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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 10/19/17.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Detroit VA Needs Drivers" The Detroit VA Hospital is always in need of volunteer drivers. They have started a new service between downtown and the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor. If interested see flyer.

EVENTS!

"Thursday, October 19, 2017 " Soldiers' Angels is hosting another in their free Vet Mobile Pantry food giveaway at American Legion Post 375, 19486 Sherwood, Detroit, from Noon till 2PM. You must reserve your spot at 210-629-0020. See flyer for more info.

"Thursday, October 19, 2017 " The American Indian Veterans of MI is hosting a Kaeraoke night at their post, 26641 Lawrence, Center Line, from 7 till 11PM. Admission is $5, whcih includes fry bread, soft drinks, water, coffee. For details see flyer.

"Thursday, October 26, 2017" Keith Famie will host the premier of his latest movie "Enlisted" at the Emagine Theater, Royal Oak, starting at 7PM. Opening comments by Brigadier General John Kulhavi. A special feature will be a salute to our 4 legged troops! Limited tickets are available at the official website.. See flyer for other info

"Friday, October 27, 2017 " The 110th Attack Wing, AFNG, will host a Vietnam Pinning Ceremony at their base, 3475 W Dickman Rd, Battle Creek, at 2PM. Guest appreance by Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, October 28, 2017 " The University of Michigan - Dearborn campus, will be hosting a Female Vet Stand Down. Located at 19000 Hubbard Dr, Dearborn. More info to follow.

"Saturday, October 28, 2017 " Southfield VFW Post 2645, 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield, is having a Halloween Mystery Show & Dinner starting at 6PM. $25 per person/$40 per couple. For more info call Joe at 248-820-8359 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, November 1, 2017 " Vets Returning Home, 17955 E 11 Mile, Roseville, In our 4 years of operation, we have housed over 750 veterans on site and helped stabalize well over 250 veterans and veteran families off site, provided vehicles ( with free and clear titles) to 22 veterans, provided household furnishings to over 100 veterans and families, and so much more, all accompolished with no government funding. Our open house will include a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the beautiful 14 foot deisel box truck .... THANK YOU Knights of Columbus, UAW Local 228. Signarama, Kustom Truck and Kevin McNabb. Please join us for food and refreshments, entertainment, an address from our founder Sandra Bower and the opportunity to meet with many of the veterans participating in our program and our team of volunteers .... along with other community members involved in this mission of love.

"Saturday, November 4, 2017 " Christ the King Church, Bob ten Bosch, 1550 W Drahner Rd, Oxford, will be offering another of his Vet Benefits Town Hall series. Speakers include people from the VA, MCAA, and Agent Orange advocates. From 9 till 11:30AM. For more info contact Bob at 248-417-2451 or see flyer.

"Sunday, November 5, 2017 " Make sure you have Sunday, November 5, 2017 penciled in to attend, and participate in, the 12th annual Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Day parade. We have the latest 2017 Medal of Honor recipient, from Michigan; Army Vietnam Veteran Jim McLoughan coming as a ''Veteran of Honor''. We also have an invitation to LTC Charles Kettles, Medal of Honor recipient from 2016, also from Michigan, to attend. He was not able to attend last year, due to medical problems. We also have an invitation to a 3rd Medal of Honor recipient, USMC, Korean Veteran, Robert Siminek, also from Michigan, to attend. I'm hopeful all three can be there. When was the last time anyone ever saw three (3) MoH recipients at the same time ????? I have a 2-25 person Honor Guard coming from Jonesville MI, a south central MI town, population 3,000. They have to be seen to be appreciated. We will also be doing the 4 mile run, and VetsFest, again. The run, our first, was a big success, and expect to at least double the number of runners this year. Last year, we had more Veteran Service Organization Officers than ever before. We will top that this year. We had almost 800 motorcycles leading off the parade last year. We may have a ''surprise ''Ride Captain'' this year. I will be contacting the US Coast Guard Station regarding their participation, as well as other active duty Military units..... So, spread the word, be ready to come. Our website, at www.detroitveteransdayparade.org is being updated constantly. Register on-line. Feel free to contact Willy, e-mail, or phone at (248) 569-0824 if you have any questions.

"Sunday, November 5, 2017 (NEW) " The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Societ is presenting "Forsaken Angels: A US Army Hospital from Chicago in World War 1" Admission by donation at the museum, 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. For more info see flyer.

"Tuesday & Wednesday, November 7 & 8, 2017" The 12th annual Veteran Business Matchmaking & vets night out will take place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Network, meet with corporations & government buyers, lunch both days, etc. For tickets visit www.nvbdc.org, call 888-certified, or see flyer.

