Thursday, October 29, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 10/29 to 11/12

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 9 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

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
ANNOUNCEMENTS!
"Veterans Federal Benefits App for Smart Phones" Defense Mobile has just released apps for smart phones where you can see what is the latest news from the VA, what your benefits are, where to apply, and even many of the forms! A bit lacking on state benefits, but they tell me they are working on including those in the near future, but it does have several handy phone numbers for MI Vets. For iPhones use this link. For Android phones use this link. Get the app and see if you are missing anything!
"Brave Hearts Estate Center for Veterans" You might have caught a bit of news on this in the Sunday Free Press. This center, located in Pelson, assists in rehabilitating of wounded veterans through hunting, fishing, camping, and other activities. It is free! This is operated by Operation Injured Soldiers. Located at 4171 Ely Rd, Pellston. Call 231-539-7111 for more info or see their Facebook page.
EVENTS!
"Friday & Saturday, October 30 & 31, 2015" Vets Return Home is hosting an Halloween Hayride Pumpkin Hunt at Caroline House Farm, 1755 E Newark Rd, Lapeer. Festivities kick off at 3PM, ending at 8PM. Donation of $10 but veterans and their families are free. Apple cider & donuts provided. All proceeds benefit Vets Returning Home homeless shelter. For more info see the flyer.
"Sunday, November 1, 2015" The Student Veterans Association (SVA) at U of M Ann Arbor is hosting a free Wheelchair basketball game at the Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, with doors opening at 2PM. This free event will have a team of Army-Air Force vs a team of Navy-Marines. The U of M Dance Team, Cheer Team, and the 338th Army Band will also be there. All are welcome.
"Sunday, November 1, 2015" The Association of Women Vets will be hosting a Female Vet Stand Down, titled Dress for Success! There will be clothes, benefit seminars, resources, speakers, & a free lunch. For more info see attached flyer. To register early for the event visit their officialticketing website.
"Sunday, November 1, 2015 (NEW)" Dearborn American Legion Post 364, 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn, is having an NFL Football Game Commander's Breakfast starting at 8AM. Have breakfast and watch the Lions game from England that starts at 8:30AM. Donation of $5 requested to help homeless vets. For more info see flyer.
"Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (UPDATE)" VetBizCentral will be hosting its 10th annual VET Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lansing. Keynote speaker will be Sid Taylor, CEO of SET Enterprises. For complete information on this conference and to register to attendvisit their website. For other info see attached flyer.
"Tuesday, November 3, 2015" Michigan Works, the Ann Arbor VA Hospital & Washtenaw Community College, are teaming up to host a Veterans Hiring event for veterans & their families. The event will be held at the Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Bldg, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, from 10AM till 1PM. For more info see their flyer.
"Wednesday, November 4, 2015 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their free history presentations, this time on the Battle of the Bulge, one of the most acclaimed battles of WWII. Guest speaker will be Steven Mrozek, a WWII military historian. Will be presented in the General Purpose Room at the Museum at Willon Run airport, starting at 7:30PM.
"Friday, November 6, 2015 (NEW)" The Oakland Community College Students Veterans (SVA) is hosting a Stuff the Truck event at the Walmart, 4555 Michigan Ave, Canton, from 10AM till 4PM. They are collecting donations of items to ship to soldiers on deployments, plus for veterans in school, etc. For more info call Mya at 248-232-4356 or see flyer.
"Friday, November 6, 2015 (NEW)" A 100 mile run will take place for 3 days in the Great Smoky Mountains to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Fund on Veterans Day. There is much information regarding this event so for more information contact Kerry at 810-516-7774 or see attached flyer.
