Saturday, December 19, 2015

#Job posting for PT warehouse - Sterling Heights

The Motown East Zone has openings for 2 part time warehouse positions out of our Sterling Heights facility.  The online applicant system will be turned on at 7:00 AM Monday, December 21, 2015 and will close once we have 30 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.  


Our values stand the test of time


 
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Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

Before televisions and central air conditioning ushered people inside after dinner each evening, the front porch was a beloved gathering place for families and friends. Children played in the yard. Adults discussed the day's events. Stories, jokes and opinions were freely exchanged. Neighbors stopped to chat for hours before retiring to their homes for the night.

It was a different time.

That's quite a contrast to today when a text message or Facebook update is quickly sent before moving on to the next urgent matter.

Today's technology has many advantages over the days of old, but sometimes it actually creates a communication disconnect. Like many people, I would not want to surrender my cell phone. However, no matter how reliant we have become on instant communication, there's still a vital place for one-on-one human interaction.

For certain, the act of sharing a story about a Legion success on social media has great value because you reach so many people so very fast. But at the same time, we should not dismiss or overlook the impact of a one-on-one conversation with a prospective Legion member, public official, media representative or someone who needs to know what the Legion is doing in local communities throughout the nation and beyond.

Our American Legion Family members are working with veterans and helping them with their benefits questions, giving them job leads and volunteer opportunities, assisting the elderly at veterans homes, inspiring youth to participate in our programs, honoring the fallen by volunteering at funeral services and placing flags at gravesites, and working behind the scenes to make communities better.

You may or may not actually be on a front porch when sharing those stories and encouraging eligible veterans to join or inspiring others to get involved. You may be at the gas station, the grocery store, church or a sports event. And don't get me wrong: tell those stories on Facebook and Twitter, too, as well as our Legiontown USA website.

No matter the communications technique, the values developed on front porches decades ago – honor, respect, service, community – still resonate for Americans, maybe now more than has been the case in a long time. It's what The American Legion does every day.

Regardless of generation, prospective members and potential friends of our organization will feel that same neighborly bond that was shared over a glass of lemonade on the front porch years ago, as long as we make a point to look them in the eye and tell them in person what it means to continue serving.

Duty. Honor. Country.



Dale Barnett
National Commander

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Friday, December 18, 2015

New Freedom Center Opens at Detroit Metro's North Terminal


FREEDOM CENTER MILITARY LOUNGE
 EXPANDS TO DTW'S NORTH TERMINAL

Generous grant from the Masco Foundation, combined with continued support of major sponsors, architect and others, make second lounge for traveling military and veterans possible


Detroit, December 17, 2015 -- A new Freedom Center Military Lounge, located adjacent to Gate D-17 in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport's North Terminal, officially opened today for the benefit of travelling members of the military, their families and veterans.  The lounge was made possible by a generous $100,000 grant from The Masco Foundation, combined with the continued financial support of corporations, including Meritor, Delta Air Lines and many other area companies.

"Since we envisioned establishing a permanent, world-class military lounge in this great airport, we have been blessed with outstanding support of area corporations, a wonderful team of volunteers and support of many, many citizens of the area," said Kenneth S. Pratt, president of the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center, Inc., the non-profit organization which operates the Freedom Center Military Lounges.  "In just four years, our lounge in the McNamara Terminal, plus our lounges at the military processing stations in Troy and Lansing, Michigan, have assisted over 200,000 members of our military and their families.  We are proud today to open our fourth facility in the heart of DTW's North Terminal in time for the busy holiday travel season.  Thank you all for making this possible."

Pratt went on to acknowledge the contributions of the Masco Foundation for their $100,000 grant that made the lounge possible, plus the support of others.

"The Masco Foundation, along with Meritor, Delta Air Lines and others have made our second Freedom Center airport lounge possible," Pratt added.  "They are great partners and continue to enlist the support of other community members.  Everyone was 'all in' for building out this lounge.  The airport authority gave us the space, but we needed to complete the space within budget.  With the generous support from the project managers TPC, (The Petersen Companies,) their partners JGA, their contractors and many, many others, we today have another world-class lounge for our military.  Our thanks to everyone who made this happen."

"At Masco, we value the service and sacrifice of our veterans, U.S. military troops and their families.  We are extremely honored to partner with the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center and support the second Freedom Center at Detroit Metro Airport.  The creation of a Freedom Center at the North Terminal will ensure that the special needs of all military travelers connecting through Detroit will be met.  We are proud to be a part of this project and have this opportunity to serve those who have served us," stated Richard Manoogian, Chairman Emeritus of Masco Corporation. 

