Thursday, July 30, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 7/30 to 8/13

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 10 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.

"B2B July Job Fairs" See attached item for all the job fairs in MI compiled by Buddy2Buddy for July.

"Attn: Macomb County Vets" Laura Rios, Macomb County Vet Services, is revisiting the Transportation to Detroit VA Medical Center. She need volunteer drivers. Please ask your interested veterans if they would like to volunteer and drive a van one day a week. Please have your interested veterans call Bill Browning at 313-576-3332. He is in charge of all the training the volunteer drivers.

EVENTS!

"Saturday, July 25, 2015" The Top Gun Shooting Sports Center is hosting a fund raiser for the Metro Airport Freedom Center at their facility, 22050 Pennsylvania Rd, Taylor, from 10AM till 4PM. Raffle for a Smith & Weston 9mm Shield, plus other items, top gun gift certificates, events and activities, children games, etc. For more info contact them at 734-282-8470.

"Saturday, July 25, 2015" The Pine Grove Historical Museum & Blue Star Museum are hosting an Ice Cream Social from 11AM till 5PM, located at 405 Cesar Historical Ave, Pontiac. Civil War cannon fired, exhibits, etc. Admission is $5 per person. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, July 31, 2015" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting their 3rd annual Museum Car Show at thier HQ, located at 16600 Stephens, Eastpointe, from 4 to 8PM. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, August 2, 2015 (UPDATE)" White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery is hosting its 67th annual Gold Star Mothers day to celebrate the end of World War II. Cemetery is located at 621 W Long Lake Rd, Troy, with ceremony from Noon to 2PM. For more info email Norman or see flyer. New location for luncheon afterwards on flyer.

"Wednesday, August 5, 2015" Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1501 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, is hosting its 5th annual Summer Charity Cruise In from 5 till 9PM. All proceeds will go to the Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund. Suggested entry is $4. For more info call 989-832-3667 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, August 5, 2015" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their free series on WWII. This month the topic is how Detroit became the Arsenal of Democracy, by Gregory Summer. This is a free event at Willow Run in the General Purpose Room of the Museum, starting at 7:30PM.

"Friday, August 7, 2015" Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is having a BBQ fundraiser to help veterans obtain medical service dogs. The event will take place at Barrister Gardens, 24225 Harper, St Clair Shores, from 5 till 10PM. Tickets are $35 in advance on-line. Pig roast, beer/wine, entertainment, silent auction, and more. Call 248-268-3167 for more information.

"Saturday, August 8, 2015" The Detroit Area Marines Foundation is hosting a 5K/10K run at Historic Fort Wayne (Detroit) starting at 8AM. Run thru military history with local Marines. Each runner shirt. For more info visit their website or see flyer.

"Saturday, August 8, 2015" The Ladies Aux of White Lake VFW Post 4156 is hosting a USO Theme Dance from 6PM till Midnight at their post, 321 Union Lake Rd, White Lake. Advance tickets ar $20. For more info call 248-770-0083 or see flyer.

"Saturday, August 8, 2015" The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund is hosting charity softball games played during Milford Memories at Central Park in Milford. Raffles, etc., along with softball. For more info call Tim at 248-497-5670 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, August 11, 2015 (NEW)" Detroit Goodwill Industries is hosting a Good Jobs Career Fair & workshops at their location, 3111 Grand River, Detroit, from 9AM till 1PM. For complete info call 313-557-8607 or see flyer.

"Thursday to Sunday, August 13 to 16, 2015 " The Yankee Air Museum is hosting a raffle to take you and your friends up in a WWII B-17 bomber, along with other prizes. For more info see flyer. For tickets visit there website.

Sorry, nothing from our VFW friends!
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org


Thursday, July 23, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 7/23 to 8/6

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 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!

"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.

"B2B July Job Fairs" See attached item for all the job fairs in MI compiled by Buddy2Buddy for July.

"Attn: Macomb County Vets" Laura Rios, Macomb County Vet Services, is revisiting the Transportation to Detroit VA Medical Center. She need volunteer drivers. Please ask your interested veterans if they would like to volunteer and drive a van one day a week. Please have your interested veterans call Bill Browning at 313-576-3332. He is in charge of all the training the volunteer drivers.

