Thursday, June 19, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 6/19 to 7/3

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  I'm going on vacation for a week so no listing next week!  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

Next email on the 3rd!  Going to lie on the beach for a week!

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Golf, Golf, & more Golf" It's that time of year when everyone is hosting a golf outing. This week I added 1 new one! To help you duffers pick the ones you like I am listing them here. Date, group hosting & where the golf takes place:

  • "Friday, June 20, 2014" State VFW in Newaygo. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, June 21, 2014" Troy VFW in Troy. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, June 28, 2014" Chief Petty Officer Association at Selfridge. Flyer
  • "Saturday, June 28, 2014" Westland Veterans Association in Canton. Flyer.
  • "Monday, July 14, 2014" Selfridge Air Show Group in Chesterfield Twp. Flyer.
  • "Sunday, July 20, 2014 (NEW)" Vet Treatment Courts in Oxford. 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
  • "Monday, August 18, 2014" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. Flyer.
  • "Thursday, September 11, 2014" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. Flyer.

"Free Legal Services for Vets" Many veterans don't know that they can get a free attorney to help them appeal a veterans benefits claim denial at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (http://www.vetsprobono.org/) is a nonprofit organization that provides free attorneys to any veteran or survivor with a viable case for benefits at the court. For more info you can also contact Ami Neiberger-Miller at ami@steppingstoneLLC.com

"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, June 20, 2014" The State VFW is holding its 8th annual Camp Trotter for Children Golf Outing at the Village Green Golf Course, 8130 Bingham Ave, Newaygo, with a 9AM shotgun start. Cost is $60 per person, $240 per team, and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, steak dinner, door prizes. For more information contact Ernie at 517-490-1221 or see flyer.

"Friday, June 20, 2014" Riders For A Cause (supporting the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund) will host their annual Charity Run, BikeFest' 14, starting with a 10AM departure from KUKA, 6600 Center Dr, Sterling Hgts. Registration deadline is June 13th. Destination is the Detroit Pub in Mt. Clemens. For more info call Bob at 586-344-3528 or see attached flyer.

"Saturday, June 21, 2014" The War Dog Cemetery will be holding funerals for two police K-9 dogs starting at noon, located at 11 Mile & Milford Rd. Police Honor Guard, Patriot Riders, etc., are just some of the groups that will be on hand.

"Saturday, June 21, 2014" State Senator Colbeck will be hosting a forum "Serving Those that Have Served Us" at the Northville AM Legion Post 147, 100 W Dunlap, Northville, from 2 to 5PM. All are welcome to attend. See flyer for more details.

"Saturday, June 21, 2014" Southfield VFW Post 2645 is hosting its 8th annual neighbor garage sale from 9AM to 5PM in the parking lot, 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield. Bring your items, crafts, hobies, etc. $15 per space, $5 per table. See flyer for complete information.

"Saturday, June 21, 2014" The Troy VFW Post 4037 is hosting its first annual golf outing at the Somerset Park Golf Course. For $30 you play 9 holes, which includes cart. For more info contact Gunny at 248-515-5883 or see attached flyer.

"Sunday, June 22, 2014" The Montford Point Marine Association will host its annual Heritage Military Banquet at the Shiners Silver Garden, 24350 Southfield Rd, Southfield. Featured speaker is former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, along with US Ambassador Theodore Britton. Dress attire. For more information contact Robert at 313-300-0165 or see attached flyer.

"Friday, June 27, 2014" The Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its state convention for 3 days at the Double Tree by Hilton, Southfield Rd & Ford Rd, Detroit.

"Friday, June 27, 2014 (NEW)" Neighborhood Legal Services & the VA Justice department will hold a seminar on Assistance for Homeless Veterans - Removing barriers to housing & on child support, expungements, tickets, etc. This will be held at the John Dingell VA Hospital, Room B1290 (Red Area) from 9AM till Noon. Seating is limited so contact the outreach program at 313-576-1000, ext 65537. See flyer for more information.

"Saturday, June 28, 2014" The Westland Veterans Association is hosting a golf outing at Fellows Creek Golf Club, 2936 Lotz Rd, Canton, with a shotgun start at 8AM. Cost is $100 per person and includes a free golf club, dinner, etc. For more info call Ken at 734-716-3432 or see attached flyer.

