Saturday, December 31, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 12/29 to 1/31

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!  Please make sure any flyer lists address of event and a contact person!

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!

"Special Thanks to ABC Warehouse!" As many of you know I volunteer at the Metro Airport Freedom Center, something like a USO. We currently have served over 325,000 troops, dependents, and veterans. Recently our fridge died and it was the great folks at ABC Warehouse that stepped forward and supplied the center, free of charge, a nice new fridge! Just wanted to acknowledge their generosity.

EVENTS!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

"Tuesday, January 3, 2017" Southfield Human Services will be hosting the first Tuesday of each month Training & Treatment Innovations, Inc., to provide supportive services to veterans that are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless. This take place at Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, from 1 till 3PM. This is open to all vets in Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, Saginaw, Lapeer, & Genesee Counties. For more info call 248-796-4540 or seeflyer.

"Wednesday, January 4, 2017 (NEW)" Southfield VFW 2645 is hosting its monthly Spaghetti Dinner social from 5 till 7PM at the post, 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield, rear entrance. $7 for all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, & salad. For more info call Don at 248-971-5844 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, January 4, 2017 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in ther lecture series on World War II in the General Purpose Room of the Museum, Willow Run Airport. This evening starting at 6:30PM they will have two presentations: First on The Eyes in The Skies, a lecture on how reconnaissance photos help with national security, by Michael Lechlitner of the CIA. Second, at 7:30, the story of Rosie the Riverter by Donnaleen Lanktree, past president of the National American Rosie Association.

"Saturday, January 7, 2017" Michigan Warriors Hockey Program will play the Detroit Police Department hockey team at the Fraser Hockey Land, 34400 Utica Rd, Fraser, with doors opening at 4PM. All proceeds from this game will go to the families of the recent 3 Detroit Police Officers that have died in the line of duty. For more info visit their website or see attached flyer.

"Saturday, January 14, 2017" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting its annual Gala fundraiser at the museum, 2068 E St, Belleville (Willow Run Airport), with doors opening at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:30. After dinner there will be an afterglow party presented by Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle featuring Dwayne L Gill, Marine, former Cop, and a terrific comic! Tickets start at $250 per person. For more info and tickets visit the official website.

"Sunday, January 15, 2017" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society (www.mimths.org) is hosting another in their lecture series, this time about the Korean War. Takes place at the museum, Stevens Dr, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Admission by donation. The guess speaker will be Professor Bruce Zellers.

"Wednesday, January 18, 2017" The Macomb Community College Veterinary Program will be providing a long list of free services to veterans' dogs & cats, from 11AM till 3PM. For a complete list of free services see flyer. This is by reservation only at 586-286-2096 or email to francisL@macomb.edu.

"Friday, January 27, 2017" The Student Veterans of America (SVA), U of M Ann Arbor Campus, if hosting their 8th annual Benefit Dinner at the Rogel Ballroom in the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM . All proceeds will benefit the Washtenaw County Vet Treatment Court & Region 9 VCAT. For more info see flyer. To get tickets click here.

"Friday, January 27, 2017" There will be a Macomb County Community Veteran focused hiring event from 9AM till 1PM at Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp. Open to the public, no registration required in advance. 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, December 23, 2016

A Fisher House to be Built adjacent to the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center Seeking Doantions

Fisher House Michigan/Build It For The Brave, Inc. is a 501c3 organization formed last May to assist with the development, approval, and fundraising of the $3.5 million project for the FY18/19 construction at the VA in Ann Arbor. This facility is for the families and caregivers of our veterans receiving care at the VA. A no charge lodging facility supported by our group, the VA and Veterans Service Organizations in Michigan like you. We plan to have literature specific to our mission which we would like to have you send to all chapters, posts, and organizations in a month (mid-Jan).

Please forward this to your commanders and state officers/staff members. We would like to see State level donations as well as post/chapter projects to be developed now and over the next two to three years. More information will follow in a few weeks.

Please join us to make this a highly successful campaign for our veterans and families in need.  This project should be highly promoted within all communities and VCAT regions within the state. I may be reached for additional information as listed below.

Thank you all,

Jim Dempsey
Lt Col, MSC, USAF (ret)
Past State Commander, DAV
Secretary/Treasurer Fisher House Michigan


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sen. Peters to Join Senate Armed Services Committee

Sen. Peters to Join Senate Armed Services Committee


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2016
Allison Green
Zade Alsawah

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters announced he has been appointed to the Senate Committee on Armed Services for the 115th Congress, subject to ratification by the Democratic Caucus. Peters will also continue to serve on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee.

