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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 6/29/17.

Special Notice: If you are a veteran in emotional crisis and need help RIGHT NOW, call this toll-free number 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7, and tell them you are a veteran. All calls are confidential. Or text HELP to 838255

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!

"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. 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!

"Buddy-2Buddy June Job Fairs" This list is compiled by B2B only. The list!

Fisher House - Detroit" (Update) The building of a Fisher House near the Detroit VA Hospital is proceeding. (A Fisher House is where relatives of a vet receiving treatment can stay while the vet is in the hospital - sort of a Ronald McDonald house for vets.) To see where the project stands read the latest update.

EVENTS!

"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 registration, best ball scramble starting at 9:30. 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.

"Sunday, August 13, 2017" At 1:10 pm. Come celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the end of WWII with The Detroit Tigers and The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial as the Detroit Tigers host the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Click here for details and to buy tickets. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial.

"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 the 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!

"Sunday, July 2, 2017 (NEW)" Disabled American Veterans Post 129 is hosting a free vet cookout from 3PM till ? in the backyard of the DAV, 47326 Dequindre, Shelby Twp. They will provide the hot dogs & hamburgers, bring a dish to pass. For more info call 248-977-7900 or see flyer.

"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.

"Wednesday, July 5, 2017" The Yankee Air Museum hosts another in their lecture series, in their General nPurpose Room, Willow Run Airport. Today it is on the A-4 Skyhalk and Paul Galanti that flew one in Vietnam for 97 missions before being shot down and becoming a POW. Their new A-4 will also be on display. This is a free event starting at 7:30PM.

"Saturday, July 8, 2017" Operation Injured Soldiers is hosting their 11th annual motorcycle ride & picnic starting at 11Am, 58000 Grand River Ave, New Hudson. See their website for details. New event flyer added!

"Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2017" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society will be presenting the "Breakout," a reenactment of WWII beachhead. This will take place at the Chesterfield Twp Historical Village, 47275 Sugarbush Rd, Chesterfield. 10AM till 5PM on Saturday, 10AM till 3PM on Sunday. Public demonstrations of actual like of an encampment. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, July 15, 2017" The Village Theater, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd, Canton, is having an evening with Kris "Tanto" Paronto, Hero, Veteran, Author, Speaker, & US Army Ranger. Will be talking about his book "13 Hours in Bengahazi. Tickets are $100 with other options available. Call 734-394-5300 or see flyer for more info.

"Thursday, July 20, 2017" The National Veteran Business Development Council is holding a semianr with the Federal Reserve Bank, 1600 E Warren Detroit, from 8 till 3:30PM, on how to do business with this bank. Fee is $25 and includes lunch. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, July 22, 2017" The annual Boats-4-Vets takes place at the Idle Hour Yacht Club where vets & their family get free rides out to Harsens Island. This is really a great event. Statrs at 9AM at the club. For complete info call Forest at 810-512-4660 or see flyer.

"Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 21, 22, 23 2017 (NEW)" The first annual VetStock will start 3PM Firday & end at 12PM Sunday. Three days of musuc, food, fun. $30 donation requested. Located at 10520 Losco Rd, Fowlerville. For complete info see flyer.

"Saturday, July 22, 2017" Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 154 is hosting their annual golf outing at Fernhill Golf Course, 17600 Clinton River Rd, Clinton Twp, with an 8AM registration, 9AM shotgun start. $80 per golfer, includes 18 holes, cart, breakfast, lunch, dinner. For more info call Debbie at 586-776-9810 or see flyer.

"Saturday, July 22, 2017" Wayne State University Student Veterans will host their 7th annual Golfing For Veterans golf outing at the Links of Novi, 50395 W 10 Mile, Novi, with a 1:30PM shotgun start. Includes lunch & dinner. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, July 22, 2017 (NEW)" The Metropolitan Detroit Veteran Coalition is hosting a parade fundraiser at the Masonic Temple, 500 Temple, Detroit, starting at 6PM. Tickets are $40 which includes dinner & show with a cash bar. Featuring Michael Carluccio, with Donny Rod & Elvis Kelly. For tickets call zphil at 248-909-3773 or see 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.

"Saturday, July 29, 2017 (NEW)" Camp Liberty is hosting it's 4th annual open house from 10AM till 3PM, 13400 Austin Rd, Brooklyn. See all the various things that are done at the camp for our wounded warriors. For complete info 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.

"Saturday, August 5, 2017" Operation Injured Soldiers is hosting their 3rd annual Heores on the Dune in Mears, MI.. See their website for details. New event flyer added!

"Saturday, August 5, 2017 (NEW)" The Montford Point Marine Detachment, 13721 Joy Rd, Detroit, is hosting a breakfast starting at 9Am to raise funds toward Marine Week (see above). They will also be erecting a mural in front odf the post. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 11, 12, & 13" Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI, is offering to vets & active duty free ticket packages for the races. Contact Rick at Camp Liberty to get your tickets. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, August 12, 2017" Love a Michigan Vet is hosting a bowling fundraiser at Skore Lanes, 22255 Ecorse Rd, Taylor, starting at 7:30PM. For $25 you get 2 hours of bowling, shoes, pizza 7 pop. For more info call Nadine at 313-693-6556 or see flyer.

"Sunday, August 13, 2017" At 1:10 pm come celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the end of WWII with The Detroit Tigers and The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial as the Detroit Tigers host the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Click here for details and to buy tickets. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial.

"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.

"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.

"Saturday, August 26, 2017 (NEW)" 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.

"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.

"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.

"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 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 6/29/17