The new Freedom Center lounge is an 800 sq. ft. facility located adjacent D-17 near the center of DTW's North Terminal.  Its design features one wall, composed of bricks donated by the Michigan Aerospace Foundation and its Yankee Air Museum located at the bomber plant at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti.  Open to all who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as all veterans, amenities include comfortable seating, free internet access, a large screen TV, as well as free beverages and snacks.  TPC (The Petersen Companies), Wixom, Mich. was the general contractor and designer of the new lounge and JGA of Southfield was the project manager.  TPC enlisted the support of numerous suppliers and subcontractors to keep build-out costs to a minimum.

"We are deeply honored to have been a part of the Freedom Center project," said Arvid Petersen, chairman of TPC.  "We are proud and pleased to be able to give back to the service men and women, and their families, for the constant sacrifice they have made for us and for their vigilance in keeping us safe."

 "The team at the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center at Detroit Metropolitan Airport performs an outstanding service," said Airport Authority CEO Thomas Naughton.  "We are proud to support their expansion into the airport's North Terminal, which will now enable access to their comfortable lounge amenities to all our traveling military personnel and families."

The first Freedom Center lounge, located at Gate A-43 in DTW's McNamara Terminal, was dedicated on Veterans Day in 2011.  Since that time, more than 200,000 individuals have been hosted by volunteers at the Freedom Center lounges operated by the Michigan Armed Forces Hospital Center, Inc.  The non-profit corporation also has satellite lounges in Troy and Lansing to benefit enlistees and their families during the enlistment and swearing-in process.  Additional information is available at MIFreedomCenter.org.


Media contacts:           John McCandless, MAFHC, Inc., 313-610-5600
                                    Sue Sabo, Masco Corporation, 313-792-6226
                                    Ken Pratt, MAFHC, Inc., 314-753-0511


#Veterans Events & Announcements 12/17 to 1/6

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14+ days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are just a few! Things are slowing down a bit since this event listing which has 4 new items! You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at  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!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
"Freedom Center @ North Terminal Opening!" The Metro Airport North Freedom Center is opening December 17th, at gate D-17, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11AM. The hours of operation, however, will be limited because of a lack of volunteers! We need you! You get free parking at the airport (handy when you go on vacation) and a chance to serve the troops as they pass thru. To volunteer visit the Freedom Center website and go to volunteer.
"Free Legal Services" The Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc., is hosting numerous (17 to be exact) free legal clinics (priority for vets) in both Oakland & Macomb counties for the next 6 months, all starting at 10AM. See Oakland flyer for those dates & locations. Macomb flyer for their dates & locations. More info at 877-964-4700 in Oakland County, 586-465-1344 in Macomb.
"VA Golden Age Games coming to Detroit" The VA Golden Age Games are coming to Detroit in July 2016. This will be open to all veterans that are enrolled in the VA Health System. To get a sneak peek see early flyer or visit their new website!
EVENTS!
"Thursday, December 17, 2015" Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S Lafayette, Royal Oak, is having a "Buy 1 ticket, get 1 Free" to see Mary Poppins, with doors opening at 7PM, for all veterans. You can order online using coupon code PEARLH2015 or by calling 248-541-6430. See flyer for more info.
"Saturday, December 19, 2015" The University of Detroit-Mercy Titans Basketball team is offering a free ticket to vets, plus 1 free guest ticket, at their game against Central Florida. This is Military Appreciation Day! All other tickets are 1/2 off. Game is at Callahan Hall, 4001 W McNichols (at Livernois) starting at 1PM. To get your free tickets visit the box office, their website, or call 313-993-1700.
"Saturday, December 19, 2015" Vets Returning Home, a shelter for veterans, is having a $10K challenge to raise funds at PB's Sports Grille, 24301 Harper, St Clair Shores, from 3 till 7PM. A $5 donation is suggested at the door, but optional. There are matching funds that they can earn. For more info see flyer.
"Thursday, December 31, 2015" Southfield VFW Post 2645 is hosting a New Year's Eve party at the post, 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield, starting at 8:30PM, with dinner at 9:30 followed by dancing, etc. Cost is $30 per person, $50 per couple, and includes Swiss steak or chicken breast, potatoes, carrots, etc. RSVP by phone at 248-971-5844. For complete menu and events scheduled see flyer.
"Thursday, December 31, 2015 (NEW)" DAV Chapter 129, located at 47326 Dequindre, Shelby Twp, is hosting a New Year's Eve Charity Ball to benefit Operation Yellow Ribbon. Dinner packages range from $65 to $90 per person which includes drink tickets. Theme will be Big Band Era Swing. For more info call Peggy at 248-425-2722 or see flyer..
"Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum, located at the Willow Run Airport, is hosting another in their free lecture series, in the General Purpose Room starting at 7PM, Today's presentation will be a history of Willow Run Airport by Bruce Haviland who worked for Delta at the airport.

