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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 5/24/18.

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Special Notice: If you are a veteran in need of housing or are homeless contact the VA Homeless Veterans Hotline at 1-877-424-3838.

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Weekly Detroit RUCK" Every Sunday Team Red/White/Blue, and 22 Until None, are hosting a RUCK starting at 10AM at Bobcat Bonnie's, 1800 Michigan, Detroit. Ends back at Bobcat Bonnie's around noon, about 4 to 6 mile RUCK. Bring any weight or none! For more info email Mike at Team RWB.

"The Wall That Heals" The Wall that Heals, an exact replica of the Wall in Washington, DC, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is coming to Howell at the Livingston County Spencer Hardy Airport August 23rd thru 26th. This event is hosted by DAV chapter 125. Help is needed with set-up, Honor Guard, teardown. If you can be of help call Anne Marie at 313-898-1086 or goto their website. For a lot more info see flyer, or their Facebook Page.

"Get Your VA ID Card" For those vets not receiving medical benefits from the VA but would like the new ID Card for discounts at stores & shops, etc., visit the official source here.

"Pre-Approval Form for Burial at a National Cemetery" You can submit a form to the VA for pre-approval to be burial at a National Cemetery. Note: Understand they are 11 months behind in processing. The Form 40-1007 is here.

EVENTS!

"Thursday, May 24, 2018 " Donut Dolly (Joann Puffer Kotcher), a Red Cross Volunteer in Vietnam, will be presenting her story at the Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, from 6:30 till 8PM. Books will be available for purchase, autographed. For more info see flyer.

"Thursday, May 24, 2018 " Oakland County is presenting a community discussion on Suicide Prevention, especially when it comes to our youth. Held at the Oakland Community Health Network, 5505 Corporate Dr, Troy, from 9 till Noon. For more info call Kat at 248-858-7171. To register visit www.oakgov.com/health. More info on flyer.

"Friday, May 25, 2018 " George Washington American Legion Post 88 will host its' Poppy Fund Drive & Dinner at the Shriners Silver Gardens Event Center, 24350 Southfield Rd, Southfield, starting at 6PM. Dinner is $30. For more info see flyer.

"Friday & Saturday, May 25 & 26, 2018 " The Michigan Vietnam Traveling Wall will be on display at Ray C's Harley Davison in Lapeer, M-24 & I-69 Exit 155. Event will start at 9AM on Friday till 2PM, then on Saturday from Noon till 4:30PM. For more info call Linda at 810-664-9261 or see flyer.

"Saturday, May 26, 2018" As part of the LPGA Volvik Golf Tournament, the U of M Student Veterans Association (SVA) is hosting their 3rd annual memorial Day 5K starting at 7:30AM. Parking at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds next to the Travis Pointe Country Club. Shuttle busses to event. Fee is $25 and includes a free lunch for veterans at the 9th hole. To register goto www.a2racemanagement.com/registration/. For questions contact Bill via email. Also see flyer.

"Saturday, May 26, 2018" (NEW) Heroes' Movement is hosting its first Hockey Extravagaza where for a $5 admission you can skate with pro players, pick-a-stick, etc. From 3:30 till 8PM at Esh Ice Arena in Detroit. For more info call 310-902-9634 or see flyer.

"Sunday, May 27, 2018" The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council is asking all to attend the Memorial Ceremony to Honor Fallen Veterans starting at 1PM, 4200 Belford Rd, Holly. MG Clark LeMasters will be the keynote speaker. For more information see flyer or call 248-858-0785.

"Monday, May 28, 2018" The VFW & Jimmy John's invites all veterans for an afternoon of baseball at Jimmy John's Field, Utica, starting at 1PM. Gates open at Noon. Free food, group photo, hold the flag on the field, etc. For more info call Laura at 586-469-5315 or see flyer.