"Friday & Saturday, November 6 & 7, 2015" The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is hosting a Veteran Expo at the Dort Federal Credit Union, 3501 Lapeer Rd, Flint, on Friday from 10AM till 4PM, & Saturday from 9AM till Noon. Learn about benefits, services, meet employers, education specialists, etc. Learn more and pre-register at their official website.
"Saturday, November 7, 2015 (UPDATE)" The Detroit Annual Veterans Day Parade will kick off for the 10th time in downtown Detroit at 10AM. For more information and to get your group into the parade call Dick at 313-861-6852 or see flyer. After the parade 5th 3rd Bank is hosting the 1st annual Downtown Festival Celebrating Veterans at Hart Plaza, starting at 11AM, and free for all vets. There will be many resourses available to help vets. See flyer for more info.
"Saturday, November 7, 2015" The Highland VFW Post 9914 is hosting their annual fund raising dinner to support the Michigan War Dog Cemetery in South Lyon. The guest speaker will be Tracy Spader, founder of the K-9 Defenders Fund. For more info contact Phil at 248-685-8307 or see flyer.
"Sunday, November 8, 2015 (NEW)" Congressman David Trott (11th District) will be holding a cermony to honor Vietnam Veterans at Madonna University - Kresge Hall, 36600 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, from 2 till 3:30PM. For more information call Kyle at 202-225-8171 or see flyer.
"Wednesday, November 11, 2015" The City of West Bloomfield and the Tuskegee Airmen-West Bloomfield Chapter cordially invite all veterans to attend a memorial honoring all our heroes, especially those whose lives were taken while serving their country. The Township Supervisor/Mayor will place a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 9:00 am at City Hall located at 4550 Walnut Lake Road west of Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield, MI. For more information, please contact Mr. Bill Burnett at e-mail: henrythegolfer@comcast.net or call (248) 470-7585.
"Wednesday, November 11, 2015 " Lawrence Technological University is hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony in the college of management in the atrium, 21000 W 10 Mile, Southfield, starting at 12:30PM. Come and have lunch with the student vets, which is free.
"Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (NEW)" Active Heroes is an all day telethon WAVE3 to lift 22 million pounds to raise money and awareness to help end veteran suicide. To sign up to be part of the lifting visit their website. For more information see flyer.
"Thursday, November 12, 2015 " Women Supporting Women in the Military and our Veterans is hosting a Hat & Scarf Suction at the Howell Elks Club, 2830 E Grand River, Howell, from 5:30 till 9PM. Donation of $20 ($210 for military/veterans) is requested and includes dinner at 6PM. For complete info see flyer.
"Thursday, November 12, 2015 (NEW)" Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 267 is hosting an Hepatitis C Awareness & Education Initiative at the Dearborn Hgts VFW Post 6576, located at 6828 Waverly, Dearborn Hgts, from 10AM till Noon, including lunch. Learn was this disease is and what can be done about it. You can RSVP here, or call 925-377-3037, or see flyer.
And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. October 29th, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – Old Settlers VFW 4659 Shelby Twp. – "EUCHRE".  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Play starts at 7:00 p.m.  Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Coney Dogs, French Fries and Chili available.  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson in Shelby Twp.  48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
  1. October 30th, Friday 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – VFW 1407 Madison Heights – "HALLOWEEN PARTY".  Pot Luck Dinner.  Cash Bar.  Costume Contest.  Post 1407 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights.
7.      October 30th, 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.mOPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Tell your Family & Friends.  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. 4th Street in Downtown Royal Oak, just 2 blocks East of Main Street.  Phone (248) 541-9846.
  1. October 30th, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
  1. OCTOBER 31st, Saturday - "HAPPY HALLOWEEN".
--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member



