Friday, October 31, 2014

Millionaire Party Licensing Update


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The Michigan Gaming Control Board has updated the millionaire party licensing process.

The following millionaire party forms have been revised on the Michigan Gaming Control Board website: 

  • Millionaire Party Event Application

  • Millionaire Party License Change Form
  • Millionaire Party Financial Statement
  • Millionaire Party Game Records

When applying for a millionaire party event license, please go to our website at www.michigan.gov/mgcb for the most up-to-date forms. 

Millionaire party event applications must be received six weeks prior to the event day. The Board may issue up to two licenses per day at a single location, however, the licenses will not be issued to run simultaneously.  Additionally, if two licenses are issued at the same location, the beginning time for the second event must be at least 30 minutes after the first event's end time.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us at (313) 456-4940.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival begins today

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Veterans began checking yesterday for this years National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Wisconsin.

More than 100 Veterans from across the country are in Milwaukee today through Sunday for the 2014 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.

Robert Cooper, from Martinsburg, West Virginia, tunes a folk harp for a rehearsal which culiminate with on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 with a stage performance at Milwaukee Theatre.

Robert Cooper, from Martinsburg, W.Va.,, tunes a folk harp for a rehearsal which culminates with on Sunday  with a stage performance at Milwaukee Theater.

The Festival, presented by VA and the American Legion Auxiliary, showcases the artistic achievements of Veterans from across the country who placed first in national art, music, dance, drama and creative writing division competitions. The Veterans will participate in workshops, rehearsals and artistic interaction sessions, culminating in an art exhibit and stage show performance, open to the public.

Among many other therapeutic benefits, the Festival encourages artistic expression to help Veterans dealing with PTSD and other psychological issues.  More than 3,500 Veterans participated  in regional competitions which culminate in the annual national event.

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Veterans participating in adaptive events often develop lifelong friendships with their fellow Veterans and staff.

The Festival relies heavily on the support provided by numerous American Legion Auxiliary volunteers. "As a co-sponsor of the Festival along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Legion Auxiliary and our nearly 800,000 members are honored to serve these Veterans from across the country," said American Legion Auxiliary 2014-2015 National President Janet Jefford.

This year, the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center hosts the event which will feature the gold medal-winning entries from 53 categories of art, ranging from oil painting to leatherwork to fiber art in an exhibit at the Grand Rotunda of the Milwaukee Theatre on Sunday, November 2 from noon to 2 p.m. The stage show performance will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, at the Milwaukee Theatre. Tickets are free but must be reserved by contacting 414-389-4099.

For more coverage of the Creative Arts Festiva visit http://ift.tt/1FVN578.

Complete photo coverage is on Flickr.

 

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— Veterans Health (@VeteransHealth) October 28, 2014


 



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Veteran Events & Announcements 10/30 to 11/6

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 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

You can also find many other veteran events on the State of MI Veterans website & Detroit Public Televisions' new Veterans website:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events/

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Attention Women Vets" The State of Michigan, Deptartment of Military & Veterans Affairs & Michigan Women's Commission, are trying to get a handle on the needs of the approx 50,000 women veterns in the state. Please take a moment to take their survey so they can better serve you. More information about this program can be found in their press release.

"Saturday, November 8, 2014 (SAVE THE DATE)" The annual Detroit Veterans Day Parade will march down Woodward! To join the parade, sponsor, or just more information, see their website or the new flyer.

EVENTS!

"Saturday, November 1, 2014" The US Chamber of Commerce & MI Dept of Military & Veteran Affairs are hosting a Hiring Our Heroes job fair, from 11AM till 3PM, at the Macomb County VerKuilen Bldg, 21885 Dunham Rd, Clinton Twp. See flyer for links to register as a vendor or as a job seeker.

"Saturday, November 1, 2014" The Volunteers of America & Association of Women Veterans are holding a Women Veterans Stand Down at the Dearborn VFW Post 78, 25620 Van Born Rd. Dearborn, from 10AM to 2PM. You can register in advance for this event at their website.

"Saturday, November 1, 2014" The SE Michigan Stand Down group and the Calvary Reformed Church, are hosting a fund raiser to support the stand downs held each year in Detroit. Music will be provided fir this event at 14151 Trenton Rd, Southgate, starting at 6PM. For complete information see attached flyer.