"Monday, May 28, 2018" Come see the Detroit Tigers play the LA Angles. Receive two tickets, one for a veteran and one for their guest. Game at 1:10PM. To receive your tickets you must contact Operation Injured Soldiers at 248-437-3130 with your name, telephone number, and any physical restrictions.

"Wednesday, May 30, 2018" Southfield VFW Post 2645 Auxiliary is hosting a Cards & Game Night, and on every last Wednesday of the month, from 5 till 9PM. Located at 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield. For a complete listing see flyer.

"Saturday, June 2, 2018 " The Student Veterans of America (SVA) will be hosting a student leadership symposium from 10AM till 6PM at the Historic Detroit News Bldg, 615 W Lafayette, Detroit. Free to all. Connect with fellow students, development programming, etc. For more info see flyer.

"Monday, June 4, 2018 " Join the AARP, the Southfield Veterans Commission, & the 14th District, for a veterans benefit seminar at Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, P&R room 115, from 1:30 to 3:30PM. Free refreshments. Free for the general public. For more info call Danny at 313-460-1719 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, June 6, 2018 " Southfield VFW Post 2645 will be holding its' monthly Spaghetti Dinner, and social, at 24222 W Nine Mile, Southfield from 5 till 7PM. Cost is $7 and includes a single meal, salad, & desert. A second helping of spaghetti is included. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, June 8, 2018 (NEW) " The MI Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting its annual Museum Cruise In from 3 to 6PM, 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe. Food, Trophies, Raffles. For more info call 586-872-2581 or see flyer.

"Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 8, 9, 10, 2018 " The state of Michigan Vietnam Veterans of America annual convention will take place at the Double Tree by Hilton, Southfield & Ford Roads. All are welcome.

"Saturday, June 9, 2018 " The 2nd annual Horsepower for Heroes Car Show will take place at U-Pull & Save Auto Parts, 240 E Columbia, Pontiac, from 10AM till 2PM. Bring food donations, etc. For more info see flyer.

"Thursday, June 14, 2018 (NEW)" Premier Events Center, 20400 S. Nunneley Rd, Clinton Twp, is hosting a Charity Euchre Tournament for the Guardian Angels, a group that provides service dogs to vets. Cost is $25 per player. To pre-register visit their website. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, June 15, 2018 " The 3rd Judicial Circuit Court & The MSU office of government is hosting a Veterans Reboot, Rebuild & Reconnect Fair from 9AM till 2PM at the MSU-Office of Government & External Relations, 3408 Woodward, Detroit. This is free and open to all veterans. Expungment forum, VA Counseling, employment, etc. For more info call them at 313-578-9708. For map of parking areas and more info, see flyer. To pre-register see the official form.

"Friday, June 15, 2018 " The Yankee Air Museum will have an exclusive showing of the play "Willow Run," an original play by Jeff Duncan, presented by the Purple Rose Theatre Company. Doors open at 6:30PM, performance at 8PM, at the Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St, Chelsea. To reserve tickets visit official site. Also see flyer.

"Sunday, June 17, 2018" Berkley American Legion is hosting a Breakfast fundraiser On the third Sunday of the month At the Berkley American Legion Post 372 at 2079 W.12 mile rd. between Woodward and Coolidge 248-542-7668 Doors open at 8:30 am with food service 9am - 12 noon.

"Friday, June 22, 2018 (NEW)" The United Shore Professional Baseball League is teaming up with the MI Military Technical & Historical Society for a family fun evening at Jimmy John's Field, 7171 Auburn Rd, Utica. Cost is $25 per person which includes a ticket to the game, hot dog, chips, and a Pepsi. Fireworks after the game. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, June 23, 2018 (NEW)" Operation Come Home is hosting a Car & Bike Show at Woodside Bible Church, 6600 Rochester Rd, Troy, from 10AM till 3PM. Run starts at 7:30AM at the church. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, June 24, 2018 " The 2018 National Annual Heritage Military Banquet & Awards Ceremony will be help at Burton Manor Banquet & Conference Center, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, from 3 to 8PM. Special guest speaker MG James Livingston, USMC (Ret). Tickets are $75. For more info call 313-300-0165 or see flyer.

