Tuesday, October 25, 2016

JOB OPENING!!! Full Time Cabinets Sales Specialist Opening - Lowe's of Monroe, MI


We are currently seeking a Full Time Sales Specialist Cabinets for our Monroe, MI store.

To review full qualifications and apply interested candidates may click this link - https://jobs.lowes.com/job/monroe/sales-specialist-cabinets/1627/3283767

or visit our career site www.careers.lowes.com – select Search in the top right corner and select Monroe, MI

Candidates must complete a full application, upload their resume and complete the pre-hire survey to be considered.  Since the survey is only required once a year if the candidate click the survey link and it tells them their survey is complete there is nothing more for them to do.

Unlike most retailers this is not our busy hiring season so positions will only be posted as available – but clients not meeting these job requirements should check back frequently for new positions.  Our busy Spring hiring season will start a little earlier this year – estimate for 1st postings will be Mid-January!

If you or your clients have questions please feel free to give me a call.


Thank you –

Vicky Pare
Human Resources Manager
Lowe's ~ Monroe, Mi
Phone # (734)384-8882
Interested in a Career w/ Lowe's?
Apply online @  Lowes.com/careers


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Monday, October 24, 2016

American Legion on Bonuses: 'We stand with the soldiers of the Guard'


American Legion on Bonuses:
'We stand with the soldiers of the Guard'
INDIANAPOLIS (October 24, 2016) –The head of the nation's largest veterans service organization is calling on the U.S. military to immediately cease collection efforts from National Guard members who were mistakenly awarded bonuses through no fault of their own.
"As far as The American Legion is concerned, the debt is backwards. America owes a debt to these heroes that we can never re-pay," said National Commander Charles E. Schmidt. "It is outrageous that thousands of National Guard members in California and many other states were promised bonuses if they would re-enlist and go to war. Most did and now they are being hounded to re-pay the money because of bureaucratic incompetence. This is not how you treat our volunteers, who had no more obligation to serve than any other American.  How can any potential military member ever believe what military recruiters promise them in the future? Congress and the White House need to fix this now and provide immediate relief to those who have already been bullied into paying this. There are a few documented cases where apparently fraud has been committed. Fraud is a crime and those who committed this offense should be punished. But there is no way that the overwhelming majority of these thousands of servicemembers are anything other than heroes who mistakenly believed the promises that their government was making to them. If their overpayments were not made due to malicious deception on their part, they should not be held responsible for it."
Schmidt, a retired Air Force officer who served in Vietnam, pointed out that many of the veterans experienced combat, earned Purple Hearts and had to obtain loans to pay back the bonuses. "A few isolated cases might be excusable due to a misunderstanding, but the Los Angeles Times reported that nearly 10,000 Guard veterans were being ordered to repay bonuses in California alone," he said. "The American Legion stands with all of the soldiers and families that have been affected by this. We will not rest until this problem is fixed."
With a current membership of 2.2 million wartime veterans, The American Legion, www.legion.org, 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 more than 13,000 posts across the nation.
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Media contacts: John Raughter (317) 630-1350 / 317-441-8847 (cell), jraughter@legion.org  or Stacy Gault (202) 263-5773 / (202) 705-8319 (cell), sgault@legion.org

Editorial by National Commander Charles E. Schmidt: Country Over Candidates

Note: The following op-ed by National Commander Charles E. Schmidt was published by the Waco Tribune on October 21.
 
Editor – The following guest editorial by the national commander of The American Legion is offered for your consideration.
 
Country Over Candidates
 
By Charles E. Schmidt
 
As leader of the nation's largest veterans service organization, I am frequently asked who The American Legion is supporting in this year's presidential election.  My answer is simple. "Veterans." And by that answer I am not referring to a candidate's military service (or lack thereof) but to his or her proposals on issues such as VA health care, a strong national defense and border security.
 
Sometimes, if the questioner is unaware of our nonpartisanship, a follow-up is asked along the lines of "who does the Legion really support, Trump or Hillary?"  My answer is the same, "The American Legion supports veterans."
 
While a lot of organizations claim nonpartisanship, it is a mandate that is enshrined in The American Legion's Constitution and is backed up by the examples set forth by our World War I veteran founders.
 