And from our VFW Friends:


  1. December 17th, 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.
5.      December 18th, 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. December 18th, 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.
7.      December 19th, Saturday 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.
  1. December 21st, Monday 6:15 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "MONDAY BINGO".  Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:15 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Sponsored by Dad Club #193.  BRUCE POST 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member

Saturday, December 12, 2015

#ArmyNavy - Inventor of the Football Helmet was a USNA Midshipman

  "Bull" Reeves (center), as a Rear Admiral, circa 1921
As the Army-Navy Game approaches you may find interesting this bit of football history...

Joseph Mason "Bull" Reeves (1872 – 1948) was known as the "Father of Carrier Aviation" for his role in integrating aircraft carriers into the Fleet as a major part of the Navy's attack capabilities.  Reeves retired in December 1946 with the rank of admiral.

Reeves was born on November 20, 1872 in Tampico, Illinois.  He received an appointment in 1890 to attend the Naval Academy, where he became a football hero.  In addition to his on-field heroics, he is credited with the invention of the modern football helmet, which he had a shoemaker create for him after he was told by a Navy doctor that a kick to his head could result in "instant insanity" or death.  Reeves graduated from the Academy in 1894.

After the start of the 20th Century, Reeves served in the battleships USS Wisconsin (BB-9) and USS Ohio (BB-12) in addition to tours ashore at Newport, RI and Annapolis, where he was an instructor in the Naval Academy's Department of Physics and Chemistry, 1906–08. He served as the Academy's Head Football Coach in 1907, guiding the team to a 9-2-1 record and a 6–0 victory over Army.




















Friday, December 11, 2015

#The American Legion Commander: VA “has a long ways to go”


The American Legion 

For God and country
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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 Commander: VA "has a long ways to go"

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 11, 2015) – American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett expressed frustration Wednesday after a congressional hearing that addressed accountability issues in the Department of Veterans Affairs in the aftermath of relocation compensation paid to executives implicated in a VA Inspector General's report last month.
"Our veterans are looking for accountability at every echelon of the Department of Veterans Affairs," Barnett said after today's hearing. "American taxpayers want to give veterans the best health care possible for veterans.  However, they expect VA to be fully accountable to provide that care without waste, fraud or abuse of government funds.  It appears that VA has a long ways to go before achieving this mission."
The 2.2 million member American Legion is the nation's largest veterans service organization.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

#Veteran Events & Announcements 12/10 to 12/24

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 slowing down a bit since this event listing which has 5 new items! You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events.?? http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html??

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

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website & Detroit Public Televisions' new Veterans website:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
ANNOUNCEMENTS!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
"Freedom Center @ North Terminal Opening!" The Metro Airport North Freedom Center is opening December 17th, at gate D-17, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11AM. The hours of operation, however, will be limited because of a lack of volunteers! We need you! You get free parking at the airport (handy when you go on vacation) and a chance to serve the troops as they pass thru. To volunteer visit the Freedom Center website and go to volunteer.
"Free Legal Services" The Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc., is hosting numerous (17 to be exact) free legal clinics (prority for vets) in both Oakland & Macomb counties for the next 6 months, all starting at 10AM. See Oakland flyer for those dates & locations. Macomb flyer for their dates & locations. More info at 877-964-4700 in Oakland County, 586-465-1344 in Macomb.
"VA Golden Age Games coming to Detroit" The VA Golden Age Games are coming to Detroit in July 2016. This will be open to all veterans that are enrolled in the VA Health System. To get a sneak peek see early flyer or visit their new website!
EVENTS!
"Thursday, December 10, 2015" The Desert Angels are hosting a packing party to collect items to ship to our troops overseas. A listing of items they are looking for is on the flyer. The party today will be held at: Oakland County Sportsman Club, Waterford Rd, Clarkston, from 4 till 6PM
"Friday, December 11, 2015" Starting today and running thru February 24th the Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S 5th St, Ann Arbor, is running an exhibit on The Meditation on War. The grand opening of this exhibition today will be at 6:30PM till 8:30PM. For more info see flyer or visit their official website covering this event.
"Saturday, December 12, 2015 (UPDATE)" This is National Wreaths Across America Day and Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Twp, Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, will be taking part in placing wreaths at all burial sites, starting at 10AM. See flyer for other information about this program or call Charlotte at 586-216-4540.
"Thursday, December 17, 2015 (NEW)" Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theater, 415 S Lafayette, Royal Oak, is having a "Buy 1 ticket, get 1 Free" to see Mary Poppins, with doors opening at 7PM, for all veterans. You can order online using coupon code PEARLH2015 or by calling 248-541-6430. See flyer for more info.
"Saturday, December 19, 2015 (NEW)" The University of Detroit-Mercy Titans Basketball team is offering a free ticket to vets, plus 1 free guest ticket, at their game against Central Florida. This is Military Appreciation Day! All other tickets are 1/2 off. Game is at Callahan Hall, 4001 W McNichols (at Livernois) starting at 1PM. To get your free tickets visit the box office, their website, or call 313-993-1700.
"Saturday, December 19, 2015 (NEW)" Vets Returning Home, a shelter for veterans, is having a $10K challenge to raise funds at PB's Sports Grille, 24301 Harper, St Clair Shores, from 3 till 7PM. A $5 donation is suggested at the door, but optional. There are matching funds that they can earn. For more info see flyer.
And from our friends at the VFW:
  1. December 10th, 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. December 11th, 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. December 12th, Saturday 10:30 a.m. – "WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA" at Resurrection Cemetery.  Meet 10:30 a.m. at Fern Hill Country Club located at 17600 Clinton Road in Clinton Township.  Lay Wreaths at 12 Noon at Resurrection Cemetery.   
  1. December 14th, Monday 6:15 p.m. – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shores – "MONDAY BINGO".  Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.  Bingo starts at 6:15 p.m.  OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  Sponsored by Dad Club #193.  BRUCE POST 1146 is located at 28404 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road.
--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member