EVENTS!

"Saturday, July 25, 2015" The Top Gun Shooting Sports Center is hosting a fund raiser for the Metro Airport Freedom Center at their facility, 22050 Pennsylvania Rd, Taylor, from 10AM till 4PM. Raffle for a Smith & Weston 9mm Shield, plus other items, top gun gift certificates, events and activities, children games, etc. For more info contact them at 734-282-8470.

"Saturday, July 25, 2015 (NEW)" The Pine Grove Historical Museum & Blue Star Museum are hosting an Ice Cream Social from 11AM till 5PM, located at 405 Cesar Historical Ave, Pontiac. Civil War cannon fired, exhibits, etc. Admission is $5 per person. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, July 26, 2015" The Dove Fund, which builds schools, hospitals, etc., in Vietnam, mostly with Vietnam Veterans, is hosting their annual Detroit Fund-raiser at the Meadowbrook Country Club, 40941 8 Mile, Northville, from 6 to 8PM. Slide shows of their most recent projects in Vietnam, entertainment, refreshments, etc. Advance registration is required on their website. For more info see the attached flyer.

"Monday, July 27, 2015" Oakland County is hosting a Veteran's Resource Fair from 10AM till 3PM at the Oakland County Executive Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Pontiac. Open to all veterans and their families. For complete listing of items see flyer.

"Wednesday, July 29, 2015 (NEW)" Army Source One is hosting a free Web Event on "Serving Our Rural Vets: Barriers, Challenges & Needs" from 2 till 3PM on July 29th. To register for this event go to their official website.

"Friday, July 31, 2015" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting their 3rd annual Museum Car Show at thier HQ, located at 16600 Stephens, Eastpointe, from 4 to 8PM. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, August 2, 2015" White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery is hosting its 67th annual Gold Star Mothers day to celebrate the end of World War II. Cemetery is located at 621 W Long Lake Rd, Troy, with ceremony from Noon to 2PM. For more info email Norman or see flyer.

"Wednesday, August 5, 2015" Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1501 N Saginaw Rd, Midland, is hosting its 5th annual Summer Charity Cruise In from 5 till 9PM. All proceeds will go to the Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund. Suggested entry is $4. For more info call 989-832-3667 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, August 5, 2015" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their free series on WWII. This month the topic is how Detroit became the Arsenal of Democracy, by Gregory Summer. This is a free event at Willow Run in the General Purpose Room of the Museum, starting at 7:30PM.

Oops, nothing from the VFW!
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Korean War Armistice Ceremony, July 25, 5:30 p.m. , Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium

The Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council (DAWVC) and a variety of Korean-American organizations will commemorate the 62th anniversary of the Korean War armistice at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25 in the auditorium of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue.
 
The public is invited to the ceremony and to a free reception afterwards at Dearborn's Polish Legion of American Veterans, #75.
 
This is the 15th year for the event, which honors those who served in the military during the Korean War. It will be led by John Ruselowski, chairman of the organizing committee and a Korean War veteran.
 
"Every year, I'm moved by the support for this commemoration and the bond that is so evident between our American veterans and the South Korean representatives. We pause to pay respect to those who gave their lives in this war to stop communist aggression," Ruselowski said. "This is a night of thanks, gratitude and remembrance."
 
Helping organize the evening are the Korean-American Society of Metro Detroit and the Korean War Veterans of America, Michigan Chapter 256.
 
The colorful and moving ceremony will include remarks by Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly; Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Sang-iI Kim; Korean-American Society of Metro Detroit President, Julius Whang; and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
 
The roll call of honor tribute to the 26 Dearborn men who lost their lives during the Korean War will be read by Purple Heart recipient George Harvey and Arman Alviani.
 
The evening includes the placing of wreaths to honor all Korean War veterans and closing remarks by DAWVC Commander Sean Green.
 
Following the ceremony at 7 p.m., a public reception will take place at the Polish Legion of American Veterans #75 Hall, 7900 Greenfield Rd., Dearborn, MI  48126.
 
