Thursday, April 30, 2015

MSU Spartan Baseball Invites YOU to Military Appreciation Day Saturday May 2, 2015

On behalf of Head Coach Jake Boss and the Spartan Baseball team, I would like to invite you to participate in the second annual Military Appreciation Day at Spartan Baseball on Saturday, May 2nd for their game against Purdue University at McLane Baseball Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University. Game time is set for 1:05pm.

 

We would like to invite any and all military personnel to attend the game FREE of charge. We will admit anyone in uniform and those who present Military ID for free. Also, if you plan on attending the game and would like to let me know ahead of time, we will provide tickets for you and your guests.

 

Throughout the game, we would like to feature members of the military. If there is someone special you would like to nominate for this honor and they plan on attending the game, please send us a brief biography and we will do a tribute to them between innings. There is also the opportunity for any active or veteran service members to throw the First Pitch prior to the game so if you or anyone you know is interested, please provide their contact information. If you or someone you know has the ability to sing the National Anthem, please provide their contact information as well.

 

Please feel free to pass this along to anyone else that may be interested in participating. We look forward to seeing you at the Spartan Baseball game next Saturday. Please feel free to reach out to me at (517) 432-2607 or by email at freyand2@ath.msu.edu if you have any questions.

 

Thank you!

 

Andrew Frey

External Relations Graduate Intern

Michigan State University, Sales and Marketing

223 Kalamazoo Street

East Lansing, MI 48823

Email: freyand2@ath.msu.edu

O: (517) 432-2607 F: (517) 432-4945 C: (734) 368-5440

 


The Oak Ridge Boys to receive The American Legion Patriot Award

The Oak Ridge Boys to receive
The American Legion Patriot Award
 
INDIANAPOLIS (April 29 , 2015) – The nation's largest organization of wartime veterans today announced the selection of The Oak Ridge Boys as its 2015 recipients of  The American Legion Patriot Award.
"By using their considerable talents to raise awareness and support for the needs of veterans and their families, The Oak Ridge Boys are an obvious choice for this prestigious honor," said The American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm. "Duane Allen, Richard Sterban, Joe Bonsall and William Lee Golden are great Americans who have entertained people worldwide with their stirring hits and amazing record of success. Their blend of gospel, country and rock make The Oak Ridge Boys true American icons."
The Patriot Award is just the latest honor for the band, which was recently selected as 2015 inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Oak Ridge Boys were also named as celebrity "spokesband" for The American Legion and have done several educational announcements about the services and programs offered by the Legion. Moreover, the band has been active in the Legion-supported Soldier's Wish, a group that creates events to support military members.
The Patriot Award will be presented to The Oak Ridge Boys in Baltimore, Md., during The American Legion's 97th Annual National Convention, Sept. 1-3.
With a current membership of 2.3-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.
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Media contact: John Raughter (317) 630-1253.
 
 
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John Raughter
Media & Communications, National Headquarters
Phone 317.630.1253 ::  Fax 317.630.1368
 
 
 

#Veteran Events & Announcements 4/30 to 5/13

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are many! Things are picking up since this event listing which has 2 new items.  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 & information for Veterans 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!

"Rand Corporation Veteran Study" Starting the week of May 26th the Rand corporation is conducting studies on the National Guard/Reserves and on Veterans in general. You will be paid $25 to participate in these studies, plus food & beverages. For more information on these studies see flyers (National Guard) (Veterans) or call 800-722-4780, ext 5404.

EVENTS!

"Saturday, May 2, 2015" American Legion Dearborn Post 364 is hosting a Kentucky Derby dinner, music, raffles, etc, at their post, 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn, starting at 3PM. For more information call them at 313-562-9090 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, May 6, 2015" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their free series about WW II, this time on how art preserves aviation history. Takes place at the museum, Willow Run Airport, 7:30PM, in their General Purpose room. See their website for more information.