Thursday, October 22, 2015

#VA Officials Skirt Congressional Hearing / #Legion National Commander blasts lack of transparency, accountability


VA Officials Skirt Congressional Hearing
Legion National Commander blasts lack of transparency, accountability
WASHINGTON (October 21, 2015) – Already deeply concerned about a recent Inspector General's report that found senior VA officials misused relocation funds, American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett  expressed disappointment that VA witnesses declined to appear before a congressional committee this morning to explain their actions.
"This is not some partisan issue between Congress and the Veterans Benefits Administration," Barnett said. "It is about providing answers to the serious charges of the IG that the directors of the Philadelphia and St. Paul. Minn., VA Regional Offices (VAROs) inappropriately used their positions of authority for personal and financial benefit. Veterans deserve answers. The witnesses could have taken the easy route and explain their actions or they could have taken the evasive route.  They chose the later. Chairman Jeff Miller and the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs are to be commended for unanimously voting this morning to issue subpoenas which will require the witnesses to appear next month so that they can explain their actions. Veterans have waited long enough."
VA Deputy Inspector General Linda Halliday was the only witness to show up at the hearing, which was attended by Barnett and other Legionnaires. Her report determined that Philadelphia VARO Director Diana Rubens  and St. Paul VARO Director Kimberly Graves used their prior positions to coerce the previous directors to accept reassignment and create openings that they themselves would fill, while retaining their higher salaries for their new lower-level positions.

Moreover, Rubens and Graves collected  $274,019 and $129, 467  respectively in relocation costs. According to the IG, when Rubens informed then-VA Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey that she  wanted "to take advantage of the Philly Director opening," Hickey responded that she would "be all in to help and make it happen."

Although Hickey resigned on Oct. 16, Barnett pointed out that VA is still seriously lacking in transparency and accountability. "It is not about one person resigning. It is about a culture at VA that allows people to think that they can get away with waste, fraud and abuse, while veterans continue to wait for their health care and disability claims to be delivered in a timely manner. The American Legion will be at the next hearing. And the next one and the next one after that. We support the need for a strong VA health care system but we are not going to tolerate a department that puts the careers of government workers ahead of the needs of veterans. Not only should bad actors at VA be fired, in some cases they should be prosecuted."
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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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
     