Barbara Campbell
Program Coordinator/Veterans Liaison
 
City of Dearborn
Department of Public Information
Suite 16
16901 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI  48126-2967
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Op-ed by American Legion National Commander Mike Helm

The following opinion/editorial by National Commander Michael D. Helm appeared in the Montgomery Advertiser, Cedar Rapids Gazette and other publications.
Michael D. Helm 8:30 p.m. CDT July 14, 2015
 
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The government rationale for the latest round of defense cuts is sequestration. I prefer to call it abdication.
After the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, politicians often accused one another of having a "pre-9/11 mentality." Yet now, with the executive branch controlled by the Democrats and the legislative branch controlled by the Republicans, we are cutting our military to pre-World War II levels.
I have been visiting U.S. military bases around the globe. Just last month a three-star general asked me "What's it going to take for people to wake up, Paris burning?" And this was before ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks on three continents in a single day.
In addition to ISIS and al-Qaeda, nations such as Russia, North Korea, Iran and China have all engaged in provocative and threatening acts. In fact, the Washington Times reported that China recently test-fired a new submarine-launched missile with the capability of inflicting nuclear strikes against all 50 states.
Lest you think that China is simply an economic threat, consider that its state-run newspaper published in 2013 that a nuclear JL-2 missile strike on the western United States would kill 5 million to 12 million people.
The American Legion is committed to keeping America safe. A strong national defense is one of the pillars upon which our organization was founded. Yet the 2016 defense budget is projected to be 31 percent less than it was in 2010. The Army plans to cut an additional 40,000 troops. These cuts are irresponsible and they are dangerous.
Unless Congress spares the military from another sequestration round, annual training will again be slashed. While we cannot definitively blame sequestration for the deaths of service members, I cannot help but recall a military investigation that revealed that a 2013 training accident at a Nevada mortar range was caused by human error and inadequate training. It cost 7 U.S. Marines their lives and wounded several others.
Then there are the personnel costs associated with these budget cuts. While a strong argument can be made that a military draft would lighten the burden from the less than 1 percent of the brave Americans who are already defending our freedom, a strong all-volunteer force would be more cost-effective.
Yet military members are noticing the chipping away of their pay and benefits that has been occurring at an alarming rate over the years. In 2009, a Military Times survey indicated that 91 percent of military members rated their quality of life as "good" or "excellent." In 2014, only 56 percent felt that way. Moreover, 70 percent now predict that the quality of life for service members will decline.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said that the military must make the services attractive to young people. He has plenty of work to do. In order to make military service a viable option to this tech-savvy generation, he can begin by shelving a recommendation of The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission which would eventually eliminate the current pension system for those who make a career of the military.
Just as importantly, we should not allow our national and elected leaders to pit personnel costs and benefits against weapons modernization and training. We can and must do both.
We owe it to every man and woman in uniform that we will never send them in harm's way without the resources to win. Our nation deserves it and our Constitution requires it.
Michael D. Helm is national commander of the American Legion.
 
 

#Legion National Commander: Report of deaths while waiting for VA Care 'mind-boggling'

Report of deaths while waiting for VA Care 'mind-boggling' says American Legion National Commander
 
WASHINGTON (July 14, 2015) –  Calling an internal Veterans Affairs report that states that 238,647 veterans died while waiting for VA health care "extremely disturbing," the leader of the nation's largest veterans organization said Congress and the White House need to decrease wait times and improve record keeping.
"I don't know how accurate that number is," American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm said of the report, which was first obtained by the Huffington Post. "I do know that if it's even close to that, it is mind-boggling. Of course, dying while on a waiting list doesn't mean the same as dying because of a waiting list. We do know that by virtue of their service to this country, veterans deserve high quality medical care in a timely manner. The American Legion had members of our national staff meet with VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta last year to investigate this very issue. We need to see the official report from the Inspector General and, more importantly, we want to see VA's plan to speed up the process and ensure that patients are not dying because of needless delays. As we have said all along, this isn't about any single VA facility. It is a systemic problem."
With a current membership of 2.2 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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Monday, July 13, 2015