"As a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, I am proud to be carrying on Michigan's strong military tradition by joining the Senate Armed Services Committee. Michigan helped build the Arsenal of Democracy that defeated tyranny in World War II, beginning a defense legacy that stretches into present day as Michigan airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines are supporting the fight against ISIS," said Senator Peters. 

"I look forward to being a strong voice in the Senate for Michigan's servicemembers, veterans, military installations and the defense manufacturers that help our military complete their mission safely and effectively," continued Senator Peters. "Through my work on both the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, I will be focused on keeping the American people safe and secure from security threats at home and abroad."

"Michigan's National Guard footprint stretches across the globe with servicemembers serving in some of the military's most cutting-edge missions and participating in and supporting operations in every region of the world," said Major General Gregory Vadnais, The Adjutant General, Michigan National Guard. "It's an honor to lead and work with the professional, high-caliber men and women of the Michigan National Guard, and I am pleased Michigan will now have such a strong representation on the Senate Armed Services Committee."

"Senator Peters has been a champion in Washington for the Battle Creek Air National Guard base, passing legislation to maintain the base's RPA mission and strongly supporting the 110th Attack Wing's new cyber operations squadron," said Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO, Battle Creek Unlimited, Inc. "With his seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Peters will be able to continue his good work advocating for Battle Creek's defense community, boosting our economy and strengthening Michigan's role in our national defense."

"As a U.S. Navy Reserve sailor who drilled at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Senator Peters understands the impact of the base and its unique position as a joint facility that plays multiple roles in America's security at home and abroad. We appreciate his strong support for maintaining and advancing Selfridge's fighter mission and know he will be a strong representative of the Selfridge community and Macomb County on the Senate Armed Services Committee," said Grace Shore, CEO of the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce.

Peters volunteered for the U.S. Navy Reserve at age 34, where he earned a Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist designation and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After the September 11th terrorist attacks on our country, he volunteered again for drilling status.

There are seven military installations in the State of Michigan: Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center; Battle Creek Air National Guard Base; Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center; the Defense Logistics Agency at Hart-Doyle-Inouye Federal Center; Fort Custer Training Center; Selfridge Air National Guard Base; and U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal.  Additionally, Michigan is home to over 16,900 servicemembers, 9,100 civilian Department of Defense employees, 650,000 veterans and a vibrant defense manufacturing sector.

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#Veteren Events & Announcements 12/22 to 1/31

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!  Please make sure any flyer lists address of event and a contact person!

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 (Update)" 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. ALSO speaking of Marines, the Michigan Women Marines are collecting clothing items for women veterans in need around the area and in local VA hospitals. For a complete listing of items needed and where they can be dropped off see flyer.

"Special Thanks to ABC Warehouse!" As many of you know I volunteer at the Metro Airport Freedom Center, something like a USO. We currently have served over 325,000 troops, dependents, and veterans. Recently our fridge died and it was the great folks at ABC Warehouse that stepped forward and supplied the center, free of charge, a nice new fridge! Just wanted to acknowledge their generosity.

EVENTS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

"Tuesday, January 3, 2017" Southfield Human Services will be hosting the first Tuesday of each month Training & Treatment Innovations, Inc., to provide supportive services to veterans that are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless. This take place at Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, from 1 till 3PM. This is open to all vets in Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, Saginaw, Lapeer, & Genesee Counties. For more info call 248-796-4540 or seeflyer.

"Saturday, January 7, 2017" Michigan Warriors Hockey Program will play the Detroit Police Department hockey team at the Fraser Hockey Land, 34400 Utica Rd, Fraser, with doors opening at 4PM. All proceeds from this game will go to the families of the recent 3 Detroit Police Officers that have died in the line of duty. For more info visit their website or see attached flyer.

"Saturday, January 14, 2017" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting its annual Gala fundraiser at the museum, 2068 E St, Belleville (Willow Run Airport), with doors opening at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:30. After dinner there will be an afterglow party presented by Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle featuring Dwayne L Gill, Marine, former Cop, and a terrific comic! Tickets start at $250 per person. For more info and tickets visit the official website.

