Friday, August 29, 2014

Nebraska Legionnaire elected American Legion National Commander

\FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Nebraska Legionnaire elected American Legion National Commander
 
Michael D. Helm was elected national commander of the 2.4 million-member American Legion on Aug. 28, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C., during the 96th national convention of the nation’s largest veterans organization.
        A U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C., and earned his Ranger tab in 1972. He has been a member of Jack Helt American Legion Post 313 at Lebanon, Neb., since 1972.  Born in McCook, Neb., he grew up in Norcatur, Kansas, where he currently resides. He is a retired U.S. Postal Service rural mail carrier with more than 33 years of service.
        Helm served as commander of the Department of Nebraska from 1987 to 1988 and as a national vice commander from 2003 to 2004. He also served as the national commander’s representative to the National Legislative Commission, the chairman of the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission and the chairman of the Foreign Relations Commission.
        He was Nebraska’s first Vietnam era veteran elected as department commander. Mike takes great pride in having been selected to serve as Nebraska’s official American Legion representative at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982.
        Mike's wife Debbie is active in The American Legion Auxiliary having served as District 9 president and as the Department Junior Activities Chairwoman. They are the parents of five young Legion family members. Aaron and his wife Robie, both graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; Rebecca and her husband Jaron Cox, both graduates of Kansas State University; Jacob, a senior cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy; Matthew, an Army ROTC cadet at Kansas State University and Timothy, a student at Decatur Community High School in Oberlin, Kansas.
        Helm took the oath of office along with five other national officers.  Serving as national vice commanders are  Doug Haggan, Department of France; Paul O. Sanford, Department of Kansas; Richard W. Neville, Department of North Carolina; William R. Bryant, Department of Virginia;  and Gerald L. Jacobs, of Wyoming. They each represent regions that cover the 50 states, District of Columbia and overseas departments of The American Legion.
        National Historian Sue Mason, Long Beach, Calif..; National Sergeant-at-Arms Leon Hagan, of  Beatrice, Neb.; and National Chaplain Randy Cash, Columbia, S.C., were appointed to their positions by Cmdr. Helm following the close of the national convention.
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A photo of Nat. Cmdr. Helm can be downloaded from The American Legion website at: www.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.

Veteran Events & Announcements 8/28 to 9/4

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!
Happy Labor Day Weekend!

"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:

  • "Thursday, September 11, 2014" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 13, 2014" MI DAV in Casco Twp. Flyer.
  • "Sunday, September 14, 2014" Macomb Homeless Coalition in Macomb. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 20, 2014" Pontiac VFW in Oakland Charter Twp. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 27, 2014" Women Supporting Women Veterans in Hartland. Flyer.
  • "Sunday, September 28, 2014" Wayne County VCAT in Redford. Flyer.

"Disaster Relief Assistance" Many veterans suffered with the recent flooding. Help may be coming from FEMA, but right now most are on their own. The Disabled American Veterans is offering $500 to qualified disabled vets. For more info contact the DAV at 313-964-6595. Other veterans may qualify for assistance from the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund which can provide grants up to $1500. See their website for more information or call them at 517-284-5299.

"Korean War Peace Medal" The Korean government is issuing to all veterans that served in the Korean War, both on land and sea, a peace medal. You must have served between 6/25/50 and 7/27/53. See attached for complete information and forms.

EVENTS

"Thursday, August 28, 2014" An invitation has been extended to veterans and their family members to attend the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Charity Preview, which will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374 on: Thursday, August 28, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Military identification will be required for the veteran(s) and/or military member(s) at the Preview.

"Thursday thru Monday, August 28 thru September 1, 2014" The Moving Vietnam Wall will be on display all days at the Hamburg Township Bennett Park. Admission is free. See flyer or call 586-861-7209 for more information.

"Saturday, August 30, 2014" Romeo VFW Post 2052 is hosting the annual Romeo Peach Festival Steak Out from 4 to 8PM, 70455 McVicar Rd, Bruce Twp. See flyer for menu and prices.