During one of the earliest meetings of The American Legion in 1919, a movement was afoot to nominate Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., as our first national commander. A World War I hero and the son of a former president, "T.R. Jr." was widely perceived to have political ambitions of his own and possibly follow in his father's footsteps to the White House. A term as national commander would be a nice steppingstone for the young Republican.
 
But Roosevelt would have none of it. Over shouts of "We Want Teddy," Roosevelt told the delegates, "I wish to withdraw my name for a number of reasons…We are gathered together for a very high purpose. I want every American through the length and breadth of this land to realize that there is not a man in this caucus who is seeking anything for himself, personally, but that he is simply working for the good of the entire situation."
 
Roosevelt knew that the best way for The American Legion to advance its pillars of fighting for a strong national defense, caring for veterans, establishing wholesome youth programs and promoting Americanism was to avoid partisanship and political labels.
 
While many Democrats, Republicans, and Independents have been active in The American Legion throughout our history, the organization is only beholden to "God and Country," the two entities that are emblazoned on the back of every membership card. We endorse no political office seeker nor any political party. We operate no political action committee and contribute to no campaign.
 
This does not mean that we are not engaged in the democratic process. Far from it. During election years, we routinely invite the Republican and Democratic nominees for president to address our national convention. Only time constraints prevent us from inviting the numerous independent and third party candidates as well.
 
The American Legion is concerned that the candidates have barely uttered a word about veterans' issues during any of the presidential or vice presidential debates. This comes at a time when an estimated 20 veterans a day commit suicide, more than 80,000 veterans have waited five years or longer to have their claims appeals decided and problems abound with the much ballyhooed Veterans Choice program.
 
Moreover, ISIS, North Korea, Iran, China and Russia dominate headlines, while lawmakers and the White House continue to fund our military at pre-World War II levels. Recent terrorist attacks by immigrants in Washington state, New York City and Minnesota demonstrate that the government still has some deadly holes in its vetting process.
 
Veterans care deeply about the security of this country. If they didn't, they wouldn't have served. In our all-volunteer force, the care and well-being of these veterans is the cost of war and fielding a strong defense.
 
The American Legion is not interested in which candidate "wins" on election day. We are instead encouraging candidates to follow Roosevelt's example and work for "the good of the entire situation."
 
When that happens, America wins.
 
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Charles Schmidt is the national commander of the 2.2 million member American Legion, www.legion.org.
 
Media contact: John Raughter, (317)441-8847, jraughter@legion.org
 
 
     

Thursday, October 20, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 10/20 to 11/4

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 12 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!

"Home Front Strong" Home Front Strong, part of Buddy-2-Buddy, is hosting an 8 week program to help military of veterans and their families prepare for, and cope with, the challenges of deployment & military life. Dinner is provided and you can receive up to $140 for participating. For more info see flyer. AND: The October B2B jog fair listing that they compile is now available here.

"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, October 13, 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 - 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.

"Thursday, October 13, 2016" The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial is hosting a Victory Gala at the Royal Oak Farmers Market from 5:30 till 10 in Royal Oak. Guest speaker is John "Tig" Tiegen, the Hero of Benghazi attack. For complete information call 888-387-4157, the website, or see flyer.

"Friday, October 14, 2016" Berkley Legion Post is hosting a Steak Fry from 5 till 8PM, 2079 W 12 Mile, Berkley, for $12.75. For more info call them at 248-542-7668 or see flyer.

"Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15, 2016" Pontiac VFW post 1370 is holding a two day yard sale to support local vets, at their post at 800 Cesar E Chavez Ave, Pontiac. To donate items call them at 248-858-9501 or see flyer.

"Saturday, October 15, 2016" The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council is having a Fall Headstone Cleaning event at the cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd, Holly, from 9:30 till 2PM. Bring a 5 gallon bucket, soft scrub brush, etc. To register call Sherry at 810-919-7653 or see flyer.

"Saturday, October 15, 2016" The Livonia DAV Chapter 114 is hosting a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday October 15th. They are inviting all ROTC units and scouts (boys and girls) to participate so they can earn merit badges. In addition, we invite all veteran service organizations to bring their flags over to our chapter for proper disposal. We are inviting the community to participate and will be cooking hot dogs for everyone who wants one, or two. 30905 Plymouth Road, Livonia, 3-5 PM.

"Saturday, October 15, 2016 (NEW)" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 2905 S Commerce Rd, Commerce, from 9:30AM till Noon. 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.