"Saturday, June 28, 2014" The Selfridge Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) is hosting their 44th annual golf outing at Hickory Hollow Golf Course at Selfridge. 7AM checkin, 8AM shotgun start. Golf & dinner is $70, dinner only is $15. Contact Walt at 586-231-0265 or see attached for more information.

"Sunday, June 29, 2014" The North Wall Riders is holding their 18th annual Run to the North Wall in Windsor, to honor the Canadians that died in Vietnam with the Americans. Staging takes place at Noon at Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 5030 Howard Ave., Tecumseh. Ends with a dinner in Windsor. For more information contact the riders at 519-256-6797 or see flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. June 19th, 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. June 19th, 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. June 19th, 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. June 20th, Friday 8:00 a.m. – "GOLF OUTING at CAMP TROTTER for CHILDREN".  Registration at 8:00 a.m.  Shotgun Start at 9:00 a.m.  $60 Per Person / $240 Per Team.  Includes 18 Hole with Cart, Lunch at the Turn, Grilled Steak Dinner, 4 person scramble, Team Placement Prizes and Door Prizes.  Questions?  Contact Ernie Meyers, Sr. at (517) 490-1221. Email:  emeyers76@att.net
 
  1. June 20th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – "Old Settlers" VFW 4659 Shelby Twp. – "FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER".  Loaded Chicken Alfredo Dinner for $8.  Shrimp Dinner for $8.  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson in Shelby Twp. 48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
 
  1. June 20th, 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.  Includes baked potato, baked beans, salad, roll & butter and dessert for Just $12.00.  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.  Phone 586-725-7100.
 
7.      June 20th =, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "LAST BURGER & FRIES 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. June 20th, 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. June 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.
 
  1. June 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, VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
  1. June 21st, Saturday 9:00 a.m. – "VETERANS TRAINING CLASS at CAMP TROTTER for CHILDREN".  Cost is $30 per person.  Contact Department of Michigan VFW at (517) 485-9456.
 
  1. June 21st, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield Parking Lot – "8th ANNUAL BENEFIT GARAGE SALE".  Bring your Garage Sale Items, Crafs, Hobbies, Organization Information, etc.  Rent a Space and Sell Your Items in our Parking Lot for $15 Per Space.  Limited number of 3' X 8' Tables Available for an additional $5 per table.  Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2645.  For Space/Table Rental information and to reserve your Spot, Contact:  Donna @ 248-357-5151.
 
  1. June 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.
 
  1. June 23rd, Monday 6:15 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "MONDAY CAR SHOW & BINGO".  Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:15 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Sponsored by Dad Club #193.  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