"Saturday, August 30, 2014" Romeo VFW Post 2052 is hosting the annual Romeo Peach Festival Steak Out from 4 to 8PM, 70455 McVicar Rd, Bruce Twp. See flyer for menu and prices.

"Wednesday, September 3, 2014 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum will present, as part of their ongoing series, Daniel Gabler, who will speak about restoring airfield in Africa. Starts at 7:30PM in the General Purpose room of the Museum, located at Willow Run Airport.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. August 28th, 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. August 28th, 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. August 28th, Thursday 5:30 p.m. till Close – Old Settlers VFW 4659 Shelby Twp. – "This Thursday Special - $1.00 Draft Beer & $1.50 Italian Sausage". Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson in Shelby Twp.  48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
 
  1. August 28th, 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. August 29th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "CRUISING at the BRUCE".  Food & Beverage available.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores. 
 
  1. August 29th, 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. August 29th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield.  "FRIDAY NIGHT FISH FRY".  COD Fish Dinner for $8, CATFISH or PERCH Dinner for $7.50, CHICKEN FINGER Dinner for $7.50, JUMBO SHRIMP Dinner for $9, WING DINGS & FRIES for $7, COMBO Dinners for $9.50, SANDWICHES for $5 and POUND CAKE per slice at $1.50.  Sides include French-Fries, Cole Slaw, Spaghetti, and Macaroni & Cheese.  Extra Sides $1.50.  Extra Fish $2.50.  Beverage is available.  Dine In or Take Out.  Call Ahead for Quicker Service at (248) 350-3529.  Come out, bring your Friends, and Enjoy a Great Meal.   OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Parking in rear of Post.  Post 2645 is located at 24222 W. 9 Mile Road, just West of Telegraph in Southfield.
 
  1. August 29th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
  1. August 31st, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Phone 248-698-8302.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

American Legion honors Oliver North with National PR Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
American Legion honors Oliver North with National PR Award
 
CHARLOTTE (Aug. 26, 2014) – The nation's largest wartime veterans service organization honored Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret),  with its highest public relations award during its 96th national convention here today.
        Host of Fox News' "War Stories" and author of several books about military men and women at war, North was presented the National Commander's Public Relations Award for "raising public awareness about the honorable nature of military service and the sacrifices made by America's heroes."
        The citation read, "As a career Marine Corps officer, you excelled as a platoon commander in Vietnam, where you earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with combat "V", two Purple Hearts, and a Combat Action Ribbon. As host of the documentary series "War Stories with Oliver North" you provided riveting reports of the actions, heroism and valor repeatedly demonstrated on the battlefield by those who have worn the uniform of the U.S. military. Your best-selling books have also contributed to honoring those who have served this nation. Your charitable efforts for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund have reminded us of the need to support the families of those who have served."
        North, a long time member of The American Legion, received the award from National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger in front of thousands of delegates at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Past recipients of The American Legion National Commander's Public Relations Award include the late Meet the Press host Tim Russert, entertainer Ben Stein, former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, television commentator Lou Dobbs, and the GI Film Festival.
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 defense, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation.
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Media contacts: Joe March (Cellular) 317-748-1926 or Marty Callaghan (Cellular) 202-341-8900.  Photo available on request. See Col. North's acceptance remarks at: http://www.legion.org/legiontv  

Obama to Legion: VA making progress, but work remains

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Obama to Legion: VA making progress, but work remains
 
Addressing the 96th Annual National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the president pledges to "do right" by veterans, their families.