"Monday, June 25, 2018" Vets Returning Home is hosting Golf with a Detroit Tiger! ONLINE AUCTION GOLF WITH YOUR FAVORITE DETROIT TIGER YOU PICK WHO YOU PLAY WITH! WITH THE WINNING BID YOUR FUNDS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVE’S OF OUR VETERANS. NOT A GOLFER? RIDE-A-LONG CADDIE OPPORTUNITY! Thank you for attending last year’s golf outing and for your continuing support of Vets Returning Home. Golfing at Wabeek Country Club, Bloomfield Hills - 18 holes. Each team will have a Detroit Tiger Alumni or Major League Baseball golfer. Continental Breakfast served at registration. Dinner and Open Bar included. Master of Ceremonies: Eil Zaret Comedy Entertainment provided by Jon Warden, 1968 Detroit Tiger For more info Email info@vetsreturninghome.org or Call Sandy 586-216-8510.

"Tuesday, June 26, 2018 " All veterans, their families, and friends, may purchase Lower Baseline Box Seats at a discount price when the Tigers play the Oakland Athletics at 7:10PM. Groups of 15 or more will also receive a food coupon & small drink. You cannot purchase these discount tickets at box office. To purchase call Carolyn at 313-471-2245. See flyer

"Wednesday, June 27, 2018" Southfield VFW Post 2645 Auxiliary is hosting a Cards & Game Night, and on every last Wednesday of the month, from 5 till 9PM. Located at 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield. For a complete listing see flyer.

"Saturday, July 7, 2018" Lake Point Community Church is hosting its annual free Veterans BBQ/Picnic from 11am till 3PM, 1550 W Drahner Rd, Oxford. Will be dancing, free food, fun for the family. For more info call Bob at 248-417-2451.

"Friday, July 20, 2018 " The metro airport Freedom Center is hosting its' 2nd annual golf fundraiser at Whispering Willows Golf Course, 20500 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, with a 10:30 registration/lunch/warm-up, and a Noon shotgun start. For more info visit their website or see flyer. NOTE: Since opening its doors in 2011 the center has served over 450,000 active duty troops, dependents, & veterans!

"Monday, July 30, 2018 " The Student Veterans Association (SVA) at Oakland University, is hosting a golf outing at the Pine Trace Golf Club, 3600 Pine Trace Blvd, Rochester Hills, with a shotgun start at 9AM. $90 per golfer and includes 18 holes, lunch, and dinner. To register visit their website. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, August 4, 2018 " The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Board is hosting its 10th annual golf outing at the Lapeer Country Club, 3786 Hunt Rd, Papeer, with 8AM shotgun start. $100 per golfer which includes breakfast, lunch, and steak dinner. For more info and to register see flyer.

"Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 23 thru 26, 2018 " The Wall that Heals, an exact replica of the Wall in Washington, DC, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is coming to Howell at the Livingston County Spencer Hardy Airport. This event is hosted by DAV chapter 125. Help is needed with set-up, Honor Guard, teardown. If you can be of help call Anne Marie at 313-898-1086 or goto their website. For a lot more info see flyer, their Facebook Page.

"VA Vet Centers" The Vet Center is a Veterans Health Administration community based mental health programs. The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible combat veterans and assist them readjusting back into the community. The Services we provide include: Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Marital and Family Counseling, Bereavement Counseling, and additional services as needed. For more information regarding eligibility, locations or any additional services provided, please contact Kenaan Lumpkin, Veteran Outreach Program Specialist, at office 313-576-1522, or my Work Cell (Regular Business Hours) 313-608-6758.