Greatest Legislation for the Greatest Generation

Greatest Legislation for the Greatest Generation
 
By Daniel M. Dellinger
 
Seventy years ago this month, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed what many historians and economists consider the greatest social legislation ever passed by the United States Congress.  As popular as the GI Bill remains today, the passage of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 was by no means a slam dunk.
"Everything that glitters is not necessarily gold," leaders of four major veterans' organizations wrote in an open letter opposing the measure just months earlier. Even Roosevelt was initially opposed, telling an American Legion convention in 1933 that "no person because he wore a uniform must thereafter be placed in a special class of beneficiaries over and above other citizens." Of course, World War II clearly changed Roosevelt's thinking. Moreover, veterans did not want to be placed in a "special class;" they just wanted a shot at the American dream that they fought so hard to defend.
        While the GI Bill was indeed expensive, critics wrongly focused on cost while ignoring the great return.  To be sure, the $14.5 billion total spent for education and $20 per week for 52 weeks of unemployment pay were no pittance, but it paled in comparison to the higher tax revenue gained from an educated working class and a housing boom resulting from millions of homeowners. When the initial GI Bill period ended in 1956, 7.8 million out of 15.4 million veterans had enrolled in an education or training program. In 1955, the Veterans Administration backed one-third of housing starts. Levittown and many other communities owed their very existence to the affordable mortgages made possible by the GI Bill. It has been estimated that the GI Bill returned $7 to the economy for every $1 of cost.
Drafted on stationery at Washington's Mayflower Hotel by Harry Colmery, a World War I veteran and past national commander of The American Legion, the provisions of the GI Bill reflected the input of a committee of prominent Legionnaires, including the organization's then-National Commander Warren Atherton and former Illinois Gov. John Stelle.  It also benefited from the strong support of newspaper titan William Randolph Hearst, who believed that the previous generation of World War I veterans were not adequately compensated.
Plenty of drama followed, including the dispatch and holding of an Eastern Airlines flight to Georgia to secure the vote of a pivotal congressman.
The cultural ramifications of the GI Bill of Rights would shape the nation that America is today.  The new benefit was color-blind, enabling African American and women veterans to pursue higher education years before Rosa Parks made her brave stand on a bus.  Beneficiaries of the GI Bill included future presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush; Sen. John Glenn, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, actor Paul Newman, singer Johnny Cash and Americans in every occupational field.  University presidents, business leaders, doctors and scientists who made it possible for the United States to win the race to the moon proved repeatedly that America was wise to invest in their educations.
And while America thrived in the decades following World War II, it avoided the pre-war unemployment rates that marked the Great Depression. Most importantly, the 16 million returning World War II veterans came home to options.
I am proud that my organization, The American Legion, lobbied hard for educational benefits to assist later generations of veterans. In fact, former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards said that the Post- 9/11 GI Bill would not have happened without The American Legion. And while Roosevelt's signing of the original Servicemen's Readjustment Act on June 22, 1944, remains one of  the finest moments in American history, The American Legion will continue to see that all future GI Bills are worthy of their name.
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 6/12 to 6/19

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. This week I removed one old one and added one new one! To help you duffers pick the ones you like I am listing them here. Date, group hosting & where the golf takes place:

  • "Friday, June 20, 2014 (NEW)" State VFW in Newaygo. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, June 21, 2014" Troy VFW in Troy. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, June 28, 2014" Chief Petty Officer Association at Selfridge. Flyer
  • "Saturday, June 28, 2014" Westland Veterans Association in Canton. Flyer.
  • "Monday, July 14, 2014" 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
  • "Monday, August 18, 2014" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. Flyer.
  • "Thursday, September 11, 2014" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. Flyer.

"Free Legal Services for Vets" Many veterans don't know that they can get a free attorney to help them appeal a veterans benefits claim denial at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (http://www.vetsprobono.org/) is a nonprofit organization that provides free attorneys to any veteran or survivor with a viable case for benefits at the court. For more info you can also contact Ami Neiberger-Miller at ami@steppingstoneLLC.com

"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

"Saturday, June 14, 2014" The Michigan Veterans Task Force is hosting a Veterans' Family Day at Camp Liberty, US-127 in St. John. Free food, music, skeet shooting, archery, etc. Starts at 10AM till 3PM. Call 517-281-4456 or see flyer for more info.

"Tuesday, June 17, 2014" The Detroit Tigers are having a veteran discount night when they play the Kansas City Royals, starting at 7:089PM. For more information and order form see flyer. For those looking for more of a package deal, Wixom VFW Post 2269 is holding a Detroit Tigers vs KC Royals Vet Appreciation Day. Bus will leave there post, 2056 Baywood, Wixom, at 5:30. Cost is $48 per person and included ticket, lunch voucher, & transporation. Call Kay at 248-624-2829 or see attached flyer.

"Tuesday, June 17, 2014" The Wayne County/Tri-County Region 10 VCAT No Wrong Door Seminar and forum will take place from 5 to 9PM at the Dearborn Hgts VFW Post 7546, 6828 N Waverly, Dearborn Hgts. This event is open to all veterans. See flyer for more information.

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



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Legion thanks Congress for swift response

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Legion thanks Congress for swift response
 
National commander urges caution about use of non-VA health-care providers
beyond the delayed appointment crisis.
 