"Thursday, October 20, 2016" The Metro Airport Freedom Center is hosting its annual gala at the DC3S Defense Center, 7205 Sterling Ponds Rd, Sterling Hgts, starting at 6PM till 9PM. Tickets are $50 per person. The center has hosted over 250,000 vets and their families since it was opened in 2011. Guess speaker is Robert Miller, author & photojournalist. Sponsorships are available. For more info call Kate at 517-253-0896 or see flyer.

"Friday, October 21, 2016" Berkley Legion Post is hosting a Steak Fry from 5 till 8PM, 2079 W 12 Mile, Berkley, for $12.75. For more info call them at 248-542-7668 or see flyer.

"Friday, October 21, 2016 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum, at Wilow Run Airport, is host another in their author series, this time about the trench warfare of World War 1 by author Andrew Robertshaw. This will take place at the museum starting at 7PM in the General Purpose Room. Cost is $15 for non members. For tickets call Ashley at 734-483-4030 ext 222 or follow theiroffical ticket link. Seeflyer for lots more info.

"Friday, October 21, 2016 (NEW)" The Macomb County Community Veteran Focused hiring event will be held at the Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, from 9AM till 1PM. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, October 21, 2016" The American Indian Veterans of MI are hosting their annual Karaoke Night with DJ James Parks. Admission is $5. Frybread, soft drinks, coffee, etc., available. Located at 26641 Lawrence, Center Line, and will run from 7PM till 11PM. For more info call Chris at 248-210-6153 or see flyer.

"Friday, October 21, 2016" The Wounded Warriors Family Support Org is hosting a dinner/fundraiser at the Mirage, 16980 18 Mile Rd, Clinton Twp, from 6 till 11PM. Host is Fox 2's Charlie Langton. Tickets are $50. For more info and tickets call Lenny at 586-453-3022 or see flyer.

"Saturday, October 22, 2016 (NEW)" The Wayne County Free Child Support Help Program returns to the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Detroit, from 1 till 4PM. Get answers to your child support issues. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, October 22, 2016" Madison Hgts VFW Post 1407 & Comedy Castle are hosting a Halloween Party, introducing Bill Bushart, comedian of the year for 2010. This will take place at the post, located at 630 E 11 Mile, Madison Hgts, from 7 till 11PM. Best & worse costume prizes will be offeree. Donation of $20, $30 per couple, and includes food buffet & pop. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, October 22, 2016" Michigan Fallen Foot Float, and Operation Yellow Ribbon, which supports OIF & OEF vets, is hosting a Boot Scootin' Barn Dance, at the DAV 29, 47326 Dequindre, Shelby Twp, room 4 till 10PM. Spaghetti dinner & dancing! Cost is $20, vets $10. For more info call 248-397-8065 or see flyer.

"Sunday, October 23, 2016" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society will host another in their WWII lecture series at their location in Eastpointe from 1 till 4 PM. Today's lecture will be on the use of bikes by both the military & civilians during war time. Admission by donation.

"Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (NEW)" U of D - Mercy is hosting an Employment Discrimination Free Legal Aid Clinic. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. by calling 313-596-0258. After a brief general information session, preregistered guests will have an opportunity to meet individually with an attorney and law student to discuss their legal matter and ask other legal questions. Providers are invited to register and attend the clinic too, so please free free to share this important information with your clients and colleagues. The clinic will be held in the sanctuary of Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church located at 438 Saint Antoine Street in downtown Detroit. Saint Antoine Street is between Jefferson Avenue and Larned Street. Enter the sanctuary through the shared courtyard off of Larned Street. Metered parking is available on Saint Antoine, Larned and Jefferson. See flyer for more info.