"Fallen & Wounded Soldier Fund" Established in 2006, the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF) is a Livonia, Mich.based nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping hose veterans (and their families) in Michigan who return from the Iran and Afghanistan campaigns and find them selves in need of financial support and assistance related to a variety of areas, from medical expenses to housing costs. FWSFmembers are a diverse collection of concerned people from Michigan's business and private sectors. For more information, please visit www.fwsf.org.

“Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program The Buddy-to-Buddy program is a peer-to-peer program that provides outreach, support, and connection to resources for Michigan service members and veterans. The program places Volunteer Veterans at MIARNG armories to offer resource linkage to current service members as well as in the community to help any veteran in need. Volunteers are trained to help veterans find resources for a variety of concerns, including finances, benefits, education, emotional challenges, substance abuse, legal, medical, and employment. This service is completely free and confidential. The program is part of Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN), a set of programs developed by the University of Michigan serving service members, veterans, and their families. For more information on volunteering or getting assistance from the program, visit www.buddytobuddy.org, call 1-888-82-BUDDY (28339), or email buddytobuddyvvp@umich.edu. Find B2B on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BuddytoBuddyProgram.

"Home Front Strong" HomeFront Strong is the sister program to Buddy-to-Buddy, and is designed just for spouses or partners of Post-9/11 service members and veterans. During an 8-week group, HomeFront Strong helps participants build positive coping strategies and connect with other military and veteran families. The group includes a free meal and a program for children and teenagers. For participants who can’t attend a group, HomeFront Strong is also available online through a secure website. For more information, email Rebecca Couch at rligon@umich.edu or call (734) 998-2206

"Drug Rehab Info" Many veterans wrestle with stress from deployments to combat zones. The stressful military life coupled with injuries and illnesses puts them at an increased risk for substance use disorders. A growing number of veterans turn to drugs/alcohol to cope with the pressure of societal reintegration after the military. However, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers treatment plans to support veterans as they recover from substance use disorders. DrugRehab.com exists to educate visitors about drug addiction, recovery, co-occurring disorders and other addiction-related topics by providing the latest information on trends, treatment options and support services for patients and their families. See website (https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/veterans/)for more info.

"Project Healing Waters" The John Dingell VA Hospital is teaming up with Project Healing Waters to teach veterans the art of Fly Fishing in room B1290 from 10AM to Noon. This event will be held Wednesdays on the dates noted above. For more information you can contact Kelly Cousion at the VA at 313-576-1217, visit their website at Project Healing Waters, or see attached flyer.

"Assistance for jobless Veterans"  Are you a veteran and need a job? The State of Michigan’s Talent Investment Agency, Veterans’ Employment Services has a Veterans Career Advisor located right here in Southfield at the Lawrence Technological University campus, Oakland County Michigan Works! Southfield, 21415 Civic Center Drive, Suite 116. His office is there to provide veterans with barriers to employment veterans employment assistance. For further veterans employment information feel free to contact Fred Pittman directly at 248-796-4569 or email him at pittmanf@michigan.gov.”

"Old Warrior Camp" Do you know a returning vet that needs some time to unwind and relax? In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan there is a camp where fishing, hunting, riding, etc., are all available for free. For more information go to http://www.oldwarriorcamp.com or email mailto: thebulldogblevins@yahoo.com

"Free Veteran Legal Clinic (Update)" Are you having issues with the VA? Need some legal help with all the VA paperwork? The University of Detroit-Mercy offers free legal services for veterans as part of their Project Salute, which is now in its 5th year of helping veterans. For more information contact U of D-M at 888-836-5294 or visit their website at http://www.law.udmercy.edu/index.php/projectsalute. Also see attached flyer for more information.