"Friday, May 8, 2015" Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan is presenting assistance to homeless veterans on child support, expungements, tickets, etc., from 9AM till Noon at the VA Hospital in Detroit. You must make a reservation by calling 313-576-1000, ext 65537. See flyer for more info.

"Friday, May 8, 2015" The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial Command is hosting a memorial service at Memorial Park, 13 Mile & Woodward, starting at 4:30PM to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE day. The highlight will be a flyover by Yankee Lady, a B-17 from the Yankee Air Museum. Gates open at 4:30. For a timetable of all events visit their website.

"Friday, May 8, 2015" The International Armed Forces Council is holding its 56th annual International Armed Forces Night Dining-Out at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E Maple, Troy, starting at 6:30PM. Guest speaker this year is Major General Gwendolyn Bingham. For more info visit their website or see attached flyer.

"Saturday, May 9, 2015" Camp Liberty is holding a major tree planting and habitat project day on Saturday, May 9th at Camp Liberty starting from 9:00am to 5:00pm. (More on Camp Liberty can be found at the bottom of this release.) The address for the GPS is 13400 Austin Road, Brooklyn, MI on the north side of Austin Road. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Please bring gloves, shovels, and wear your work boots and clothes. For more information please contact Rick Briggs at (810) 908-1901 or rbriggs@camp-liberty.org.

"Saturday, May 9, 2015" American Legion Fort Dearborn Post 364 is hosting their annual Brian Smith Memorial Fundraiser at their post, 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn, starting at 5PM, ending at 9PM. They will be having a Live Veteran Auction, a drag-queen bingo, dinner, wine tasting, etc. For lots more information call them at 313-562-9090 or see attached flyer.

"Tuesday, May 12, 2015" The City of Southfield Human Services Department, along with Training & Treatment Innovations, are hosting on the first Tuesday of each month, 1PM till 3PM, coordination & assistance to veterans & their families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. You do not need to be a Southfield resident to get assistance. For assistance contact the city at 248-796-4546 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, May 13, 2015" Meridian Health Services & Oakland County Community Mental Health, are hosting a Veterans & Substance Use Disorders seminar at the Oakland County Resource & Crisis Center, 1200 N Telegraph. Bldg 32 East, Pontiac, from 6:30PM till 8PM. For more information call 248-599-8999 or see flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
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  1. April 30th, Thursday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Pho.ne 248-698-8302.
 
  1. April 30th, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – Old Settlers VFW 4659 Shelby Twp. – "EUCHRE".  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Play starts at 7:00 p.m.  Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Coney Dogs, French Fries and Chili available.  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson in Shelby Twp.  48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
 
  1. May 1st, Friday 5:00 p.m. – "LOYALTY DAY" at Shafer-Rachelle VFW Post 6782 Eastpointe.  There will be (2) Guest Speakers:  Senator Steven Bieda and Mayor Suzanne Pixley of Eastpointe.  VFW 6802 Richmond "Honor Guard" will post colors.  Please bring your Post Colors, so they can be displayed.  Please bring your Children and Grandchildren.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC", so invite your Family & Friends.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Program starts at 6:00 p.m.  Light Dinner will follow program.  Light Dinner consists of Hot Dogs, Chili Sauce, Beans, Coleslaw, Potato Salad and "only" Soft Drinks.  NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WILL BE SERVED or AVAILABLE.    Post 6802 is located at 17645 E. Nine Mile Road in Eastpointe 48021.  Phone (586) 777-4040.
 
  1. May 1st, 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.
 
8.      May 1st, Friday 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM".  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Friday, April 24, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 4/23 to 5/7

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are many! Things are picking up since this event listing which has 3 new items.  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 & information for Veterans 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!

"Rand Corporation Veteran Study" Starting the week of May 26th the Rand corporation is conducting studies on the National Guard/Reserves and on Veterans in general. You will be paid $25 to participate in these studies, plus food & beverages. For more information on these studies see flyers (National Guard) (Veterans) or call 800-722-4780, ext 5404.

