Tuesday, June 30, 2015

VA Moves to Expand Same-Sex Benefits After Court Ruling


CQ NEWS
June 29, 2015 – 5:33 p.m.

VA Moves to Expand Same-Sex Benefits After Court Ruling

By Connor O'Brien, CQ Roll Call

The Department of Veterans» Affairs is moving to expand access to benefits for same-sex couples who may not have been eligible prior to last week's Supreme Court ruling.

Prior to the court's decision in Obergefell v Hodges, «veterans» benefits for same-sex couples had been withheld in states where marriages between people of the same gender are not legally recognized. The ruling, which was handed down on Friday, struck down those state laws and cleared the path for VA's decision to recognize all same-sex marriages, which it announced Monday.

"VA may recognize the same-sex marriage of all «Veterans», where the «Veteran» or the «Veteran»'s spouse resided anywhere in the United States or its territories at the time of the marriage or at the time of application for benefits," the department said in a statement on the ruling.

Following Friday's decision, advocates wasted little time calling for the VA to change gears and begin providing benefits it has previously denied. And Monday, groups were quick to applaud the shift.

"This is a critical step that will help to make sure that every lesbian, gay and bisexual U.S. «veteran» and their family has the same access to the benefits that they have earned in their service to our country," Matt Thorn, interim executive director of Outserve-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said in a statement.

"Our LGB «veterans» should never have been denied these benefits because of the state they live in or because of their sexual orientation," Thorn added. "LGB «veterans and their families deserve and will now have the respect, dignity and protections that they have earned."

In its statement, VA said it will issue guidance to its offices and employees on implementing the decision and, in the meantime, would "temporarily wait to adjudicate all claims regarding same-sex marriage that cannot be immediately granted based on prior guidance."

 

Court of Appeals Grants Order for Immediate Effect of Rules


Court of Appeals Grants State of Michigan's Request for Immediate Effect of Rules
On Thursday, June 25, 2015, the Court of Appeals granted the State of Michigan and the Michigan Gaming Control Board's request for the rules to be given immediate effect.

This means that, pursuant to the Court of Appeals recent 2-1 decision, the rules promulgated in May 2014 (to which MiCGA and other plaintiffs were successful in the Court of Claims at receiving injunctive relief from) have taken immediate effect.

The former rules that organizations had been operating under (with the exception of some of the compromised emergency rules from Fall 2014) can be viewed here.

The rules effective June 25, 2015, can be viewed here.

As a benefit to our MiCGA members, we have prepared a document that highlights the most significant changes that charities and suppliers will need to be aware of.

No word yet from the Michigan Gaming Control Board on how they may be assisting organizations in their implementation and compliance with the new rules.

As always, please contact MiCGA if you have any issues, concerns, and/or problems with your licenses or events - we are especially concerned for those organizations who may have previously scheduled events that will be occurring over the next few weeks.

Click here to read the Crain's Detroit Business article about this latest matter.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Legion to VA: Find the Missing $54 Million Documentation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE
 
Legion to VA: Find the Missing $54 Million Documentation
 
 WASHINGTON (June16, 2015) -  "Unbelievable," was how American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm described a report that  more than $54.4 million of prosthetics were purchased by VA employees in the Bronx using government credit cards.
 
"Nothing here passes the smell test," Helm said. "Each time the government cards were used for this purpose, it was for $24,999.  This is just under the limit for the contracting guidelines. It's either a remarkable coincidence or an orchestrated effort to get around contracting requirements. The president promised to preside over 'the most transparent administration in history.' Apparently VA didn't get the memo."
 
Helm pointed out that for the total to be so high, the Bronx VA must be providing an extraordinarily high amount of prosthetics. "By my math it comes out to 2,177 transactions.  Moreover, we hear that VA officials wanted to tell Congress that documents were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy when the dates don't even match up. What next, the dog ate my homework? The American Legion has long supported the Department of Veterans Affairs because we believe the government has a solemn obligation to care for our veterans. But every day – with each scandal – it becomes more and more difficult. This is not just a slap in the face to our heroes who need prosthetics, but a complete disregard for the taxpayers who fund such purchases. We call on Congress and the administration to insist that VA document how this money was spent or refer this case to the Justice Department for possible prosecution."
 