"Saturday, November 1, 2014 (NEW)" The Pixley Funeral Home group is collecting sweaters for veterans at the VA Hospital and Veteran Homes. They can be brought in from 9AM till 5PM at: 322 W University, Rochester; 3530 Auburn Rd, Auburn Hills; and, 2904 Orchard Lake Rd, Keego Harbor. See flyer for more info.

"Friday, November 7, 2014" Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan and the Detroit Dingell VA Hospital are holding a free veteran legal clinic on child support, expungements, tickets, etc., in the hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, room B1290, from 9AM till Noon. Limited to 15 veterans so reserve your seat by calling 313-576-1000, ext 65537. See flyer for more infomation.

"Friday & Saturday, November 7 & 8, 2014 (UPDATED)" The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency will be hosting their 2014 Veterans Expo, part of the No Wrong Door Campaign, at Cobo Hall in Detroit. For more information and to register as a vendor see attached form.

"Saturday, November 8, 2014 (SAVE THE DATE)" The annual Detroit Veterans Day Parade will march down Woodward! To join the parade, sponsor, or just more information, see their website or the new flyer.

"Saturday, November 8, 2014 (SAVE THE DATE)" The Yankee Air Museum annual gala, at Willow Run, from 5:30 to 10PM, with guest speaker Joanna Doolittle, granddaughter of Gen Doolittle. Please refer to their web site to purchase tickets. Also of note . . . vegetarian meals are available upon request by calling the office.

"Saturday, November 8, 2014 (NEW)" The Michigan Warriors Hockey Program is playing a game against a local men's team, and we would like to try and get as many people possible in the stands for our boys! The game is Saturday, November 8th at 6:45-8:05pm . Location is the John Lindell Ice Arena, 1403 Lexington Blvd. Royal Oak, MI 48073. Call President Josh Krajewski 313-461-3211 with any questions. No charge, however we do take in person donations, or through our fundraising website https://www.crowdrise.com/michiganwarriorhockey/fundraiser/jamestighe 100% of donations go to the program, no site fees.

"Sunday, November 9, 2014" The Detroit Pistons Basketball team is having their first Hoops for Troops day, honoring all veterans at the Palace. There will be special recognition, veteran of the year award, etc. The game is at 6PM with special pricing for veterans. For complete information and ticket order form see attached flyer.

"Sunday, November 9, 2014 (UPDATE)" The Student Veterans of America at the U of M Ann Arbor will be participating in a Wheelchair Basketball game to support paralyzed veterans. This event will be at the Crisler Center starting at 6:30PM before the regular U of M Basketball game. If you would like to participate contact Ben at the U of M or see attached flyer.

"Monday, November 10, 2014" The Detroit VA Healthcare System is hosting a Veterans Service Organization Open House from 9am-2pm in the Multi-purpose Room at the hospital. The Open House will provide Veterans an opportunity to connect with organizations who provide services to Veterans and their families. We also invite you to attend our Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony scheduled for 11am that morning in our medical center Atrium. Please reply with confirmation and your needs for space (i.e. tables and chairs) to Bill via email. The hospital is located at 4646 John R in Detroit.

"Tuesday, November 11, 2014" Stahl's Automobile Museum is opening its doors all day free to veterans and their families, from 10AM till 6PM. See over 100 vintage vehicles, enjoy music, see other historical items. The museum is located at 56516 North Bay Road, Chesterfield. See flyer for more information.

"Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (NEW)" The Royal Oak Memorial Society is hosting a Veteran's Day celebration stating at 11AM, 11 Mile Road & Troy between City Hall and the Library. For more information see flyer.

"Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (NEW)" Concordia University, 4090 Geddes Rd, Ann Arbor, is having a Veteran's Day celebration stating at 9AM. For more information see flyer.

"Thursday, November 13, 2014" Women Supporting Women in the Military and our Veterans is hosting a hat & scarf auction along with a fine dinner at the Howell Elk's Club, 2830 E Grand River, Howell, from 5:30 to 9PM. Cost is $10 for vets, $20 for non-vets. For complete info and to order tickets see flyer.

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

Tips for a Safe Halloween Experience

The American Legion’s National Commission on Children & Youth is very concerned about the welfare of our nation’s youth. This brochure was designed to help you and your child keep trick-or-treating safety in mind during this Halloween season.

Every year around October 31, children’s’ fantasies come true. They look forward to dressing up as their favorite character and knocking on neighbor’s doors to ask the age-old question “Trick or Treat?” Not too surprisingly, they usually get what they want- a bag full of sweets and goodies. However, even children’s fantasies can sour if parents and children do not properly prepare for a safe night. Please take the time to review the safety tips and suggestions in this brochure and share them with your child. Together, you and your child can make Halloween a fun and safe night.