"40th Anniversary of Fall of Saigon" Detroit Public Television (Channel 56) will be running at 9PM a special on this historic event on Tuesday, April 28th!. There will also be public showing at a number of places in the tri-county area. For information on where these screening will take place visit their website. If you would like to see a trailer of this film you can visit this special website.

EVENTS!

"Friday, April 24, 2015" The Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America is hosting its annual Awareness Day at the Novi Civic Center, 45175 10 Mile, Novi, from 10:30 untill 3:30PM. . This annual event is the MPVA's way of inviting the public to learn more about their organization, and their mission to contribute to the highest quality of life for people with a spinal cord injury or disease. This year, the MPVA is pleased to take this event to the next level through a partnership with the City of Novi! The event will be held at the Novi Civic Center where vendors will be welcomed to display their products and services that assist those living with a disability. Event sponsors have included: accessible vehicles, unique wheelchairs, veterans benefits counseling, inclusive home remodeling, accessible sports equipment, and much more! This event is free to the public! The MPVA guarantees it will be a day you do not want to miss! Light refreshments and beverages will also be served! Those interested becoming a sponsor can contact Jaclyn Kochis, Deputy Executive Director, at (248) 476-9000 ext 06 or at: jkochis@michiganpva.org

"Friday, April 24, 2015" The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund is hosting their 10th annual dinner at the MGM Grand Hotel, Detroit, starting at 5PM. The guest speaker will be Rob O'Neill, former member of Navy Seal Team Six. Tickets are $150 per person. For more info see their Facebook page. To order tickets go to ordering site.

"Friday, April 24, 2015" The University of Phoenix, 2 pm at University of Phoenix Detroit Campus: 26261 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48076. Military families and veterans are invites to connect with the available resources. Information will include: GI Bill benefits, healthcare resources, family and housing support, financial literacy, educational opportunities, career resources, legal services, and more. Light refreshments will be provided. See attached flyer.

"Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 24, 25, 26, 201" The Marine Corps League of Monroe County, Detachment 157, is hosting a Wounded Soldiers Fundraiser men's & co-ed softball tournament at Munson Softball Fields, 2625 N Custer, Monroe. Team registration is $250 with an April 10th deadline. All proceeds benefit Monroe County Veterans & their families. For complete information contact Stephen at 734-625-8067 or see flyer.

"Saturday, April 25, 2015" Richmond VFW Post 6802 is hosting its annual Joint Testimonial Golf Outing at The Jewel of Grand Blanc, 5270 Perry Rd, Grand Blanc, with a tee-off if 10AM. Cost is $40 per golfer & includes 18 holes of golf, cart, hot dogs, & chips. For more info contact Scott at 586-651-8228 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, April 28, 2015" Northville High School is hosting a Baseball Challenge for the Armed Forces to raise money for the Metro Airport Freedom Center (where I volunteer). 20% of your food bill will be credited to the fundraiser. This will be all day at Brick's (133 W Main St, Northville, MI 48167) and Northville Sports Den (also at 133 W. Main Street, Northville, MI 48167) You must have the attached flyer for the group to get the money.

"Saturday, May 2, 2015" American Legion Dearborn Post 364 is hosting a Kentucky Derby dinner, music, raffles, etc, at their post, 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn, starting at 3PM. For more information call them at 313-562-9090 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, May 6, 2015" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their free series about WW II, this time on how art preserves aviation history. Takes place at the museum, Willow Run Airport, 7:30PM, in their General Purpose room. See their website for more information.

And from our friends at the VFW:
 
  1. April 23rd, Thursday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Pho.ne 248-698-8302.
 
  1. April 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.
 
  1. April 24th, Friday 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 6802 Richmond – "ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY DINNER".  NEW PRICES! Adults are $10.  Children 5-12 $5.  Children 4 and Under Free.  Carry Outs available.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  VFW 6802 is located at 34339 32 Mile Road in Richmond 48062.  Phone (586) 727-1436.
 
