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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 8/17/17.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Calling all Marines! (UPDATE)" Marine week is coming to downtown Detroit the week of September 6th. The Marine Corps is looking for Marines of all generations to help with the event. This event will be free & open to the public! Still in the planning stage but if you would like to get involved contact SSgt Ana Villanueva at the Marine Corps at 703-614-6092 or via email. New event poster added!

"2017 National POW/MIA Poster" If you want a copy click here.

"Veterans Education & Transition Services" Part of the MVAA in Lansing, and working with the Wayne County Community College, a large number of seminars & classes are available for vets & their famlies. For a complete listing of what they have to offer see flyer.

"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, August 17, 2017" Soldier Angels are having their monthly free food for vets at the American Legion Post 375, 19486 Sherwood, Detroit, from 12 till 2PM. You must sign up in advance at 210-629-0020. See flyer for more info.

"Friday, August 18, 2017" The Metro Airport Freedom Center is hosting a golf outing at the Selfridge Golf Course, Hall Rd, Harrison Twp, with an 8AM registration, 9:30 best ball scramble. Cost is $100 per person ($380 foursome), lunch & Deli Sandwich Bar. Watch the Thunderbirds practice while you golf. Note: See form/flyer for rules regarding entrance to Selfridge and for more information.

"Friday, August 18, 2017" Besides the Metro Airport Freedom Center above it is also Family Day at Selfridge with events starting at 9AM. Meet the Thunderbirds, picnic lunch kids zone, etc. See flyer for more info. Later in the afternoon is a concert with dinner, etc. For this you must have tickets to get thru gate. After the Air Show Rehearsal, starting at 1700 there are several options for you to choose from: -Selfridge 100th Anniversary Celebration, made available through partnership with the Enlisted Heritage House Option 1: Purchase tickets for the Selfridge 100th Anniversary Celebration Event which includes Dinner, 2 Drinks, and VIP seating at the Concert, Night Air Show, & Fireworks Display, Gates open at 1700. -There are only 300 tickets available at the Active Team Selfridge Member discounted rate and they will be sold on a first-come first served basis. -Includes Official Selfridge Centennial Program -Includes VIP Seating for a military tribute celebration- 93.1 Country Concert featuring "A Thousand Horses" with special guests "Mac Watts" and"Kaitlyn BarBee"! -Includes a private premium cash bar and private restrooms Option 2/3: Purchase tickets for the Selfridge 100th Anniversary Concert & Night Show Only, Gates open at 1845. - VIP Area Provides Seating, 1000 tickets available, Includes Private Cash Bar & Private Restrooms - General Admission - Bring Your Own Chairs, 3000 tickets available - Immediately following Family Day, the Enlisted Heritage House is hosting an informal pre-concert venue on the water near the Enlisted Heritage House After the Air Show Rehearsal, starting at 1700 there are several options for you to choose from: -Selfridge 100th Anniversary Celebration, made available through partnership with the Enlisted Heritage House Option 1: Purchase tickets for the Selfridge 100th Anniversary Celebration Event which includes Dinner, 2 Drinks, and VIP seating at the Concert, Night Air Show, & Fireworks Display, Gates open at 1700. -There are only 300 tickets available at the Active Team Selfridge Member discounted rate and they will be sold on a first-come first served basis. -Includes Official Selfridge Centennial Program -Includes VIP Seating for a military tribute celebration- 93.1 Country Concert featuring "A Thousand Horses" with special guests "Mac Watts" and"Kaitlyn BarBee"! -Includes a private premium cash bar and private restrooms Option 2/3: Purchase tickets for the Selfridge 100th Anniversary Concert & Night Show Only, Gates open at 1845. - VIP Area Provides Seating, 1000 tickets available, Includes Private Cash Bar & Private Restrooms - General Admission - Bring Your Own Chairs, 3000 tickets available - Immediately following Family Day, the Enlisted Heritage House is hosting an informal pre-concert venue on the water near the Enlisted Heritage House. See this flyer for ticket options. To get tickets go here.. Click on "enter promotional code" and enter the following code: teamselfridge

"Saturday, August 19, 2017" The DOVE Fund will host its annual Charity Dinner Auction at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian WoodCircle, Maumee, OH, starting at 5PM. The DOVE fund helps build schools & homes in Vietnam. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, August 19, 2017" American Legion Post 396 is hosting its Bob McAdams golf outing at the Warren Valley Golf Course, 26116 W Warren St, Dearborn Heights, with a 9AM shotgun start. Benefits go toward Mikie's Minutes and other vet causes. For more info call Paul at 734-776-8025 or see flyer.

"Saturday, August 19, 2017" The Piety Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invite all veterans to view the Woodward Dream Cruise from reserved seats on Saturday, August 19 from 9am-7pm. Complimentary light food and water will be provided. Location is Woodward Camera at 33501 Woodward Ave, Birmingham MI 48009. Parking is available on the side streets behind Woodward Camera.

"Monday, August 21, 2017" The Detroit VA Hospital is hosting a veterans Town Hall meeting for all vets from 10AM till 11:30 AM in the Auditorium, 4646 John R, Detroit. All are welcome to express their views.

"Wednesday, August 23, 2017" There will be a special screening of Ken Burns' Vietnam War movie at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms, starting at 7PM. The traveling wall will also be there. To get tickets visit here. To see a movie preview go here.

"Thursday, August 24, 2017" The Southfield Veterans Commission, along with the American Society of Employers, hosting a Veteran Job Fair from 9AM till 1PM in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield. Over 70 employers will be on hand. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, August 26, 2017" The Marine Corps League of Detroit is hosting its 8th annual golf scramble at Mulligan's Golf Club at Selfridge, with an 11AM registration & a 1PM shotgun start. Cost is $75 per golfer. For more info call Bob at 248-219-8880 or see flyer.