"Veteran Day Events"

  • Note: Numerous places offer either fee meals, or large discounts, to vets on Veterans Day. Too many to list here! For a complete list visit the Military Wallet.
  • "Friday, November 10, 2017 " The Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America is hosting its annual Salute to Veterans Gala, 6 till 9PM, at the Suburban Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi. Master of Ceremonies is Rich Luterman from Fox 2 News. For complete info on the dinner or auction call them at 248-476-9000 or see flyer.

  • "Friday, November 10, 2017 (NEW)" The Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R, Detroit, is offering free admission starting at Noon with a Color Guard at 2PM, and special presentations honoring all the branches of service. For more info see flyer.

    "Friday, November 10, 2017 " The Troy VFW Post 4037, 2375 E Maple, Troy, from 4 till 8PM, is hosting a combined Marine Corps Birthday Party & Pig Roast at there post. For more info call Gunny at 248-515-5883 or see flyer.

  • "Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 10, 11, 12, 2017" Welcome Missionary Church, 14142 Fordham St, Detroit, MI · (313) 245-0911, is hosting a three day vet event. On the 10th it is Rise Female Veterans Forum from 9AM to 4PM, and a kick-off reception from 5 till 7PM. On the 11th it's vet workshops & expo from 9AM till 4PM, and on the 12th its a church service at 11AM. For more info call 248-515-0081 or see flyer.

  • "Saturday, November 11, 2017" A Salute to Veterans concert will take palce at the Green Door, 2005 E Michigan, Lansing, starting at 8PM. The Larry McGray Band will be playing featuring David Winans. Music from the Vietnam War (64-75) will be featured.

    "Saturday, November 11, 2017 (NEW)" ABC Harley-Davidson, 4405 Highland Rd, Waterford, is hosting a free lunch for all veterans & special gifts, starting at 11AM & ending at 3PM. For more info see flyer

    "Saturday, November 11, 2017 (NEW)" The annual RUCK 2.2 fun run, walk, will start at 9AM in Royal Oak. This is to bring awareness to the 22 veterans that commit suicide everyday in this country. For complete info visit their website or see flyer.

    "Saturday, November 11, 2017 (NEW)" American Legion Post 72 & Leathernecks MC Whiskey-Alpha, is hosting their annual CSM Folsom benefit Veterans' Day event, 57581 Amvet Dr, New Haven. Horseshoe tournament, live music, dinner, etc. For more info see flyer.

"Monday, November 13, 2017 " The Wayne County Community College District, in cooperation of the US 14th District, is hosting a Veteran Community Forum, 8200 W Outer Dr, Detroit, from 11AM till 1PM. A number of service providers will be there. More info call Danny at 313-460-1719 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, November 15, 2017 " Doubletree by Hilton, Ford Rd & Southfield Rd, Detroit, is hosting a free Veteran Thanksgiving dinner brunch from 11AM till 2PM. You must call Mimi at 313-982-3983 for reservations. See flyer for more info.

"Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (NEW)" The Airport Freedom Center, which has served over 400,000 active military & veterans since opening in 2011, with the help of Granite City Food & Brewery, is hosting a fund raiser for the center at all Granite City locations, all day long. You must bring a copy of the flyer for the Freedom Center to receive 10% of your total bill. Locations in Detroit (Renaissance Center), Northville, & Troy. Complete addresses are on the flyer.

"Friday, November 17, 2017 " Michigan Chapter of AARP, the DAV, MCAA, and Wayne County Vet Services, is hosting a Vet Benefit Seminar at Fellowship Chapel Banquet & Conference Center, 7707 W Outer Dr, Detroit, from 10AM till 1PM. Guess speaker is DAV Past National Commander Dave Riley. For more info call 877-926-8300 or see flyer.

"Saturday, November 18, 2017" Empowerment MI Women Vets is holding a free Women Vet Event at the MVF, 4626 Grand River, Detroit, from 9AM till 2PM. A host of guest speakers will attend. For more info call 810-373-5744 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, November 21, 2017 " The Women Vet Empowerment Coalition is holding it's monthly meeting for only women veterans at the Michigan Vet Foundation, 4626 Grand River, Detroit, starting at 5:30PM. This is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more info call 810-373-5744 or see flyer.

"Sunday, December 3, 2017 " Royal Oak Legion Riders will hold a "donation only" breakfast, at their post 253, 1505 N Main, Royal Oak, from 8AM till Noon. Proceeds to Vets Returning Home. For more info see flyer.

"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 reated 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 10/19/17