"Sunday, January 15, 2017" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society (www.mimths.org) is hosting another in their lecture series, this time about the Korean War. Takes place at the museum, Stevens Dr, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Admission by donation. The guess speaker will be Professor Bruce Zellers.

"Wednesday, January 18, 2017" The Macomb Community College Veterinary Program will be providing a long list of free services to veterans' dogs & cats, from 11AM till 3PM. For a complete list of free services see flyer. This is by reservation only at 586-286-2096 or email to francisL@macomb.edu.

"Friday, January 27, 2017" The Student Veterans of America (SVA), U of M Ann Arbor Campus, is hosting their 8th annual Benefit Dinner at the Rogel Ballroom in the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM . All proceeds will benefit the Washtenaw County Vet Treatment Court & Region 9 VCAT. For more info see flyer. To get tickets click here.

"Friday, January 27, 2017 (NEW)" There will be a Macomb County Community Veteran focused hiring event from 9AM till 1PM at Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp. Open to the public, no registration required in advance. See flyer for more info.

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--   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, December 8, 2016

#Veteran Events & Announcements 12/8 to 1/14

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!
"Marine Corps Toys For Tots (Update)" 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. ALSO speaking of Marines, the Michigan Women Marines are collecting clothing items for women veterans in need around the area and in local VA hospitals. For a complete listing of items needed and where they can be dropped off see flyer.
"Girl Scout Cookies for Troops" There is a Girl Scout in Macomb Twp that has sent over 7500 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to deployed troops, and wants to send more! Like anything else takes money, so if you wish to contribute see flyer.
"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, 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.
"Thursday, December 8, 2016 (NEW)" The Michigan Vet Project is holding a Stuff-A-Truck to collect items for over 175 homeless vets in the Metro Detroit area. This willo take place at Texas Roadhouse, 14660 Pardee, Taylor, from 3:30 till 10PM. For more info and to see items needed see flyer.
"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 permited. RSVP at 586-412-0107 and see flyer. To get a 10% discount on your meal bring this flyer!
"Saturday, December 10, 2016 (NEW)" Operation Yellow Ribbon is hosting a Holiday Jamz at the Shelby Twp DAV Hall, 47326 Dequindre, from 6:30 till !!PM. $10 donation accepted at door. Live band, sing along,etc. For more info see flyer or call Peggy at 248-425-2722..
"Saturday, December 10, 2016" 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.
"Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (NEW)" The DOVE (Development of Vietnam Endeavors) is hosting its annual dinner at the Inverness Club, 4001 Dorr St, Toledo, from 6:30 till 11PM. Tickets are $50 per person. Come see our progress over the past year and join us for a glimpse into our future plans at the D.O.V.E. Fund Annual Christmas dinner. The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the D.O.V.E. Fund and how we help the people of Vietnam. Fred Grimm, Vietnam Projects Chair, will a give a brief summary of each project including solar lights, World Wide Mobility Carts, fresh water, leper assistance, scholarships and much more. Grimm, along with wife Jill and Vice Chairman, John Abbey and wife Julie, will lead the next trip to Vietnam on February 1st. Grimm and Abbey, both Vietnam veterans, have each traveled to Vietnam dozens of times and look forward to going back each year. The 2017 contingent will land in Saigon just as the Tet holiday is winding down. Travelers will then travel to Hue, Plieku, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hanoi and Phu Quoc for an exhilarating three weeks in wonderful Vietnam. To RSVP & tickets email them at dinner@dovefund.org.
"Thursday, December 15, 2016" Vets Returning Home has another in their Country Concert Series at Royalty House, 8201 E 13 Mile, Warren, with doors opening at 5:30PM, concert at 7PM. This month it is Josh Gracin, with special guest Joey Vee. For more info see flyer. For tickets visit them at www.vetsreturninghome.org.
"Thursday, December 15, 2016 (NEW)" Soldiers' Angels is hosting a mobile food distribution for all low income vets from Noon till 2PM at the American Legion Post 375 Parking Lot, 19486 Sherwood, Detroit. Call 210-629-0020 to register to receive items. See flyer for more info.
"Saturday, January 14, 2017" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting its annual Gala fundraiser at the museum, 2068 E St, Belleville (Willow Run Airport), with doors opening at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:30. After dinner there will be an afterglow party presented by Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle featuring Dwayne L Gill, Marine, former Cop, and a teriffic comic! Tickets start at $250 per person. For more info and tickets visit the official website.