--   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

Friday, October 14, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 10/13 to 10/27

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 12 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!
"Home Front Strong" Home Front Strong, part of Buddy-2-Buddy, is hosting an 8 week program to help military of veterans and their families prepare for, and cope with, the challenges of deployment & military life. Dinner is provided and you can receive up to $140 for participating. For more info see flyer. AND: The October B2B jog fair listing that they compile is now available here.
"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, October 13, 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 - 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.
"Thursday, October 13, 2016" The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial is hosting a Victory Gala at the Royal Oak Farmers Market from 5:30 till 10 in Royal Oak. Guest speaker is John "Tig" Tiegen, the Hero of Benghazi attack. For complete information call 888-387-4157, the website, or see flyer.
"Friday, October 14, 2016" Berkley Legion Post is hosting a Steak Fry from 5 till 8PM, 2079 W 12 Mile, Berkley, for $12.75. For more info call them at 248-542-7668 or see flyer.
"Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15, 2016" Pontiac VFW post 1370 is holding a two day yard sale to support local vets, at their post at 800 Cesar E Chavez Ave, Pontiac. To donate items call them at 248-858-9501 or see flyer.
"Saturday, October 15, 2016" The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council is having a Fall Headstone Cleaning event at the cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd, Holly, from 9:30 till 2PM. Bring a 5 gallon bucket, soft scrub brush, etc. To register call Sherry at 810-919-7653 or see flyer.
"Saturday, October 15, 2016" The Livonia DAV Chapter 114 is hosting a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday October 15th. They are inviting all ROTC units and scouts (boys and girls) to participate so they can earn merit badges. In addition, we invite all veteran service organizations to bring their flags over to our chapter for proper disposal. We are inviting the community to participate and will be cooking hot dogs for everyone who wants one, or two. 30905 Plymouth Road, Livonia, 3-5 PM.
"Saturday, October 15, 2016 (NEW)" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 2905 S Commerce Rd, Commerce, from 9:30AM till Noon. 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.
"Thursday, October 20, 2016" The Metro Airport Freedom Center is hosting its annual gala at the DC3S Defense Center, 7205 Sterling Ponds Rd, Sterling Hgts, starting at 6PM till 9PM. Tickets are $50 per person. The center has hosted over 250,000 vets and their families since it was opened in 2011. Guess speaker is Robert Miller, author & photojournalist. Sponsorships are available. For more info call Kate at 517-253-0896 or see flyer.
"Friday, October 21, 2016" Berkley Legion Post is hosting a Steak Fry from 5 till 8PM, 2079 W 12 Mile, Berkley, for $12.75. For more info call them at 248-542-7668 or see flyer.
"Friday, October 21, 2016 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum, at Wilow Run Airport, is host another in their author series, this time about the trench warfare of World War 1 by author Andrew Robertshaw. This will take place at the museum starting at 7PM in the General Purpose Room. Cost is $15 for non members. For tickets call Ashley at 734-483-4030 ext 222 or follow theiroffical ticket link. Seeflyer for lots more info.
"Friday, October 21, 2016 (NEW)" The Macomb County Community Veteran Focused hiring event will be held at the Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, from 9AM till 1PM. For more info see flyer.
"Friday, October 21, 2016" The American Indian Veterans of MI are hosting their annual Karaoke Night with DJ James Parks. Admission is $5. Frybread, soft drinks, coffee, etc., available. Located at 26641 Lawrence, Center Line, and will run from 7PM till 11PM. For more info call Chris at 248-210-6153 or see flyer.
"Friday, October 21, 2016" The Wounded Warriors Family Support Org is hosting a dinner/fundraiser at the Mirage, 16980 18 Mile Rd, Clinton Twp, from 6 till 11PM. Host is Fox 2's Charlie Langton. Tickets are $50. For more info and tickets call Lenny at 586-453-3022 or see flyer.
"Saturday, October 22, 2016 (NEW)" The Wayne County Free Child Support Help Program returns to the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Detroit, from 1 till 4PM. Get answers to your child support issues. See flyer for more info.
"Saturday, October 22, 2016" Madison Hgts VFW Post 1407 & Comedy Castle are hosting a Halloween Party, introducing Bill Bushart, comedian of the year for 2010. This will take place at the post, located at 630 E 11 Mile, Madison Hgts, from 7 till 11PM. Best & worse costume prizes will be offeree. Donation of $20, $30 per couple, and includes food buffet & pop. For more info see flyer.
"Saturday, October 22, 2016" Michigan Fallen Foot Float, and Operation Yellow Ribbon, which supports OIF & OEF vets, is hosting a Boot Scootin' Barn Dance, at the DAV 29, 47326 Dequindre, Shelby Twp, room 4 till 10PM. Spaghetti dinner & dancing! Cost is $20, vets $10. For more info call 248-397-8065 or see flyer.
"Sunday, October 23, 2016" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society will host another in their WWII lecture series at their location in Eastpointe from 1 till 4 PM. Today's lecture will be on the use of bikes by both the military & civilians during war time. Admission by donation.
"Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (NEW)" U of D - Mercy is hosting an Employment Discrimination Free Legal Aid Clinic. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. by calling 313-596-0258. After a brief general information session, preregistered guests will have an opportunity to meet individually with an attorney and law student to discuss their legal matter and ask other legal questions. Providers are invited to register and attend the clinic too, so please free free to share this important information with your clients and colleagues. The clinic will be held in the sanctuary of Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church located at 438 Saint Antoine Street in downtown Detroit. Saint Antoine Street is between Jefferson Avenue and Larned Street. Enter the sanctuary through the shared courtyard off of Larned Street. Metered parking is available on Saint Antoine, Larned and Jefferson. See flyer for more info.