#Veteran Events & Announcements 10/22 to 11/5

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

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
ANNOUNCEMENTS!
"Veterans Federal Benefits App for Smart Phones" Defense Mobile has just released apps for smart phones where you can see what is the latest news from the VA, what your benefits are, where to apply, and even many of the forms! A bit lacking on state benefits, but they tell me they are working on including those in the near future, but it does have several handy phone numbers for MI Vets. For iPhones use this link. For Android phones use this link. Get the app and see if you are missing anything!
"Brave Hearts Estate Center for Veterans" You might have caught a bit of news on this in the Sunday Free Press. This center, located in Pelson, assists in rehabilitating of wounded veterans through hunting, fishing, camping, and other activities. It is free! This is operated by Operation Injured Soldiers. Located at 4171 Ely Rd, Pellston. Call 231-539-7111 for more info or see their Facebook page.
"October 2015 Buddy-2-Buddy Job Fair Listing" This listing is compiled by the Buddy-2-Buddy network, not hosted by them. The list can be obtained here!
EVENTS!
"Thursday, October 22, 2015" Michigan Works, 304 Harriet St, Ypsilanti, will be hosting a Hire MI Vet Prep Day from 10AM till 2PM. Resume preparation, mock interviewing, haircut vouchers, bus tokens, etc. This is a free event for vets & family members. You may register in advance at their official website.
"Thursday, October 22, 2015 (UPDATE)" The Detroit Metro Airport Freedom Center, that has now served over 200,000 veterans and troop, will be hosting its annual gala at the DCAS/Automation Alley, 7205 Sterling Ponds, in Sterling Hgts., from 7 till 10PM. Master of Ceremonies will be Chuck Gadica. Tickets are $50 per person & must be ordered in advance from the Freedom Center website. For more info see flyer.
"Friday, October 23, 2015" Ford Motor Romeo Engine Plant & UAW Local for the plant are hosting the Wounded Warriors Family Support with a dinner & entertainment at the Mirage, 16980 18 Mile, Clinton Twp, from 6 to 11 PM. Cost is $50 per person. For more info contact Lenny at 586-453-3022 or seeattached flyer.
"Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24, 2015" Vets Return Home is hosting an Halloween Hayride Pumpkin Hunt at Caroline House Farm, 1755 E Newark Rd, Lapeer. Festivities kick off at 3PM, ending at 8PM. Donation of $10 but veterans and their families are free. Apple cider & donuts provided. All proceeds benefit Vets Returning Home homeless shelter. For more info see the flyer.
"Saturday, October 24, 2015" The Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport, Hangar 1, 801 Kirk Profit Dr, is hosting a chance to break the worlds record on the number of Rosie the Riveters at one time! Doors open at 10AM, registration at 1PM, photo at 2PM. All ladies are invited to attend wearing red/white polka dot bandana, work clothes, etc. See attached flyer for more info.
"Saturday, October 24, 2015" An Agent Orange Town Hall seminar will take place at Christ the King Community Church, 1550 W Drahner Rd, Oxford, starting at Noon. A number of speakers will be present to answer questions. This seminar is sponsored by VVA Chapter 133. This is a free event for all veterans and their families. For more info see flyer.
"Monday, October 26, 2015 (NEW)" Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 is having a fund raiser at the Green Lantern Restaurant, 15505 15 Mile, Clinton Twp, from 4 till 9PM. 10% of all proceeds go to the VVA to help veterans in need. You must bring the attached flyer for the VVA to get credit.
"Friday & Saturday, October 30 & 31, 2015" Vets Return Home is hosting an Halloween Hayride Pumpkin Hunt at Caroline House Farm, 1755 E NEwark Rd, Lapeer. Festivities kick off at 3PM, ending at 8PM. Donation of $10 but veterans and their families are free. Apple cider & donuts provided. All proceeds benefit Vets Returning Home homeless shelter. For more info see the flyer.
"Sunday, November 1, 2015" The Student Veterans Association (SVA) at U of M Ann Arbor is hosting a free Wheelchair basketball game at the Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, with doors opening at 2PM. This free event will have a team of Army-Air Force vs a team of Navy-Marines. The U of M Dance Team, Cheer Team, and the 338th Army Band will also be there. All are welcome.
"Sunday, November 1, 2015" The Association of Women Vets will be hosting a Female Vet Stand Down, titled Dress for Success! There will be clothes, benefit seminars, resources, speakers, & a free lunch. For more info see attached flyer. To register early for the event visit their official website.
"Sunday, November 1, 2015 (NEW)" Dearborn American Legion Post 364, 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn, is having an NFL Football Game Commander's Breakfast starting at 8AM. Have breakfast and watch the Lions game from England that starts at 8:30AM. Donation of $5 requested to help homeless vets. For more info see flyer.
"Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (UPDATE)" VetBizCentral will be hosting its 10th annual VET Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lansing. Keynote speaker will be Sid Taylor, CEO of SET Enterprises. For complete information on this conference and to register to attend visit their website. For other info see attached flyer.
"Tuesday, November 3, 2015" Michigan Works, the Ann Arbor VA Hospital & Washtenaw Community College, are teaming up to host a Veterans Hiring event for veterans & their families. The event will be held at the Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Bldg, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, from 10AM till 1PM. For more info see their flyer.
And from our friends at the VFW:

  1. October 22nd, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – Old Settlers VFW 4659 Shelby Twp. – "EUCHRE".  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Play starts at 7:00 p.m.  Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Coney Dogs, French Fries and Chili available.  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson in Shelby Twp.  48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
  1. October 23rd, Friday 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – VFW 1370 Pontiac – "Burger's- $4 w/ fries $5, Devil Dog- $3 w/ fries $4; bacon wrapped "Koegel" hot dog, beans, fresco cheese, and all the fixings including devil sauce, VFW 1370 is located at 791 Mae Court in Pontiac 48340.  Phone (248) 858-9501.
  1. October 24th, Saturday 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY".  1st, 2nd & 3rd Best Costume Prizes.  $20 per person includes food & beverage.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NEWS RELEASE: #Veterans Community Action Team brings collaboration, resources to 30,000 U.P. veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                Oct. 19, 2015
Contact: Jason Wilkinson, 517-284-5228