WASHINGTON (June 12, 2014) --American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger today praised Congress for quick action this week to help veterans see physicians in a timely manner. The House and Senate both passed bills that will allow Department of Veterans Affairs patients who have been waiting unreasonable amounts of time for appointments to see non-VA providers.
The leader of the nation's largest veterans service organization added that such an emergency measure must only be a stop-gap remedy while the VA health-care system is realigned to better meet patient demand. The legislation came after independent reports showed that more than 57,000 veterans were waiting 90 days or more for VA appointments and another estimated 60,000 were denied appointments after requesting them.
"Congress has put politics aside and overwhelmingly passed bipartisan bills in both houses that begin the long journey toward restoring VA," Dellinger said. "The American Legion applauds the swift response. However, vouchering care to non-VA providers must only be a bridge to a new system, a system we know is worth saving. These bills are positive steps to begin restoring trust, foremost to veterans, but also to the American public."
The American Legion is now scheduling town hall meetings in the most affected areas of the country to better assess the problem in order to help develop solutions.
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre Hosts Free Screening of D-Day 3D

Media contact:
Melissa Foster, MelissaF@thehenryford.org, 313-982-6126

The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre Hosts Free Screening of D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 for Veterans and Active Military Friday, June 6
Free screening includes pre-screening remarks by Congressman John Dingell and Senator Carl Levin

(Dearborn, MI, May 22, 2014) In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre will host a special free screening of D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 for veterans, active military and their guests on Friday, June 6th at 1:00 pm. The free screening will include remarks by WWII veteran and U.S. Representative John Dingell and Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, prior to the start of the movie.  

Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-DAY 3D: Normandy 1944 is a Giant Screen documentary that provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner. Blending multiple cinematographic formats, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, D-DAY 3D: Normandy 1944 brings this monumental event to Michigan’s largest screen. Exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics, audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective—in breathtaking 15-perforation/70mm IMAX 3D film—how this landing changed the course of history.

From Memorial Day Weekend (Sat. May 24) through the weekend of July 4 (Sun. July 6), The Henry Ford will be commemorating and celebrating the brave men and women of the US Armed Forces with several unique and inspiring events including Civil War Remembrance in Greenfield Village May 24-26 and Salute to America in Greenfield Village, July 2-5.

Seating for the free screening is limited and registration is required. To register please visit http://www.thehenryford.org/events/normandy3D.aspx or call (313) 982-6001 for more information. Attendees are required to bring proof of military service with registration confirmation. Guests are limited to four per one veteran/active military person so that The Henry Ford can accommodate as many servicemen and women as possible.

D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 is recommended for all audiences. For more information on D-DAY 3D: Normandy 1944, visit http://www.DDay-Normandy1944.com.

ABOUT THE HENRY FORD IMAX THEATRE
Part of The Henry Ford – America’s Greatest History Attraction – The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre opened in 1999 and is Michigan’s largest IMAX theatre having the capability to show both 2D and 3D IMAX films. The theatre features Michigan’s largest IMAX screen – over six stories tall & eight stories wide, highest seating capacity, and a 12,000-watt 6-channel digital surround sound system. IMAX films are projected via a 15,000-watt xenon arc lamp utilizing 15-perforation/70mm IMAX film stock (ten times larger than conventional 35mm film) which offers the best-possible image reproduction in motion picture projection. With crystal-clear images, 12,000 watts of digital surround sound, and a maximized field-of-view on its gigantic IMAX screen, The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre provides Michigan’s most immersive and powerful movie experience – visitors will feel as if they are truly IN the movie they’re watching. For film updates and additional information, visit thehenryford.org or connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/imaxhenryford.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience® and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation.  More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com.  You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).


