armed Forces Council will be holding its 55th annual International Armed Forces Night Dining-Out Gala at the Fogolar Furlan Club, 1800 N Service Rd, Windsor, starting at 6:30PM. Guest speaker will be LtC Karen McCrimmon, RCAF Retired. Also commemorating the 90th anniversary of the RCAF. Tickets are $90. See flyer for complete information.

"Friday, May 9, 2014" The DSO is performing "Patriotic Pops" at 8PM downtown with Jeff Tyzik conducting. This is a special VFW event so members and their families may purchase discount tickets, main floor $15, balcony $15 (regular $19 to $58). For tickets or more info contact the box office at 313-576-5111 or see attached flyer.

"Friday, May 9, 2014" General Motors, Southwest Solutions, & The Steven Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation are hosting a Gala Dinner to benefit Piquette Square at the MGM Casino in Downtown Detroit. Guess speaker is Mark Reuss, Executive VP at GM for global product development, on why it is important to help out veterans. For more information contact Don at 810-333-1314 or see attached flyer.

"Saturday, May 10, 2014" South Oakland Shelter, which provides emergency housing to veterans in Oakland County, is holding their annual Spring Luncheon Boutique Shopping Event at the Birmingham Athletic Club, 4033 W Maple, Birmingham, from 10AM to 3PM. Celebrate the special mom in your life with a lunch and shopping spree. Cost is $50 per person/cash bar. Call 248-809-3773 or see attached for more information.

"Sunday, May 11, 2014" The DSO is performing "Patriotic Pops" at 3PM downtown with Jeff Tyzik conducting. This is a special VFW event so members and their families may purchase discount tickets, main floor $15, balcony $15 (regular $19 to $58). For tickets or more info contact the box office at 313-576-5111 or see attached flyer.

"Wednesday, May 14, 2014" The Jewish Community Job Connection will host a Job Fair open to all at the Jewish Community Center, 15110 W 10 Mile, Oak Park, from 9:30 till Noon. This event is open to all. See attached for more information.

"Thursday, May 15, 2014 (NEW)" Livonia American Legion Post 32, 9318 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, will be hosting a car show at 5PM with dinners, music, door prizes, etc, every Thursday in May. Call 734-427-5630 of see flyer for more info.

And from our VFW Friends:
  1. May 9th, 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.
 
  1. May 9th, 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. May 9th, 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, VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
  1. May 9th, 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.
 
16.  May 9th, 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.
 
17.  May 10th, Saturday – ACIVITIES & HOSPITAL REPORTS DUE AT VFW HEADQUARTERS IN LANSING or COMPLETED ELECTRONCIALLY.
 
18.  May 11th, Sunday – "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY"
 
19.  May 11th, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "Mother's Day Brunch".  Omelet Station, Pastries and Much, Much More.  $8 at the door.  Kids 7 & Under $4.  Honor Mom on her Special Day.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. or 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
 
20.  May 11th, Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "Mother's Day Brunch".  Adults $12.  Children $5.  Age 3 and Under Eat Free.  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore 48047.  Phone (586) 725-7100.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Monday, May 5, 2014

American Legion Commander says Shinseki Must Go

Editor – The following guest editorial by the national commander of The American Legion is offered for your consideration. Photos of National Commander Dellinger are available at www.legion.org.
Shinseki Must Go
 
By Daniel M. Dellinger
 
A career soldier and Vietnam veteran, General Eric Shinseki has served his country well.  His patriotism and sacrifice for this nation are above reproach.
His record as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, however, tells a  story of bureaucratic incompetence and failed leadership.
As national commander of the nation's largest veterans service organization, it is with great sadness that I call for the resignations of Secretary Shinseki, Under Secretary  of Health Robert Petzel and Under Secretary of Benefits Allison Hickey.
The disturbing reports coming from the Phoenix VA Medical Center are just one of what appears to be a pattern of scandals that have infected the entire system. It has been more than 20 years since The American Legion has called for the resignation of a public official. It's not something we do lightly.
We do this because of people who have been failed by the system.
James Pert served as a Marine in Vietnam. Diagnosed with skin cancer, diabetes and Post Traumatic Stress, he died as he waited for a medical appointment at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.
"How could they treat him so badly, when he served his country so honorably?" his widow, Sandy Pert, said to the International Business Times.
The interview came on the heels of a shocking CNN report that administrators at the hospital kept a secret waiting list, which included veterans waiting more than 200 days for an appointment. Not surprisingly, more than 40 veterans may have needlessly died while waiting. The other list – the one that was not kept secret, according to  Dr. Sam Foote –included only patients that would be seen in the next 15 days, a reasonable period intended to make executives look good and earn generous bonuses for the top brass.
More disturbing is that this is not isolated to the Grand Canyon State. More reports of "fixed" scheduling are coming from places like Fort Collins, Colo., and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
During my testimony to a congressional subcommittee last month, I mentioned reports of patients' deaths at the Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Jackson, Miss., VA Medical Centers. While unconnected to phantom waiting lists, these deaths could also be classified as negligent.
But back to Mrs. Pert. She deserves an answer, just like all affected veterans and their loved ones deserve the very best care that this nation has to offer.
I have directed The American Legion System Worth Saving Task Force to conduct a townhall meeting at American Legion Post 41 in Phoenix on May 13. All those affected by VA's reckless bureaucracy are welcome to attend. All are welcome to tell their stories on a new platform set up at www.legion.org.
The Legion System Worth Saving Task Force will follow the townhall meeting with a visit to the Phoenix VA Medical Center on May 14-15. As national commander of The American Legion, I was able to meet with President Obama in the Oval Office a few weeks ago. I expressed The American Legion's strong concerns about service at the VA.
I also discussed the unacceptable benefits backlog and poor access to facilities with Shinseki. My staff has met with top VA officials. We have found the meetings far less than satisfactory and the answers not very forthcoming. In fact, the secretary didn't seem to fully appreciate the seriousness of the situation and, at the time, didn't feel anybody needed to be replaced. If it were a private institution or  if the executives were still in the military, they would be relieved of duty.
 