8.      April 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. April 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.
 
10.  April 24th, Friday 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM".  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
 
11.  April 25th, Saturday 10:00 a.m. – "JOINT TESTIMONIAL GOLF OUTING at The Jewel of Grand Blanc".  $40 per golfer.  $160 per team.  18 holes of Golf with a Cart.  Hot Dog & Chips at the turn.  Contact Scott Hoag at (586) 651-8228 or (586) 727-1436.   The Jewel of Grand Blanc is located at 5270 Perry Road in Grand Blanc 48439.  Phone (810) 694-5960.
 
12.  April 25th, Saturday 5:00 p.m. – "JOINT TESTIMONIAL BANQUET for STATE COMMANDER HARRY "LES" CROYLE & STATE PRESIDENT ALICE "CANDY" BEATTY at Gateway Holiday Inn located at 5353 Gateway Circle in Flint, MI 48507.   Social Hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with Cash Bar.  Banquet at 6:00 p.m.  Banquet will be Open Seating.  BUSINESS CASUAL.  NO JEANS!  Deadline for Ordering Banquet Tickets was April 10, 2015.  Pick up Dinner Tickets at the Door.
 
  1. April 26th, Sunday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 6802 Richmond – "MEAT BINGO".  The Last Sunday of each month.  Have a Fun Evening of playing a Quick New Game and a Chance to Win Some Meat!  Snack Food/Beverages available to donation.  "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC".  So Invite your Family & Friends.  Post 6802 is located at 34339 32 Mile Road in Richmond 48062.  Phone (586) 727-1436.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Consumer Fianacial Protection Bureau Takes Action Against Military Allotment Processor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April 20, 2015

 

CONTACT:

Office of Communications

Tel: (202) 435-7170

                                                                                                                               

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU TAKES ACTION AGAINST MILITARY ALLOTMENT PROCESSOR FOR CHARGING SERVICEMEMBERS HIDDEN FEES

Servicemembers Unknowingly Paid Millions in Fees to Fort Knox National Company and Military Assistance Company

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is taking action against Fort Knox National Company and its subsidiary, Military Assistance Company, for charging servicemembers millions of dollars in hidden fees. The military allotment processor did not clearly disclose various recurring fees, which could total $100 or more. Under a consent order entered into with the Bureau, Fort Knox National Company and Military Assistance Company will pay about $3.1 million in relief to harmed servicemembers.

 

"Fort Knox National Company and Military Assistance Company enrolled servicemembers without adequately disclosing their fees, and then charged servicemembers without telling them. As a result, servicemembers paid millions of dollars in fees, probably without even knowing it," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Today we are taking action and others should take note."

 

Kentucky-based Fort Knox National Company, through its subsidiary, Military Assistance Company (also known as MAC), was one of the nation's largest third-party processors of military allotments. The military allotment system allows servicemembers to deduct payments directly from their earnings. The allotment system was created to help deployed servicemembers send money home to their families and pay their creditors at a time when automatic bank payments and electronic transfers were not yet common bank services. Creditors, such as auto lenders, installment lenders, and retail merchants, have in recent years been known to direct servicemembers to use the system to collect payments straight from servicemember earnings.

 

With MAC, servicemembers would set up an allotment that transferred a portion of their pay into a pooled bank account controlled by MAC. Servicemembers would then pay MAC a monthly service charge – typically between $3 and $5 – to have MAC make monthly payments to a creditor out of the account. On many occasions, however, excess funds accumulated in the payment account, often without servicemembers' knowledge. An excess, or "residual," balance might occur, for example, where a debt that a servicemember owed was fully paid off but the servicemember had not yet stopped the automatic paycheck deductions.