#Veterans Titans Military Appreciation Night

ALL VETERANS ALONG WITH A GUEST TO RECEIVE FREE TICKETS WHEN TITANS HOST CENTRAL FLORIDA
DETROIT - Titan Basketball WANTS YOU if you are a veteran on Saturday, December 19, as the high-flying Titans host Central Florida in a 1 pm game at Historic Callahan Hall on the campus of University Of Detroit Mercy.  

Officially, it is being called Military Appreciation Day and all veterans with proper ID can purchase tickets in advance or on gameday and receive one free ticket and an additional ticket for a friend or family member. Others in the group will be able to purchase tickets for half price.

Titan Basketball has "joined forces" with the Michigan Veterans Foundation and Executive Director Tyrone Chatman says, "It is an honor to participate in this great event, and we will be bussing in at least one hundred of our finest veterans to enjoy a good ballgame. We are also happy to be providing a colorful honor guard and one of our vets will also be singing the National Anthem."

In addition to the ticket promotion, the first 2000 attendees will receive Camouflage Rally Flags sponsored by WADL TV-38, the official home of the Titans on television. Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. stated, "We are honored to host these wonderful men and women of our Armed Forces who have given so much for this country. We are planning to make this Veteran's event a yearly tradition".

For tickets, please visit the Calihan Hall Ticket Office (opened 9-5, M-F), call 313-993-1700 or visit detroittitans.com/tix.
Callahan Hall is located on the campus of University Of Detroit Mercy at 4001 W. McNichols and Livernois.

Friday, December 4, 2015

#AmericanLegion prevails in legal defense of Bladensburg Memorial Cross


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Legion prevails in legal defense of Bladensburg Memorial Cross
INDIANAPOLIS (December 3, 2015) -- American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett expressed support for a U.S. District judge's ruling this week that dismissed a lawsuit that sought to remove a cross that overlooks a war memorial monument in Bladensburg, Md.  A plaque at the memorial site explains that the "Memorial Cross [is] Dedicated to the heroes of Prince George's County Maryland who lost their lives in the Great War for the liberty of the world."
 Judge Deborah K. Chasanow's 36-page opinion cites "the nature, context, and history" of the monument before concluding that "the location [of the cross] among the other monuments of Veterans Memorial Park underscores its secular and commemorative nature. In addition, the Monument has gone unchallenged for decades."
 "I am delighted that the court recognizes what The American Legion has been saying all along," Barnett said. "This monument was erected not as a tribute to any preferred religion of the state, but rather to honor our brothers in arms who lost their lives in what we once thought of as the 'Great War for the liberty of the world.' It's ironic that the monument to their tenaciousness in defense of the values we hold dear as a republic should itself become a battlefield in defense of liberty."
The American Legion erected the  Bladensburg veterans memorial in 1925.  The memorial is among other memorial crosses under siege by civil-liberty groups that want them removed from government property.
"It should not be necessary in the marketplace of ideas for individuals to assert that the destruction of historical monuments is needed to prevail against a perceived threat to the Constitution," Barnett said. "Our form of government is stronger than that."
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