Monday, September 29, 2014

Press Release: THE AMERICAN LEGION ANNOUNCES THE OAK RIDGE BOYS AS NATIONAL SPOKESPEOPLE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
THE AMERICAN LEGION ANNOUNCES THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
AS NATIONAL SPOKESPEOPLE
The Oak Ridge Boys join The American Legion's commitment to address the needs of veterans.
 
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 29, 2014) – The American Legion and the Grammy Award-winning Oak Ridge Boys are uniting to raise awareness and support for needs of U.S. military veterans, including better detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), help with the VA benefits process, as well as education and career opportunities for those who served our nation in uniform.
The American Legion is the country's largest veterans service organization, with 2.4 million members who work every day on behalf of the men and women who have served our nation in uniform. The Oak Ridge Boys will participate in a national fundraising and awareness campaign to support the detection and treatment of mental health issues among veterans, 22 of whom are lost each day to suicide.
As one of country music's longest-running groups, The Oak Ridge Boys' legacy extends back to the end of World War II. The current group – which consists of lead singer Duane Allen, bass singer Richard Sterban, tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden – recently celebrated more than 40 years performing together. In that time, The Oak Ridge Boys have produced more than 30 top 10 hit songs, 12 gold records, three platinum records, one double-platinum album and a double-platinum single, with combined sales totaling 41 million records sold. They maintain a vigorous touring schedule and released a live album in April, "Boys Night Out."
Bonsall, a member of The Oak Ridge Boys since 1973, penned an inspirational biography about his veteran parents titled G.I. Joe and Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty. Joe's father spent much of his life living with the wounds of war, both seen and unseen, as told in the book. A song by the same name was included in the Oaks' album, Colors. "I know firsthand the ongoing care of our nation's veterans is critical and how it impacts the entire family unit," Bonsall said. "Uniting with The American Legion to raise awareness of those who are suffering, as my father did, is work we are proud to champion."
The American Legion has been helping veterans cope with the invisible wounds of war since its formation in 1919, including extensive focus in the last four years to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have suffered what are known as the "signature wounds" of today's war era: PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI). VA estimates that upwards of 20 percent of veterans from the recent wars are confronting PTSD. The American Legion has met with top national authorities in mental health care, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and research institutions, as well as veterans and caregivers, to find solutions and treatments for those who suffer with TBI and PTSD.   
"The American Legion welcomes the support of The Oak Ridge Boys in our efforts to help veterans and their families deal with the mental scars of battle," American Legion National Commander Mike Helm said. "With the generous support of the Oaks, their fans and patriotic Americans, The American Legion will be able to help more veterans get the support and assistance they need."
 
About The American Legion
The nation's largest wartime veteran organization, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veteran care and rehabilitation, Americanism and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.  www.Legion.org
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The American Legion Media Contacts:                              The Oak Ridge Boys Media Contact:
Jeff Stoffer / 317-630-1333 / JStoffer@Legion.org                        Kay Waggoner / 615-777-6995 x224 /
                                                                Kay@WebsterPR.com
Laura Hunt / 571-261-1465 / LHunt@1stDegree.com         
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Press Release - Commander: not the time to shortchange DoD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Commander: not the time to shortchange DoD
 
This week's ISIS air strikes, and the continuing need for ground forces, illustrate that
defense cuts and troop reductions are unwise in a time of war.
 
