Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What if....

What if……

……we could help the homeless veteran?

By Mark Sutton, Public Relations Director, American Legion Department of Michigan.

                A few years ago the director of the Department of Veterans Affairs had a goal to eliminate veteran homelessness in 5 years.  According to the VA’s homeless initiative website they state reasons for veteran homelessness:

“These include poverty, insufficient access to reasonably priced housing, isolation from family or friends and substance use or mental health challenges that may develop or worsen as a result of service-related trauma.

                The goal was to eliminate homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015.  Unfortunately, the goal will take a little longer than expected.  I personally think a goal like that is not attainable, but a goal that talks about getting any veteran who no longer wants to be homeless is achievable.  We must recognize that there is a group of veterans, whether it is due to mental health issues, or by choice want to stay homeless.  So, let’s direct our attention to those who want help and here in Michigan we have had some great programs to do just that.  We have Piquette Square and the Michigan’s Veterans Foundation in Detroit, Silver Star in Battle Creek, and the Patriot Home in Gaylord help give struggle veterans a place to call home.  Sometimes these serve as transitional housing for them and for some it has become a place they call home. 

                When I was studying and teaching Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” courses one of the lessons that stands out the most is when he talks about dealing with creditors and debt collectors.  He stresses the priorities, keep your four walls, keep the lights on, keep food on the table, and transportation, credit card companies can wait for their money as annoying as they are if we can stay dry and sheltered we can fight another day. 

                For those homeless it takes everything for them to find shelter for the night, eat for the day, and protect themselves from the harsh elements of the weather.  When most of your time is spent how to survive, when do they have time or the resources to take the steps that lead to another life off the street?

                What if a group of Legionnaires set forth to change that?  What if a group of Legionnaires gathered together like the ones did in 1921 to create a hospital for veterans suffering from tuberculosis, but instead concentrated on veteran homelessness.  By the way the land used for that hospital is now called the Battle Creek VA Medical Center.  In partnership with the state of Michigan and The American Legion of Michigan the hospital was built.

                What if Legionniares and veterans in the Detroit area worked with the city, worked with the VA homeless initiative grants, and put in some sweat equity to help veterans find shelter.  Or what if we made homes for these veterans? 

                When we think of a home being given to a veteran, we think of 1200 square feet of space, or something along those lines.  Homes like that can run close to $100,000 for materials to build. What if we started thinking about homes in the 100-200 square foot range instead?  What if the thought turned towards the tiny house movement to house veterans?  What if shipping containers were converted into homes for less than $5000?

                What if we started using Detroit city parcels that are going back to their natural habitat because of decay?  There are blocks of empty lots that the current homes could be plowed over and in their place a neighborhood of tiny homes could be built with running water, sewage, and electricity. 

                The tiny house movement is a viable alternative to helping people with little means get back on their feet.  They can be super insulated and provide a safe place to live while they transition; they can also be very nice and creative.

                Here are several videos about tiny houses take some time to watch and maybe inspiration will creep in and give someone an idea.  What if……

                This is about sparking ideas and maybe it sparks a flame that grows into a huge fire, or maybe the wind blows out the flame.  My email is mark@michiganlegion.org.

                Veterans serving veterans since 1919

Portland considering tiny homes for city's homeless

A Big-Hearted Man and His Calling to Build Tiny Houses for Oakland's Homeless

South LA Man Gives Homeless Woman New Lease On Life By Building Her Small, Portable House

Shipping Containers used for affordable housing
Maybe Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts can help

Thursday, August 6, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 8/6 to 8/20

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:

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website & Detroit Public Televisions' new Veterans website:


"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.

"Royal Oak Arts, Beats, & Eats" Once again veterans are invited to free admission to this event but also to a Vet concert on Labor Day, 9/7. You must order your FREE tickets on-line which you can print out. Limit is 4 tickets per vet. To get your free tickets visit the official website.


"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" Gurdian 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.

"Friday, August 7, 2015 (NEW)" Utica American Legion is hosting an all you can eat Spaghetti Benefit Dinner from 4 till 7:30PM at 46146 Cass Ave, Utica. Cost is just $7 per person. For more info see flyer.

"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" 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.

"Saturday, August 15, 2015" ITC Bloomfield Station is hosting a Veteran private party for the Dream Cruise, 10AM till 7PM, at 44800 S Woodward, Pontiac. Adults $15 prepaid, $20 at door. For complete information on tickets, what you can/cannot bring, see flyer. All proceeds go to Camp Liberty, which works with veterans with TBI & PTSD.

"Saturday, August 15, 2015" The Daughters of the American Revolution, Piety Hill Chapter, is hosting a free seating for all veterans at the Dream Cruise at Woodward Camera, 4 blocks N of 14 mile, Birmingham, from 9AM till 8PM. For more info call Barbara at 248-642-8514 or see flyer.

"Sunday, August 16, 2015 (NEW)" Today is the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with Japan. The Great Lakes National Cemetery is holding a commemoration starting at 10AM at the cemetery, 4200 E Belford Rd, Holly. This is free and open to the public. For more info call 866-348-8603 or see flyer.

