Thursday, February 23, 2017

#Veteran Events & Announcements 2/23 to 3/14

Listed below are the events I have for the next 30 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!  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
ANNOUNCEMENTS!
"Low Cost Piston Tickets" The IAVA is offering to vets discount tickets to a number of Piston games at the Palace. Cost is $20 each to the following games. Click on the game you would like to attend to order.
"Veterans & Social Security" This info might help some vets get an increase in your monthly SSA check. This only applies to veterans that served between 1957 & 1968 and who retired before 2002. Since the SSA uses the last 35 years of employment to determine how much your benefit will be, the vets in the mentioned group can have about $12,000 added to their income summary for their years in the service. That could make a difference in how much your benefit check will be. For complete info see the SSA webpage dedicated to this issue.
EVENTS!
"Friday, February 24, 2017" The Montford Detachment #158 of the Marine Corps League, is hosting its annual salute to the history of African American Marines. 6 till 1AM at the Karas House, 23632 Plymouth Rd, Redford. Donation is $45. Lt General Ronald Bailer, USMC, will be the guest of honor. For more info see flyer.
"Saturday, February 25, 2017 (NEW)" Auburn Hills Legion Post 143, 96 Churchill Dr, Auburn Hills, is hosting their 4th annual Mardi Gras dinner from 6PM till Midnight. Live music by Mad Rabbit, etc., for $10 per person. Call 248-852-4880 for details or see flyer.
"Wednesday, March 1, 2017" Southfield VFW 2645 is hosting its monthly Spaghetti Dinner social from 5 till 7PM at the post, 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield, entrance at the rear of the building. $7 for one full spaghetti dinner, plus one 2nd portion of spaghetti with garlic bread! For more info see flyer.
"Friday's in March, 2017" Berkley Legion Post 374 is hosting a Fish Fry every Friday starting on the 3rd, from 5 till 8PM. Post located at 2079 W 12 Mile, Berkley. For more info & pricing see flyer.
"Friday, March 3, 2017" The Ann Arbor VA Hospital is hosting its annual Military Appreciation Night with a reception starting at 5PM and then the a Hockey Game at the USA Hockey Arena, 14900 Beck Rd, Plymouth. Team USA will be playing the Waterloo Hockey Team starting at 7PM. Food, refreshments, etc. Free to all veterans and their families but you must RSVP to alwn.fyfe@va.gov or call 734-845-3429. See flyer for more info.
"Monday, March 6, 2017" Jewish Vocational Services is hosting an USA Jobs seminar at their location, 29699 Southfield Rd, Southfield, from 1 till 4PM. For more info see flyer.
"Tuesday, March 7, 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 see flyer.
"Saturday, March 11, 2017" Vets Returning Home is hosting its 3rd annual dinner Fundraiser at the Royalty House, 8201 E 13 Mile, Warren, starting at 6PM. Tickets are $50 each. For tickets/tables call 586-216-8510. For more info see flyer.
"Saturday, March 11, 2017 (NEW)" Troy-Birmingham Legion Post 14, 1340 W Maple, Troy, is hosting a spaghetti dinner & fundraiser to help Todd Mitchell who has Primary Lateral Sclerosis. Cost is $10 per person which also includes salad, rolls, snack. For more info call 248-918-3901 or see flyer.
"Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (NEW)" DAV Chapter 14 is hosting an all you can eat dinner buffet to support their vet programs. Buffet will be held at Senate Coney Island, 39430 Dun Rovin Rd, Northville, from 4 till 8 PM. Dinner is $18 per person, $7 for children. 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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The American Legion congratulates new VA Secretary, Urges Shulkin to 'keep your promises'

For Immediate Release
The American Legion congratulates new VA Secretary,
Urges Shulkin to 'keep your promises'
 
WASHINGTON (February 13, 2017) – The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization congratulated VA Secretary David Shulkin for his confirmation earlier this evening by the U.S. Senate and made clear that The American Legion is counting on him to deliver on promises he made during his testimony.
 
"As a highly experienced physician, The America Legion has confidence that Dr. Shulkin possesses the skill set, compassion and commitment to restore the trust that veterans need to have in the department that was created to serve their needs," National Commander Charles E. Schmidt said. "During his confirmation hearing, Dr. Shulkin promised greater accountability, improved access, responsiveness and expanded access within his department. He also said that VA will not be privatized. Secretary Shulkin will find that if he delivers on these promises, he will have no greater friend and stronger partner than The American Legion. We are eager to work with Secretary Shulkin on making VA as great as the people it serves."
 
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) 630-1253 / 317-441-8847 (cell), jraughter@legion.org .

Friday, February 10, 2017

Legislation Track as of 2-10-2017 for The American Legion Department of Michigan

Below you will find a list of bills referring to veterans, military, or of general interest to the members of The American Legion in Michigan as of today February 10, 2017

To read the bills go to: http://www.legislature.mi.gov

If you have any questions or comments about any of them please email me: info@michiganlegion.org

All bills and resolutions in your current tracking list:
(Bills and resolutions with recent movement will be highlighted in blue.)