WASHINGTON (Sept. 25, 2014) -- American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm said U.S.-led air strikes against ISIS militants in Syria this week amplify our nation's need to protect the Department of Defense from drastic budget cuts and force reductions.
        "The air-strike strategy is certainly an effective way to kill the enemy and destroy its war-fighting capabilities, at least in the short term," Helm said. "But the large-scale use of high-tech missiles is expensive. Launching 1,000 Tomahawks is going to cost DoD about $1.5 billion, and the Pentagon has already said this week's air strikes are only the beginning. Also, lasting security and protection against resurgence of this army of terrorists can only be attained through complete military superiority, including ground forces."
        Costs of the air campaign in Syria are currently being covered by the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, which has about $85 billion through fiscal 2014.
"But if these air strikes continue for months or years – and with more budget cuts kicking in from sequestration – then funding this war is going to be a serious issue," Helm said.
        "The American Legion wants Congress to avoid any further cuts to the defense budget and to properly fund combat operations against ISIS, Khorasan and other militant Islamic groups, by air, sea and land. These threats must be annihilated, and now is not the time to shortchange DoD on funding necessary to conduct critical military operations in the ongoing war on terrorism."
        The first air strike by U.S. and Arab allies happened in the early hours of Sept. 23, Syria time. Two days later, Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby commented to CNN about fighting the Islamic militants. "I think we are in this for a matter of years. We are steeling ourselves for that period of time."
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Media contacts: Washington - Marty Callaghan: 202-263-5758/202-341-8900. Indianapolis - John Raughter, (317) 630-1253 / (317) 441-8847.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 9/25 to 10/2

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 6 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" The golf outing are starting to fade away, so here are the few that are left. To help you duffers pick the ones you like I am listing them here. Date, group hosting & where the golf takes place:

  • "Saturday, September 27, 2014" Women Supporting Women Veterans in Hartland. Flyer.
  • "Sunday, September 28, 2014" Wayne County VCAT in Redford. Flyer.

"Veterans' Day Parade in Detroit" This parade, on November 8th downtown, has grown every year since it started. The committee is looking for more veterans, groups, etc., to march this year. For total information on this years parade and how to get involved, see their official website or attached flyer. Let's all make this parade the best ever!

EVENTS

"Friday, September 26, 2014" University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law (Project Salute), the VA Hospital, & the Macomb Community College, are hosting a Veterans Stand Down at the Macomb Sports & Expo Center, 14500 E 12 Mile, Warren, from 9AM ti 2PM. Numerous support services will be available for veterans, and will include lunch. For more info see attached flyer.

"Friday thru Monday, September 26 thru 29, 2014 " Tails-a-Waggin' Acres is hosting its 9th annual disabled veterans Free Pheasant Hunt. For more information & reservations call Chuck at 231-743-6483 or see flyer.

"Saturday, September 27, 2014" The Women Supporting Women Veterans & Stiggy's Dogs are having a Wild Game Dinner & Golf Scramble at the Hartland Glen Golf Club, 12400 Highland Rd, Hartland, with a 9AM signin and 10AM shotgun start. Cost is $75 per person which includes the dinner. Or you can just do the dinner that starts at 3PM for $25 per person. Call 810-229-4212 for more info or see flyer.

"Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society will be having a used book and media sale to help complete the museum. Saturday from 10 till 5, Sunday Noon till 5. Sale will be at 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe. See flyer for more information.

"Sunday, September 28, 2014" VFW District 5 is hosting a Gold Star Mothers Banquet at VFW Post 6756, 25500 Sherwood, Warren, from 1PM to 5. Donation is $15 per person. Must reserve a spot by September 22nd. For more information call Ken at 586-260-4200 or see flyer.

"Sunday, September 28, 2014" Real Estate Donations, which helps get veterans into affordable housing, is hosting its first Golf Outing to support the Wayne County Veterans Community Action Team, at Glenhurst Golf Course, 25345 Six Mile, Redford, with a 1PM shotgun start. Cost is $80 per person. For more info call Bob at 248-568-2448 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, October 1, 2014" The Yankee Air Museum, at their monthly public meeting, is having WWII fighter ACE Steve Pisanos, the Flying Greek, starting at 7:30PM at Hangar 1 at Willow Run Airport. Admission is free but seating is limited. Go here for seating!

"Thursday, October 2, 2014" The University of Michigan Hospital, Buddy-2-Buddy program, is hosting a 10 week program titled Strong Military Familes. This program is designed to help meet the challenges of parenting during and after deployment. $90 offered for completion of the course & evaluation. There are 2 programs, one in Warren & one in Jackson. For more information call 734-998-0089, or email them at strongfamilies@umich.edu.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. September 25th, 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. September 25th, 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. September 25th, 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.
 
