#Veteran Events & Announcements 11/3 to 11/17

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 6 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 

If your group has an event benefiting veterans, or you hear of an event, please share with me so I can share with the veteran community.  I would rather get an event 3 times than not at all!

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website, Detroit Public Televisions' Veterans website, and a few others:
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
https://sites.google.com/site/miveteranevents/home/military-events

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Marine Corps Toys For Tots" It's getting close to that time of year. To donate toys, find drop locations, or give good old fashion cash, visit their official website for Oakland County, Wayne County, or Macomb County.

"Mentors Needed" Mentors are an important part of the Veteran Treatment Court System. Every veteran in the program must have a mentor. Have some time to help a vet in need. A flyer for the 45th District court (Oak Park) can be found here, but there are several other courts in the metro area that could also use help.

"Free Veterans Day Meals for Vets!" See attached for a pretty comprehensive listing of where you can get a free, or greatly discounted, meal on Veterans Day. Thanks to Mark Meadows for this item. Make sure you call ahead to make sure they offer the meals!

"Peace of Mind for us older vets!" As we all get older we need to start thinking about our medical records, a living will, a regular will, funeral expenses, etc. The State Bar of Michigan has put together a terrific booklet covering these topics with forms you can fill out at home to cover a simple will, living will, etc. Take a look to see if you should do any of this! ALSO: Are you paying for supplemental Medicare coverage? For veterans with Medicare A & B, Humana offers a medical plan that costs $0 and offers increased civilian medical benefits as well as preventive dental, vision, a gym membership and more! Call Ryan at 313-318-7187 for additional information. This is what I use!

EVENTS!

"Thursday, November 3, 2016" Recruit All Military Job Fair will take place at Ford Field, Detroit, from 11AM till 3PM, 2000 Brush St. This is a free event for all veterans. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, November 4, 2016" The Detroit Pistons Basketball team & the Palace of Auburn Hills are hosting a Hoops for Veterans Career Fair from 1 till 4PM at the Palace. All participants will receive a ticket to the Pistons/Nuggets game on Saturday the 5th. You must register in advance to attend here. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, November 5, 2016" The Stoney Creek Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War with a pinning ceremony at St John Fisher Chapel, 3664 E Walton Blvd, Auburn Hills, starting at 10:30AM. Guest speaker is John Todd. You must register in advance using the flyer.

"Saturday, November 5, 2016" Amvets auxiliary 57 is hosting their 7th annual Big Paws Warm Hearts silent auction benefit for Paws With a Cause. This will take place at their chapter, 19730 Harper, Harper Woods, starting at 6PM. Donation of $12 includes tap beer, wine, light food & entertainment. For more info call Margaret at 313-331-1059 or see flyer.

"Saturday, November 5, 2016" Love a Michigan Vet is hosting a Women's Veterans Stand Down at the Fairlane Center, 19000 Hubbard Dr, Dearborn, from 10 till 2PM. A number of veteran orgs will be there to provide important information. For more info email Nadine at loveamichiganvet@yahoo or see flyer.

"Saturday, November 5, 2016" The MI Women Marines Association is hosting another in their great Packing Parties for troops deployed overseas. This will take place at the Romeo Masonic Temple, Romeo, from 10 till 2PM. There are a number of businesses in Macomb & Oakland county where you can drop off items in advance. For a listing of items needed and drop off points prior to the event see flyer.

"Sunday, November 6, 2016 (ANOTHER UPDATE!)" This is the day set for the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Detroit. There are a number of new items this year and a number of changes from last year. To get full information call Willy at 248-569-0824 or visit their website. NEW: After the parade there will be a vet festival in Hart Plaza from 11AM till 3PM. For info on how your group can be part of this goto www.armedservicessalute.com or see flyer. MORE NEWS: Armed Forces Salute will also be hosting from Hart Plaza a "4Star4Mile" race from 11 till 3PM. Standard fee is $35, military discount is $25. For course details & other info seeflyer.

"Sunday, November 6, 2016" Producer Keith Famie (The Greatest Generation, Vietnam) is hosting a preview of his new movie, "Death is Not the Answer," about the ongoing problem with suicide, especially among veterans. This special showing, with Lion QB Eric Hipple as the moderator, will take place at the Emagine Royal Oak, 200 N Main St, Royal Oak, with a community gathering starting at 4:30PM, movie at 6. For tickets visit their ticket website. For more info on the movie see flyer.