"Sunday, August 16, 2015 (NEW)" Today is the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with Japan. The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial will host a celebration of this at Royal Oak's Memorial Park, Woodward just north of 13 Mile, from 1 till 4PM. This is a free event with music, flyovers, food trucks, etc. For more info see their official website.

"Saturday, August 15, 2015" Southfield VFW Post 2645 is hosting a Steak Out from 5 till 8PM at their post, located at 24222 W 9 Mile, in Southfield. Steak, baked potato, salad, rolls, desert for $12 per person. For more info see flyer.

And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. August 7th, 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. August 7th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
  1. August 8th, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "MOM to MOM SALE".  All proceeds go to Veterans Programs.  $10 per table.  $1.00 entry fee-strollers allowed.  Vendors Wanted.  Face Painting.  VFW 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore 48047.
  2. August 8th, Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – VFW 7573 New Baltimore – "ALL YOU CAN SPAGHETTI DINNER for $6".  VFW 7573 is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore 48047.
  1. August 8TH, Saturday – "7th ANNUAL GREAT LAKES NATIONAL CEMETERY GOLF OUTING".  $10,000.00 Hole in One Contest!  Closest to the Pin & Longest Drive (men & women).  Complimentary Continental Breakfast of Coffee & Donuts.  Includes 18 holes of golf with cart, hot dog & chips & a pop at the turn, and a New York Strip Steak Dinner, beverages and a drawing at the conclusion of the outing.  $75 per person or $300 per team.  Lapeer Country Club located at 3786 Hunt Road in Lapeer, MI 48446. Phone 1-818-664-2442.
  1. August 10th, Monday 7:30 p.m. – "OAKLAND COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING" at Post 9914 Highland.  ALL Oakland Post Commanders should attend or have a designated representative.  All Oakland County Post Members are invited to attend to learn.  Post 9914 is located at 3200 North Duck Lake Road in Highland 48356.
August 12th, Wednesday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 2052 Romeo – "MEAT BINGO".  2ND & 4TH Wednesday 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 2052 is located at 70455 McVicar Road in Romeo
--   Tim Wirkus  Volunteer  Southfield Veterans' Commission  southfieldvets@prodigy.net  www.southfieldvets.org

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CORRECTED: JOB POSTING: Greenhouse Shipping and Receiving Material Handler

Please see the corrected team member job posting for a Shipping and Receiving Material Handler position.  There is one available position.  This is an external posting.


Important information about this position:

  • Location: Lansing (Airport Warehouse)
  • Full-time hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a forklift license
  • Starting wage: $8.15/hour with an increase to $8.50/hour once forklift license is obtained 


To be considered for these positions, a typed cover letter and resume should be submitted to (acrabill@peckham.org) by the closing date of Monday, August 17, 2015.


Please see the job description for further details.




Alex Crabill, MPA- Eligibility and Intake Specialist

Peckham, Inc. | 3510 Capital City Blvd, Lansing, MI 48906-2102

517.316.4383 Phone/Fax | acrabill@peckham.org

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Part Time Warehouser job posting

The Motown East Zone has openings for 1 part time warehouse position in our Sterling Heights facility.  The online applicant system will be turned on at 9:00 AM Friday, August 7, 2015 and will close once we have 15 applicants.   All applicants must apply on line at www.fritolayemployment.com.  Advise your client group to enter zip code 48313 to access available positions, following the prompts.  Individuals who wish to request a reasonable accommodation will find a link, as well as a phone number on the fritolayemployment website. Further information, job descriptions and process are detailed on the website.   If you have any questions, please contact Josh Kase at 586-276-4108.





Kim Hebert

Zone Sales Admin

Frito-Lay Motown East Zone


Monday, August 3, 2015

American Legion commends Congress for VA Bill, Choice Reforms

For Immediate Release
Legion commends Congress for VA Bill, Choice Reforms
WASHINGTON (July 30, 2015) –The head of the nation's largest veterans service organization praised Congress for passing a measure to fill a $3.4 billion funding gap, which threatened to close VA hospitals and clinics across the country.
"While it's frustrating that VA did not do a better job of budgeting, we need to look to the future," American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm said. "Earlier this month, I called on Congress to do its job, and now it has delivered. Under this legislation, VA will be able to pay for the expensive but essential Hepatitis C medication that veterans need.  This bill also reforms the Veterans Choice Fund by moving to consolidate seven different programs that had conflicting and confusing criteria. Veterans should not have to pay the price for the administrative mistakes made by others.  We appreciate that Congress has provided the needed funding and reforms. Some of the problems at VA that caused this budget shortfall could happen again if we don't hold VA accountable. Therefore, we call on President Obama to put aside his earlier threat to veto the VA Accountability Act of 2015 and sign it immediately if it passes in the Senate."
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.
Media Contact: Andrea Dickerson, (202) 263-2982 / cell (202) 417-4090 adickerson@legion.org; John Raughter, (317) 630-1350 / cell (317) 441-8847jraughter@legion.org