9.      September 26th, 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. September 26th, 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. September 26th, 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. September 26th, 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. September 28th, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Friday, September 19, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 9/18 to 9/25

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" The golf outing are starting to fade away, so here are the few that are left. To help you duffers pick the ones you like I am listing them here. Date, group hosting & where the golf takes place:

  • "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.

"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, September 18, 2014" American Indian Veterans of Michigan is hosting a Steak Dinner Fundraiser at their HQ from 5 till 10PM, 26641 Lawrence, Center Line. Admission is $15 and includes steak, potato, salad, etc. Call Chris at 248-210-6153 or see flyer for more information.

"Friday, September 19, 2014" The St Clair & Lapeer Counties of Veteran Affairs, along with other veteran partners, are hosting an "Operaton Veteran Job Readiness" program to assist veterans in seeking employment.. Learn new skills in job searches, etc. Hosted at Baker College of Port Huron, 3403 Lapeer Rd, Port Huron Twp, from 8:30 to 3PM. For more information call 734-747-2746 or see flyer.

"Friday, September 19, 2014 (UPDATE)" The official POW/MIA Recognition Day. More items and events to follow. There a=will be an official ceremony at the Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens, 12 Mile & Novi Rds, starting at 6:30PM. For more information see flyer.

"Saturday, September 20, 2014" MILITARY RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY, Selfridge ANG Base. The Ft McCoy Lower Michigan Retiree Affairs Council is hosting the 2014 Retiree Appreciation Day at the Joint Dining Facility, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan. All Uniformed Military Services retirees (including reserve "Gray Area" retirees within a couple years of full retirement), their spouses, widows and widowers are cordially welcome to attend. Conference subjects include pension, TRICARE Medical and Dental benefits, pending legislation, National Cemeteries, and VA activities. For more information call (586) 239-5580, toll free (800)645-9416 x239-5580, email selfrao@yahoo.com or view our website: http://www.detroitarsenalfmwr.com/community/rso.htm_. The registration form and tentative agenda may be downloaded from the website.

"Saturday, September 20, 2014" Highland VFW Post 9914 is hosting the 2nd annual War Dog Memorial Benefit with an Italian dinner from 5 to 8PM at their post, 3200 N Duck Lake Rd, Highland. All proceeds will go to the Michigan War Dog Memorial for continued maintenance and restoration of the site at 11 Mile & Milford Roads. For more info call 248-887-9914 or see flyer.

"Saturday, September 20, 2014" Pontiac VFW Post 1370 is hosting its 2nd annual Golf Outing at the Myth, 850 Stoney Creek Rd, Oakland Charter Twp, with a 7:30AM registration. For more information call 248-858-9501 or see attached flyer.

"Saturday, September 20, 2014 (NEW)" Melvindale Legion Post 472 is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner from 2 till 7PM at their post, 17011 Raupp Rd, Melvindale. Cost is $10 which will include a pasta dinner, salad & roll. See flyer for more information.

"Saturday, September 20, 2014" The Great Lakes National Cemetery, along with the MI Vietnam Veterans of America & Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 175, are hosting a POW/MIA ceremony at the cemetery, starting at 1PM. Guest speaker is Larry Marx, 11th AF in WWII. The cemetery is located at 4200 Belford Rd, Holly. For more information see flyer.

"Sunday, September 21, 2014" The UAW Region 1 Veterans Council is hosting its 1st annual Veteran Car Show at their HQ, 27800 George Merrelli Dr, Warren, from 11AM to 4PM. For more information, to enter your car for judging, etc., see attached flyer.

"Sunday, September 21, 2014" Southfield VFW Post 2645 is hosting its first Interactive Mystery Dinner Theater at 5PM, located at 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield. Cost is $25 per person which will include the show and a dinner of Swiss steak, or baked herb cod, and the fixings. Call 248-356-9423 for more information of see attached flyer.

"Monday, September 22, 2014 (NEW)" Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 154, is hosting a dinner fund raiser at the Villa Italian, 21311 Gratiot, Eastpointe, from 4 till 9PM. 20% of all proceeds go to the chapter, but you must have the attached flyer so they can receive the credit.

"Monday, September 22, 2014" The Ann Arbor VA Hospital is hosting a Veterans Town Hall meeting at their facility, 2215 Fuller, Ann Arbor, from 1:30PM to 3:30PM. Meet the staff, ask your questions, get answers. See flyer for more information.