As long as Halloween activities are sponsored and promoted in our various communities, the National Commission on Children & Youth believes children and parents should know how to make this observance as safe as possible. Such concern should not be interpreted as an endorsement or approval of Halloween and an annual event.


Halloween Safety Tips
  • ·         All children should know their phone number and address and the following safety tips.
  • ·         A responsible adult should always accompany children
  • ·         Costumes should be light in color to aid visibility, be fire resistant, and not pose a tripping hazard.
  • ·         Use make-up instead of vision-blocking masks.
  • ·         Always use sidewalks and obey traffic signals.
  • ·         Always cross the street at corners. Never cross the street between parked cars.
  • ·         Never go into a house for any reason.
  • ·         Never go with somebody without prior parental permission.
  • ·         Only accept sealed and wrapped treats.
  • ·         Always wait until adult checks all treats at home before eating.
  • ·         Dial 911 for emergencies, or dial 0 for an operator.
  • ·        Have Fun and Be Safe!



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.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Make Halloween A Fun and Safe Night

A message from The American Legion Department of Michigan

Once upon a frightful Halloween night an amazing thing happened! Children in all the towns and cities across the country had a fun and safe night of trick-or-treating.

Mothers and Fathers walked with their young sons and daughters as they collected their treats. Older children always walked with small groups of other children. Nobody went out be himself or herself and everyone carried a flashlight.

Every child knew his or her phone number and home address just in case they got separated. They knew to dial 911 in an emergency or 0 for the operator. All children knew to never go anywhere with anybody they didn’t know and without permission from their parents.

Children stayed in their own neighborhoods and stopped only at homes that were well lit. They knew better than to ever go into any house no matter what the person at the door said.

Everyone used sidewalks when possible or walked facing traffic. They never crossed the street between parked cars and only crossed streets at corners. They knew to Stop, Look both ways, and Listen for traffic before crossing. All children always obeyed traffic signals.

Children always wore light-color clothing and costumes, and used reflective tape to make sure they could easily be seen. They kept their costumes short so they wouldn’t trip. They also chose costumes and disguises that would not catch fire. They even wore colorful make-up, instead of masks, to make sure they could see well.

All children only accepted treats that were well wrapped or seals. They all knew better than to eat any treats before getting home and letting their mom and dad check every treat.

ALL CHILDREN FOUND THAT Halloween was more fun than ever when it was a safe night. As children all across the nation drifted off to sleep dreaming of their treats and goodies, all the moms and dads knew they would sleep more soundly themselves.

Because all parents took the time to teach their children about Halloween safety and ensured that all the rules were followed, all the children had a fun and safe night. And they all lived happily and safely ever after.


The End

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Monday, October 27, 2014

9th annual Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Day parade - parade route

We have a parade route, using Woodward Avenue., beginning at the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 9, at 2951 Woodward Avenue, at Temple S, at 11 AM.
 
We will go south on Woodward Avenue, to Elizabeth St, and turn left (East) to Witherell St, where we again turn left (North) to the main entrance to Comerica Park, where the parade will end. A Ceremony will take place at 1 PM, in the North parking area in front of Comerica Park. We will be honoring a number of Vietnam Veterans, nominated for the service in Vietnam, as well as their service post-Vietnam and Military life.
 
The south parking area in front of Comerica Park is for the use of parade participants. It's suggested that those car-pooling to the parade drop off participants at the staging area. Then, drive a vehicle to the Comerica Park lot, and leave the vehicle there,and come back to the staging area. Once the parade/ceremony has ended, the vehicle is there to be used to transport participants away from the area.
 
There will be parking available on the side streets, along Woodward, near the VVA CH # 9, and the staging area. There will be limited shuttle service back to staging area, after the parad/ceremony.
 
If you haven't registered for the parade, please do so now.
 
Go to our website at     www.detroitveteransdayparade.org    and go the Registration tab to locate the Registration Form.
 
FYI - My "Parade Participants" group e-mail list is "blind copied" to people ranging from U.S. Congressmen to individual WW II Veterans; various VSOs; media (TV/Radio/Newspapers (Metro and local), Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Navy Sea Cadets, active Military personnel, et al.  Please spread the word and help us make this the best Veterans Day parade we've had.
 
Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information, by e-mail, or phone, at (248) 569-0824
 
John Williams, United States Navy, 1958-64 - ETR2 - USS Newport News CA148, 1959-1962
Trustee, Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Coalition
American Legion Post # 253, Royal Oak MI
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 19, South Oakland County

Friday, October 24, 2014

Michigan State Volleyball Invites You to Military Appreciation Day!



Homeless Veterans Clinic

Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan

Presents:

Assistance for Homeless Veterans –

Removing barriers to housing

Child support, expungements, tickets, etc.

When:   November 7, 2014   9:00am – Noon

 

Where:  Room B1290, first floor, red area

 

Meeting limited to 15 Veterans per date-

More dates to be scheduled

 

Contact Veterans Justice Outreach Program for reservations 313-576-1000 Extension 65537 


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 10/23 to 10/30

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html  Clicking on "attached flyer" for each event either below or on the future listing will get you the flyer for that event.

You can get a monthly view of events by going to:
http://www.michiganveteranresources.com/Events.aspx

You can also find many other veteran events on the State of MI Veterans website & Detroit Public Televisions' new Veterans website:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events/

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Attention Women Vets" The State of Michigan, Department of Military & Veterans Affairs & Michigan Women's Commission, are trying to get a handle on the needs of the approx 50,000 women veterans in the state. Please take a moment to take their survey so they can better serve you. More information about this program can be found in their press release.

"Saturday, November 8, 2014 (SAVE THE DATE)" The annual Detroit Veterans Day Parade will march down Woodward! To join the parade, sponsor, or just more information, see their website or the new flyer.

EVENTS!

"Friday, October 24, 2014 (NEW)" Shelby Twp VFW Post 4659 is hosting a Dinner & Comedy Night live at the post, 8311 Wilson Dr, Shelby Twp, starting with an all you can eat spaghetti Dinner at 5, comedy show starting at 7:30. Cost is $10 at the door. For a complete listing of who will be there and more information on this event see attached flyer.

"Saturday, October 25, 2014" The MI State Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha is holding its annual Hope for Heroes Halloween Party at the Howell American Legion Post 141, 3265 W Grand River, Howell, from 11AM till 2PM. All military families are free and they are asking for a $1 donation to help the Wounded Warrior Project. For complete info see attached flyer.

"Sunday, October 26, 2014" Dearborn American Legion Post 364 is hosting a Commander's Breakfast starting at 9:30AM. Come have breakfast and watch the Lions vs Atlanta game from London. All donations to help homeless vets. The post is located at 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn. See flyer for more information.

"Sunday, October 26, 2014" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society will present "Flying the A-10 in the 91 Gulf War" starting at 2PM. Admission by donation at the museum, 16600 Stephens, Eastpointe. See flyer for complete information.

"Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (UPDATED)" VetBizCentral is hosting the 9th annual veterans conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5700 E 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, from 9AM to 4PM. Meet execs from numerous companies around Michigan to learn how veteran own businesses are doing and how you can improve yours. Tickets are $35 if ordered before 10/1. See the new flyer for complete information.

"Saturday, November 1, 2014" The US Chamber of Commerce & MI Dept of Military & Veteran Affairs are hosting a Hiring Our Heroes job fair, from 11AM till 3PM, at the Macomb County VerKuilen Bldg, 21885 Dunham Rd, Clinton Twp. See flyer for links to register as a vendor or as a job seeker.

"Saturday, November 1, 2014" The Volunteers of America & Association of Women Veterans are holding a Women Veterans Stand Down at the Dearborn VFW Post 78, 25620 Van Born Rd. Dearborn, from 10AM to 2PM. You can register in advance for this event at their website.

"Saturday, November 1, 2014 (NEW)" The SE Michigan Stand Down group and the Calvary Reformed Church, are hosting a fund raiser to support the stand downs held each year in Detroit. Music will be provided fir this event at 14151 Trenton Rd, Southgate, starting at 6PM. For complete information see attached flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. October 23rd, 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. October 23rd, 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.
 
5.      October 24th, 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. October 24th, 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. October 24th, 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. October 24th, 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. October 25th, Saturday – VFW 9914 Highland – "OKTOBERFEST & HALLOWEEN PARTY with DJ, Karaoke, 50/50 Raffles, German Food and Beer for $8 per person.  .  Post 9914 is located at 3200 North Duck Lake Road in Highland 48356.  Phone (248) 887-9914.
 