 

The Bureau alleges that from 2010 to 2014, the company routinely charged recurring, undisclosed fees against these residual balances. Tens of thousands of servicemembers had their money slowly drained from their accounts because they were not notified about the charges. And, since active allotments would replenish the money in the payment account, MAC continued to take such fees in a way that servicemembers could not easily track. Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Bureau has the authority to take action against institutions violating federal consumer financial laws, including engaging in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices. According to the Bureau's investigation, the company:

 

  • Failed to clearly disclose key information about costs: The company did not disclose various fees charged against a residual balance, the dollar amounts of such fees, or the circumstances under which they would be incurred. Such fees included: a $5 fee to send a letter to the servicemember about his or her residual balance; a $5 fee to send a similar letter to the servicemember's current or past creditor; and a recurring fee of $12 to $20 if the account sat idle with a positive balance for more than six months. The company also charged a fee equal to the remaining money in a servicemember's account when the balance fell below the next round of fees.

 

  • Failed to notify servicemembers it had charged fees: MAC failed to inform servicemembers when it charged them residual-balance fees. And servicemembers could not readily learn of such fees because online account information did not include fee charges. In addition, servicemembers received no monthly statements from either MAC or the bank holding their funds.

 

Fort Knox National Company began winding down MAC's allotment business in 2014. Under the terms of the consent order filed today, Fort Knox National Company and MAC are required to provide about $3.1 million in relief to harmed servicemembers. Servicemembers who may be eligible for relief will be contacted by the Bureau.

 

A copy of the administrative consent order is available at: http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201504_cfpb_regulation-fort-knox-mac-settlement.pdf

Recently, the U.S. Department of Defense made reforms to the allotment system to create greater protections for servicemembers. The DoD's statement on those reforms can be found at: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123701

 

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. For more information, visit consumerfinance.gov.

 

 

 


Monday, April 13, 2015

Ocala, Fla., high school senior places first in American Legion Oratoricals

Ocala, Fla., High School Senior Sweeps to Victory, Earns $18K Scholarship in American Legion Oratorical Contest
 
INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2015) – A senior from Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla., capped a busy weekend of competition in Indianapolis by earning an $18,000 college scholarship and first place in The American Legion  High School Oratorical Scholarship Program – "A Constitutional Speech Contest." Her winning oration was titled "Our Greatest Honor."
Geeta Minocha started the weekend as one of 52 state or department champions in the 78th annual contest. She advanced to the championship through three rounds of intense competition.
Rowan Macwan, a high school junior from Naperville, Ill., earned a $16,000 college scholarship with a second place finish, while Emma Skahill, a senior from Earlham, Iowa, earned a $14,000 scholarship and finished third.  The scholarships account for a small portion of post-secondary scholarships that The American Legion, the nation's largest veterans organization, awards annually.
In her prepared oration, Minocha pointed out that the Constitution was not a document that could have declared George Washington a king, but was instead a document "remodeling the government of the United States." She lamented that voter turnout is now the lowest since the 1940s.
"Who we vote for matters. The leaders we elect should reflect the spirit of our society," Minocha said. "Their main goal should be the preservation of our rights as written in our founding document. Failure to vote, then, is the equivalent of rejecting the freedoms bestowed on each individual by our Constitution. These freedoms, like a family heirloom, should be treasured and held dear. But it appears we have begun to take these freedoms for granted."
Minocha repeated President Kennedy's call for American's to accept responsibility for the future. "Together, let us now answer his call," she said. "Together, let us preserve and protect Democracy and all its ideals. Together, let us exercise our Constitutional right and vote."
       In each round of the weekend competition, orators delivered a rehearsed 8- to 10-minute address and a randomly assigned 3- to 5-minute oration on a constitutional topic, each without the benefit of notes and in front of a live audience, including the judges.  The 2.4-million member American Legion developed the contest to encourage young people to improve their communications skills and to study the U.S. Constitution. More than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded over the history of the contest. 
 
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Media Contacts:  John Raughter (317) 441-8847 or Shayne Abrahams, (317)408-3381.
 