"Friday, September 26, 2014" University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law (Project Salute), the VA Hospital, & the Macomb Community College, are hosting a Veterans Stand Down at the Macomb Sports & Expo Center, 14500 E 12 Mile, Warren, from 9AM ti 2PM. Numerous support services will be available for veterans, and will include lunch. For more info see attached flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. September 18th, 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. September 18th, 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. September 18th, 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. September 19th, Friday 5:30 p.m. – "POW/MIA CEREMONY at Oakland Hill Cemetery located at 12 Mile & Novi Road.
 
  1. September 19th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "POW/MIA RECOGNITION STEAK OUT".  Grill a delicious New York Strip Steak.  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.
 
  1. September 19th, 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. September 19th, 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. September 19th, 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. September 21st, Sunday 5:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "INTERACTIVE MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE".  Tickets are $25 each.  Ticket entry includes your choice of a Swiss Steak or Baked Lemon Herb Cod Dinner, served with red skin potatoes, honey glazed carrots, Caesar salad, rolls, coffee, punch, ice tea, cash bar, and all the excitement of partaking in a fun interactive theatre performance to find out "who done it".  Dress to impress!  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in which you can enjoy the company of good friends and family.  6:30 p.m., the lights dim and the mystery begin.  For more information or to place a reservation, please call Joe at (248) 356-9423 or Al at (248) 327-4889 and reserve your tickets today.
 
  1. September 21st, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shooting Event for Combat and Disabled Veterans - this weekend in Lansing


Brain Injury Association of Michigan

Dear Friend,

The MSU Demmer Center, a U.S. Paralympic Training Center, is hosting a free 22 caliber practice shooting day at their center to include equipment, ammo and targets this Saturday, September 20 with the tournament being held for participants on Sunday, September 21. This is open to all combat and disabled Veterans. For more information and to register visit demmercenter.msu.edu and click on the "Sept. 20 - USA Shooting Sports for Disabled Veterans" to register.

 

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/MSU-Demmer-Shooting-Sports-Education-and-Training-Center/454385207961459

 

For more information contact MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY Demmer Center at (517) 884-0550.

 

The Demmer Shooting Sports Education & Training Center

4830 E. Jolly Rd.

Lansing, MI 48910

(517) 884-0550 tel

(517) 884-0551 fax

 

Please do not rely to this e-mail. This is for dissemination of information only.

 

Richard V. Briggs, Jr., Major, U.S.A.F. Retired

Veterans Program, Manager

 

Brain Injury Association of Michigan

7305 Grand River, Suite 100 | Brighton, MI 48114-7379

Phone: 810-229-5880 | Toll-Free: 800-444-6443 | Fax: 810-229-8947

www.biami.org

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2014 Fall Veterans and Service Members Pheasant Hunts

2014 Veterans Fall Pheasant Hunts
 
The Safari Club International's Lansing, Flint, and South East Michigan Bow Hunters Chapters, along with the Pheasants Forever Ingham & Livingston County Chapters, and numerous other sponsors and donors, are all joining forces with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan Veterans Program, the Michigan Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Camp Liberty to host free Veteran & Military Service Members "Pheasant Hunts."  To Register you must contact Rick Briggs at veterans@biami.org with  all the information required below.
 
September 26-29, 2014 (Friday-Monday): The Tails-A- Waggin'Acres hunts are for 30 Veterans and Service Members each day. It will consist of about 5 pheasants per gun in a walk-up hunt with dog work, bird cleaning and lunch. Either lead or steel shot are allowed. Check in is from 8:00am – 4:00pm; 8-10 hunters every two hours.  Chuck Connell is the contact at Tails-A-Waggin' Acres.  Contact chuck at childrenscharters@gmail.com or by calling 231-743-6483. Address: 18319 50th, Marion, MI  49665 (www.preservehunt.com .) Sponsors are needed for the Tails-A-Waggin Veteran's Hunt at $70 per Veteran ($12/bird +$10 food.)
 