 
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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 Contact: John Raughter: 317-630-1350/317-441-8847, jraughter@legion.org
 
 

#Veteran Events & Announcements 6/18 to 7/2

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 5 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!

"Metro Airport Freedom Center Needs Volunteers" Freedom Center military lounge at Detroit Metro Airport is looking for 50 - 75 new volunteers. The new volunteers will primarily staff the Freedom Center facility that will be opening at the North Terminal before the end of the year, however we also still need a few volunteers to work at the flagship Freedom Center at the McNamara Terminal. Volunteer duties include (but are not limited to), greeting guests, general light cleaning, stocking of snacks and beverages, logging donations, and assisting guests with questions and needs. Please visit our website at www.mifreedomcenter.org to find out more about volunteering at the Freedom Center, and to download an application.

"Buddy-2-Buddy Job Fairs" See attached for a complete listing of the B2B job fairs in Michigan for the month of June.

EVENTS!

"Thursday, June 18, 2015" The Disabled Veterans of America is hosting an all veterans career fair at Ford Field, 2000 Brush, Detroit, from 11AM till 3PM. There will be plenty of companies now hiring. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, June 20, 2015" New Baltimore VFW Post 7573 is hosting their annual golf outing at Michigan Meadows, 4575 County Line Rd, Casco, with an 8AM shotgun start. Cost is $80 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, etc. For more info contact them at 586-557-4380.

"Saturday, June 20, 2015" Eastpointe Cruisin' Gratiot - at Michigan First Credit Union on Gratiot. Gathering of Veterans/Roush VIP program/USS Detroit Commissioning events Signup....from approximately 11am-7pm; attached is the ad appearing in the Program Book, for the USS Detroit

"Tuesday, June 23, 2015" The Ann Arbor VA Hospital is hosting a Veterans Town Hall & Resource Fair at the U of M-Flint Campus, Kiva & Happenings Room, 303 E Kearsley St, Flint, from 6 to 9PM. For more info see flyer.

"Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (NEW)" Wayne County Commissioner Diane Webb is hosting her 4th annual Veterans & Caretakers Event at VFW Post 345, 27345 Schoolcraft, Redford, from 4:30 till 7PM. Guess speaker is Troy Schielein of VCAT. For more info call 313-224-0930 or see flyer.

"Friday, June 26, 2015" Operation Yellow Ribbon is hosting a Karaoke for a Kause & Talent Show at the DAV Hall, 47326 Dequindre, Shelby Twp, from 7 till 11PM. A $10 donation is requested, and it will feature door prizes, 50/50 raffle, etc. All prceeds benefit Operation Yellow Ribbon. For more information call Peggy at 248-425-2722 or see flyer.

"Friday, June 26, 2015 (NEW)" First State Bank is hosting a Honor our Heroes event at several of their branches in Macomb County from 11:30AM till 1:30PM. Free lunch, free tickets to several vet items, etc. For a listing of locations see flyer.

"Sunday, June 28, 2015" The Ride to the North Wall will host its 20th annual ride to North Wall in Windsor honoring those Canadians they died serving in the US Armed Forces in Vietnam, starting at 9:30AM at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594 in Tecumseh, ON, and ending at the wall in Windsor. All riders are invited to attend! For more info contact them at 519-256-6797 or see flyer.

"Sunday, June 28, 2015 (NEW)" Cash for Bass is hosting their 12 annual Monster Quest fishing tournament in St Clair Shores to support several local veteran orgs in St Clair Shores. For more info call 248-240-5245 or see flyer.

"Sunday, June 28, 2015" The Montford Point Marines are hosting their annual Heritage Military Banquet at 6PM at Shriners Silver Garden Event Center, 24350 Southfield Rd, Southfield. Guest speakers are Lt Gen Willie Williams (USMC) and Theodore R Britton, Honorary General Consul to the Republic of Albania. Tickets are $55 amd maybe ordered by calling 313-300-0185 or visiting their website. Please RSVP by June 15th. See flyer for more information.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. June 18th, Thursday 5:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "Classic Car Show".  Post 2645 is located at 24222 W. Nine Mile Road in Southfield 48033.
 