--   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 6, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 10/6 to 10/20

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 
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!
"Home Front Strong" Home Front Strong, part of Buddy-2-Buddy, is hosting an 8 week program to help military of veterans and their families prepare for, and cope with, the challenges of deployment & military life. Dinner is provided and you can receive up to $140 for participating. For more info see flyer. AND: The October B2B jog fair listing that they compile is now available here.
"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!
EVENTS!
"Thursday, October 6, 2016 " The SE Michigan Veterans Stand Down, Inc along with the Detroit VA Hospital, is hosting their annual veterans stand-down at the Detroit Rescue Mission Banquet Hall, 3606 E Forest, Detroit, room 9AM till 5PM each day. Volunteers/vendors/support groups can register at their website. For more info call Gunny Norm at 248-808-0929 or see flyer.
"Friday, October 7, 2016" Berkley Legion Post is hosting a Steak Fry from 5 till 8PM, 2079 W 12 Mile, Berkley, for $12.75. For more info call them at 248-542-7668 or see flyer.
"Sunday, October 9, 2016" The MI Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting another in their author speaks series, this time with Joann Puffer, Miss Donut Dolly. Museum is located at 16600 Stephens, Eastpointe, and this will start at 2PM. For more info & donation rates see flyer.
"Sunday, October 9, 2016" VVA Chapter 154 is hosting a Come One, Come All dinner & music fundraiser at Mirage Banquet Center, 16980 18 Mile Rd, Clinton Twp, from 5 till 10PM. For complete info call Sandi at 586-792-1581 or see flyer.
"Sunday, October 9, 2016" The U of M Ann Arbor Student Veteran Association is hosting their annual Army vs Navy Wheelchair Basketball game at the Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, with door opening at 2PM, tip-off at 3PM. This is free for all vets. U of M Cheer Team, Dance Team, 338th Army Band, are just some of the highlights. For more info visit their website for the game or see flyer.
"Thursday, October 13, 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 - 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.
"Thursday, October 13, 2016" The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial is hosting a Victory Gala at the Royal Oak Farmers Market from 5:30 till 10 in Royal Oak. Guest speaker is John "Tig" Tiegen, the Hero of Benghazi attack. For complete information call 888-387-4157, the website, or see flyer.
"Friday, October 14, 2016" Berkley Legion Post is hosting a Steak Fry from 5 till 8PM, 2079 W 12 Mile, Berkley, for $12.75. For more info call them at 248-542-7668 or see flyer.
"Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15, 2016" Pontiac VFW post 1370 is holding a two day yard sale to support local vets, at their post at 800 Cesar E Chavez Ave, Pontiac. To donate items call them at 248-858-9501 or see flyer.
"Saturday, October 15, 2016" The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council is having a Fall Headstone Cleaning event at the cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd, Holly, from 9:30 till 2PM. Bring a 5 gallon bucket, soft scrub brush, etc. To register call Sherry at 810-919-7653 or see flyer.
"Thursday, October 20, 2016" The Metro Airport Freedom Center is hosting its annual gala at the DC3S Defense Center, 7205 Sterling Ponds Rd, Sterling Hgts, starting at 6PM till 9PM. Tickets are $50 per person. The center has hosted over 250,000 vets and their families since it was opened in 2011. Guess speaker is Robert Miller, author & photojournalist. Sponsorship's are available. For more info call Kate at 517-253-0896 or 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

#GETOUTTHEVOTE NEWS RELEASE: Michigan Voter Information Center the online source for voting information