  1. October 26th, 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, October 22, 2014

Michigan Women’s Commission to Survey Female Veterans

Michigan Women's Commission to Survey Female Veterans

Findings Will Help Policy Makers Develop and Deliver Targeted Services to Michigan's Women Veterans

 

Detroit – The Michigan Women's Commission today announced a plan to survey women veterans living in Michigan to better understand their needs and the challenges they face.

The survey will include questions on women veterans' military service, health status, and use of various veterans' services.  The data, which will be collected anonymously to ensure participants' confidentiality, will be shared with policymakers so they can better meet the needs of Michigan women who've served in the military. 


Michigan is home to more than 50,000 women veterans.


"Many Michigan women may not think of themselves as veterans because they may not have served during wartime or in combat-specific roles," said Susy Avery, Executive Director of the Michigan Women's Commission.  "But if a Michigan woman served in the military, she is a veteran and we'd like to hear from her."


Michigan women veterans can access and complete the survey electronically at the following website: https://www.research.net/s/Michiganwomenveteranssurvey.


Survey results will be tabulated in early 2015 and the Commission plans to publish a report detailing the results in the spring of next year.


Women veterans are one of the Commission's three priority areas; the others are human trafficking and women in business.


For a paper copy of the survey, please call 313-456-4702.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Who will carry the flag? A response to the Washington Times | The American Legion's BurnPit

Good response from the Burn Pit.



I would add that one thing this response and Commander Helm's response is missing is the lesson to our local Posts who are seeking membership.  Like politics "All good Public Relations is local"  and if your Post wants to grow with younger members then it needs to be an active Post, with activities other then drinking.  Why can't a Post act like Team RWB?  Why can't a local Post do more in a community?  Why can't a Post have a running team in a Marathon?



We can try to explain why the article is wrong or misleading, but it still has very true experiences in it that we need to admit too and do our best to fix.



Who will carry the flag? A response to the Washington Times | The American Legion's BurnPit

NEC Adopts a Michigan Resolution - Resolution No. 12: Support Joint Services Transcript Evaluation of Military Training


NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
OF
THE AMERICAN LEGION
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
OCTOBER 15 - 16, 2014

Resolution No. 12: Support Joint Services Transcript Evaluation of Military Training and Experience of Veterans, Active-Duty, Reserve and National Guard Personnel

Origin: Register Resolution No. 2704 (MI) Department Executive Committee
Submitted by: Veterans Employment & Education Commission

WHEREAS, Veterans are in need of academic post-military degree and certificate credentials universally recognizable by employers for employment opportunities; and

WHEREAS, The Department of Defense (DOD) has already spared no expense to provide our military personnel with some of the best vocational training in the nation paid for by past federal budgets of the United States; and

WHEREAS, DOD establishes, measures and evaluates performance standards for every occupation within the Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS, The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated most of the training for these military occupations and provided guidelines for awarding college-level credit for such training; and

WHEREAS, Approximately 1,900 institutions of higher learning formed the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), which was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees; and

WHEREAS, SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, DOD, and the Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary post-secondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide; and

WHEREAS, SOC is funded by the DOD through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the contract is managed for DOD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES); and

WHEREAS, There are many occupational career fields in the Armed Forces that have been evaluated by ACE using the Joint Services Transcript System into recommended Vocational Certificate, Lower Division Baccalaureate/Associate Degree, Upper Division Baccalaureate and Graduate University, Community College and Technical School academic credit; and

WHEREAS, There are many occupations in the civilian workforce that require a civilian college/university degree, or vocational certificate; and

WHEREAS, In the Armed Forces, these unique occupations are performed to approved military standards that may meet or exceed the civilian college/university or vocational academic coursework criteria; and

WHEREAS, Upon separation from military service, many former military personnel, certified as proficient in their military occupational career, have recommended college/university and vocational academic credit based on the ACE Military Evaluation process; and

WHEREAS, Since 1945, ACE has evaluated military training and experience to gauge eligibility for university, college and vocational credit recommendations; and 2

WHEREAS, In 1974, ACE Military Programs began the assessment of military occupational specialties; and

WHEREAS, More than 2,200 higher education institutions consider the ACE Military Programs course credit recommendations and these credit recommendations can also assist in the servicemember’s career advancement; and

WHEREAS, In March, 2013, the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard combined their individual transcript systems into one system called the Joint Services Transcript System; and

