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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 4/27/17.

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"Calling all Marines!" Marine week (Note: The site currently talks about Nashville last year, but gives you an idea of what it will be like here in Detroit) 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. 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.


"Now thru April 30" In observance of the Month of the Military Child, the Detroit Zoo is offering a special BOGO offer to all veterans – active, honorably discharged and retired! Veterans who present either a military ID or Form DD-214 with the purchase of one general admission ticket will be given a second general admission ticket of equal or lesser value at no cost. This promotion is valid April 17-30. The zoo is located in Royal Oak.

"Friday, August 18, 2017" The Metro Airport Freedom Center, which has hosted over 300,000 guests since opening in 2011, is hosting a golf outing at the Selfridge Golf Course, Hall Rd, Harrison Twp, with an 8AM best ball scramble. Cost is $100 per person ($380 foursome), lunch & Deli Sandwich Bar. Watch the Thunderbirds practice while you golf. Sponsors are wanted as well as golfers! Note: See form/flyer for rules regarding entrance to Selfridge and for more information. Help the center continue to help those that serve today.

"Thursday, April 27, 2017" The Desert Angels are hosting another in their series of Packing Parties for the troops. Remember, postage alone for a single package overseas can be as high as $18 so even if you can't help pack you can always drop off a few dollars toward the shipping. Today's event is: Detroit Country Day 8th Grade Project from 1 till 2:15PM. Contact Louise at .

"Friday, April 28, 2017 (NEW)" The Canton Foundation, along with Camp Liberty, is hosting a free seminar for veterans, and their families, on fighting PTSD, and those abusing Drugs or Alcohol. This will take place at Madonna University, Kresge Hall, Livonia, from 6 till 9PM. To register for this free event goto, call Beth at 734-495-1200, or see flyer.

"Saturday, April 29, 2017" The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund is hosting Cocktails @ Hots d'Oeuvers at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial starting at 6PM. Tickets are $150 each. Guest Speaker is Evan Robinson, Special Forces Operator. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, April 29, 2017" The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council will have its annual spring headstone cleaning starting at 9:5AM. Bring a 5 gallon bucket & soft scrub brush. For more info call 810-919-7653 or see flyer.

"Saturday, April 29, 2017" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting an American Bistro Night, a 1940's USO Dinner Dance, at their facility, 801 Kirk Profit Dr, Willow Run Airport, with doors opening at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:30PM. Tickets are $45 in advance by contacting them at 734-483-4030.

"Monday, May 1, 2017 (NEW)" The Clinton Twp Public Library is hosting a Selfridge Town Hall starting at 6PM. at 40900 Romeo Plank Rd, Clinton Twp. Guest speaker is Brig Gen John Slocum, commander of Selfridge. Hear about the new F-35 aircraft being deployed there, ask questions, etc. For more info on this free event call Phil at 586-792-0130 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, May 3, 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 new flyer. For list of beverages available see this flyer.

"Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their WWII lecture series in the General Purpose Room of the museum, Willow Run Airport, starting at 7PM. Today's lectures on how it was to be a Jew serving in the US Military during the war.

"Saturday, May 6, 2017" Aviation's International presents Historic Inaugural Speaker Event from 11AM till 6PM at the Windsor Airport, 2600 Airport Rd, Windsor. Visit their museum, see static displays, etc. Cost is $20 per person, free parking. For more information call 226-787-2795 or see flyer.

"Saturday, May 6, 2017" Joe Nichols, with special guest star Ray Scott and Joey Vee performing at the Vet's Returning Home Country Concert Series at the Emerald Theatre, 31 N Walnut St, Mt Clemens . Doors Open: 6:30 PM For tickets go here.

"Saturday, May 6, 2017" Madison Hgts VFW Post 1407 Auxiliary is hosting a Mexican Fiesta from 4 till 8PM at the post, 630 E 11 Mile Rd, Madison Hgts. Tacos, fajitas, enchiladad, etc., fpr $8 per person. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, May 6, 2017" The VFW & UAW Local 5960 are holding a VSO training seminar and benefits awareness class at the union hall, 180 E Silverbell Rd, Lake Orion, from 9AM till 3:30PM, with the second part held on the following Saturday, May 13th. If just wishing to speak to a VSO there is no charge, but $15 to attend the VSO training. for more info call 248-377-5555 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, May 9, 2017" The Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and the Women Serving Women Vets, is having an educational & support networking event for female veterans on surviving brain injury. This will be held at their office, 7305 Grand River, Brighton, from 10 till 11AM. Call 800-444-6443 or see flyer for more info.