CHARLOTTE (Aug. 26, 2014) -- Speaking to thousands of veterans attending The American Legion's 96th Annual National Convention, President Barack Obama said progress has been made in correcting issues that became a scandal that has rocked the Department of Veterans Affairs since late April.
        But the president told a packed hall in the Charlotte, N.C., Convention Center that much more work remains to restore veterans' trust in their health-care system.
        "The misconduct we've seen at too many facilities – with long wait times, veterans denied care, and folks cooking the books – is outrageous and inexcusable," Obama said. "As soon as it was disclosed, I got before the American people, and I said we would not tolerate it. And we will not. And I know the Legion has been on the frontlines, fanning out across the country, helping veterans who've been affected. 
        "But what I want you to know, directly from me, is that we're focused on this at the highest levels. We are going to get to the bottom of these problems. We're going to fix what is wrong. We're going to do right by you, and we are going to do right by your families, and that is a solemn pledge and commitment that I'm making to you here." 
        Obama said that steps have been taken to make sure that those manipulating or falsifying records are held accountable, as well as to get veterans off wait lists and into clinics to receive health care. "And to help get that done, you supported, and Congress passed, and I signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which means more resources to help the VA hire more doctors and nurses and staff," he said. "It means if you live more than 40 miles from a VA facility, or your VA doctors can't see you fast enough, we'll help you go to a doctor outside the VA."
        Along with that, Obama said, is a new culture of accountability within VA. "If you engage in unethical practices, or cover up a serious problem, you should be and will be fired," he said. "And by the way: If you blow the whistle on higher-ups because you've identified a legitimate problem, you shouldn't be punished. You should be protected."
        But, Obama said, despite the positive quality of VA health care and the progress the health-care system has made, "We are very clear-eyed about the problems that are still there. And those problems require us to regain the trust of our veterans, and live up to our vision of a VA that is more effective and more efficient, and that truly puts veterans first. And I will not be satisfied until that happens."
        Earlier in the day, the White House announced 19 new executive actions to improve mental health care for servicemembers and veterans. The president gave a brief overview of some of the initiatives, which include expanding suicide prevention training, improving access to care, and making it easier for servicemembers being treated for mental health conditions to continue their care as they transition to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
        "We all know we need to do more," Obama said. "Veterans called for it; we heard you. We're going to keep saying loud and clear to anyone out there who's hurting: it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It's a sign of strength."
        Obama said VA will continue to work toward reduce its benefits claims backlog, but "we need to make sure (claims) get processed right," he said. Eliminating veterans homelessness remains a priority for the president, as does making sure military personnel and veterans have an opportunity to purchase a home. He said a new partnership with some of America's biggest banks and financial institutions "will simplify the process, proactively notify servicemembers who qualify for lower rates and make it easier to enroll>         Touching on national security issues, the president also pledged that although he has authorized targeted air strikes against ISIS, that will be the extent of the U.S. military role in Iraq. "Let me say it again: American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq," he said. "I will not allow the United States to be dragged back into another ground war in Iraq.    Because ultimately, it is up to the Iraqis to bridge their differences and secure themselves. The limited strikes we're conducting have been necessary to protect our people and have helped Iraqi forces begin to push back these terrorists. We've also been able to rescue thousands of men and women and children who were trapped on a mountain. And our airdrops of food and water and medicine show American leadership at our best.
        "And more broadly, the crisis in Iraq underscores how we have to meet today's evolving terrorist threat. The answer is not to send in large-scale military deployments that overstretch our military, and lead for us occupying countries for a long period of time, and end up feeding extremism. Rather, our military action in Iraq has to be part of a broader strategy to protect our people and support our partners to take the fight to ISIL."
        Obama also said that as U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, the Afghan government needs to take responsibility for transitioning into the next step in the nation's path. "Afghan leaders need to make the hard compromises that are necessary to give the Afghan people a future of security and progress," he said. "As we go forward, we'll continue to partner with Afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the United States."
Media Contacts: Joe March (Cellular) 317-748-1926; Marty Callaghan (Cellular) 202-341-8900.

Monday, August 18, 2014

VA Presents Facts Omitted from Recent Article on Enrollment System

Caring for our nation's Veterans is the highest honor and privilege for the men and women who serve them at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Our mission is to provide timely access to earned health care and benefits for millions of Veterans. That is a responsibility that we do not take lightly.

Over the past several months, it has become clear that we have fallen short when it comes to timely access to care. Today, we are working hard with Veterans Service Organizations, Congress and others to take corrective actions, accelerate access and begin to rebuild trust with the Veterans who entrust us with their care. A third of VA's employees are Veterans themselves and they come to work each day focused on making a difference.

