#Veteran Events & Announcements 2/25 to 3/10

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 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:

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

"Grand Rapids Veterans' Home" In case you haven't been keeping up with the news on this subject a recent state audit found shoddy conditions, lack of staff, and abuse of our fellow veterans. Jeff Barnes, head of the MVAA has resigned. There are a couple of articles on this, one the Detroit Free Press, the other on Michigan Radio. Find out what is going on!
"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!
"Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary Video" The Vietnam 50 Anniversary Commission has released a video about Vietnam and those that served. This video can be seen here.
"Saturday, February 27, 2016" Last Day Dog Rescue is hosting a public adoption event & fund raiser with no fees for veterans at the Wayne Ford Civic League, 1661 N Wayne Rd, Westland, from 10 AM till 3PM. All donations will help this program that supplies dogs for service men/women with special needs. As a note, this event is not part of the Pets 4 Vets group. That group can be found at this website!For more info call 734-765-8671 or see flyer.
"Saturday, February 27, 2016 (NEW)" The Legal Aid & Defenders Officer is hosting an Expungement Fair downtown to help veterans with some minor criminal offenses on their record. You must register in advance. The fair runs from 9AM till 1PM, but you need to call or email to find out where. Call Karen at 313-967-5881 or email at karen@writeidea.org. See flyer for more info.
"Tuesday, March 1, 2016" Donut Dolly (Ms Joann Puffer Kotcher) is having a book signing at the Lapeer Rotary Club, 425 County Center St, Lepeer, starting at Noon. Her book about her time in Vietnam is now in its second printing. For more info & reservations contact Mary at 810-272-7202.
"Wednesday, March 2, 2016 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their free lecture series about WW II at their facility at Willow Run Airport, 7PM, in the General Purpose Room. Today's lecture will be on the airport itself, given by Historian Randy Hotton.
"Friday, March 4, 2016" USA Hockey Arena, along with the Ann Arbor VA Hospital, are inviting all veterans to a free "Welcome HomeCelebration" Hockey Game at the USA Hockey Arena, 14900 N Beck Rd, Plymouth, starting at 5PM. Each vet can receive 5 tickets. For more info and to RSVP call Migon at 734-845-3429 or see flyer. This is all part of a Veterans Appreciation Week hosted by the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. Besides the hockey game there are other events so see this flyer for those.
"Saturday, March 5, 2016" The Detroit VA John Dingell Hospital is hosting a Veterans Job Fair, along with Hiring Our Heroes of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, at the hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, from 10:30AM till 1:30PM, with a employment workshop at 8:30AM. It is requested that you register in advance. For more info call 202-617-6806 or see flyer.
"Saturday, March 5, 2016" The VFW & UAW Local 5960 in Lake Orion are holding their annual Veteran Benefit Awareness Classes at their hall at 180 E Silverbell Rd, Lake Orion, starting at 9AM. This is a two day class with the second session on the following Saturday, March 12th. Learn about benefits you might be owed and how to help others. Cost for the two day course is $15 and includes lunch. To enroll call Al at 248-377-5555. For application and more info seeflyer.
"Sunday, March 6, 2016 (NEW)" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting another in their lecture series on WW II with a book signing by Elizabeth Clemens, a book on Detroit in the war. Museum is located at 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Admission by donation.
"Thursday, March 10, 2016 (NEW)" University of Detroit - Mercy Law School is hosting a Free Legal Aid Clinic covering the Social Security Disability. This will be held at Sts Peter & Paul Jesuit Church Sancturay, 438 St Antonie, Detroit, from 9 till 11AM. You must call in advance for a reservation to 313-596-0258. See flyer for more details.
"Thursday, March 10, 2016" Patriot Hockey has teamed up with the Detroit Red Wings to offer discount Red Wing tickets (tonight's game is against the Winnipeg Jets) with $10 of every ticket sold helping out the Fallen & Wounded Solider Fund, a local group in the Detroit area. There are 7 different games thru April that you can get this discount. All games at the Joe starting at 7:30. For more info call Jamie at 313-471-7138, see the attached flyer, of go on-line at www.detroitredwings.com/PatriotsHockey, and use promo code PATRIOTS.
And from the VFW:
  1. February 25th, 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. February 26th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  – Bruce Post 1146 St. Clair Shore – "FRIDAY FISH FRY DINNERS".  See attachment for "complete" Menu & Prices.  Bruce Post 1146 is located at 28404 E. Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores.  Just North of 11 Mile Road on the Water Side of Jefferson.

  1. February 26th, Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – VFW 1407 Madison Heights – "FRIDAY FISH FRY".  Beer Batter Fish & Fixings for $7.50.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC", so invite your Family & Friends.  Post 1407 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights 48071.

  1. February 26th, 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.      February 27th, Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – VFW 1407 Madison Heights – "WINTER BAR-B-Q".  BBQ Pork, BBQ Beef, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw & Dessert.  ALL for $8 per person.  This is "OPEN TO THE PUBLIC", so invite your Family & Friends.  Sponsored by the Auxiliary of Post 1407.  Post 1407 is located at 630 E. 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights.
--   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


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