Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thank You Isn't Enough -Warrior Hockey



Thank you friends, family, fans, and supporters of the Warriors!
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Thank You Isn't Enough

We here at the Michigan Warriors know what the words 'family' and 'community' mean.  It means giving back to those who give so much to us.  It means welcoming new Disabled Veterans and their spouses and children into our program every single week.  And most importantly, it means working each day to ensure our program continues to grow and we keep our Veterans on the ice.

#GivingTuesday is upon us, and we know your inboxes are being flooded by every organization out there.  We won't try to jump on the bandwagon of asking you for year-end giving, however we will ask you to take two and a half minutes out of your day to watch our new video, created through our partnership with Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers and CBS EcoMedia.  This video embodies our mission, our members, and what we accomplishing every single week on the ice.

When you watch this video, keep in the back of your mind that this program was started by Disabled Veterans right here in Detroit.  Keep in the back of your mind that this program is run by Disabled Veterans and the spouses of our Vets.  And lastly, keep in the back of your mind that if you cannot financially support the Michigan Warriors, a simple share of this video to your friends, family, and coworkers is invaluable to our organization.

Thank you from all of us at the Michigan Warriors Hockey Program!

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Monday, November 28, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 11/24 to 12/11

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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

"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.

"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!

"Monday, November 28, 2016" The Golden Future Foundation, along with the IAVA, is hosting "Bowl with Golden Tate & The Detroit Lions" starting at 7PM at Lucky Strike Lanes, 44325 Twelve Mile, Novi, starting at 7PM. There are numerous packages or just plain tickets available at varying costs. For ticketing and sponsorships call or email Steve at 310-426-9900. For more info on this event and packages see flyer.

"Wednesday, December 7, 2016" Southfield VFW Post 2645 hosts its monthly all you can eat spaghetti dinner for $6, which includes salad & bread. Post is located at 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield. Dinner from 5 till 8PM. For more info see flyer.

"Thursday, December 8, 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.

"Saturday, December 10, 2016" The Macomb County Vet Center, 42621 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, ste 105, will host an Army/Navy Football Game Party from 3 till 7 PM. Bring a dish to pass, but no alcohol permitted. RSVP at 586-412-0107 and see flyer.

"Saturday, December 10, 2016 (NEW)" Women Serving Women Vets is hosting the movie Polar Express at 2PM at the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser, Detroit. This is a free event where you can take the kids (or grandkids) for a free movie, popcorn, sodas. Seating is limited so wswvets@gmail.com with your name and how many tickets you would like. Hurry, seats are limited.

"Sunday, December 11, 2016" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is featuring another in their lecture series, this time on the history of the US Coast Guard, from 2 till 4pm by historian Dan Heaton. Located at 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe. Admission by donation. See flyer for more info.



Friday, November 18, 2016

Rep. Leonard to host Vietnam veteran commemorative event Pinning ceremony will take place in the Speaker’s Library on November 28th.

Rep. Leonard to host Vietnam veteran commemorative event
Pinning ceremony will take place in the Speaker’s Library on November 28th.

State Rep. Tom Leonard, along with Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Senator Rick Jones, are hosting a Vietnam veteran commemorative lapel pinning ceremony at the Capitol on Monday, November 28, 2016, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the war.
            “The commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, regardless of the location, and in what capacity,” said Rep. Leonard, R-DeWitt. “The vast majority of these veterans served their country honorably, but they weren’t treated with the respect they deserved when they arrived home.
            “This is why I, along with the help of Senators Kowall and Jones, am organizing this event. I believe these men and women deserve our thanks and admiration, and I hope this ceremony reflects that.” The formal ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Michigan State Capitol Building located at 100 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI  48933.  The ceremony will take place in the Speaker’s Library on the 2ndfloor of the Capitol Building in the west wing.  
            “We owe a great debt to the men and women who served our country honorably during the Vietnam War, yet were often forgotten when they returned home,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “It is truly an honor to participate in this ceremony as we offer Vietnam War era veterans and their families the long-overdue recognition that they earned serving America in defense of freedom.”
The lapel pins are a way for the nation to recognize each Vietnam veteran for their bravery and sacrifice. United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 are eligible to receive their pins.
“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans, whether drafted or enlisted, served our country with honor,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “This lapel pinning ceremony is a way to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.” Senator Kowall is a member of the commemorative partner program and has played a role in hosting several of these special events throughout the state.
            Vietnam veterans can locate upcoming commemorative events by visiting http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/events/. Questions about the event and/or RSVPs can be directed to Rep. Leonard’s office by calling 517-373-1778 or emailing TomLeonard@house.mi.gov or to Senate Majority Floor Leader Kowall’s office by calling 517-373-0563
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Ian Carry
House Republican Communications

Thursday, November 17, 2016

#Veterans Events & Announcements 11/17 to 12/1

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there is 1 new item. 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!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

"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.