September 28, 2014 (Sunday): The Muzzy Farms hunt will be for 20 Veterans and Service Members. It will consist of 7 pheasants per gun in a tower and walk-up hunt with dog work, bird cleaning and lunch. Check-in is at 8:00 am. Either lead or steel shot are allowed.  Contact Beth at 810-348-9741 or by email at muzzyfarms@gmail.com. Address: 1210 N. Durand Rd., Corunna, MI  48817 (muzzypheasantfarm.com.)  
 
October 12, 2014 (Sunday):  The Bear Creek Hunt Club for 24 Veterans and Service Members. It will consist of 7 birds per gun in a European Tower shoot and walk-up hunt with dog work, bird cleaning and lunch. Either lead or steel shot are allowed.  Address:  12670 Beecher Rd. Clayton, MI 49235 (http://www.bearcreekhuntclub.com .)
 
To Sponsor a hunt or a Vet, contact Rick Briggs at veterans@biami.org . The BIAMI 501-c-3 puts 100% of dedicated Vet hunt donations into the hunts. A special "Thank You" to all our current sponsors and hosts for your very kind support.
 
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Read Thoroughly - To Register: All Veterans, active, guard and reserves are invited to participate. Purple Heart, combat injured, Veterans with disabled status, and those who have not hunted with us before, receive preferential consideration. Other combat Veterans and then all other Veterans on a space available basis are added if slots are available. E-mail Major Briggs at veterans@biami.org with: name, address, phone, e-mail, combat tours, number of tours, if you are a Purple Heart/disabled Veteran, and if you have hunted with us before (how many times.) Indicate which hunt(s) you prefer. No small game license required this year.
 
All individuals will be notified if selected to participate in any event with more information. All Hunters: Mandatory— If selected, be early, sign in, bring your own gun (notify us if a gun is needed - loaners are available), hunter orange safety vest/clothing & hat and shooting/safety glasses are required. It is recommend that you use high brass "Pheasant" load ammo (at least 2 boxes). Contact Rick Briggs if you know of a Veteran that would like to participate at veterans@biami.org (810) 229-5880.
 
 
Richard V. Briggs, Jr., Major, U.S.A.F. Retired
Veterans Program, Manager
 
Brain Injury Association of Michigan
7305 Grand River, Suite 100 | Brighton, MI 48114-7379
Phone: 810-229-5880 | Toll-Free: 800-444-6443 | Fax: 810-229-8947
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

This Week At American Legion Post 44 in Marquette, Michigan

9/15/2014 - Monday:  Post General Membership Meeting 7p.m.

9/16 -  Tuesday:  Taco Tuesday 5-7p.m.
                             Dollar Day Beer Specials

9/17 - Wednesday:  Wine Specials

9/18 - Thursday:  Bar Bingo 7-9p.m.  For the month of August we gave $225 to the next Honor Flight.  This event is open to members and guest.  So, bring a friend....have some fun, and help us raise money for a good cause. 
                             Thirsty Thursday:  Rail Drinks $1

9/19 - Friday:  Fish Fry- 5-7p.m.    Whitefish or Shrimp, Baked potato or French fries, coleslaw $10

Special Notes:  On 9/18/14, Pat Kline will visit Post 44.  He will be here to assist veterans with claim preparation, presentation and appeal counsel.  Pat is available to assist all veteran and veterans families.

9/19/14 POW/MIA Ceremony at Jacobetti Veterans Home 1:30p.m.

American Legion Post 44
  • 700 W Bluff St
  • Marquette, Michigan 49855

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 9/11 to 9/18

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 7 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:

  • "Thursday, September 11, 2014" Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund in South Lyon. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 13, 2014 (CANCELED)" MI DAV in Casco Twp. Flyer.
  • "Saturday, September 13, 2014 (NEW)" Richmond VFW in Riley. 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, September 11, 2014" We are holding a ground breaking ceremony for the 1/24 Memorial at 1730hrs. The ceremony will take place behind the Chesterfielf Twp. Municipal Offices on Sugarbush Rd. off 21 Mile. Directions to the site can be found on our website www.1-24memorial.com . Please try and get the word out to all the veteran orgs. of this important event. The Memorial is being built to honor the 22 Marines from the 1/24 who were KIA in Iraq during their deployment back in 2006-2007.