Media Release from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

-- For immediate release --

Michigan Voter Information Center the online source for voting information

Michigan votes website

Site offers sample ballot, tracks absentee ballots


LANSING, Mich. - Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today reminded residents that the online Michigan Voter Information Center is a valuable resource for all registered voters.
"Because voters may face a long ballot in November, they are encouraged to find their sample ballot at www.Michigan.gov/vote before they vote with an absentee ballot or go to the polls," Johnson said. "This website, a comprehensive source for voter information, makes it easy for residents to find out everything they need to know ahead of the Nov. 8 general election."
Residents are encouraged to become informed voters, which will help them cast their ballots more quickly. Johnson said printing a sample ballot ahead of time may help lower wait times and shorten lines at polling places.
The site also tells residents if they are registered to vote, helps them find their polling place and explains how to use voting equipment. If they need to apply for an absentee ballot, voters can learn how to contact their local clerk and then track the ballot.
The website is particularly useful to those living abroad or out-of-state, including military personnel, who want to see what's on their ballot and track the status of their absentee ballot.

For media questions, please call Gisgie D├ívila Gendreau or Fred Woodhams at 517-373-2520.


For more about the Secretary of State's Office:

To find Secretary of State office locations and services, visit www.michigan.gov/sos. Sign up for the official Secretary of State Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/michsos and Facebook updates at www.facebook.com/michigansos. Online services are available at www.expresssos.com.
Customers may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

American Legion applauds Sen. McCain for protecting veterans’ preference


Legion applauds McCain for protecting veterans' preference

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 — One of The American Legion's top priorities is creating and protecting the benefits veterans use every day, including veterans' preference for employment, which the 2017 Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is threatening.
In the Senate version of the NDAA, the bill that funds the nation's military and defense budget, is a provision that would limit veterans' preference in hiring to a one-time use. Disappointed in the decision, The Legion sent a letter to all members of Congress voicing its opposition to a provision that seeks to undermine the institution of veterans' preference in federal hiring.
The American Legion received a letter from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, responding to the organization's concerns. McCain stated in his letter, "Given your [The American Legion] and others' concerns, I will ensure that this provision, which is not included in the House bill, is not included in the NDAA conference report."
Research conducted by VetAdvisor and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families, shows approximately two-thirds of veterans are likely to change jobs in the first two years of employment. Therefore, the provision would prevent veterans from utilizing the veterans' preference benefit in their next job application.
  
"We appreciate Sen. McCain's stalwart defense of an important benefit for all veterans who've served and sacrificed for their country," said American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt. "We look forward to working with the chairman to ensure the final NDAA properly protects this earned benefit."
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with 2.2 million members in more than 13,000 posts in communities across in America. The Legion, established by an act of Congress in 1919, was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill through Congress and the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Media Contact: Stacy Gault, Assistant Media Relations Manager, 202-263-5773, sgault@legion.org


American Legion applauds Sen. McCain for protecting veterans’ preference


Legion applauds McCain for protecting veterans' preference
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 — One of The American Legion's top priorities is creating and protecting the benefits veterans use every day, including veterans' preference for employment, which the 2017 Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is threatening.
In the Senate version of the NDAA, the bill that funds the nation's military and defense budget, is a provision that would limit veterans' preference in hiring to a one-time use. Disappointed in the decision, The Legion sent a letter to all members of Congress voicing its opposition to a provision that seeks to undermine the institution of veterans' preference in federal hiring.
The American Legion received a letter from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, responding to the organization's concerns. McCain stated in his letter, "Given your [The American Legion] and others' concerns, I will ensure that this provision, which is not included in the House bill, is not included in the NDAA conference report."
Research conducted by VetAdvisor and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families, shows approximately two-thirds of veterans are likely to change jobs in the first two years of employment. Therefore, the provision would prevent veterans from utilizing the veterans' preference benefit in their next job application.
  
"We appreciate Sen. McCain's stalwart defense of an important benefit for all veterans who've served and sacrificed for their country," said American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt. "We look forward to working with the chairman to ensure the final NDAA properly protects this earned benefit."
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with 2.2 million members in more than 13,000 posts in communities across in America. The Legion, established by an act of Congress in 1919, was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill through Congress and the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Media Contact: Stacy Gault, Assistant Media Relations Manager, 202-263-5773, sgault@legion.org