Budgets

 SB 0146  - APPROPRIATIONS, Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs, Provide for appropriations for the department of military and veterans affairs for the fiscal year 2017- 2018. (Nofs, Mike (R), 02/09/17)
(Status: 02/09/2017 - INTRODUCED BY SENATOR MICHAEL NOFS)

General

 HB 4081  - GAMING, Bingo and Charitable Gaming, Provide for millionaire parties general amendments. (Barrett, Tom (R), 01/24/17)
(Status: 01/25/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/24/2017)

MCL Tracking: 432 - Gaming
Position: Support

 HB 4094  - CONSUMER CREDIT, Credit Reports and Reporting Agencies, Provide for free credit freeze for active duty military personnel. (Kosowski, Robert (D), 01/26/17)
(Status: 01/31/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/26/2017)

Position: Support

 HB 4095  - NATURAL RESOURCES, Hunting, Provide lotteries for hunting first preference to veterans. (Kosowski, Robert (D), 01/26/17)
(Status: 01/31/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/26/2017)

Position: Support

 HB 4140  - HOLIDAYS, Other, Designate Blue Star Mothers Day as February 1. (Alexander, Julie (R), 02/01/17)
(Status: 02/02/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 02/01/2017)

Position: Support

 HB 4160  - TRAFFIC CONTROL, Traffic Regulation, Allow solicitation of contributions in public roadways by certain nonprofit organizations under certain circumstances. (Hernandez, Shane (R), 02/02/17)
(Status: 02/07/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 02/02/2017)

Position: Support

 SB 0035  - GAMING, Bingo and Charitable Gaming, Provide for general amendments to millionaire parties. (Jones, Rick (R), 01/18/17)
(Status: 02/09/2017 - referred to Committee on Regulatory Reform)

MCL Tracking: 432 - Gaming
Position: Support

Stored Notes  Notes on SB 0035:
Passed out of the Senate Feb 9 2017


 SB 0070  - VETERANS, Benefits, Expand service bonus for certain Vietnam veterans eligibility. (Gregory, Vincent (D), 01/31/17)
(Status: 01/31/2017 - INTRODUCED BY SENATOR VINCENT GREGORY)

MCL Tracking: 35 - Veterans and Military of the Armed Forces
Position: Neutral

 SB 0090  - HOLIDAYS, Other, Designate February 1 as "Blue Star Mothers Day". (Knezek, David (D), 02/01/17)
(Status: 02/14/2017 - REPORTED FAVORABLY WITHOUT AMENDMENT)

Position: Support

 SR 0008  - Blue Star Mothers Day, A resolution to commemorate February 1, 2017, as Blue Star Mother's Day. (Knezek, David (D), 01/31/17)
(Status: 02/01/2017 - INTRODUCED BY SENATOR DAVID KNEZEK)

Position: Support

Insurance

 HB 4041  - INSURANCE, Insurers, Require expired, terminated, or canceled automobile insurance notification to secretary of state, and increase fines for second offense of operating vehicle without insurance. (Lucido, Peter (R), 01/18/17)
(Status: 01/24/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/18/2017)


 HB 4042  - TRAFFIC CONTROL, Driver License, Increase operating a motor vehicle without valid driver license penalties and require police officers to take certain actions. (Lucido, Peter (R), 01/18/17)
(Status: 01/24/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/18/2017)


 HB 4043  - LAW ENFORCEMENT, Communications, Establish missing senior and vulnerable adult plan. (Farrington, Diana (R), 01/18/17)
(Status: 01/24/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/18/2017)


 HB 4048  - VETERANS, Veterans Homes, Provide for veterans employment preference at verterans facilities. (Graves, Joseph (R), 01/18/17)
(Status: 01/24/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/18/2017)

Position: Support

 HB 4053  - STATE, Symbol, Establish English as official state language. (Barrett, Tom (R), 01/18/17)
(Status: 01/24/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/18/2017)

Taxes

 HB 4104  - PROPERTY TAX, Exemptions, Provide for requirement to issue a receipt to disabled veteran filing an affidavit for exemption of property taxes. (Wentworth, Jason (R), 01/26/17)
(Status: 01/31/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/26/2017)

Position: Support

 HB 4111  - INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX, Veterans, Increase property tax credit for certain qualified veterans. (Yanez, Henry (D), 01/26/17)
(Status: 01/31/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 01/26/2017)

Position: Support

 HB 4139  - PROPERTY TAX, Exemptions, Modify criteria to qualify for property tax exemptions for disabled veterans. (Chirkun, John (D), 02/01/17)
(Status: 02/02/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 02/01/2017)

Position: Support

 HB 4144  - INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX, Credit, Provide for tax credit for certain qualified volunteers. (Iden, Brandt (R), 02/02/17)
(Status: 02/07/2017 - bill electronically reproduced 02/02/2017)


 SB 0045  - PROPERTY TAX, Exemptions, Modify exemption for disabled veterans. (Hildenbrand, Dave (R), 01/18/17)
(Status: 01/18/2017 - INTRODUCED BY SENATOR DAVID HILDENBRAND)