  1. June 18th, 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. June 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. June 19th, Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "CRUISING AT THE BRUCE".  Classic Car Show.  NO Entry Fee!  NO Spectator Fee!   Food Available for purchase.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
 
8.      June 19th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "BURGER & FRIES for $5.50".  Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Tell your Family & Friends.  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
 
  1. June 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.
 
10.  June 19th, 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.  June 20th, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – VFW 334 Lake Orion – "OPEN MEMORIAL EVENT".  VFW 334 is sponsoring an "Open Memorial Event" at the Orion Veterans Memorial located on Lapeer Road (M-24) at the corner of Odanah Street in Lake Orion.  Parking is available at the memorial and in the parking lot South of the memorial.  Free Coffee & Donuts in the Morning.  Free Coffee & Cookies in the Afternoon.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC",  so bring your Family including Children & Friends.
 
12.  June 21st, Sunday – "HAPPY FATHER'S DAY". 
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org


VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft


 

 

Veterans AFFAIRS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VA News Release

 

 

 

 

06/18/2015 10:35 AM EDT

 

 VA Expands Disability Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).

VA published this regulation as an interim final rule so that it could immediately begin providing benefits to eligible Air Force veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who submit a disability compensation claim for any of the 14 medical conditions that have been determined by VA to be related to exposure to Agent Orange.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald made the decision to expand benefits following receipt of a 2015 report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM) on Post-Vietnam Dioxin Exposure in Agent Orange-Contaminated C-123 Aircraft. This VA-requested report found evidence that as many as 1,500 to 2,100 Air Force and Air Force Reserve personnel who served as flight, medical and ground maintenance crew members on ORH C-123 aircraft previously used to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam were exposed to the herbicide.

"Opening up eligibility for this deserving group of Air Force veterans and reservists is the right thing to do," said Secretary McDonald. "We thank the IOM for its thorough review that provided the supporting evidence needed to ensure we can now fully compensate any former crew member who develops an Agent Orange-related disability."

Under this new rule, Air Force and Air Force Reserve flight, medical and ground maintenance crewmembers who served on the contaminated ORH C-123s are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides during their service, thus making it easier for them to establish entitlement for some VA benefits if they develop an Agent Orange-related presumptive condition. In addition, for affected Air Force Reserve crew members, VA will presume that their Agent Orange-related condition had its onset during their Reserve training. This change ensures that these reservists are eligible for VA disability compensation and medical care for any Agent Orange-related presumptive condition, and that their surviving dependents are eligible for dependency and indemnity compensation and burial benefits.

The interim final rule can be found on the Federal Register: www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection. VA will immediately begin processing claims and issuing benefits to eligible Air Force crew members.

VA encourages reservists who were assigned to flight, ground or medical crew duties at Lockbourne/Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Ohio (906th  and 907th Tactical Air Groups or 355th and 356th Tactical Airlift Squadron), Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts (731st Tactical Air Squadron and 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron) or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, International Airport ( 758th Airlift Squadron) during the period 1969 to 1986, and developed an Agent Orange-related disability to file a disability compensation claim online through the joint VA-Department of Defense web portal, eBenefits (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/).

VA also has identified several active duty locations where ORH C-123 aircraft may have been used following their service in Vietnam. Active duty personnel who served in a regular USAF unit location where a contaminated C-123 was assigned and who had regular and repeated contact with the aircraft through flight, ground or medical duties during the period 1969 to 1986, and who develop an Agent Orange-related disability, also are encouraged to apply for benefits. For more information on applying for these benefits, including the affected units, Air Force Specialty Codes and dates of service for affected crew members, and a listing of Agent Orange-related conditions, visit www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/claims-postservice-agent_orange.asp

In order to avoid unnecessary delay of benefits, claimants should annotate "(C-123)" after each Agent Orange related disability in Part II, Block 14 of VA Form 21-526 or Section I, Block 11 of VA

Form VA Form 21-526EZ when filing on eBenefits.  Example: Diabetes (C-123).  If claimants have any of the following documents, they should be attached to their application:

  • Discharge, separation papers,  (DD214 or equivalent)
  • USAF Form 2096 (unit where assigned at the time of the training action)
  • USAF Form 5 (aircraft flight duties)
  • USAF Form 781 (aircraft maintenance duties)
  • Dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates)
  • Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports)

VA will process all claims related to C-123 exposure at the St. Paul, Minnesota, VA Regional Office.  Claims not filed through eBenefits should be mailed to the following address (or faxed to 608-373-6694):

Department of Veterans Affairs

Claims Intake Center

Attention: C123 Claims

PO Box 5088

Janesville, WI 53547-5088

Individuals with specific benefit questions related to herbicide exposure on C-123s may call VA's special C-123 Hotline at 1-800-749-8387 (available 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST) or e-mail VSCC123.VAVBASPL@va.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 6/11 to 6/25

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 6 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!

"Metro Airport Freedom Center Needs Volunteers" Freedom Center military lounge at Detroit Metro Airport is looking for 50 - 75 new volunteers. The new volunteers will primarily staff the Freedom Center facility that will be opening at the North Terminal before the end of the year, however we also still need a few volunteers to work at the flagship Freedom Center at the McNamara Terminal. Volunteer duties include (but are not limited to), greeting guests, general light cleaning, stocking of snacks and beverages, logging donations, and assisting guests with questions and needs. Please visit our website at www.mifreedomcenter.org to find out more about volunteering at the Freedom Center, and to download an application.

"Buddy-2-Buddy Job Fairs" See attached for a complete listing of the B2B job fairs in Michigan for the month of June.

EVENTS!

"Friday, June 12, 2015" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting its 4th annual Free Cruise In at their museum, located at 16600 Stevens, East Pointe, from 4 to 8PM. For more info call them at 586-872-2581 of see the flyer.

"Friday, June 12, 2015" The Detroit VA Hospital Legal Center, along with Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan, is hosting assistance for homeless veterans legal clinic at the Hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, from 9AM till Noon. Covered with be child support, expungements, tickets, etc. You must reserve your spot by calling 313-576-1000, ext 65537. See flyer for more details.

"Friday, June 12, 2015" Join American House, located at 33433 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Hgts, at 11:30AM for a Flag Raising ceremony to celebrate Flag Day. There will be music, hot dogs, etc. For more info call them at 586-486-3587 or see flyer.

"Saturday, June 13, 2015" The Troy VFW Post 4037 is hosting a golf outing at Somerset Park Golf Course to provide funds to Camp Trotter. Cost is $35 each and includes 9 holes of golf and a team cart with lunch afterwards. For more information see flyer.

"Saturday, June 13, 2015" The South Vietnam Disabled Veterans residing in Vietnam are having a fund-raiser hosted by the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan, S Vietnam Veterans & Former Civil Servants, at the Bellagio Banquet Hall, 4100 E 14 Mile, Warren, from 7PM to 1AM. Special entertainment includes musical performances and dances. Admission is $25. This event is being supported by VVA Chapter 9. For more information see flyer.

"Thursday, June 18, 2015 (NEW)" The Disabled Veterans of America is hosting an all veterans career fair at Ford Field, 2000 Brush, Detroit, from 11AM till 3PM. There will be plenty of companies now hiring. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, June 20, 2015" New Baltimore VFW Post 7573 is hosting their annual golf outing at Michigan Meadows, 4575 County Line Rd, Casco, with an 8AM shotgun start. Cost is $80 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, etc. For more info contact them at 586-557-4380.

"Saturday, June 20, 2015 (NEW)" Eastpointe Cruisin' Gratiot - at Michigan First Credit Union on Gratiot. Gathering of Veterans/Roush VIP program/USS Detroit Commissioning events Signup....from approximately 11am-7pm; attached is the ad appearing in the Program Book, for the USS Detroit

"Thursday, June 23, 2015" The Ann Arbor VA Hospital is hosting a Veterans Town Hall & Resource Fair at the U of M-Flint Campus, Kiva & Happenings Room, 303 E Kearsley St, Flint, from 6 to 9PM. For more info see flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
 
  1. June 11th, Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "CLASSIC CAR SHOW".  Come see the Classic Cars from the 50's & 60's.  Light refreshments will be available for purchase.  This is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so invite your Family & Friends.  VFW 2645 is located at 24222 W. Nine Mile Road in Southfield 48033.
 