WHEREAS, DOD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) require colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools, both public and private, to evaluate prior learning and previous academic transcripts and credit, prior to a veteran, active-duty, Reserve or National Guard to be in receipt of funds for training or education at civilian institutions of higher learning to include colleges, universities and vocational technical schools; and

WHEREAS, DOD has already paid for the training of its personnel for their military occupations and the taxpayers of the United States should not be burdened by paying for the training again in the form of the GI Bill or any federally-funded training program; and

WHEREAS, DOD Tuition Assistance, VA Education or any form of the GI Bill requires this evaluation, and a fully completed degree or certificate plan to ensure compliance with DOD and VA regulations; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, By the National Executive Committee of The American Legion in regular meeting assembled in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 15-16, 2014, That The American Legion support efforts of academic credit evaluation by colleges, universities and vocational technical schools via the Joint Services Transcript system for military experience as evaluated college, university and vocational technical school credit; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That The American Legion support efforts to increase the understanding that without this required evaluation of Joint Services Transcripts that the Department of Veterans Affairs education funding through the GI Bill oftentimes duplicates funding for military training already received by the Department of Defense (DOD); and, be it finally


RESOLVED, That DOD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) change the current required degree plan used by colleges, universities and vocational technical institutions of higher learning to be in receipt of DOD Tuition Assistance or VA GI Bill funds be required to evaluate and report the Joint Services Transcript of veterans, active-duty military, Reserve and National Guard just as they would for any other transcript from an institution of prior learning.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 10/16 to 10/23

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 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  

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"MI Freedom Center at Metro Airport" Many of you know I volunteer at the Freedom Center (our version of a USO) at Metro (Delta terminal) once each week. Next month the center will celebrate its 3rd anniversary. To date the center has hosted over 106,000 (not a typo) veterans, active military, and their family members. They could use more support since they are hoping to open a second center at the North Terminal that serves all other airlines at Metro. If your group can help contact John or Diane at 810-545-8343 or vial email. We are currently missing 25% of the troops passing thru Metro since there is nothing at the North terminal so your help is important!

"Saturday, November 8, 2014 (SAVE THE DATE)" The annual Detroit Veterans Day Parade will march down Woodward! To join the parade, sponsor, or just more information, see their website or the new flyer.

EVENTS!

"Thursday, October 16, 2014" The University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law is offering a free legal clinic at SS Peter & Paul Church, 438 St Antoine, Detroit, from 9 to 11AM. Today's help will focus on Driver's License Restoration. To register call Alesa at the Law School at 313-596-0258. See flyer for other upcoming clinics.

"Sunday, October 19, 2014" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society presents "Michigan Launches an Air Force," a presentation by Dan Heaton on the history of Selfridge during WWI. Starts at 2PM with admission by donation at the museum located at 16600 Stephens, Eastpointe. See flyer for more information.

"Tuesday, October 21, 2014" The Legal Aid & Defender Association, along with Southfield Human Services, is hosting an Expungment Clinic at the Southfield Library Auditorium, from Noon till 2PM, 26300 Evergreen, Southfield. Pre-registration is required by calling 248-796-4542. Information on how to remove items from your criminal records! See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, October 25, 2014" The MI State Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha is holding its annual Hope for Heroes Halloween Party at the Howell American Legion Post 141, 3265 W Grand River, Howell, from 11AM till 2PM. All military families are free and they are asking for a $1 donation to help the Wounded Warrior Project. For complete info see attached flyer.

"Sunday, October 26, 2014 (NEW)" Dearborn American Legion Post 364 is hosting a Commander's Breakfast starting at 9:30AM. Come have breakfast and watch the Lions vs Atlanta game from London. All donations to help homeless vets. The post is located at 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn. See flyer for more information.

"Sunday, October 26, 2014 (NEW)" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society will present "Flying the A-10 in the 91 Gulf War" starting at 2PM. Admission by donation at the museum, 16600 Stephens, Eastpoint. See flyer for complete information.

"Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (UPDATED)" VetBizCentral is hosting the 9th annual veterans conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5700 E 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, from 9AM to 4PM. Meet execs from numerous companies around Michigan to learn how veteran own businesses are doing and how you can improve yours. Tickets are $35 if ordered before 10/1. See the new flyer for complete information.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. October 16th, 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. October 16th, 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. October 17th-19th, Friday through Sunday – "BIG TEN CONFERENCE in INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA.
 