VA's senior leaders didn't seem to realize that one great tragedy of these delays and needless deaths is that they undeniably besmirch the compassionate work of thousands of dedicated VA employees and the outstanding care that many facilities provide. A few years ago, The American Legion was lauding the VA for its great care and we hope to do so again. Unfortunately, we do not see VA enacting the culture change that it so desperately needs with the current leadership in place. Senior VA leaders have isolated themselves from the media and, more importantly, from answering to their shareholders, America's veterans.
We look forward to hearing the results of the VA Inspector General's report and The American Legion welcomes Sen. Bernie Sanders' intention to hold hearings based on the IG's findings.
Like the mythical bird for which the city is named, the Phoenix VAMC needs to rise from the ashes of its bureaucratic ineptitude and provide the medical care worthy of the veterans it was built to serve.
As Mr. Pert's widow told the IB Times, "We were married for 33 years. My heart is broken. I just can't understand."
Neither can we.
Although putting Phoenix VA director Sharon Helman and two other senior executives on administrative leave is a step in the right direction, VA clearly has a widespread problem that goes beyond the misbehavior of three people. Moreover, VA has been dragging its feet in dealing with the backlog of disability claims and modernizing its records.  The private sector would never tolerate such inefficiency and callousness.  Neither should veterans.
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Daniel M. Dellinger is the national commander of the 2.4 million member American Legion, www.legion.org.
 
Media contact: John Raughter, office: (317) 630-1350, cell (317)441-8847, jraughter@legion.org; Washington: Marty Callaghan ,  (202) 263-5758, (202)215-8644mcallaghan@legion.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

News Release: Commander disturbed over new VA allegations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Commander disturbed over new VA allegations
Another Phoenix doctor's claim that evidence was destroyed to conceal secret waiting lists must be investigated and, if true, lead to severe consequences, Dellinger says.
WASHINGTON (May 2, 2014) -- American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger reacted with serious concern following Thursday night's Arizona Republic story that a second Phoenix Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System doctor has stepped forward to corroborate allegations of patient-care failures at the facility.
VA Dr. Katherine Mitchell reported to The Republic that she received a call last Sunday from a VA employee who said records were being destroyed at that very moment at the facility, which is now the subject of VA Inspector General's investigation into the deaths of as many as 40 veterans whose names were allegedly kept on a secret list and went unreported.
"These shocking allegations, if true, are further proof that something is terribly wrong at the Phoenix VA facility," said Dellinger, leader of the nation's largest veterans service organization. "VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has taken the proper steps in placing the facility's director, associate director and another employee on administrative leave while this investigation is ongoing. But if it is determined that there was willful negligence on the part of the staff that resulted in the deaths of veterans, any ensuing cover-up or destruction of records that could assist in the investigation, employee terminations and criminal charges must be brought against those responsible.
"I also want to acknowledge those who have stepped forward to bring this situation into the public eye – knowing fully that by speaking up, they could be jeopardizing their careers with VA. If allegations of record destruction are proven, their courage and commitment to our nation's veterans should be commended."
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Contact: Marty Callaghan:202-263-5758/202-215-8644, mcallaghan@legion.or. A high resolution photo of Nat. Cmdr. Dellinger is available at www.legion.org.
 
 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 5/1 to 5/8

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 9 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!

"Red Cross Items for Veterans" The SE Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross has several programs to assist veterans, and their families, with free programs & grants. See the associated flyer for each to get the full details. (1) Certified Nurse Assistant Training. (2) Boots to Business. (3) Emergency Financial Assistance. For questions regarding any of these programs contact Anne at 313-576-4126.