#American Legion to Congress, White House: ‘Army Cuts are lunacy’

Legion to Congress, White House: 'Army Cuts are lunacy'
 
WASHINGTON (July 9, 2015) –  "Absolute lunacy," is how the leader of the nation's largest veterans service organization characterized plans to reduce the U.S. Army by another 40,000 troops.
"After the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, politicians often accused one another of having a 'pre-9/11 mentality,'" American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm said today. "Yet now we are cutting our military to pre-World War II levels. This is not just absolute lunacy, it's a complete disregard of the constitutionally-mandated responsibilities that our elected leaders in both parties have sworn to uphold. Just last month, ISIS inspired terrorist attacks on three different continents on a single day. Many in Congress and the Obama administration have routinely condemned the meat cleaver approach to cutting our defense, yet sequestration has been in effect since 2013. Will some of our elected officials please show some leadership here?"
Helm's concern is echoed by veterans across the United States. During its national convention last August, American Legion delegates unanimously passed Resolution No. 225, which urges Congress "to oppose the pending budget cuts in military spending by the Department of Defense," and to "not allow our military forces to reach a weakened state in these uncertain and perilous times."
Helm pointed out that in addition to ISIS, nations such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran have all engaged in provocative and threatening actions. "As national commander, I have been visiting U.S. military bases around the world. Just last month a three-star general asked me, 'what is it going to take for people to wake-up, Paris burning?' Election season is starting to pick up steam, both at the presidential and local levels. I call on all Americans and members of the media to demand plans and answers from those running for office. Every time we had military drawdowns, this nation later regretted it. Let's do the responsible thing and field a military worthy of our great country before it is too late."
 
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) 630-1350/ (317) 441-8847, jraughter@legion.org
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 7/9 to 7/23

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.

"B2B July Job Fairs" See attached item for all the job fairs in MI hosted by Buddy2Buddy in July.

EVENTS!

"Friday, July 10, 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.

"Saturday, July 11, 2015" CTK Veterans Ministry along with Vietnam Veterans of America Post 133 is honoring all veterans, and their families, with their annual Veterans Recognition BBQ/Picnic, at Christ the King Church, 1550 W Drahner Rd, Oxford, from 11AM till 3PM. Enjoy the free food, and the Michigan Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall, DJ Greg, Karaoke, Line Dancing, etc. See flyer for more info.

"Thursday, July 16, 2015" The Dove Fund, which builds schools, hospitals, etc., in Vietnam, mostly with Vietnam Veterans, is hosting their annual Twylite wine tasting from 5 to 9PM at the Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. This event is open to the public with tickets sold at the door. For more info see the attached flyer.

"Thursday & Friday, July 16 & 17, 2015" The Michigan Veterans Foundation is hosting a 2 day Stand Down for homeless veterans. Thursday for men, Friday for women. This event will take place at the foundation, 2770 Park, Detroit, from 8AM till 4PM. For complete info contact them at 313-831-5500 or see flyer.

"Saturday, July 18, 2015" The Holly Great Lakes National Cemetery is hosting a special service commemorating the 50th anniversary of the start of the Viet Nam war, starting at 10AM with a noon luncheon at the Holly VFW Post 5587, 201 Airport Rd, Holly. Guest speakers, etc. This is a free public event. For more info call 810-348-9960 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, July 22, 2015" Tonight will be Veterans Night at Comerica Park, starting at 7:08PM versus the Seattle Mariners. All veterans can purchase lower level baseline box seats for a discount price. For lots more information contact Carolyn at 313-471-2245 or see flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. July 9th, Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "THURSDAY CAR CRUISES". Featuring a Little Bit of Classic Cars.  Post 2645 is located 24222 W. 9 Mile Road in Southfield.  Just West of Telegraph Road.
 
  1. July 9th, 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. July 10th, Friday – "ACTIVITIES & HOSPITAL REPORTS" DUE AT VFW DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN OR ELECTRONICALLY TRANSITTED.
 