"Sunday, September 3, 2017" Fraser VFW Post 6691 is hosting their 5th annual Car Show Fundraiser, 17075 Anita Dr, Fraser, from 10AM till 4PM. All funds raised goes to Wreaths Across America. For lots more info see flyer.

"Saturday, September 9, 2017" St Clair Shores VFW Post 1146 is hosting a Family Feud night at their post, 28404 E Jefferson, St Clair Shores, from 6 till 10PM. Each team can be up to 8 players, play against other teams. For more info call them at 586-772-1146 or see flyer.

"Monday, September 11, 2017" The SMGA group is hosting its 8th annual Wounded Veteran Golf Tournament at the Cherry Creek Golf Course, 52000 Cherry Creek Drive, Shelby Twp, with a 7:30AM check-in & 9AM shotgun start. Cost is $140 and includes breakfast, lunch, & banquet dinner. For more info contact Neal at 248-729-5731 or see flyer.

"Monday, September 11, 2017" The Oakland County Bar Association, Veterans Committee, is holding their annual golf outing at The Links of Crystal Lake, 800 Golf Dr., Pontiac, with an 8AM signin & 9AM shotgun start. Cost is $100 per person which includes 18 holes, cart, & Dinner. For more info call Jim at 248-835-9448 or see flyer.

"Monday, September 11, 2017" The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund, which assists post 9/11 vets, is hosting a Remembrance Golf Outing, at Moose Ridge Golf Course, 11801 Doane Rd, S Lyon, with an 8AM registration & 9AM shotgun start. $150 per person which includes 18 holes, cart, dinner, etc. For more info call Lynne at 248-703-5709. To register go to their website. See flyer for more info.

"Monday, September 11, 2017" The 3rd Annual Warriors Trust Fund Golf Benefit will be held on 9/11/17 at the Glen Oaks Golf Course in Farmington Hills. Military, Veteran, and Law Enforcement discounts for golfers, and dinner-only tickets available. Honorees include Oakland County Circuit Court Chief Judge Nanci Grant and Michigan DOC Probation Agent Denise Reeves-Cook for the unwavering commitment to the veteran community. To register, go to http://www.warriorstrustfund.org/2017-golf-benefit.html. See flyer for more info.

"Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (NEW)" The Canton Community Foundation is hosting their 8th annual Veterans' Summit from 9AM till Noon at Madonna University, Kresge Hall, Livonia. A wide ranging event covering taxes, benefits, & health care. For more info call Beth at 734-495-1200 or see flyer.

"Thursday, September 14, 2017" Cooper Standard Foundation is hosting a Charity Sporting Clay Event to benefit the DAV at Bald Mountain, Lake Orion, with arrival at 8AM. Cost is $100 per person. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, September 15, 2017" National POW/MIA day. For poster click here.

"Saturday, September 16, 2017" Mission 22 is holding a Veterans Suicide Prevention walk to raise awareness on this important issue. Will be held at the Shelby Twp River Bends Park, 5700 22 Mile Road, from 9 till 11:30AM. For complete details and to register see flyer.

"Friday, Saturday, Sunday, September 15, 16, 17, 2017" The State DAV will have the Vietnam Traveling Wall at Kent Lake Beach Site all 3 days along with the MI Vietnam Wall, classic cars, & a live band. For more info call 586-415-8610 or see flyer.

"Monday, September 18, 2017" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting an 18 Hole Golf War Scramble & Fund raiser at the golf course at Selfridge, with an 11AM shotgun start. Cost is $100 and includes two tickets to Thunder Over Michigan on 9/2, or 9/3, or 9/4. For more info call them at 734-645-1150.

"Sunday, September 24, 2017" Troy VFW Post 4037 is holding their annual golf outing at the Selfridge ANGB course, 27857 S Perimeter Rd, Selfridge, starting with registration at 9:30AM & a shotgun start at 11. Cost is $95 per golfer. Includes 18 holes of golf, snacks and dinner. To register or more info call 586-239-4653 or see flyer.

"Saturday, September 30, 2017 (NEW)" Veterans Education & Transition Services & The Tuskegee Airmen are hosting a Schikarship Gala honoring 10 Michigan Veterans - Past & Present. Keynote speaker is Alexander Jefferson, an original Tuskegee Airman. Event to be held at the American & Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E Maple, Troy, starting at 5PM. Tickets are $200. For more info see flyer. For tickets go to Eventbrite.

"Sunday, October 1, 2017" VFW District 5 will be hosting their annual Gold Star Mothers Banquet at Old Settlers VFW Post 4659, 8311 Wilson Dr, Shelby Twp, from 1 till 2PM. Donation of $15 per person is requested. For reservations call Ken at 586-260-4200 or 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

"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.

"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.

"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 outreach program that provides peer support and connection to resources for Michigan Post-9/11 service members and veterans. The program places Volunteer Veterans at MIARNG armories to offer resource linkage to current service members as well as places them in the community to help any veteran in need. Volunteers are trained to help veterans find resources for a variety of concerns, such as: financial, VA benefits, education, emotional challenges, substance abuse, legal, medical, or employment. This service is completely free and confidential. The program is part of the M-SPAN suite of programs serving military service members, veterans, and their families, funded by the Welcome Back Veterans initiative. 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 us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BuddytoBuddyProgram. To help a veteran in need use this link.

"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 has a veterans employment specialist located right here in Southfield at the John Grace Center, 21030 Indian St.  The office is there to provide veterans with employment assistance; mainly providing them with the tools they need to search for jobs (positions) out in the community, as they partner with “Employment Services” at Michigan Works!   Contact Mr. Fred Pittman 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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