Schuette Warns Consumers of Malicious Software on Personal Devices

Contact: Joy Yearout 517-373-8060

June 9, 2014

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today warned the public against scam artists and criminals targeting consumers' personal electronic devices through malicious software. Schuette issued a consumer alert through his Consumer Protection Division offering helpful tips to protect phones, tablets, computers, and other mobile technology from malware.
             "With a single click, cybercriminals could take control of your personal device at any minute," said Schuette. "I urge Michigan citizens to protect their electronic devices from vicious software that wreaks havoc, opening the door for criminals to access your personal information."
Malware is malicious software that causes personal electronic devices to repeatedly crash. Malware also includes spyware designed to monitor computers, has the potential to steal consumers' personal information, or commit other types of fraud. Scammers often create official-looking emails to trick people to download malware that appear to be from governmental offices and businesses.  Other personal devices at risk include smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
            Schuette offered the following tips on how to avoid the risk of Malware:               
  • Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any file from emails.
  • If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply and do not click on the link.
  •  If you receive an email from a familiar online merchant, before opening, compare the order number to the receipt printed.
  • If you are concerned with the legitimacy of an email, contact the organization mentioned in the email to gain further information.
  • Install anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software on your personal devices and keep them up-to-date.
                    To access the full Attorney General Consumer Alert, "Malware: What is it and How to Avoid It," visit: http://1.usa.gov/1pNbiWS.  
  For general consumer protection questions or complaints, you may reach the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at: 
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
517-373-1140
Fax: 517-241-3771
Toll free: 877-765-8388
          www.michigan.gov/ag (online complaint form)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.

Veteran Events & Announcements 6/5 to 6/12

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!

"Golf, Golf, & more Golf" It's that time of year when everyone is hosting a golf outing. This week I removed one old one and added 3 new ones! To help you duffers pick the ones you like I am listing them here. Date, group hosting & where the golf takes place:

  • "Saturday, June 21, 2014" Troy VFW in Troy. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, June 28, 2014" Chief Petty Officer Association at Selfridge. Flyer
  • "Saturday, June 28, 2014 (NEW)" Westland Veterans Association in Canton. Flyer.
  • "Monday, July 14, 2014" 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
  • "Monday, August 18, 2014 (NEW)" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. Flyer.
  • "Thursday, September 11, 2014 (NEW)" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. 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

"Saturday, June 7, 2014" The Brain Injury Association of MI is holding there annual "Tips-Up For the Troops" event at the Eisenhower Center at Kensington Metropark, Brighton. This event is for OIF/OEF & Disabled/Purple Heart veterans, and is free. See flyer for registration and more information.

"Sunday, June 8, 2014" Chelsea Legion Post 31 & Michigan Kayak Fishing are hosting a free event for veterans titled "Heroes on the Water." Enjoy a day on the water & kayak fishing. Nothing to bring, all equipment provided along with lunch. For more info contact Sarah at 734-845-3787 or see flyer.

"Sunday, June 8, 2014" Mt Clemens American Legion Post 4 will be holding the John Rodick Memorial Observation Run to benefit the Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund. Kick off is at the post at 11AM with the return at 6PM. Run takes place at the post, 401 N Groesbeck Hwy, Mt Clemens. For more information call Mike at 586-610-9812 or see attached flyer.

"Monday, June 9, 2014 (NEW)" Volunteers of America is holding a summer hiring event at the St Regis Hotel, 3071 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, from 11AM to 2PM. Resume building, interview skills, translation of military skills, are just some of the topics to be covered. See flyer for complete information.

"Wednesday, June 11, 2014" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting a Veterans' Seminar from 10AM to 2PM at the museum, 47884 D St, Belleville. Benefits, claims, estate planning, etc. For more info call Kimberly 734-740-8867 or see flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. June 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.
 
11.  June 6th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "BURGER & FRIES 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. June 6th, 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. June 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, VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
  1. June 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.
 
15.  June 6th, 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.
 
16.  June 7th, Saturday – "3rd Day of State Convention at Holiday Inn Gateway Centre in Flint, Michigan".  Nominations, Elections and Installation of New Officers for 2014-2015 will be conducted on Saturday.  "Harry "Les" Croyle, State Senior Vice Commander, from Post 6756 Center Line in District 5 will be Nominated, Elected and Installed as our STATE COMMANDER for 2014-2015, Jerry Gorski, State Surgeon from Post 6250 Sterling Heights, is a Candidate for State Junior Vice Commander, Stephen Bilan, State Quartermaster from Post 6250 Sterling Heights, is a Candidate for Re-Election as State Quartermaster and Leon Hinkle, State Chaplin from Post 2358 Roseville, is a Candidate for Re-Election as State Chaplin   GOOD LUCK TO ALL CANDIDATES!   ALL POSTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE & NEED TO ATTEND Saturday's Convention to VOTE!  YOU "MUST" REGISTER BY 12 NOON ON SATURDAY, SO YOU CAN VOTE.  REGISTRATION WILL "CLOSE" PROMPTLY AT 12 NOON!  WE NEED EVERY VOTE FROM EVERY POST IN DISTRICT 5.
 