Veterans Community Action Team brings collaboration, resources to 30,000 U.P. veterans
Partnership-driven program kicks off with trio of meetings

LANSING, Mich. – More than 30,000 veterans in the Upper Peninsula will have easier access to comprehensive health, employment, education and quality-of-life opportunities thanks to a collaboration that brings together local, state and federal resources and services.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is expanding its Veterans Community Action Team program to veterans and their families living in Michigan's Prosperity Region 1, which includes all of the U.P.'s 15 counties.

First introduced in Metro Detroit (Region 10) and West Michigan (Region 4) in 2013 as a part of Gov. Rick Snyder's Regional Prosperity Initiative, VCATs focus on identifying solutions for gaps in veteran services, reducing duplication of efforts and simplifying connections with local resources.

Local organizations who would like to participate in the VCAT program in Region 1 are encouraged to attend one of three initial planning meetings taking place in Houghton, Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie. The meetings will be held on:

·         Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn (820 Shelden Ave. in Houghton).
·         Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Island Resort and Casino (W. 399 US-2 in Harris).
·         Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Michigan Army National Guard Armory (1170 E. Portage Ave. in Sault Ste. Marie).

"Veterans service organizations throughout the U.P. are already doing great work on behalf of the men and women who have served our nation, but the trouble is, many veterans simply aren't aware of these resources," MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said. "The VCAT program is all about creating partnerships between local service providers, community organizations, state agencies and even the federal VA to help one another better meet the needs of veterans and their families in every part of the state."

More than 30,000 veterans live in Region 1, accounting for nearly 10 percent of the total population in the area. Forty-three percent of veterans are aged 65-84 and women veterans account for 9 percent of the veteran population, the highest in the state.

Region 1 also ranks first among Michigan's 10 Prosperity Regions in total VA expenditures, with veterans receiving an average of $7,780.

"By connecting veterans and their families to the benefits they have earned – and the many other services offered right where they live and work – the VCAT program can set them up for success throughout every chapter of their lives," Barnes said. "Veterans Community Action Teams create a strong network of community collaboration to ensure that no veteran ever feels alone when so many local resources are available to them."

The VCAT program was created by Ann Arbor-based Altarum Institute, which works with MVAA and community partners to discern veteran needs and available resources.

Upper Peninsula Regional Coordinator Michael Bachand then connects service providers to one another to improve the delivery of services to veterans, working with a network of county veterans service officers, non-profit agencies, veteran service organizations and state government agencies to provide assistance to veterans in Region 1.

VCATs also work in conjunction with 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) – MVAA's 24/7 hotline that is integrated with Michigan 2-1-1 services – to connect veterans with services at the federal, state and local levels.

For more information about the planning meeting, contact Bachand at Bachand@micounties.org.

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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).


Monday, October 19, 2015

The American Legion National Commander to Attend Congressional Hearing Probing Misuse of VA Relocation Program


Contact: John Raughter, The American Legion National Headquarters, (317) 441-8847, jraughter@legion.org
Washington: Andrea Dickerson, (202) 417-4090, adickerson@legion.org
       
For Immediate Release                                                                                                          October 19, 2015                                   
                                               