  1. July 10th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "CRUISING at the BRUCE".  Food & Beverage available.  Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (N. of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
 
  1. July 10th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, VFW 1370 1st Annual Boot camp Burrito Challenge."  VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501
 
9.      July 12th, Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon - VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "BIG BREAKFAST".  Includes Eggs and Omelets to Order, Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Homemade Gravy, Biscuits, Bacon, Sausage, and Potatoes.  Minimum donation of $6 per person.  Children 10 and Under $2.  WWII Veterans eat FREE!  Great Breakfast! Awesome price!   Post 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.  Phone (586) 725-7100.
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org



Monday, July 6, 2015

NEWS RELEASE: Last call for MiVHAP applications



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  July 6, 2015

Contact: Lauren DeVol, 517-284-5236

 

Last call for MiVHAP applications

Grants help eligible veterans avoid home foreclosure

 

LANSING, Mich. – Military service members and honorably discharged veterans affected by the housing crisis have until Aug. 7 to submit an application for financial grant assistance through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

 

The Michigan Veterans Homeowners Assistance Program is expected to help more than 750 veterans and their families with mortgage payments, delinquent property taxes, loan refinancing, essential home repairs and overall financial situations.

 

MiVHAP was created as a result of the $1.5 billion National Mortgage Settlement, when the Michigan attorney general set aside $5 million in funds specifically for service members and veterans. 

 

Now, with funds running out, MVAA is encouraging those who are struggling with mortgage or property tax payments to fill out an application. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 7, with one-time grants being distributed through the end of September or until funds are gone.

 

"The MiVHAP fund has had a tremendous impact on veterans, active duty and reserve service members and their families during the past three years, helping them keep and maintain their homes and get back on a track to financial stability," MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said. "As this program winds down, it's critical that eligible veterans or military service members facing foreclosure apply for a MiVHAP grant and get the assistance they need."

 

Since the program began in May 2013, MiVHAP distributed more than $4.2 million to 708 eligible service members and veterans.

 

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue to be made until the funds are depleted.

 

"When a military service member is deployed or a veteran is returning to civilian life, the last thing they want to worry about is losing their home," said Lindell Holm, director of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and MiVHAP. "These grants have helped many veterans and their families overcome financial setbacks and remain in their own homes."

 

The program is open to military service members and honorably discharged veterans who have not previously received a MiVHAP grant. Eligible surviving spouses of military service members, whose deaths were combat-related since 2006, may also apply for grant funding.

 

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund administers MiVHAP as well as the MVTF emergency grant program, which is designed to help veterans experiencing short-term financial emergencies get their finances back on track.

 

"Emergency financial assistance is still available through the MVTF and has been since World War II," Barnes said. "Both grant programs offer a way for Michigan veterans and their families to deal with unexpected expenses and get back on their feet more quickly."

 

Veterans and family members in need of emergency assistance may contact MVAA by visiting MichiganVeterans.com or calling (800) MICH-VET (800-642-4838). Applications for MiVHAP are available at http://www.michiganveterans.com/Home/Quality-of-Life/Housing.

 

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About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: MVAA serves as the central coordinating point for Michigan veterans, connecting those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state. Learn more at MichiganVeterans.com or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).


Thursday, July 2, 2015

A flag burns in Brooklyn, N.Y.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
A flag burns in Brooklyn
American Legion, Citizens Flag Alliance disgusted by anarchist group's demonstration and the message behind it.
INDIANAPOLIS (July 2, 2015) –  American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm and Citizens Flag Alliance (CFA) Chairman Richard Parker have news for members of Congress who resist support of a U.S. flag protection amendment on the grounds that no one burns flags anymore. Wednesday evening in Brooklyn, NY, an anarchist group that wants to strip the New York Police Department of its authority and weapons, burned a U.S. flag and a confederate flag that the protestors described as "symbols of oppression."

"First of all, it is within the rights of this admittedly anti-American group to burn our flag in protest, thanks to a highly unpopular Supreme Court ruling in 1989," Helm said. "It may be within their rights, but that does not make it right. As a veteran, I am disgusted by it, as I am every time I learn of intentional desecration of the American flag. And it's more than a little ironic that the flag they are destroying symbolizes the freedom they have to do so, without fear of arrest. This is not free speech. It's stupid behavior. And it's an insult to the men and women who gave their lives fighting under the colors of our nation."