17.  June 8th, Sunday 8:00 a.m. – "MEMBERSHIP TRAINING CLASS BY NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT at Holiday Inn Gateway Centre in Flint, Michigan.   ALL VFW, Ladies Auxiliary and Men's Auxiliary Members should have already signed up.  Lunch is paid for.
 
18.  June 8th, Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "ANNUAL CAR SHOW".  $10.00 Entry Fee (Reserve your Spot Early!).  Trophies, 50/50 Raffle, Food, Beverages and Music.  Contact Trena @ 586-405-9673 or Dion @ 586-265-7918.  VFW 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.  Phone 586-725-7100.
 
  1. June 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



American Legion to host TBI/PTSD symposium in Washington

American Legion to host TBI/PTSD symposium in Washington

 

Results to be announced of Legion's online survey of veterans suffering from the conditions

 

WASHINGTON (June 9, 2014) -- Complementary and alternative treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as caregiver and family support, are the major topics to be examined at The American Legion's symposium on TBI/PTSD in Washington on June 24.

 

The results of The American Legion's online survey of veterans suffering from one or both conditions will be announced at the event by Dr. Jeff Greenberg, senior research director for Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), which developed and analyzed the survey that received more than 3,000 responses in February.

 

Greenberg said TBI/PTSD survey respondents reported limited improvement in symptoms following treatment.  "I will provide more detail at the symposium," Greenberg said, "but this finding definitely indicates a need for more robust research to better understand and solve the challenges of providing effective treatment for TBI and PTSD."

 

The day-long, invitation-only event, "Advancing Care and Treatment for Veterans with TBI and PTSD," features four panel discussions made up of medical experts from across the country.

 

Panelists for the discussion on TBI treatments include:

 

·         Col. Dallas Hack, M.D., whose specialty is combat casualty care for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Md.

·         Dr. Ann Germain, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh.

·         Col. Sydney Hinds, M.D., director of the veterans brain injury center at the Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

 

The panel on PTSD treatments will include:

 

·         Retired Army Col. Charles Hoge, M.D., research consultant for neuropsychiatry at the Office of the Surgeon General.

·         Dawne Vogt, Ph.D, specializing in women's health sciences at the Department of Veterans Affairs' National Center for PTSD.

·         Lt. Col. Dennis McGurk, deputy director of the Army's program for research in military operational medicine.

 

 

Panelists for the discussion on complementary and alternative medicine include:

 

·         Dr. Wayne B. Jonas, president and chief executive officer, Samueli Institute.

·         Dr. Stephen C. Ezeji-Okoye, M.D., deputy chief of staff at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System.

·         Dr. Jennifer Strauss, Ph.D., women's mental health program manager for VA Mental Health Services.

·         Dr. Robert Koffman, senior  consultant for integrative medicine and behavioral health, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Department of Defense.

 

The Institute of Medicine's Roberta Wedge will give a presentation about a study she directed on PTSD treatment in military and veteran populations. A panel discussion will follow on caregiver support, led by:

 

·         Terri Tanielian, senior social research analyst at the RAND Corporation.

·         Linda Kreter, founder and chief executive officer of Wise Health, Inc.

 

Results of The American Legion's TBI/PTSD survey will be posted at legion.org after the symposium. The Legion's September 2013 report on TBI and PTSD treatments, "The War Within" is also available at legion.org.

 

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Media who wish to attend the TBI/PTSD Symposium should contact Marty Callaghan at mcallaghan@legion.org or (202) 263-5758.