Media Advisory
The American Legion National Commander to Attend Congressional Hearing
Probing Misuse of VA Relocation Program and Abuse of Incentives
WHO:     Dale  Barnett, National Commander of the 2.2 million member American Legion
WHAT:    National Commander Barnett, of Douglasville, Ga., has rescheduled his itinerary to attend a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing  which will examine a recent IG report which found exorbitant relocation expenses paid on behalf of Philadelphia Regional Office Director Diana Rubens. Director Rubens' superior, Under Secretary of Benefits Allison Hickey, who announced her resignation on Oct. 16 (a move that was called for by The American Legion),  and Director Rubens are on the witness list to testify at the hearing. Also testifying is St. Paul Regional Office Director Kimberly Graves, former St. Paul Director Antione Waller and former Philadelphia Director Robert McKenrick. Mr. Waller and Mr. McKenrick were reportedly pressured to accept transfers from their previous positions.
        National Commander Barnett will be available for exclusive media interviews at the hearing and will be making a public statement near the hearing room approximately 15 minutes after the hearing concludes.
WHEN:            Wednesday, October 21 at 10:30 am, Eastern Time.
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WHERE:   Room 334 Cannon House Office Building, U.S. Capitol.
WHY:    The American Legion is the nation's leading advocate for a strong national defense, care for veterans, Americanism and patriotic youth programs. The American Legion is alarmed at the lack of accountability that continues among VA officials accused of committing serious misconduct and the unacceptable backlog of claims as veterans continue to wait for benefits that they have earned.
How:    To arrange an interview with National Commander Barnett, please call John Raughter at (317) 441-8847.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

#Veterans hockey verse Red Wings Alumni

As we pull our Fall and Winter clothes out of storage and start to enjoy hot coffee a little more, the Michigan Warriors are excited about one thing, hockey!  Come join us in the excitement as we test our skills and square off against the Detroit Red Wings Alumni team.  

Doors open up at 5:15pm.
Teams will take the ice at 5:45pm.

Check out our VIP Experience tickets that include a post-game, on-ice photograph and social event afterwards with the Warriors, or to become the Honorary Coach of the game!  

Purchase tickets here
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#Veteran Events & Announcements 10/8/2015 to 10/22/2015

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 20 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?? Clicking on "attached flyer" for each event either below or on the future listing will get you the flyer for that event.

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

You can also find many other veteran events & 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

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI

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.
"October 2015 Buddy-2-Buddy Job Fair Listing" This listing is compiled by the Buddy-2-Buddy network, not hosted by them. The list can be obtained here!
EVENTS!
"Friday, October 16, 2015" The American Indian Veterans of Michigan is hosting a Karaoke Night at their center, 26641 Lawrence, Center Line, from 7 till 11PM. Admission is $5 and includes frybread, soft drinks, etc. For more info call Chris at 248-210-6153 or see flyer.
"Saturday, October 17, 2015 (NEW)" The Genesee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war with apple pie & ice cream, and with guest speaker Joann Puffer (Donut Dolly). The event will be held at the Swartz Creek Church of the Nazarene, 7154 S Morrish Rd, Swartz Creek. This is a free event.
"Saturday, October 17, 2015 (NEW)"The Southfield VFW Post 2645 is having a Chili Cook Off, 24222 W Nine Mile, Southfield, from 5 till 8PM. Cost is $5 per person and includes a number of items, like salad, desert, rolls, coffee, tea, etc.
"Thursday, October 22, 2015 (NEW)" Michigan Works, 304 Harriet St, Ypsilanti, will be hosting a HIre MI Vet Prep Day from 10AM till 2PM. Resume preparation, mock interviewing, haircut vouchers, bus tokens, etc. This is a free event for vets & family members. You may register in advance at their official website.
"Thursday, October 22, 2015 (UPDATE)" The Detroit Metro Airport Freedom Center, that has now served over 200,000 veterans and troop, will be hosting its annual gala at the DCAS/Automation Alley, 7205 Sterling Ponds, in Sterling Hgts., from 7 till 10PM. Master of Ceremonies will be Chuck Gadica. Tickets are $50 per person & must be ordered in advance from the Freedom Center website. For more info see flyer.
And from our friends at the VFW:

  1. October 8th, Thursday 6:00 p.m. – Old Settlers VFW 4659 Shelby Twp. – "EUCHRE".  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Play starts at 7:00 p.m.  Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Coney Dogs, French Fries and Chili available.  Post 4659 is located at 8311 Wilson in Shelby Twp.  48316.  Phone (586) 781-9109.
  1. October 9th, 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.
  1. October 9th, Friday 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 Midnight. – VFW 1669 Royal Oak – "KARAOKE IN THE CLUBROOM".  No Cover Charge!  Post 1669 is located at 214 E. Fourth Street in Downtown Royal Oak.  Just 2 blocks East of Downtown Main Street.
  2. October 9th, 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 (N. of 11 Mile Road) in St. Clair Shores.
  3. October 10th, Saturday - "ACIVITIES & HOSPITAL REPORTS DUE AT DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN V.F.W. in LANSING EITHER ELECTRONICALLY or by U.S. MAIL."
  1. October 12th, Monday 7:30 p.m. – "OAKLAND COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING" at Post 2645 Southfield.  ALL Oakland Post Commanders should attend or have a desiganated representative.  All Oakland County Post Members are invited to attend.  Post 2645 Southfield is located at 2422 West 9 Mile Road in Southfield 48033.  Just 1 block West of Telegraph.
  1. October 13th, 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.
  1. October 13th, Tuesday – "U. S. NAVY Established 1775".  HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S. NAVY!
--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Michigan State Police Community eNewsletter: October




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                                                        October 2015


MSP Hosts Women's Recruiting Seminar

Female
The Michigan State Police (MSP) is hosting an informational recruiting seminar for women at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Kalamazoo Valley Community College located at 6767 W. O Ave., Kalamazoo, Mich.
The free seminar will acquaint interested candidates with the career opportunities available with the MSP. Female troopers will provide insight on recruit training, the lifestyle of a trooper and opportunities for women in law enforcement. Information on the selection and hiring process will be offered, as well as one-on-one conversations with enlisted females. 
Space is limited. To attend, email Sgt. Michele Sosinski at SosinskiM1@michigan.gov.  The attire for this event is business casual.
For more information about a career with the MSP, visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber
The MSP plays an important role in cyber security awareness in Michigan via the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3). The MC3 is a knowledge and information resource for critical infrastructure partners, government agencies and private citizens when they are threatened with or are the victim of a cybercrime. The MC3 is the first of its kind in the nation and is unique to Michigan.  
In recognition of October as Cyber Security Awareness Month, the MSP is encouraging Michiganders to review their cyber security practices and learn more about how to safeguard their personal information on the web.
To decrease your chances of becoming a victim of a cyber attack, follow these tips:
  • Be aware of what you put online.  Do not overshare personal information on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other social media sites.  Make sure your privacy settings are set so that you only share information with those whom you trust; not the public at-large.
  • Use a unique password for each online activity.  Do not use the same password or passphrase for your online banking that you use for your email account.  Always use strong passwords that include letters, numbers and special characters (e.g. &^%#@!*).
  • Do not click on links or attachments in an unsolicited email.
  • Install software updates upon release from the manufacturer.  Often, these updates contain fixes to identified security vulnerabilities.
  • Be wary of applications that collect location data.  Most smartphones track your location and many websites and applications can access your location data. Something as simple as posting a picture taken with your smartphone can reveal your location through the metadata attached to the picture.
Throughout the month, we'll be sharing more tips on our social media platforms.  
You can also visit www.michigan.gov/MSPCyber or www.michigan.gov/cybersecurity for more helpful information and tips about cyber security.

Trick-or-Treat Safety

Ghosts, goblins and witches are all part of most Halloween celebrations, but you can avoid a frightening accident by talking to your children about trick-or-treat safety before they leave the house. 
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, on average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. To help make this year's trick-or-treating a safe one, follow these safety tips:
  • Children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Cross the street only at corners or crosswalks. 
  • Do not cross the street between parked cars.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible.
  • Accept treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.  Plan your route and share it with your family.
  • Stay in a group.
  • Only visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Stay in populated and well-lit areas.  Do not cut through back alleys or fields. 
  • Make sure all costumes are flame retardant.  Avoid walking too close to open fires, candles and jack-o-lanterns.
  • Make sure an adult inspects all candy before eating it.  Do not eat candy that is already opened.
  • Be sure to follow community curfew rules.