"Thursday, September 11, 2014" The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund is holding the 9/11 Day of Remembrance golf outing at the Moose Ridge Golf Course, 11801 Doane Rd, S Lyon. See flyer for complete information.

"Thursday, September 11, 2014 (UPDATE)" The Piquette Square Honor Guard will hold a Veterans Garden Dedication & Patriot Day observance starting at 3PM at Piquette Square, 6221 Brush, at Piquette. Everyone is invited to attend. A 9/11 ceremony will also take place. For complete info see flyer.

"Saturday, September 13, 2014" American Legion Riders, Post 396, is hosting its annual Poker Run for Operation Homefront, starting at 10AM, at their post at 200 Log Cabin, Garden City. Cost is $20. For more information call Jerry at 248-565-6866 or see flyer.

"Saturday, September 13, 2014" Richmond VFW Post is hosting a Golf Outing at the Belle River Golf Course, 12564 Belle River Rd, Riley, with 9AM registration and 10AM shotgun start. Cost is $80 per player and includes many items. For complete information contact the post at 586-727-1436 of see flyer.

"Saturday, September 13, 2014 (NEW)" Camp Liberty is having their annual Open House from 10:30AM till 4:30PM. Take a tour of the camp, learn how outdoor recreation helps injured veterans, etc. For more about the camp see flyer. For directions to the site see their website.

"Saturday, September 13, 2014 (NEW)" Operation Yellow Ribbon is hosting its 3rd Annual All American Picnic to support returning veterans. The picnic will be held at the DAV Hall, 47326 Dequindre Rd, Shelby Twp, from 11AM till 4PM. Cost is $25. For complete details see flyer.

"Sunday, September 14, 2014 (NEW)" The 5th Annual Patriot Festival, celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, will be held at Bowers Farm, 1219 Square Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills, starting at 1PM, till 5PM. Free admission & activities. Pony rides, wagon rides, etc. For complete information see flyer.

"Sunday, September 14, 2014" The Macomb Homeless Coalition is hosting its 4th annual Golf Outing at Bello Woods Golf Course, 23650 23 Mile, Macomb, with a 7:30 check in. Cost is $100 per golfer and includes the cart, etc . For more information see attached flyer.

"Tuesday, September 16, 2014" The Tri-County Veterans & the American Red Cross are hosting a reconnect workshop & seminar for all military members and their families.. This seminar is free, at Redford Twp Library, 25320 Six Mile, Redford, from 6:30 to 8PM. For more information see attached flyer.

"Wednesday, September 17, 2014" The Detroit VA Medical Center & Wayne State School of Medicine are hosting The Power of One, a seminar on Suicide Prevention. Guess speaker is retired Sgt Douglas Szczepanski who was injured in Iraq. This will take place at the John Dingell VA Hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, Lower Level Auditorium, from 11:30AM to 1PM. For more info call 313-576-1000, ext 63345, or see flyer.

"Thursday, September 18, 2014" American Indian Veterans of Michigan is hosting a Steak Dinner Fundraiser at their HQ from 5 till 10PM, 26641 Lawrence, Center Line. Admission is $15 and includes steak, potato, salad, etc. Call Chris at 248-210-6153 or see flyer for more information.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. September 11th, Thursday 11:00 a.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "PATRIOT'S DAY CEREMONY".  Everyone is invited to attend the Patriot's Day Ceremony.  Post 2645 is located at 24222 W. 9 Mile Road in Southfield.  Just West of Telegraph Road.
 
  1. September 11th, 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. September 11th, 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. September 11th, 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. September 12th, 4:00 p.m. – "1st DAY OF YOUTH CAMPOUT at Multi Lakes Conservation Club in Commerce Township.  ALL Teams show up!  There is also a Fish Fry or Chicken Dinner going on at the Multi Lakes Conservation Club, so you can have dinner also.  Please stop by and say "Hi" to ALL the VFW Members, who volunteered and also the Youth Campers attending.   Post Members, who volunteer, your Post will receive Credit on their Activities Reporting.  Multi Lake Conservation Club is located at 3860 Newton Road in Commerce 48390.
 