 

 

 

 

 

 


VA Audit Confirms American Legion Concerns About Wait Times

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VA Audit Confirms American Legion Concerns About Wait Times
WASHINGTON (June 9, 2014) -- American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger pointed to data just released today by the Department of Veterans Affairs as confirmation that the problems plaguing  VA are widespread but fixable with proper leadership and appropriate resources.
"The VA should be commended for conducting this audit and for additional action announced by Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson," Dellinger said. "The fact that more than 57,000 patients – a population equal to that of Ocala, Florida – have waited more than 90 days for initial appointments is disgraceful. Even worse, is that an additional 64,000 enrolled over the past 10 years have been unable to get appointments. This is not just 'gaming the system.' It's Russian Roulette and veterans are dying because of the bureaucracy."
Dellinger said that Gibson's order to establish a new patient satisfaction measurement program, hold senior leaders accountable, increase transparency and remove 14-day scheduling goals from employee performance contracts are positive steps.
"The President and Congress must also provide VA the resources it needs to succeed," Dellinger said. "We have said from the beginning that Phoenix was not an isolated case. The VA problems are widespread. The American Legion is listening and the American people are watching. This is not political. Making VA accessible and accountable to our nation's veterans is a moral imperative. The American Legion stands by ready to assist VA in living up to our obligation to those who have worn the uniform."
With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.
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Media contact:  John Raughter, (317) 630-1350 / (317) 441-8847; Marty Callaghan, (202)263-5758/ (202) 341-8900. A high resolution photo of the National Commander

 
 
 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Legion: Sgt Bergdahl release is good, Gitmo releases are bad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Legion: Sgt Bergdahl release is good, Gitmo releases are bad
INDIANAPOLS (June 2, 2014) – The leader of the nation’s largest veterans service organization raised some concerns about the circumstances surrounding the recent release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban.
“First, to Sgt. Bergdahl, I say, ‘welcome home,’” American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said today. “Your family has waited far too long to see you and we are happy that your five year nightmare has ended. To the administration, I say The American Legion has some very serious concerns.”
Dellinger, who is visiting troops in Europe this week, asked, “Has the United States changed its longheld policy of not negotiating with terrorists?  Will this provide incentives for terrorists to kidnap other Americans?  What assurances do we have that the five dangerous detainees being released from Guantanamo will not return to the battlefield?
             “While Qatar will institute a travel ban on the released detainees for 12 months, our troops won’t be leaving Afghanistan until 2016,” Dellinger added. “There are many troubling aspects about this deal and the American people deserve some answers. Moreover, we hope the Department of Defense does a complete investigation of the circumstances surrounding Sgt. Bergdahl’s initial disappearance and take whatever steps are warranted by the findings of that investigation.”
 
With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.
 
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Media contact:  Joe March, (317) 630-1253(317) 748-1926; John Raughter, (317) 630-1350 / (317) 441-8847; Marty Callaghan, (202)263-5758(202) 341-8900. A high resolution photo of the National Commander is available at www.legion.org.
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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.

Message from the Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Not all Veterans are getting the timely access to the healthcare that they have earned. Systemic problems in scheduling processes have been exacerbated by leadership failures and ethical lapses. I will use all available authority to swiftly and decisively address issues of willful misconduct or mismanagement.
VA’s first priority is to get all Veterans off waiting lists and into clinics while we address the underlying issues that have been impeding Veterans’ access to healthcare. The President has made clear that this is his expectation.
Even as we implement these immediate actions, we will work with Veterans Service Organizations, members of Congress, academia, public and private organizations, and with all other agencies and institutions that can help us move forward.
We will also continue to depend on the faithful service of VA employees and leaders who place the interests of Veterans above their own, those who serve Veterans with dignity, compassion, and dedication, and who live by VA’s core values: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence.
Finally, as we accelerate our access to care, we will not lose sight of the fact that the quality of VA healthcare remains strong. Ten years of external validations have consistently shown that, on average, Veterans who use VA healthcare rate our hospitals and clinics as high or higher in customer satisfaction than patients give most of the nation’s private sector hospitals.
On behalf of all Veterans, I express my appreciation to Secretary Shinseki for his leadership of VA. For decades to come, Veterans will benefit from the transformation begun in the past five years.
Thank you for your support and dedication to Veterans and our mission to serve them.

Sloan D. Gibson,
Acting Secretary