"The physical desecration of the American flag in Brooklyn today was an act of cultural terrorism," said Richard Parker, a Harvard law professor and chairman of the CFA, a coalition of more than 140 organizations that wants Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit U.S. flag desecration. "It was an attempt to equate the American flag with the confederate battle flag – to redefine it as, according to their words, 'a symbol of oppression and genocide.'

"In our campaign to restore the power of Congress to protect the American flag – a power taken away by a 5-4 Supreme Court decision – we've been told that no one burns the flag anymore," Parker continued. "We've been told it needs no protection, that its place in the hearts and minds of the American people is secure, that the sentiment it has long evoked, the bonds among us that it has long affirmed, are deep-rooted in our shared culture.

"But symbols can be redefined," Parker said. "Cultural values can disintegrate. Sometimes it happens so slowly as to be almost unnoticeable.  Sometimes, though, it happens quite suddenly.  Suddenly, one feels homesick at home. Yet those are the times when our people – rising above a multitude of differences – can be shocked into action, to resist what we see happening, to defend values that bind us together, despite everything.  This is such a time."
 
The American Legion supports House Joint Resolution 9, introduced by Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., in January. Its text simply states: "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." A Senate companion bill has yet to be introduced in the 114th Congress.
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Contact: Jill Druskis, President of the Citizens Flag Alliance, jdruskis@legion.org or 317-630-1203A high resolution photo of Nat. Cmdr. Helm is available at www.legion.org.
 
 

#Veteran Events & Announcements 7/2 to 7/16 #4thofJuly

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 8 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!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

"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.

"4th of July Discounts for Veterans" See the attached listing for numerous discounts at various businesses for dining, shopping, inc., over the holiday weekend.

EVENTS!

"Friday, July 10, 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.

"Saturday, July 11, 2015" CTK Veterans Ministry along with Vietnam Veterans of America Post 133 is honoring all veterans, and their families, with their annual Veterans Recognition BBQ/Picnic, at Christ the King Church, 1550 W Drahner Rd, Oxford, from 11AM till 3PM. Enjoy the free food, and the Michigan Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall, DJ Greg, Karaoke, Line Dancing, etc. See flyer for more info.

"Thursday, July 16, 2015" The Dove Fund, which builds schools, hospitals, etc., in Vietnam, mostly with Vietnam Veterans, is hosting their annual Twylite wine tasting from 5 to 9PM at the Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. This event is open to the public with tickets sold at the door. For more info see the attached flyer.

"Thursday & Friday, July 16 & 17, 2015" The Michigan Veterans Foundation is hosting a 2 day Stand Down for homeless veterans. Thursday for men, Friday for women. This event will take place at the foundation, 2770 Park, Detroit, from 8AM till 4PM. For complete info contact them at 313-831-5500 or see flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
 
  1. July 2nd, Thursday 5:00 p.m. – VFW 2645 Southfield – "Classic Car Show".  "Open to the Public".  Snacks & Beverages are available.  Post 2645 is located at 24222 W. Nine Mile Road in Southfield 48033.
 
3.      July 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. July 3rd, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "CRUISING at the BRUCE".  Food & Beverage available.  "Open to the Public".  Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (North of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
 
  1. July 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.
 
6.      July 3rd, Friday 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – VFW 1146 St. Clair Shores – "KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM".  No Cover Charge!  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson (North of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
 
7.      July 4th, Saturday 10:00 a.m. – "1st ANNUAL BELL RINGING CEREMONY" at First Baptist Church of Wixom. Bring your Colors.  For further information, contact Pamala Young at (248) 981-4852.  "Open to the Public".  First Baptist Church is located at 620 N. Wixom Road in Wixom.  Just North of Pontiac Trail and South of Maple Road. 
 
8.      July 4th, Saturday 12 Noon Sharp! – "BELL RINGING CEREMONY" at Post 7573 New Baltimore.  Arrive Early!  Ceremony starts at 12 Noon.  Please bring a dish to pass.  "Open to the Public".  Post 7573 is located at 35011
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org