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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 2/23/17.

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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.

"Wednesday, March 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.

"Friday, March 17, 2017" Dearborn Legion Post 364, 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn, is hosting a Corn Beef & Cabbage dinner for St. Patrick's Day, Noon till sold out! Dinner is $10 per person. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, March 18, 2017" Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment is hosting "Healing through the Arts" art therapy workshop with master art therapist Roslyn Onickel, from Noon till 4PM, at Peace Center Art Gallery, 33 E Adams, Detroit. All vets are welcome. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, March 18, 2017" The Detroit VA Hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, along with Hiring Our Heroes, is hosting a military hiring fair & career event from 12 till 3PM at the hospital. To preregister goto hiringourheroes.org. For more info on this event see flyer.

"Thursday, March 23, 2017 (NEW)" Vaughn Respite is hosting a Veteran's Stand Down at Bert's Warehouse, 2739 Russell, Detroit, from 10AM till 3PM. A number of support services will be available along with lunch, grooming needs, etc. For more info see flyer.

"Thursday, March 23, 2017 (NEW)" Part of Patriot Week will be the 4th annual Patrick Henry awards, this year's honorees include Mark Hackel, Penske Corporation, & General Michael McDaniel. Dinner from 6 till 9PM at the San Marino Club, 1685 E Big Beaver, Troy. Tickets are $55. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26, 2017" The Motor City Hot Rod & Racing Show will take place at the Suburban Showcase Collection, Grand River, Novi, from 10AM till 6PM Saturday, 10AM till 3PM Sunday. Proceeds benefiting the Fallen & Wounded Soldier Fund. There are numerous events for the car nut and special shows. For more info see flyer. There are numerous prizes that can be won early by placing a bid or donating to the fund. See FWSF PayPal sheet for details.

"Sunday, April 2, 2017" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society (www.mimths.org) is hosting another in their lecture series and book review, "A Victim No More," A story of struggle, healing, and restoration by Sgt Stephanie J. Shannon - Best Selling Author of Battling the Storm Within and Founder and CEO of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment. Takes place at the museum, Stevens Dr, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Admission by donation. See flyer for more info.

"Wednesday, April 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 flyer.

"Wednesday, April 19, 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.

"Saturday, April 22, 2017" The Faller Soldier Brian Smith Memorial Fund is working with Dearborn Legion Post 364 to host their annual Live Veteran Auction from 7 till 11PM. Post is located at 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn. Cost is $15 per person for a fun evening with comedian Ron Sweet. For complete details see flyer.

"Saturday, April 22, 2017 (NEW)" Legion District 18 is hosting a Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner to support Guardian Angel Dogs of Michigan at Legion Post 377, 4819 Mary Sue, Clarkson. Cost is $25 per person. For more info call 540-656-3372 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 flyer.

"Saturday, May 6, 2017 (NEW)" 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 (NEW)" 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.

"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.

"Monday, May 15, 2017 (NEW)" 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.

"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, June 17, 2017 (NEW)" 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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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 www.mygibill.org.

"Veteran Housing Project"  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.  For more information goto  http://www.rebuildingtogether.org/content/organization/detail/743/ , see attached flyer, or call Mr. Jerry McKay at 248-889-5450.

"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 2/23/17