It is important that we openly and willingly discuss our mistakes and how we intend to improve. As we acknowledge areas where more work is needed, we also need to set the record straight when our work is unfairly mischaracterized.

One such story alleged VA mishandled enrollment applications. While we have worked to make the enrollment process less complicated, it is an area VA has identified for improvement. As we move forward, our focus remains on enhancing the enrollment system to better serve Veterans.

However, the media report on this issue failed to include key facts and information provided by VA, which resulted in a misleading portrayal of VA's work in this important area. Veterans and the public deserve to have a complete set of facts presented.

Since 1998, over 8.9 million Veterans have enrolled in our health care system. Approximately 2% of Veterans' applications received were found to be incomplete. In each of these cases, we have worked closely with the Veteran to quickly notify them of the required information in order to complete their applications so that we may determine their eligibility to begin receiving care.

It is also important to note that there are situations in which a Veteran's record transfers to our enrollment system even though the applicant does not intend to apply for health care, for example, Veterans applying for State Home Benefits. Current regulatory guidelines prohibit us from removing these records, resulting in VA leaving them in a pending status. We are working to resolve this situation so that our system will reflect only those Veterans who truly intend to apply for care and benefits, such as a Veteran who wishes to receive medical care for a service connected disability.

Enrollment applications can be processed by local VA medical centers or the VA Health Eligibility Center (HEC) in Atlanta, Georgia. In July 2014, the HEC processed paper enrollment applications within 5 business days nearly 80 percent of the time, and online applications were processed within 5 business days 67 percent of the time. In the fall of 2014, we are planning to implement additional changes which will make applying for care online faster and easier for Veterans.

Some key facts in response to recent allegations:

Allegation: The backlog of applications for care with pending status is 848,699.

VA Fact: HEC records show 216,736 true applications for care in a pending status.

  • A May 15, 2014 analysis of 896,237 pending enrollment records, found that only 216,736 records had an application date; an indicator that the Veteran applied for enrollment in VA's health care system.
  • Of the true applications in pending status, 51% (110,571) require the Veteran's submission of personal financial information and 49% (106,165) require the Veteran to provide evidence of qualifying military service in order to determine enrollment eligibility. We have been reaching out to these Veterans to let them know the additional information needed so that we may complete their application.
  • These pending applications are not backlogged as VA has processed these records to their fullest capability. (VA currently has no legal authority to move records from a pending status after outreach has occurred and no response is provided by the Veteran.)
  • VA has made significant progress in contacting those applicants identified as having a record in a pending status. In fact, VA contacted 213,354 Veterans by mail asking them to submit required documents to establish eligibility. To date, VA has received 22,769 responses and enrolled 15,316 Veterans, and outreach efforts are continuing.

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Allegation: As many as 47,786 Veterans with pending applications for care died because they failed to gain access to VA health care.

VA Fact: On August 7, the HEC concluded an analysis of 1,843 pending records. We learned that the majority of records associated with deceased Veterans (75%) were for Veterans who died who were not applying for health care benefits.

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Allegation: The online application rolled out with design flaws and didn't allow Veterans to upload their discharge papers electronically, usually a DD-214 form.

VA Fact:  On the contrary, the online system is currently designed to be less burdensome by not requiring Veterans to submit documents, such as the DD 214 (the military's Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), when VA can work with partners such as the Defense Department and Veterans Benefits Administration to verify an applicant's military service through other mechanisms. VA can verify eligibility for approximately 65% of Veterans without a DD-214. For applicants that we can't verify from our files, we contact them and ask them to provide the necessary documentation.

Allegation: VA managers did not share the information in the pending files so as to not draw attention to the issue.

VA Fact: Information on Pending Records was readily shared with network directors and Veterans Service Organizations (VSO). As recently as January of this year, data was presented to VSO's to keep them informed.