"Vets to AG" This Friday (5/2) we will host a recruiting event for the "Vets to Ag" training program with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Veteran Services. This event will take place at our Conner location (5555 Connor, Detroit) and will begin at 11:00 a.m. Please see the attached flyer for additional details. Also, please complete and send the attached partner referral ticket directly to me via email prior to the event to ensure a smooth process for our veterans. For more info contact Steve at 313-579-4925 ext. 340, and see attached items. First item, Second item.

EVENTS

"Thursday, May 1, 2014" Livonia New Horizons is hosting a Veteran Career Night at their office, located at 14115 Farmington Rd, Livonia, from 5:30 to 7PM. Vet Representatives, local business recuiters, etc., will be on hand. See attached to reserve a spot and for more information.

"Saturday, May 3, 2014" Madison Hgts VFW Post 9507 Ladies Aux will be hosting their 5th annual Mexican Fiesta from 4 to 8PM at the post, 630 E 11 Mile, Madison Hgts. Cost is $8 per person and will receive tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, salsas, etc. See flyer for complete details.

"Saturday, May 3, 2014" UAW Local 400 is hosting a Bowling Fund-raiser for the Romeo VFW Post at Summit Lanes, 66600 Van Dyke, Romeo, from 6PM on. $25 per player which includes shoe rental, pizza, and 3 hours of bowling. Call Erin at 586-634-3649 or see flyer for more details.

"Saturday, May 3, 2014" Dearborn American Legion Post 364 is hosting a Kentucky Derby Southern Fare & Mint Juleps BBQ at their post, located at 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn, from 4 till 8PM. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, May 3, 2014" Rochester American Legion Post 172 is hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for Operation Yellow Ribbon and Liberty's Legacy. Event will take place at their post located at 234 Walnut Blvd, Rochester, from 5 to 8 PM. Cost is $10 adults, $5 for children 12 & under. For more info contact Terri at 248-651-8137 or see attached flyer.

"Sunday, May 4, 2014 (NEW)" Wyandotte Legion Riders at Legion Post 217 is hosting a Cinco De Mayo Dinner, 2817 Van Alstyne, Wyandotte, starting at 5PM. Cost is $8 and includes two entrees, desert, etc.

"Wednesday, May 7, 2014" The Yankee Air Museum will present Dennis Norton who will discuss the history of the Yankee Air Museum, starting at 7:30PM in the General Purpose Room of the Museum. This is a free event to the public.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. May 1st, Thursday 7:00 p.m.  – "LOYALTY DAY PROGRAM at POST 7573 NEW BALTIMORE".  Open to the Public.  Guest Speakers.   Children are invited.  Food will be served after the program.   Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore 48047.  Phone (586) 725-7100.
 
  1. May 1st, Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "THURSDAY CAR CRUISES".  Food, Fun and Music.  50/50 Raffles.  Featuring a Little Bit of Classic Cars.  For more information, contact J. Sutton at (313) 207-6689.  Post 2645 is located 24222 W. 9 Mile Road in Southfield.  Just West of Telegraph Road.
 
  1. May 1st, Thursday 10:30 a.m. – VFW 4659 Shelby Twp. – "BINGO".  Doors open at 9:30 a.m.  Bingo starts at 10:30 a.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson St. in Shelby Twp.  Phone 586-781-9109.
 
8.      May 1st, Thursday 6:15 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.
 
9.      May 1st, 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. May 2nd, 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.
 
  1. May 2nd, 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. May 2nd, 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.  VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
  1. May 2nd, 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.
 
14.  May 2nd, 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.
 
15.  May 3rd, Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 9507 Madison Heights – "MEXICAN FIESTA DINNER for $8".  VFW 9507 Madison Heights is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.
 
16.  May 3rd, Saturday 6:00 p.m. – "BOWLING FUNDRAISER" -  All proceeds will go to VFW Post 2052 Romeo.  $20 per player due by April 25th.  $25 at the door.  Includes Pizza, Shoe Rental, and (3) hours of Bowling.  Prizes & Raffles.  Check in Starts at 6:00 p.m.  Game will start at 7:00 p.m.  Let's Show Support to our Soldiers.  Sponsored by Local 400 Veterans Committee.  Summit Bowling Alley is located at 66600 Van Dyke Road in Romeo.  For more information contact:  Erin Colon @ 586-634-3649 or Shalanda Woods @ (810) 650-8115 or Jimmy Caygill @ 586-731-6270 or Romeo VFW Liason @ 586-531-4488.
 
17.  May 4th, Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "2nd ANNUAL BOOT CAMP BURRITO EATING CONTEST".  Burrito Challenge is a 3 lb Steak, Rice, Beans, Pico and "Ghost" Chili.  "Free if you eat within 45 minutes and $12 if you don't".  $5 donation for a plate or sign up with Teresa to bring a dish.  50/50 Raffle and other items.  Doors open at 12 Noon.  Food starts at 3:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy an early Cinco de Mayo at the VFW Post 1370 located at 800 Cesar Chavez Ave. in Pontiac 48341.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
  1. May 4th, 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