--   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

Senator Peters and Senator Stabenow Applaud Senate Passage of Legislation to Honor Michigan Veteran




Peters, Stabenow Applaud Senate Passage of Legislation to Honor Michigan Veteran

Bill Would Name Traverse City VA Clinic for Medal of Honor Recipient and Traverse City Area Native Colonel Demas T. Craw


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2016
Allison Green (Peters)
Miranda Margowsky (Stabenow)

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow today applauded unanimous Senate passage of legislation they introduced to name the Traverse City Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) after Army Colonel Demas T. Craw, a Traverse City-area native and Medal of Honor recipient. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives, where Congressman Benishek has introduced similar legislation.

"Colonel Demas Craw laid his life on the line and made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country," said Senator Peters, a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. "Naming this clinic in his honor will ensure Colonel Craw's legacy of patriotism and selflessness endures for years to come."

"Naming this clinic after one of Traverse City's own heroes is a fitting tribute to Colonel Craw and to the thousands of local veterans who will receive care at this facility," said Senator Stabenow. "It represents the commitment and fulfillment of promises we have made to our veterans."

A Traverse City based VA health clinic is scheduled to be built and completed in 2017, replacing the current undersized facility.  The new clinic will provide additional health care services for thousands of Northern Michigan veterans from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau and Manistee counties.

Colonel Craw was born in 1900 near Traverse City in Long Lake Township, and attended Traverse City Central High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1918. Craw served in both World Wars, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, and rose to the rank of Colonel. During World War II, Craw served in the U.S. Army Air Service as a military attaché to Greece where he reportedly came under fire 136 times and participated in 21 Royal Air Force bombing sorties. He received numerous commendations for his career of service, including the WWI and WWII Victory Medals, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the Purple Heart. Craw was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after he was killed in action near Port Lyautey, French-Morocco in November 1942 while attempting to broker a cease-fire.

A broad coalition of veterans groups support naming the Traverse City VA Clinic after Colonel Craw, including the Grand Traverse Area Veterans Coalition, VFW Cherryland Post #2780 and Auxiliary, Fife Lake American Legion Post #219, Michigan American Legion Post #35, the  Northwestern Michigan Chapter of Military Officers Association of America, American Military League Post #1, and Northwestern Michigan College.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Veteran Events & Announcements 12/1 to 12/15

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!
"Marine Corps Toys For Tots (Update)" 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. ALSO speaking of Marines, the Michigan Women Marines are collecting clothing items for women veterans in need around the area and in local VA hospitals. For a complete listing of items needed and where they can be dropped off see flyer.
"VA Annual Report" Every year the VA releases a report on the status of medicine for vets. You can read the new 2016/17 report 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!
"Sunday, December 4, 2016 (NEW)" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the St. Lawrence School Packing Party St. Lawrence Catholic Church 44633 Utica Rd. Utica, Mi. 48317 12 noon - 3pm Contact person: Deann Sitler Coordinator of Youth Ministry St. Lawrence Catholic Church Phone: 586-731-5072 dsitler@stlawrenceparish.com. 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.
"Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (NEW)" The Desert Angles are hosting a Packing Party for the troops at the Oakland County Community College Auburn Hills Campus 2900 Featherstone Rd. Auburn Hills, Mi. 48326 12 noon - 3pm. 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.
"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.
"Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (NEW)" The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial invites the public to join in a candlelight ceremony recognizing the 75th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor. The event will occur in Royal Oak, Mich., on National Pearl Harbor Day, Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30 PM. The event, will be in Memorial Park, the future home of The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial, on the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak. The formal program will start at 6:30 around Embracing Peace, Seward Johnson's massive 25' portrayal of the famous kiss in Times Square that symbolized the end of the war. The program will include, a 21-gun salute, taps and the singing of the National Anthem by WWII veteran Harold Lanning. The public is encouraged to bring white candles. Click here for details.
"Wednesday, December 7, 2016 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their history lecture series of WWII in their General Purpose Room, Willow Run Airport, starting at 7:30PM. This is a free event. Today's discussion will be on Operation Nightingale, the forensic excavation of a B-17 crash site. Speaker will be Mark Reed.
"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 permited. RSVP at 586-412-0107 and see flyer.
"Saturday, December 10, 2016" 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.


--   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