We have focused our efforts over the last several years to make enrolling in our system more Veteran-friendly by:

  • Providing capability for Veterans to apply by telephone making it easier for Veterans so they do not have to travel to a VA medical center.
  • Deploying an online interactive Health Benefits Explorer, in which Veterans can learn about enrolling in VA health care by answering just a few questions from a computer. The Health Benefits Explorer can be found at: http://ift.tt/1tcnL5Q
  • Lessening the amount of time to complete the application by 15 minutes by reducing the number of questions on our application form. (Veterans who wish to enroll for VA healthcare can apply at: http://ift.tt/1mtZOBk)
  • Eliminating the annual reporting requirement for most Veterans to provide financial information to VA.
  • Delivering a customized Veteran Health Benefits Handbook that provides new enrollees with a personalized description of benefits, contact and other useful information regarding accessing health care.
  • Deploying a new and safer Veterans Health Identification Card without a social security number, protecting Veterans from identity theft.

At VA, it is our privilege to provide care and benefits to America's Veterans. Those who have questions about their enrollment may call VA at 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visit http://ift.tt/1oGDLh7 to apply.

Stephanie Mardon is the Acting Chief Business Officer for the Veterans Health Administration.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 8/14 to 8/21

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. Removed 2 old ones and just added 1! To help you duffers pick the ones you like I am listing them here. Date, group hosting & where the golf takes place:

  • "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.
  • "Monday, August 18, 2014 " Pontiac Vet Center in White Lake. Flyer.
  • "Friday, August 22, 2014 " Veterans Assistance Team in Midland. Flyer.
  • "Thursday, September 11, 2014" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 13, 2014 " MI DAV in Casco Twp. Flyer.
  • "Sunday, September 14, 2014 " Macomb Homeless Coalition in Macomb. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 20, 2014 " Pontiac VFW in Oakland Charter Twp. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 27, 2014 (NEW)" Women Supporting Women Veterans in Hartland. Flyer.

"Shrine Circus" An invitation has been extended to veterans and their family members to attend the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Charity Preview, which will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374 on: Thursday, August 28, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (http://michiganstatefairllc.com/about-us/vip-reception-charity-preview-night/) IMPORTANT To attend this exclusive event, please send the names of the veteran(s), along with the names of their immediate family members by August 18, 2014 to Shelby Collins, scollins@SuburbanShowplace.com. Military identification will be required for the veteran(s) and/or military member(s) at the Preview. For more information on the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, please visit www.michiganstatefairllc.com.

"Royal Oak Arts, Beats, & Eats" The Arts, Beats, & Eats event takes place over the Labor Day weekend in Royal Oak. Oakland County Parks is offering 4 free tickets to veterans for any day of the event. You must register to get your tickets & they only have 1400 free, so hurry. Go online or call 248-541-7550.

EVENTS

"Saturday, August 16, 2014" Garden City American Legion Post 396 is hosting their 2nd annual golf outing at the Warren Valley Golf Course, Dearborn Hgts, with a 8AM shotgun start. Some proceeds to support Stiggy's Dogs for veterans. Cost is $95 per person which includes breakfast, lunch, & dinner. For more info call Brian at 7347-673-6601 or see attached flyer.

"Sunday, August 17, 2014" The Women Marines Association, Motor City Chapter MI-2, is holding their 7th annual Fallen Warrior Women Marine Scholarship Golf Outing at Selfridge ANGB, with a Noon registration and a 1PM shotgun start. A buffet dinner will start at 5PM. There are strict rules to enter the base, so all rules and to register to golf see attached information.

"Monday, August 18, 2014" The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund is holding the 20th annual golf outing at Walnut Creek Country Club, 25501 Johns Rd, S Lyon. For more information call Lynn at 734-929-4765 or see attached flyer.

"Monday, August 18, 2014" The Pontiac Vet Center is hosting its 1st Annual Golf Outing at the White Lakes Oaks Golf Course, White Lake, 991 N. Williams Lake Rd, White Lake, with a 10 AM registration, 11:30 AM start. This event is the 1st veteran Appreciation event sponsored by the Pontiac Vet Center. Cost is $15 for 9 holes and $25 for 18 holes per person and includes golf cart. See attached for more details and to register. See flyer for more information..

"Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (NEW)" The Detroit VA Benefits Admisistration Regional Office is hosting a Veteran Benefit seminar in the basement of the Detroit Federal Bldg, 477 Michigan, Detroit, from 10AM to 2PM. Allow yourself time to get thru security. For more info see flyer.

"Thursday, August 21, 2014 (NEW)" Legal Aid & Defender Association of Detroit is hosting a free expungement seminar from 11AM till 1PM at the Walter White Community Resource Center, 550 Eaton, River Rouge. Is your crimal record keeping you from getting a job or other opportunities? Seats are limited so call 734-785-7705 ext 5118 to register. See flyer for more info.

"Thursday, August 21, 2014" Team River Runner is hosting a wounded veteran fishing event at Tourist Park in Marquette, from 6 to 8PM. Learn how to fish with free instructions & equipment. Contact Sarah at 906-228-5744 for more information or see flyer.

And from our VFW friends:
  1. August 14th, 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. August 14th, 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. August 14th, 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. August 15th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "CRUISING at the BRUCE".  Food & Beverage available.  Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores. 
 
  1. August 15th, 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. August 15th, 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. August 15th, 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.
 
11.  August 15th, 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. of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
 
  1. August 15th, 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. August 17th, 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

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Vet Events & Announcements 8/7 to 8/14

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 12 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. Removed 2 old ones and just 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:

  • "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.
  • "Monday, August 18, 2014 (NEW)" Pontiac Vet Center in White Lake. Flyer.
  • "Friday, August 22, 2014 (NEW)" Veterans Assistance Team in Midland. Flyer.
  • "Thursday, September 11, 2014" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 13, 2014 (NEW)" MI DAV in Casco Twp. Flyer.
  • "Sunday, September 14, 2014 " Macomb Homeless Coalition in Macomb. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 20, 2014 " Pontiac VFW in Oakland Charter Twp. Flyer.

"Shrine Circus" An invitation has been extended to veterans and their family members to attend the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Charity Preview, which will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374 on: Thursday, August 28, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (http://michiganstatefairllc.com/about-us/vip-reception-charity-preview-night/) The Charity Preview is one way they will honor the dedication of veterans, military members, and their immediate family members, and in one small way recognize their commitment and service to the United States of America. As a guest, will enjoy a sneak peek of the State Fair, along with free unlimited Midway rides, and a special performance by the Detroit Shrine Circus. At registration, children will receive a ticket to redeem one hot dog, one bag of chips, and one soda. Other attractions and select food vendors will be available to attendees at a charge. Any attending guests who would like to join in the fun and play games will be at a fee. To attend this exclusive event, please send the names of the veteran(s), along with the names of their immediate family members by August 18, 204 to Shelby Collins, scollins@SuburbanShowplace.com. Military identification will be required for the veteran(s) and/or military member(s) at the Preview. For more information on the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, please visit www.michiganstatefairllc.com.

EVENTS

"Friday, August 8, 2014" The John Dingell VA Hospital & Neighborhood Legal Services are assisting homeless veterans on removing barriers to housing, child support issues, tickets, etc. This will take place at the Dingell Hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, Room B1290, from 9AM till Noon. Space is limited. To reserve a space contact the Justice Outreach Program at 313-576-1000, ext 65537. See flyer for more information.

"Friday, August 8, 2014" The Marine Corps League is hosting their 5th annual DAM Good Friends Golf Scramble at the Mulligan Golf Club on Selfridge ANGB. For tickets or to sponsor a team contact SSgt Machado at 586-239-5317 or see attached flyer.

"Saturday, August 9, 2014" Biker Bob's Motown Harley-Davision is hosting the 10th annual Wounded America Run to support wounded troops. Ride will be escorted to the Michigan International Speedway with a 10:30AM checkin, 14100 Telegraph, Taylor. See flyer for more information.