"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 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.

"Thursday, November 17, 2016" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Hyatt Elementary School, 325 Stan Eaton Dr, Linden, from 6:30 to 8:30PM. 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.

"Saturday, November 19, 2016 (UPDATE) " The 2016 MI Women Veterans Empowerment Conference will take place at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 E Kirby, Detroit from 8AM till 4PM. Theme is The Voice of Women Veterans. To register online visit their website at www.empowermiwomenvets.com. For more info see new flyer.

"Saturday, November 19, 2016 (Save the Date)" The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association will be playing the Michigan Warriors, 5:30PM, at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. Right now they are accepting ads for the game program. If interested see flyer.

"Monday, November 28, 2016 (NEW)" The Golden Future Foundation, along with the IAVA, is hosting "Bowl with Golden Tate & The Detroit Lions" starting at 7PM at Lucky Strike Lanes, 44325 Twelve Mile, Novi, starting at 7PM. There are numerous packages or just plain tickets available at varying costs. For ticketing and sponsorships call or email Steve at 310-426-9900. For more info on this event and packages 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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 11/10 to 11/24

Listed below are the events I have for the next 14 days (a lot of stuff) 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!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES!

"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 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 Country 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)" Happy Birthday Marines! Two local events to help celebrate the Marines Birthday: First: Pontiac VFW Post 1370, 800 Cesar Chavez Dr, Pontiac, from 6 till 10PM. Second: Troy VFW Post 4037, 2375 E Maple Rd, Troy, from 7 till Midnight.

"Thursday, November 10, 2016" 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" 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/

"Thursday, November 10, 2016 (NEW)" 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.

"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 (NEW)" Piety Hill Daughters of the American Revolution and the City of Birmingham will observe Veteran's Day on November 11 at 11 am in Shain Park in Birmingham. The speaker will be Jim Hess, Vietnam veteran and designer of the Great Lakes National Cemetery. There will be a bugler, a bagpiper, and two vocalists. All veterans will be recognized and are invited to nearby Baldwin Library for refreshments after the ceremony. For more information call Barbara Suhay at 248-642-8514 or Jan Stafford at 248-647-2476..

"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" 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

"Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (NEW)" The Detroit Red Wings Military Appreciation Day will start at 9:30AM with watching the Red Wings during their morning skate practice.  A free lunch will then be provided by Applebee's.  This is a free event for all vets.  To RSVP contact Laura LeBlanc via email with a phone number you can be contacted at.  For more info see flyer.

"Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (NEW)" U of D - Mercy is hosting a Child Support Modification Wayne County Legal Clinic from 8:30AM till 11AM at SS Peter & Paul Jesuit Church, 438 St. Antoine St, Detroit.  Register at 313-596-9409.  For more info and where to park see flyer.

"Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (NEW)" Level One Bank is offering another in their monthly series on assisting veterans operating their own business.  Starts at 11:30 and runs till 1PM, with a free lunch.  Location of 37100 Woodward, Bloomfield Twp.  Register in advance to Randy at 248-930-6420.  See flyer for more info.

"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.

"Thursday, November 17, 2016 (NEW)" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Hyatt Elementary School, 325 Stan Eaton Dr, Linden, from 6:30 to 8:30PM. 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.

"Saturday, November 19, 2016 (UPDATE) " The 2016 MI Women Veterans Empowerment Conference will take place at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, 111 E Kirby, Detroit from 8AM till 4PM. Theme is The Voice of Women Veterans. To register online visit their website at www.empowermiwomenvets.com. For more info see new flyer.

"Saturday, November 19, 2016 (Save the Date)" The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association will be playing the Michigan Warriors, 5:30PM, at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. Right now they are accepting ads for the game program. If interested 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


Thursday, November 3, 2016

#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