  1. October 17th, Friday 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – Acorn Post 1669 Royal Oak – "GRANDPA COUGH MEDICINE BAND".  Special Entertainment!  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. Fourth Street in Downtown Royal Oak 48067.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
 
  1. October 17th, 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. October 17th, 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. October 17th, 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. October 19th, 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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Promoting Old Glory - Jonesville Post 195

Originally printed in October 2014 MI Legionnaire

By Mark Sutton, PR Director

Like any Post that wants to be active, the Post must decide what they will be active with.  The American Legion has over 20 different programs under the 4 founding pillars that a post can promote and actively work.  The Boyce-Bunce-Carpenter Post 195 in Jonesville, Michigan actively promotes “Old Glory”, the Stars and Stripes of our great country.  They do this in 2 ways.

The first way they do this is by promoting and selling flags through the American Legion Emblem Sales Flag reward program.  In 2013, this post ranked 9th in the entire country for “Flag Rewards” and number 1 in Michigan.  Selling through the Flag Rewards program earns the post credits they can use at Emblem sales.  To learn more about Flag rewards visit http://emblem.legion.org and click Flag Rewards on the left side at the bottom.

The second way they promote is through the proper disposal of US Flags during their Flag Day ceremonies.  When you sell several flags, you receive old flags to dispose of properly.

At a spring meeting the commander told the group that one of our fire pits needed to be replaced.  One of the members said "why don't we go out to NEFCO Metals Sales & Service, and see if they could make us one?”.

Steve Harding, the owner of NEFCO, was happy to help and his creative workers and staff put together 2 fire pits (see picture) for the Post to use at their ceremonies.  “I just wanted to give something back to those who served" Mr. Harding said.  The Post now has 2 custom pits to use on Flag Day.


The pits were used at the Posts 2014 Flag Day event at “Freedom Memorial” park in Jonesville this past June.  They retired 100 flags that day. Proper flag etiquette is important to the fabric of America and Post 195 is doing what it can to remind the community just how important it is.

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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

RIDE, RECRUIT, AND RETAIN MEMBERSHIP - State Commander Jim Wallace

State Commander article from October 2014 MI Legionnaire -

LANSING,MI - WOW!  Isn’t autumn a beautiful time of the year.  It is even better if you ride a motorcycle.  Getting a chance to enjoy Mother Nature’s most remarkable scenery while being close to her on a bike is terrific, whether you ride alone or with friends.  During this time of the year, I really look forward to riding along Huron River Drive between N. Main Street in Ann Arbor and N. Territorial in Dexter at the peak color show.   What an awesome feeling seeing the full colors of Mother Nature at her best.  I am sure you have your special areas to enjoy this fall season.  Please try to find the time to ride, however, please be careful and obey all the rules of safe riding.
As you may know I am a Legion Rider.  While I am enjoying the time I get to ride, when I stop for gas, food and other essentials, I am always looking for additional riders to join this organization.  What a better way to promote the American Legion and the Riders than to have the opportunity to talk bikes and to recruit membership.  A lot of veterans enjoy riding motorcycles and that makes the connection mutual.   If talking to Riders, either from the Legion, Auxiliary or the Sons of the American Legion, I encourage them to continue their connection to this great organization by retaining their membership within the Legion Family.

    The Legacy Scholarship Fund is a program of the American Legion Riders (ALR).  This fund is set up to assist children getting into college if their parent was killed during or because of the War on Terrorism.  Since this fund was started it has been the “go to program” for the ALR, as they promote the Legacy Ride.  This past year the Legacy Ride started at National Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana and approximately 600 riders signed up to ride to the American Legion National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.  During this year’s 5-day ride they collected approximately $435, 000.  While at convention, through donations made on the convention floor, a total of over $1,000,000 was raised for the Legacy Fund.  This is the first time that much money has been raised.  Nine Legacy Rides have risen over $5,000,000 for the children of our fallen brother & sisters.  I was proud to be part of this joyous and humbling occasion.  Hopefully, next year we, as a Department, can be a bigger part of the program.  All Chapters, Post, Units and Squadrons are invited to promote activities that will help the Legacy Scholarship Fund at the next Legacy Ride to the National Convention at Baltimore in 2015.


    We should take pride in knowing that the American Legion Riders are an asset to this organization through their dedication to the veterans, their families and the communities they serve.

Sincerely,



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.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sons of The American Legion Elect Mike Moss National Commander - From the October MI Legionnaire

On Aug. 24, during the 43rd Sons of The American Legion national convention in Charlotte, N.C., Mike Moss was elected the SAL's national commander for the 2014-2015 membership year.