  1. June 11th, 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. June 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. June 12th, Friday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "STEAK OUT".  Includes New York Strip Steak, Baked Potato, Baked Beans, Salad, Rolls and Dessert for $12 per person.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC", so invite your Family & Friends.  Call 586-725-7100 for Reservations.  Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.
 
  1. June 12th, Friday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "CRUISING AT THE BRUCE".  Classic Car Show.  NO Entry Fee!  NO Spectator Fee!   Food Available for purchase.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
 
  1. June 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 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
 
10.  June 12th, 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.
 
  1. June 14th, Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "RANDY'S 5TH ANNUAL HOT RODS & HOT CAKES".  ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for $7.  6 & Under for $4.   Car Registration from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Awards Presentation at 3:00 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC & FREE!  No Charge for Admission.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
 
  1. June 14th, Sunday 4:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "FLAG DAY CEREMONY".  Bring you Children & Grandchildren, so they can the proper way to dispose of our U.S. Flags.   This is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Post 2645 Southfield is located at 24222 W. 9 Mile Road in Southfield.  Just 1 block West of Telegraph.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Thursday, June 4, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 6/4 to 6/18

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 4 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!

"Buddy-2-Buddy Job Fairs" See attached for a complete listing of the B2B job fairs in Michigan for the month of June.

"Founding of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)" A film documentary about the founding of the VVA is being finished up and will soon be released on a DVD. Cost of the DVD will be $15 each, less if ordered in quanties. A trailer for the movie can be seen at their official website. For pre-release ordering see flyer.

EVENTS!

"Friday, June 5, 2015" The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, along with General Motors, is hosting a gala at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, on Jefferson, starting at 6PM. Featured speaker will be GM Chair Mary Barra. Proceeds to benefit the Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund. For ticket info and more complete details see flyer.

"Friday, June 5, 2015" The Dove Fund, which builds schools, hospitals, etc., in Vietnam, mostly with Vietnam Veterans, is hosting its 15th annual golf outing at the South Toledo Golf Club, 3915 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, with a 11:30AM shotgun start. Price includes 18 holes, prime rib dinner, awards. For complete info see their website or attached flyer.

"Saturday, June 6, 2015" The Michigan War Dog Memorial will be holding a funeral for Cody, a certified service dog and honorary member of AMVETS post 2006 at Noon. The cemetery is located at 25805 Milford Rd, S Lyon. For other details contact them at 248-685-8307.

"Friday, June 12, 2015" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting its 4th annual Free Cruise In at their museum, located at 16600 Stevens, East Pointe, from 4 to 8PM. For more info call them at 586-872-2581 of see the flyer.

"Friday, June 12, 2015" The Detroit VA Hospital Legal Center, along with Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan, is hosting assistance for homeless veterans legal clinic at the Hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, from 9AM till Noon. Covered with be child support, expungements, tickets, etc. You must reserve your spot by calling 313-576-1000, ext 65537. See flyer for more details.

"Friday, June 12, 2015 (NEW)" Join American House, located at 33433 Schoenherr Rd, Sterling Hgts, at 11:30AM for a Flag Raising ceremony to celebrate Flag Day. There will be music, hot dogs, etc. For more info call them at 586-486-3587 or see flyer.

"Saturday, June 13, 2015" The Troy VFW Post 4037 is hosting a golf outing at Somerset Park Golf Course to provide funds to Camp Trotter. Cost is $35 each and includes 9 holes of golf and a team cart with lunch afterwards. For more information see flyer.

"Saturday, June 13, 2015" The South Vietnam Disabled Veterans residing in Vietnam are having a fund-raiser hosted by the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan, S Vietnam Veterans & Former Civil Servants, at the Bellagio Banquet Hall, 4100 E 14 Mile, Warren, from 7PM to 1AM. Special entertainment includes musical performances and dances. Admission is $25. This event is being supported by VVA Chapter 9. For more information see flyer.

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