"Friday, May 12, 2017" The US & Canadian Military Friendship dinner, the 58th, will be held this year at the Polish American Cultural Center, Troy, starting at 6:30PM with a reception. A recent (2016) recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles, will be the keynote speaker and share his insights on aviation and ground combat experienced as a Vietnam helicopter pilot. "This colorful event is filled with military traditions, music and pageantry," said LTC. Charles Thornell, U.S. Army Retired, the Chair of this year's event. "The 126th Army Band will perform military and dance music; a Scottish piper in full regalia will pipe in the color guard; and vibrant military dress uniforms of the American and Canadian forces will be worn. A four-course dinner will be enjoyed by all." For more info visit their website, call John at 313-610-5600, or see flyer.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017" Mt Clemens Amvets Post 29 is hosting a luncheon and memorial service for the families of our fallen military from Noon till 3PM, so they are reaching out to all Gold Star Mothers. Post is located at 1 Amvets Drive, Mt. Clemens. Lunch is a donation of $5. For more info call them at 586-469-9669 or see flyer.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017" The Southfield Veterans' Commission is holding its annual veteran benefit seminar, 8AM till 1PM, at Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield (Parks & Rec entrance). Learn the latest in veteran benefits. See flyer for more details. This is open to everyone and is free.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017" The Blue Star Mothers are holding their annual 5K run/walk for fun at the St. Clair Middle School, 4335 Yankee Rd, St. Clair, starting at 9AM. $25 registration by 4/29. For more info call Lori at 810-300-1729 or see flyer. Proceeds to purchase two Angel Bikes for local wounded veterans.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017 (NEW)" The Rochester-Oakland Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is having an honor ceremony starting at 8:30AM at Stoney Creek High School, 575 E Tienken Rd, Rochester Hills. This is free and open to the public. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017" The Detroit Wolverine Chapter 67 of the Women's Army Corps Veterans Association is hosting their 75th anniversary scholarship dinner dance from 6:30PM till 11PM at Lyskawa-Tutro VFW 7546, 6828 Waverly, Dearborn Hgts. Featuring Ben's Friends Big Band with guest Joan Crawford. Donation of $30 per person is requested. For more info call 313-863-9714 or see flyer.

"Monday, May 15, 2017 (SOLD OUT)" The Michigan Air Force Association & the AFA Selfridge Chapter 129 are hosting a birthday bash dinner to celebrate the 100th birthday of Selfridge and the 70th birthday of the US Air Force. Dinner will be held at Twin Lakes Golf & Swim Club, 455 Twin Lakes Dr, Oakland Twp, starting at 6PM, ending at 10. Guest speaker will be General John Slocum of Selfridge. For tickets call 248-930-6420 or see flyer for more info. (SOLD OUT)

"Friday, May 19, 2017" Operation Injured Soldiers is hosting its 8th annual golf outing at the Links of Novi, 50395 10 Mile, Novi, starting at 8:30AM. $112.50 per golfer includes lunch, steak dinner. For more info call 248-437-3130 or see flyer.

"Saturday, May 20, 2017" CTK Veterans Ministry is holding a 10K run, 5K run/walk, 2K kids run, at Christ the King Church in Oxford. For more info and to register see their website. Also see flyer.

"Saturday, May 20, 2017 (NEW)" Northville High School will hosting their annual Armed Forces Day to raise money for various veteran groups. This is a free event kicking off with a 5K run (see info flyer on run), military vehicles, then baseball at 11AM. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, May 20, 2017" The Steam Railroading Institute is hosting a World War 1 Centennial & Veterans Tribute Train. Train will depart Mt. Pleasant for a 3 hour train ride on historic #1225, the Polar Express, and visit veteran sites in Cadillac, etc. For more info and tickets see flyer.

"Monday, May 22, 2017 (NEW)" The Military LPGA Pro-Am Valor Cup Golf Outing will take place at the golf course at Selfridge starting at 11AM. All women veterans are encouraged to attend and I believe it is free for them! For complete info call 734-707-0789 or see flyer.

"Monday to Saturday, May 22-28, 2017" The LPGA Volvik Championship is at the Travis Pointe Country Club, Ann Arbor, again this year - May 22 thru 28. DTE Energy sponsors free tickets for current and former military members and one guest. There is also a grandstand and other amenities for vets. Go to Tickets-Volvik Championship for more info.

"Tuesday, May 23, 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.