"Monday, November 7, 2016" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Americana Concert, Oxford High School, Oxford, from 7 till 9PM. For the troops they are looking for: wipes - personal care - foot powder - socks - cans of pasta, tuna, chicken, fruit, refried beans, etc. - single serving meals - jerky - nuts - dried fruit - "pocket foods (anything that will fit into a packet to take out on missions) powdered drink mix - coffee - tea - energy bars - protein bars - sunflower seeds - ready to eat meals - Raymon noodles - crackers - granola bars - breakfast bars - Things to make them smile - a letter from YOU - nerf balls. And for K-9's they are looking for: waterless shampoo large Kong's (which are toys) paw & nose salve K-9 ear cleaner K-9 eye drops large rope chews collapsible food and water bowls . And if you want to send money to help cover the $15 shipping costs of a package you can send a check to: Desert Angels, Inc. PO Box 210455 Auburn Hills, Mi. 48321.

"Wednesday, November 9, 2016"TTIGLOBAL is hosting a Veteran Open House, 3903 W Hamlin Rd, Rochester Hills, from 9 till 11:30AM. Meet with a professional recruiter for a career assessment & coaching. For more info call 248-853-5550 to schedule an appointment. See flyer for more info.

"Wednesday, November 9, 2016" Wreaths Across America is having a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds to place wreaths on veteran graves at Oakwood & St Mary's Cemeteries. This will be held at Blackwell VFW Post 7573, 35011 23 Mile, New Baltimore, from 4 till 8PM. Donations accepted since each wreath costs $15. See flyer for details of dinner.

"Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (NEW)" The University of Detroit - Mercy Law Center, is hosting a Housing Discrimination Free Legal Clinic, 9:30 till 11AM, at SS Peter & Paul Church, 438 St. Antonine, Detroit. At the clinic, after a brief general information session, preregistered guests will have an opportunity to meet individually with a law student, under the supervision of a licensed attorney to discuss their housing (rental, eviction, purchase, foreclosure or other housing situation) discrimination matter. You must register in advance at 313-596-0262. For more info seeflyer.

"Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (NEW)" Dounut Dolly (Vietnam Red Cross Volunteer) will be having a review of her book at Swartz Creek Area Historical Society .Vietnam War 50th Commemoration. Refreshment served. Guests always welcome. 7:00 P.M Location: American Legion Hall, Post 624 3440 Moorish Rd, Just north of Bristol Rd. At Moorish Rd. Exit on I-69 http://www.swartzcreekhistory.com/ Presentation and Book Signing Contact: Len Thomas Cell: 810-444-0880 len40tho@comcast.net

"Wednesday & Thursday, November 9 & 10, 2016" The National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) and VetBiz Central are hosting a two day event for vets that own a business. On Wednesday NVBDC is hosting a free vets night out meet & greet with h'ordeuves and a cash bar, starting at 5PM. On Thursday Vet Biz Central is hosting a conference with tier 1 buyers, government buyers, networking, speakers, etc. Lunch is included. Cost for this event on Thursday is $40, with this event from 8AM till 1PM. Both events are at the Holiday Inn Flint, 5353 Gateway Center, Flint. To register for either/both events go here. More on the Wednesday event is here, Thursday event here.

"Thursday, November 10, 2016 (Update)" The Honorable Brenda Lawrence is hosting a 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War with a pinning ceremony at Michigan First Credit Union, 27000 Evergreen, Lathrup Village, from 3:30 till 5:30PM. To register contact their office at 248-356-2052. See flyer for more info.

"Thursday, November 10, 2016" Vets Returning Home is having another in their County Concert Series, this time featuring John King & special guest Joey Vee, at Royalty House, 8201 E 13 Mile, Warren, from 7 till 9PM, doors open at 5:30. Cost is $15 per ticket. For more info visit http://www.vetsreturninghome.org or see flyer.

"Thursday, November 10, 2016 (NEW)" Dounut Dolly (Vietnam Red Cross Volunteer) will be having a review of her book at General Motors Tech Center Vietnam War 50th Commemoration. Open to Public. Veterans Participation Program Date: Time: 9:00 – 11:00 A.M Location: GM Tech Center Cafetorium 12 Mile & Van Dyke Warren, MI Presentation and Book Signing Contact: Keith Nattrass GM Military & Veteran Affairs Phone 313-304-9661 keith.nattrass@gm.com

"Thursday, November 10, 2016 (NEW)" Dounut Dolly (Vietnam Red Cross Volunteer) will be having a review of her book at Howell Carnegie District Library Veterans' Day Donut Dolly: An American Red Cross Girl's War in Vietnam Korea and Viet Nam Free and open to the public Veterans Adults and Teens Light refreshments served Time: 7:00 – 8:00 P.M Doors open at 6:30 PM Book signing before presentation starting at 6:30 PM and after presentation until 8:30 PM Maebon Room Please use at the back entrance. 314 W. Grand River Howell, MI 48843 Presentation and Book Signing Contact: Brandi Tambasco Adult Services Librarian Phone: 517-546-0720 ex 131 tambasco@howellibrary.org http://www.howelllibrary.org/

"Friday, November 11, 2016" The Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd. Holly, will be hosting a Veterans' Day Ceremony & observance starting at 11AM. Col Ken Pratt, Chairman of the Airport Freedom Centers, will be guest speaker. See press release for complete details.