Moss lives in Colorado and has been and still is very active in the Colorado Detachment. He has served on the national level as the Mid-West national vice commander and is a past chairman of the National Children & Youth Commission.
Moss' eligibility for SAL membership is through his father, a Korean War Air Force veteran who flew B-29s and a 54-year member of The American Legion. One of Moss' earliest memories of The American Legion was when he was 8 years old and going to the local grocery store with his mother, also a 54-year member of the Legion Auxiliary, to sell poppies to raise money.

Moss' motto is "Building Bridges To The Future." He knows that our future lies with our young people, and he would like membership to be at 100 percent by May 1, 2015 and have the renewal rate of or over 90 percent.
Moss' goals for this year include raising:
  • SAL membership to 370,000 members,
  • $50,000 in donations for the Legion's National Emergency Fund,
  • $400,000 in donations for The Legion Child Welfare Fund, and
  • $90,000 in donations for the Legion's National Endowment Fund.

Other elected SAL officers include National Vice Commander's Greg “Doc” Gibbs (East), Jeff Evans (South), Ron Wyatt (Central), Charles Keith )Mid-West), and David Swafford (West). And National Membership Chairman George Lasinski, National Adjutant Brian O’ Hearne, National Chaplain Harl Ray, National Commander’s Aide Ken Yanke, National Historian Mark Klilstrom, and National Liaison John Kerestan.

Printed in the October 2014 MI Legionnaire.

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Veteran Events & Announcements 10/9 to 10/16

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 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  

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"MI Freedom Center at Metro Airport" Many of you know I volunteer at the Freedom Center (our version of a USO) at Metro (Delta terminal) once each week. Next month the center will celebrate its 3rd anniversary. To date the center has hosted over 106,000 (not a typo) veterans, active military, and their family members. They could use more support since they are hoping to open a second center at the North Terminal that serves all other airlines at Metro. If your group can help contact John or Diane at 810-545-8343 or vial email. We are currently missing 25% of the troops passing thru Metro since there is nothing at the North terminal so your help is important!

"Saturday, November 8, 2014 (SAVE THE DATE)" The annual Detroit Veterans Day Parade will march down Woodward! To join the parade, sponsor, or just more information, see their website or the new flyer.

EVENTS!

"Wednesday & Thursday, October 8 & 9, 2014" The Southeastern Michigan Veterans Stand Down will take place at the Detroit Rescue Mission, 3606 E Forest, Detroit. Volunteers are needed as are numerous items, and a complete list is available on their website. At this event on the 8th a Homeless Court will take place to assist those Detroit (only) veterans with legal issues in the 36th District Court. You must register for this assistance by calling 313-596-0258. See flyer for complete information.

"Friday, October 10, 2014" Neighborhood Legal Services, along with the Detroit VA Hospital, are offering free legal assistance on issues like child support, expungements, tickets, etc. This will take place at the Detroit VA Hospital, 4646 Jorn R, Detroit, from 9AM till Noon. Limited to 15 veterans so call to reserve your spot at 313-576-1000, ext 65537. See flyer for more information.

"Saturday, October 11, 2014" The Navy Spirit League of Michigan is hosting the 239th Navy Birthday Ball at the Best Western Plus, 34911 Van Dyke, Sterling Hgts, starting at 6PM. For complete information see their website. To order tickets go here.

"Saturday, October 11, 2014" Port Huron VFW Post 796 is hosting a benefit Euchre tournament to help Marine Joe LaRue with his medical bills, from 6 till 9PM. Entry Fee is $20. The post is located at 1711 Pine Grove Ave, Port Huron, MI 48060. See flyer for more info.

"Sunday, October 12, 2014" Stiggy's Dogs is hosting their annual Pack Palooza at the Lyon Oaks County Park, 52251 W Pontiac Trail, Wixom, from 1 to 4PM. Your dog is not only welcome but is the leader of the pack! Stiggy's Dogs helps take rescue dogs and train them as companions for our veterans. For more information and to order tickets see the flyer or their site to purchase tickets.

"Thursday, October 16, 2014" The University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law is offering a free legal clinic at SS Peter & Paul Church, 438 St Antoine, Detroit, from 9 to 11AM. Today's help will focus on Driver's License Restoration. To register call Alesa at the Law School at 313-596-0258. See flyer for other upcoming clinics.

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