"Monday, May 29, 2017" Dearborn will be holding its annual Memorial Day parade starting at 10AM. This year the theme is Women in the Military. Please call 313-943-2285 by 4/21 to be part of the parade. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, June 3, 2017" The Vietnam Veterans of America is hosting a golf outing at Hickory Creek Golf Course, 3625 Napier Rd, Ypsilanti, with a shotgun start at 8:15AM. Best ball format. Cost is $75 per golfer, with a steak dinner after. Money to support the Christmas Party at the Dingell VA Hospital. For more info call Jerry at 734-765-0028 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, June 7, 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 new flyer. For list of beverages available see this flyer.

"Friday, June 9, 2017" Americas' most acclaimed filmmaker and former Ann Arbor resident, Ken Burns will also present special screening of The Vietnam War June 9th at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 7:30PM, as part of the Cinetopia International Film Festival featuring filmmakers Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein a showcase of his work and discuss with the audience his upcoming projects and his work as a filmmaker and historian. Tickets are available at

"Saturday, June 10, 2017 (NEW)" South Lyon VFW Post 1224 is hosting its 14th annual Dickie Paad Memorial Golf Outing at Rolling Meadows Golf Course, 6484 Sutton Rd, Whitmore Lake. Cost is $65 per golfer. For detailed info visit their website, or call Dave at 810-923-8461, or see flyer.

"Saturday, June 10, 2017" The Troy-Birmingham American Legion Post 14, 1340 W Maple, Troy, is hosting their 4th annual Made in Michigan Table Top festival. There will be over 100 tables of Michigan made items for sale & live entertainment. Free to all to enter. For more info call Joe at 248-200-9688 or see flyer.

"Saturday, June 17, 2017" The Chief Petty Officers Association is hosting its 47th annual golf outing at Hickory Hollow Golf Club, 49001 North Ave, Mt Clemens, with a dinner following at Legion Post 4 on Groesbeck Hwy. Cost is $65 per person which includes green fees, cart, prizes, dinner, etc. For complete info call 313-715-3253 or see flyer.

"Saturday, June 17, 2017" Horsepower For Heroes is hosting their 1st Car Show at 240 E Columbia Ave, Pontiac, from 10AM till 4PM. All proceeds from the show benefit Desert Angels to supply them with items to ship to the troops overseas. For complete details see flyer.

"Monday, June 26, 2017" The Detroit Tigers Alumni Association is hosting their annual golf outing at the Wabeek Country Club, 4000 Club Gate Drive, Bloomfield Hills, with an 11AM registration, going till the 6PM dinner. Eli Zaret will be the Master of Ceremonies. All proceeds benefit veterans in crisis. For more info call Sandy at 586-216-8510 (Vets Returning Home) or see flyer.

"Sunday, July 2, 2017" The North Wall Riders are hosting their 22nd ride to the North Wall in honor of the Canadians that served with the US in Vietnam. Staging starts at 9:30AM in Tecumseh ON at tthe RCL, 5030 Howard, Techumseh with a 9AM breakfast. Ride ends at the North Wall at Noon. For more info call 519-965-0981 or see flyer. All are welcome!

"Wednesday, July 5, 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 new flyer. For list of beverages available see this flyer.

"Saturday, July 29, 2017" The North Oakland VFW Post 334 is hosting their first Car Show at Culvers, 463 Interpark Dr N, Lake Orion, from 9AM till 4PM. For more info call Chuck at 248-238-00025 or see flyer.

"Sunday, July 30, 2017" The West Point Parent Club of Michigan and the US Air Force Academy Parents Club of Eastern Michigan are hosting their 13th annual Golf Outing at Selfridge ANG Base with an 1PM shotgun start. Diner is at 6PM. Cost is $100 per person, with other options available. For more info call Bob at 586-634-5454 or see flyer.

"Sunday, July 30, 2017" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is holding a Road Rally starting at their museum in Eastpointe at 9AM, finishing at the old Packard Proving Grounds. This is not a timed rally and is open to all in any type vehicle. For more info visit their official website or see flyer.

"Wednesday, August 2, 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 new flyer. For list of beverages available see this flyer.

"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 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.

"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

“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, call 1-888-82-BUDDY (28339), or email Find us on Facebook at

"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 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. 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 ( 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

"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 or email mailto:

"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 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

"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

"New GI Bill"  The Veterans Education Act of 2008 was passed last summer.  This affects all veterans who have served since 9/11/01 and goes into affect on August 1, 2009.  The American Legion is sponsoring a web site to provide information to current veterans on what this new program will provide.  To find out more about the New GI Bill go to

"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, 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:

"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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