Position: Support

 SB 0089  - CORPORATE INCOME TAX, Credits, Create credit for certain employers that provide employment for certain veterans. (Gregory, Vincent (D), 02/01/17)
(Status: 02/01/2017 - INTRODUCED BY SENATOR VINCENT GREGORY)

Position: Support

Veteran Homes

 SB 0075  - VETERANS, Veterans Homes, Provide for requirement for Michigan veterans' facility to notify certain legislators of the death of a constituent. (O'Brien, Margaret (R), 01/31/17)
(Status: 02/14/2017 - REPORTED FAVORABLY WITH SUBSTITUTE S-1)

MCL Tracking: 36 - Michigan Veterans Facilities



Thursday, February 9, 2017

#Veteran Events & Announcements 2/9 to 3/3

Listed below are the events I have for the next 30 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 9 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

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Sleep Apnea Machine" This is a relatively brand new machine that a friend would like to donate to a vet or family member that can use it. Please let me know and I'll pass the word on. Tim

"Low Cost Piston Tickets" The IAVA is offering to vets discount tickets to a number of Piston games at the Palace. Cost is $20 each to the following games. Click on the game you would like to attend to order.

"Veterans & Social Security" This info might help some vets get an increase in your monthly SSA check. This only applies to veterans that served between 1957 & 1968 and who retired before 2002. Since the SSA uses the last 35 years of employment to determine how much your benefit will be, the vets in the mentioned group can have about $12,000 added to their income summary for their years in the service. That could make a difference in how much your benefit check will be. For complete info see the SSA webpage dedicated to this issue.

EVENTS!

"Wednesday, February 15, 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.

"Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (NEW)" Macomb County Veteran Services is offering FREE Federal & State Income tax assistance from 9AM till 5PM at the VFW, located at 8311 Wilson Dr, Shelby Twp. For an appointment call 586-469-6507. See flyer for more info.

"Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (NEW)" Veterans in Business is hosting its monthly meeting to assist veterans that own a business or just want to start one. This will be held at Level One Bank, 37100 Woodward, Bloomfield Twp, from 11:30 till 1:30PM. Lunch is included in this free meeting. For registration call Randy at 248-930-6420. See flyer for more info.

"Thursday, February 16, 2017 (NEW)" Soldier Angels is again hosting a Mobile Food Distribution at the American Legion, 19486 Sherwood, Detroit, from 12 till 2PM. You must register in advance at 210-629-0020. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, February 18, 2017" Camp Liberty will be hosting its annual "Diamond & Spurs" Gala at the Laurel Manor, 39000 Schoolcraft Road, in Livonia from 4 till 10PM. Visit Camp Liberty for more information. See the registration flyer on their website for complete details for you which is also on line at https://camp-liberty.org/event/diamonds-spurs-camp-liberty-gala/.

"Saturday, February 18, 2017 (NEW)" The Bay City Roller Girls is hosting a fund raiser for Vets Returning Home at the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, 45300 Mound Rd, Utica, starting at 6PM. Cost of tickets are $11 in advance, $12 at the door. The Bay City Rollers are playing against the Flint City Derby Girls. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, February 18, 2017" The Women Marines of MI will be holding another in their From Romeo with Love packing parties at the Romeo Masonic Temple Lodge 231 N Main St, Romeo, Michigan 48065, from 10AM till 2PM. From Mary Ann: "As you know we always are working to support the troops and make sure that they are taken care of. We have learned of other needs here within Macomb County. So we will work in Feb and throughout the year to address these needs of our active duty and veterans. For our deployed we are collecting our normal items of snack foods, candy, personal hygiene items. A full list will be posted. Be sure to check the posts. For our veterans at the VA Hospital we will be collecting Valentine Cards that will be delivered to those confined to the hospital. For our veterans in Macomb County we will be collecting non-perishable foods and canned goods. We have found that after the holidays that their shelves are pretty empty at the VVA 154 Food Pantry. Our junior enlisted as well as veterans in need utilize this pantry and the need is great. For our veterans and homeless veterans we have a group of volunteer women who crochet and knit who are willing to make scarves and hats throughout the year so that we can dress them in the warms of our love and gratitude. We just need yarn to help defray the cost. Thank you for your total support."

"Friday, February 24, 2017" The Montford Detachment #158 of the Marine Corps League, is hosting its annual salute to the history of African American Marines. 6 till 1AM at the Karas House, 23632 Plymouth Rd, Redford. Donation is $45. Lt General Ronald Bailer, USMC, will be the guest of honor. For more info see flyer.

"Wednesday, March 1, 2017" 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 a spaghetti dinner, one 2nd portion, garlic bread, & salad. For more info call Don at 248-971-5844 or see flyer.

"Friday, March 3, 2017" The Ann Arbor VA Hospital is hosting its annual Military Appreciation Night with a reception starting at 5PM and then the a Hockey Game at the USA Hockey Arena, 14900 Beck Rd, Plymouth. Team USA will be playing the Waterloo Hockey Team starting at 7PM. Food, refreshments, etc. Free to all veterans and their families but you must RSVP to alwn.fyfe@va.gov or call 734-845-3429. 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