"Saturday & Sunday, August 9 & 10, 2014" The Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport in Belleville, will be hosting the USAF Thunderbirds in their Thunder over Michigan show. Discount tickets are available if ordered by 12/25/13 by visiting their official ticketing website and entering ticket code TOMINSIDER.

"Sunday, August 10, 2014" The MI Veterans Foundation is hosting a free Car Show Fundraiser at Shields Pizza of Southfield, 25101 Telegraph, Southfield, from 10AM till 3 PM. There will be food & entertainment the entire time. For more information contact Sarah at 313-831-5500 or see attached flyer.

"Thursday, August 14, 2014 (NEW)" American Legion District 1 is hosting "A Vets Best Bet," information seminar on benefits, employment, etc., at the Farwell Rec Center, 2711 E Outer Dr, Detroit, from 10AM to 2PM. Find out about your benefits, employment opportunities, etc. For more information call 313-719-9474 or see flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. August 8th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "CRUISING at the BRUCE".  Food & Beverage available.  Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
 
  1. August 8th, 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. August 8th, 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. August 8th, 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. August 8th, 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.  August 8th, 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.  August 10th, Sunday 9:00 a.m. – "MICHIGAN DAY at V.F.W. NATIONAL HOME for CHILDREN in EATON RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.  Bring your COLORS.  Bring your Appetite.  Bring your Donations of Children's Clothes.
 
18.  August 10th, "ACIVITIES & HOSPITAL REPORTS DUE AT DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN V.F.W. in LANSING EITHER ELECTRONICALLY or by U.S. MAIL."
 
19.  August 10th, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Village-Stinson VFW 9021 Warren is hosting a "BLOOD DRIVE".  YOU NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!  Post 9021 is located at 32100 Ryan Road in Warren.  Just North of 13 Mile Road.
 
20.  August 10th, Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – "FREE CAR SHOW at SHIELDS PIZZERIA of SOUTHFIELD.  Sponsored by Michigan Veterans Foundation.  For more information, Contact Tyrone Chatman or Sarah Hanson at 313-831-5500.  Shields Pizzeria is located at 25101 Telegraph Road in Southfield 48076.  Just North of 10 Mile Road.
 
  1. August 10th, 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

Sales Associate Position - Seeking Veteran in Michigan

Sales Associate

 

 

Company Overview

 

Setco Automotive was incorporated in 1982 and is a multi-national public company.  We have 1000+ employees worldwide.  We are the largest producer of commercial vehicle clutches in India with a large market share in the medium and heavy duty vehicles.  We have quality certifications of TS 16949, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.  We supply to Fortune 500 marquee customers.  We are the owners of the Lipe brand of clutches, and this entry level position requires some knowledge of truck parts. 

 

Lipe clutch is an upgrade to all the OEM style clutches with the best performance, customer service and warranty terms in the industry.


We are looking for competitive, self-motivated individuals who have the drive to succeed and contribute to our next level of growth. This is a great entry-level position for someone eager to develop a long-term career in sales.

 

Sales Associate


This position is responsible for knowledge of truck parts, preferably clutch, as well as developing new business and growing existing business.

Responsibilities:

- Cold call truck distributors and fleet maintenance managers

- Perform ride-outs with existing distributors and dealerships

- Conduct customer night-outs with distributors and dealerships

- Maintain strong relationships with existing accounts

- Develop sales strategies and tactics in assigned territories

- Meet or exceed sales targets assigned

- Perform other marketing tasks when required

 

Essential skills and experience required:

- Excellent written and verbal English communication skills

- College degree or equivalent a plus.

- Experience in selling truck parts to the Class 6, 7, 8 markets (clutches preferred)

- Technical proficiency in clutches, transmissions and driveline preferred

- Excellent problem solving and analytical skills

- Strong interpersonal skills

- Effective time management

 

Setco Automotive (NA) Inc., is an equal opportunity employer. 
Setco Automotive offers a comprehensive benefits package including: medical, dental, vision, 401k, vacations, life insurance, long term disability, and a pro-active leadership team that focuses on the staff's health and happiness.


If you think you have what it takes to succeed in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, please submit a cover letter and resume.