  1. September 12th, 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. September 12th, 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. September 12th, 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.
 
14.  September 12th, 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. September 12th, 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.
 
 
September 14th, 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, September 10, 2014

Job position Opening from Frito Lay

The Motown North Zone has openings for 1 full-time Route Sales Associate position in the Sterling Heights, Waterford, and Marysville locations.  The online applicant system will be turned on at 9:00 AM Monday, September 15, 2014 and will close once we have 15 applicants for each location.  All applicants must apply on line at www.fritolayemployment.com.  Advise your client group to enter zip code 48313(Sterling Heights), 48328 (Waterford) and Marysville (48040) to access available positions, following the prompts.  Individuals who wish to request a reasonable accommodation will find a link, as well as a phone number on the fritolayemployment website. Further information, job descriptions and process are detailed on the website.   If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Courtley at 586-276-4106.

 

 

Thanks

 

 

Kim Hebert

Zone Sales Admin

Frito-Lay Motown North Zone

6600 E. 17 Mile Rd.|Sterling Heights

P (586) 276-4110 |F (586) 276-4130

 




--
Mark Sutton
Public Relations Director
The American Legion
Department of Michigan
(517) 371-4720 Ext 16

Home Giveaway Contest for Military Families - Spread the Word!

Hello American Legion Family!!!!

I am writing on behalf of one of my clients, HomeFirst Certified Community, to share with you an exciting opportunity to show our appreciation to returning military members and their families. HomeFirst is holding a Military Family Home Giveaway contest to win a home from one of two communities: Riverbrook (located in New Haven, MI) and Springrove (located in Holly, MI). Any Military member, Veteran, or immediate family member of either is eligible to enter, and entrants are asked to include a letter sharing their story. The deadline for the contest is September 30, 2014 at 5:00pm EST.

More details can be found at: http://homefirstcertified.com/giveaway/. I hope you will be able to share this contest with your readers so that we can spread the word to as many deserving Military members as possible. Please let me know if you will be able to share the contest in a post or page on your site. Additionally, if you know other bloggers in your network that I could pass this message on to, please send their contact info my way!


Thank you for your consideration, and have a great day!

Felicia Adamczyk

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Frito Lay has Job openings for Warehouse Positions in Southgate, Michigan

Pepsico needs to fill several part time warehouse positions out of the Southgate location. 


Please have any interested candidates apply at www.fritolayemployment.com.  We cannot take applications or resumes at the local office it must be done on line. These positions may be required to work evenings and weekends. The starting salary is $15.45 an hour.

 


Friday, September 5, 2014

Legion welcomes overdue change to PTSD discharge guidelines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Legion welcomes overdue change to PTSD discharge guidelines
 
The new guidelines will help veterans who left the military with undiagnosed PTSD
 
WASHINGTON (Sept. 4, 2014) -- The Department of Defense issued supplemental guidelines on Sept. 3, that will help its review boards when considering petitions for discharge upgrades from veterans claiming they had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the time of separation.
The guidelines, issued in a memo from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, will be used by DoD's Military Department Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records. They will help in considering whether servicemembers suffered from PTSD while on active duty, and if that condition may have contributed to their discharges under other-than-honorable conditions.
American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm welcomed DoD's announcement. "As  the only veterans service organization that automatically helps veterans with discharge petitions, The American Legion knows that many veterans are going to get the break they have deserved for several decades."
Helm said the Legion's office in Washington handles many petitions from veterans to have their discharges upgraded to the "honorable" or "general" categories. "Many of those veterans getting our help served in Vietnam, and many of them came home with undiagnosed PTSD and a bad conduct or dishonorable discharge they never should have received."
The Legion's Washington office participated in conference call on Sept. 4 with DoD experts, who clarified the meaning and effect of the new guideline and answered questions.
In 2013, The American Legion handled 211 discharge petitions and appeared at 85 military board hearings; of 193 petitions decided on, 60 of them received upgrades.
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Contact: Marty Callaghan: 202-263-5758/202-341-8900, mcallaghan@legion.org.