"Veterans History Project" The Southfield Veterans' Commission is currently working with the Library of Congress and the Southfield Public Library gathering interviews for the American History Series.  We are asking all veterans to share their stories with everyone across the country.  Currently interviews are being done every Wednesday afternoon at the Southfield Library.  The veteran also receives a copy of the interview for their own family record on DVD.  You do not need to be a Southfield resident to participate in this program.  Veterans wishing to be interviewed need to contact us to schedule a date and time at the above phone number or email address so that the necessary paperwork can get started.  You will need to sign a release form for the Library of Congress, the Southfield Public Library, complete a bio form, etc.  As of June 2010 196 vets have been interviewed.  More information on the Veterans History Project can be found at www.loc.gov/vets

"Veterans Aid & Assistance Program (Updated)"  Are you taking care of a veteran?  Have a veteran in a nursing home?  Have the spouse of a veteran in a nursing home or taking care of at home?  A little known program of the VA might be able to help.  VA Program S-38 might be able to supply to you up to $20,000 a year toward the care of a veteran or spouse, or widow of a veteran.  Naturally there are qualifications to meet, more then can be covered here.  Details on this program and assistance on how to apply can be found at www.veteranaid.org/index.php.

"Military One Source" Military OneSource is a Department of Defense (DoD) program and is a resource for service members (Active, Guard, Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve) and their families throughout their military careers. Military OneSource provides no cost support to the military community in the form of counseling, financial planners, tutoring, parenting resources, deployment cycle support, peer to peer support and much more. Our call centers are staffed 24/7/365 and are answered live every time. These are great resources for you to be aware of when working with currently serving military members (veterans still serving) and their families. We also have Wounded Warrior Resource Specialists that can assist veterans from any era struggling with navigating the VA health care or claims system. They just call our regular number 800-342-9647 and to speak to the Wounded Warrior Specialist. Veterans can also contact the Wounded Warrior Programs for non-medical issues such as child care arrangements, transportation needs, legal issues, respite care, caregiver support and more.. More information can be found at www.militaryonesource.mil.

"Veteran Homeowner Assistance" Are you a disabled or a low income veteran and having problems cutting the weeds in your backyard, fixing a leaking sink, need a wheelchair ramp installed, etc. The Oakland County chapter of the Rebuilding Together program may be able to help. Their volunteers will come to your house, cut your weeds, fix that leak, build you a wheelchair ramp at no charge. For more information go to http://rebuildingtogether-oaklandcounty.org/contact-us/homeowner-app?view=form, or call 248-432-6551.

"Social Security Benefits for Wounded Veterans"  If you are a disabled veteran, and receiving benifts from the VA, you may still be entitled to extra benifits from the Social Security Administration.  For more information check with the Social Security Administration local office or goto:  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors/

"Social Security Benifits for Vets prior to 1967"  In many cases veterans that served prior to 1967 did not get full credit for their service with the Social Security Administration.  If you are retiiring be sure to take a copy of your DD-214 to the SSA office.  If you are retired take a copy of your discharge papers to the SSA to get your earning record corrected.  This might mean more per month for you.

"Free Tuition for Returning Vets"   Western Michigan University's trustees have initiated a Returning Veterans Tuition Assistance Program designed to help recently discharged veterans with the cost of college. The program waives tuition for the first semester on campus. The current cost for a semester of tuition for a typical full time student is $3,088.  Eligible veterans must begin school at Western Michigan University within six months of discharge from active duty for purposes other than training.  Contact Western Michigan University for more information.

"Combat Veterans Program (Update)"The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center has a team of providers who specialize in the assessment and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The mission of the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) is to provide comprehensive, individualized, and state-of-the art treatment for veterans who have been impacted by traumatic events that occurred during military service. The program provides assessment for PTSD, education, group and individual therapy, and assistance with connecting to other needed services. If you believe you or your family member would benefit from these services, please contact the PCT at 313-576-1000, extension 65770. You may also contact the PCT Coordinator, Christina Hall, LMSW, directly at 313-576-4962.

"Information for all Vets" If you have been searching the web for information on a particular item concerning vets, look no further! I received the attached from the Student Vet Association at the U of M, author unknown! Think you will find it most useful.

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Updated 5/24/18