2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run

Torch Run
The 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run kicked off on Monday, September 14, 2015, with runners beginning the 750-mile, five day journey from Copper Harbor to metro Detroit. Michigan law enforcement officers, including a team from the MSP, annually participate in the Torch Run to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan. Check out photos from their journey on our Facebook page. 

MSP Members Receive Recognition for Saving Toddler

On September 30, 2015, Tpr. Richard Carlson and Tpr. James Leonard of the Gaylord Post received the Valor Award from the Hundred Club of Detroit in recognition of their lifesaving actions on January 29, 2015, in which they saved a two-year-old child from a burning residence.
The MSP Bravery Award and Lifesaving Award were also bestowed on Trooper Carlson and Trooper Leonard for this same incident. 
Award
Tpr. Richard Carlson and Tpr. James Leonard receive the MSP Bravery Award and MSP Lifesaving Award from MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.

Troopers Receive MADD Awards

Congratulations to the following troopers who were honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving at their awards banquet on September 23:
Outstanding Trooper
Tpr. Christopher Carns, Paw Paw Post
Tpr. John Janicki, St. Ignace Post
Tpr. Ryan Kirkpatrick, Metro Post
Tpr. Jim Tompkins, Lakeview Post
Tpr. Eric Whitcomb, Metro Post

Outstanding Rookie
Tpr. Casey Allison, Metro Post
Tpr. David Skeans, Metro Post

Recognition of Excellence
Tpr. Greg Primeau, Iron Mountain Post

Olivia Cleveland Gratitude Award
Tpr. Matthew Unterbrink, Metro Post 

A Look Back in Time

Historic
This photo from 1919 shows a motorcycle squad preparing for patrol in their nondescript summer uniforms.

In the Community

Oct. 8: 

Coffee with a Cop, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at B R guest, 677 E. Houghton Lake Dr., Prudenville

Oct. 10: 

Benzie Baby Pantry and Car Seat Check Event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Benzie Central High School, 9300 Homestead Rd, Benzonia

Oct. 14: 

Strive 2 Arrive Alive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, Grand Rapids

Oct. 17: 

Women's Recruiting Seminar, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 6767 W O Ave., Kalamazoo

Oct. 17: 

Burlington Coat Factory Safety Day, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Burlington Coat Factory, 3285 S. Linden Rd, Flint

Oct. 17: 

Peshawbestown Safety Day,10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge, 2521 NW Bayshore Drive, Peshawbestown

Oct. 18: 

Badges Unite, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Marshall Park, 701 Marshall St., Lansing

Oct. 21: 

Coffee with a Cop, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Duane's Family Restaurant, 456 E Prosper Rd., Falmouth

Oct. 21: 

Emergency Preparedness Presentation, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Emanuel Village, 310 Bradley St., Mt. Pleasant

Oct. 21: 

High in Plain Sight, 6 p.m. at Lake Superior State University Cisler Center, 650 W. Easterday Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie

Oct. 22: 

Substance Use Disorder Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Lake Superior State University Cisler Center, 650 W. Easterday Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie

Oct. 23: 

Alpena Trunk-or-Treat, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Farmers Market parking lot between Water St. and Harbor Dr. in Alpena

Oct. 31: 

Sault Ste. Marie Post 15th Annual Halloween Drop-in and Open House, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sault Ste. Marie Post, 3900 I-75 BR, Sault Ste. Marie

Keep Michigan Safe

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If you see something suspicious, immediately call   
9-1-1 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, suspicious activity can be reported to the MSP Michigan Intelligence Operations Center by phone at 1-855-MICH-TIP (855-642-4847) or online at www.michigan.gov/michtip.

Join the MSP

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Consider a rewarding career with the MSP; learn more at www.mi.gov/mspjobs.

Contact the MSP

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