"Friday, November 11, 2016" See attached for a pretty comprehensive listing of where you can get a free, or greatly discounted, meal on Veterans Day. Thanks to Mark Meadows for this item

"Friday, November 11, 2016" Stahl's, An American Auto Experience, is opening up the Museum to veterans and the general public for free, located at 56516 North Bay Rd, Chesterfield Twp, from 10AM till 5PM. See over 100 vintage vehicles. For complete info see flyer.

"Friday, November 11, 2016" MPVA Salute to Veterans, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at The Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. Novi, MI 48375. The Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America (MPVA) would like to announce that Navy (Ret.) Captain James Redford, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) Director, will be joining us as our Keynote Speaker at our November 11, 2016 Salute to Veterans Gala. James Robert Redford was appointed interim director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency by Gov. Rick Snyder on Feb. 19, 2016 and director on April 27, 2016. Tickets are only $75 and sponsorships vary! You can download the event brochure for further details byclicking here! See flyer for more info.

"Friday, November 11, 2016" The Detroit Public Schools Academy of Military Sciences & the Elmwood Historical Foundation are honoring the veterans of the 102nd US Colored & Native American Troops of the Civil War at the Elmwood Cemetery, 1200 Elmwood, Detroit, starting at 9:30AM. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, November 11, 2016" Titan Basketball WANTS YOU if you are a veteran on Friday, November 11, as the high-flying Titans host Adrian in a 7 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." 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.

"Saturday, November 12, 2016" The Tuskegee Airmen, Inc, Macon-Thomas Chapter, is hosting their annual black tie anniversary dinner & formal gala at the Roostertail, 100 Marquette Dr, Detroit, starting at 6PM. Tickets are $75. For more info and tickets contact Bill at 248-242-6293 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (NEW)" Dounut Dolly (Vietnam Red Cross Volunteer) will be having a review of her book at Ottawa Chapter NSDAR of Port Huron Area Vietnam War Commemoration to Honor Vietnam Veterans & Families Participation and Book Signing Vietnam Veteran Honor Ceremony Public welcome. Time: 12:30 A.M – 2:30 P.M. Location: Dorsey House, Site of Historic Stage Coach Inn c. 1840s 6008 Beard Rd. Clyde, MI 48049 810-385-9773 www.thedorseyhouse.com Seating Reservation Deadline October 31, 2016 Contact: ottawadar@gmail.com For reservations or information

"Wednesday, November 16, 2016" Women Supporting Women in the Military & Female Veterans, is hosting a Holiday Hat & Scarf Auction at the Howell Elks Club, 2830 E Grand River, Howell, from 5:30 till 9PM. Cost is $10 for military, others $20. Dinner at 6PM. For more info see flyer.

"Thursday, November 17, 2016" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Oakland County Sportsman Club 4770 Waterford Road Clarkston, Mi., from 4 till 6PM. For the troops they are looking for: wipes - personal care - foot powder - socks - cans of pasta, tuna, chicken, fruit, refried beans, etc. - single serving meals - jerky - nuts - dried fruit - "pocket foods (anything that will fit into a packet to take out on missions) powdered drink mix - coffee - tea - energy bars - protien bars - sunflower seeds - ready to eat meals - Raymon noodles - crackers - granola bars - breakfast bars - Things to make them smile - a letter from YOU - nerf balls. And for K-9's they are looking for: waterless shampoo large Kong's (which are toys) paw & nose salve K-9 ear cleaner K-9 eye drops large rope chews collapsible food and water bowls . And if you want to send money to help cover the $15 shipping costs of a package you can send a check to: Desert Angels, Inc. PO Box 210455 Auburn Hills, Mi. 48321.

"Thursday, November 17, 2016" Doubletree Hotel Hilton is hosting their annual free veteran Thanksgiving brunch from 11AM till 2PM, 5801 Southfield Rd, Detroit. You must reserve your place by emailing Mimi by 11/11. For more info see flyer.


--   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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