John Raughter
Media & Communications, National Headquarters
Phone 317.630.1253 ::  Fax 317.630.1368
 
 
 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 4/2 to 4/16

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area.  Things are picking up since this event listing which has 7 new items.  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 & information for Veterans 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!

"40th Anniversary of Fall of Saigon" Detroit Public Television (Channel 56) will be running at 9PM a special on this historic event. There will also be public showing at a number of places in the tri-county area. For information on where these screening will take place visit their website. If you would like to see a trailer of this film you can visit this special website.

EVENTS!

"Saturday, April 4, 2015" American Legion Post 32 Riders are presenting their Spring Comedy Kick Start at their post, 9318 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, with doors opening at 6PM for cocktails & dinner, show at 7:30. Advance tickets are $30 per person, none sold at the door. Dinner includes primo pasta dinner, salad, dessert buffet, etc. For more info contact Trish at 734-858-7956 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, April 7, 2015" The City of Southfield Human Services Department, along with Training & Treatment Innovations, are hosting on the first Tuesday of each month, 1PM till 3PM, coordination & assistance to veterans & their families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. You do not need to be a Southfield resident to get assistance. For assistance contact the city at 248-796-4546 or see flyer.

"Friday, April 10, 2015" Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan is presenting assistance to homeless veterans on child support, expungements, tickets, etc., from 9AM till Noon at the VA Hospital in Detroit. You must make a reservation by calling 313-576-1000, ext 65537. See flyer for more info.

"Thursday, April 16, 2015" The Southfield Veterans' Commission is hosting its annual Veterans Informational Seminar at the Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, starting at 12PM. Topics covered will include Survivor Benefits, Education, Burial, & other benefits. Free to all. For more info see flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. April 2nd, 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. April 2nd, 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. April 3rd, "GOOD FRIDAY"
 
  1. April 3rd, Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Bruce VFW Post 1146 St. Clair Shores.  "FINAL FRIDAY FISH FRY DINNER and OTHER DINNERS".  Every Friday until April 3, 2015.  Senior & Children's Menu.  Extras and Sides Available.  Carry Outs available.  "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC".  Invite your Family & Friends.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road on the water side.
 
  1. April 3rd, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Menge VFW 6756 Center Line – "FINAL FRIDAY FISH FRY DINNER".   OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Post 6756 is located at 25500 Sherwood Avenue in Warren 48091.  Phone (586) 756-6756.
 
  1. April 3rd, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Shafer-Rachelle VFW 6782 Eastpointe – "FINAL FRIDAY FISH FRY DINNER".  ALL YOU CAN EAT SMELT for $9, 3 piece Cod for $9, Mini Combo (1 cod & 3 shrimp) for $7.  All dinners include French Fries or Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Roll & Butter and Coffee.  Dessert are provided by Volunteers and are first come first served and limit to one per person.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Post 6782 is located at 17645 Nine Mile Road in Eastpointe.  Located between Gratiot & Kelly.  Phone (586) 777-4040.
 
  1. April 3rd, Friday 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 6802 Richmond – "ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH FRY DINNER".  NEW PRICES! Adults are $10.  Children 5-12 $5.  Children 4 and Under Free.  Carry Outs available.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  VFW 6802 is located at 34339 32 Mile Road in Richmond 48062.  Phone (586) 727-1436.
 
  1. April 3rd, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "FINAL FISH FRY DINNER".  Includes Fish, French Fries, Coleslaw and Dessert for $8.  Carry Outs available.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.  Phone (586) 725-7100.
 
  1. April 3rd, 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.
 
13.  April 3rd, Friday 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM".  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
 
14.  April 5th, "EASTER SUNDAY"
 
  1. April 5th, Sunday 6:15 p.m. – VFW 4156 White Lake – "BINGO".  VFW 4156 is located at 321 Union Lake Road in White Lake 48386.  Phone 248-698-8302.
 
  1. April 6th, Monday 6:15 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "MONDAY BINGO".  Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:15 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Sponsored by Dad Club #193.  BRUCE POST 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org