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From Post 328 in Southfield

A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 8/9/18.

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"Weekly Detroit RUCK" Every Sunday Team Red/White/Blue, and 22 Until None, are hosting a RUCK starting at 10AM at Bobcat Bonnie's, 1800 Michigan, Detroit. Ends back at Bobcat Bonnie's around noon, about 4 to 6 mile RUCK. Bring any weight or none! For more info email Mike at Team RWB.

"Get Your VA ID Card" For those vets not receiving medical benefits from the VA but would like the new ID Card for discounts at stores & shops, etc., visit the official source here.

"Pre-Approval Form for Burial at a National Cemetery" You can submit a form to the VA for pre-approval to be burial at a National Cemetery. Note: Understand they are 11 months behind in processing. The Form 40-1007 is here.


"Every Wednesday" Weekly classic car "Cruz'n VVA 528" every Wednesday from 5 PM to 8 PM. Burgers, hotdogs, beer, raffles at the VFW Post 6695, 1426 S Mill St, Plymouth, MI 48170.


"Saturday, August 11, 2018 " Veterans Community Action Team, Region 9, is hosting VetFest2018 at Mt. Brighton, 12 to 6PM. The event will be held at: 4141 Bauer Rd. Brighton, MI 48116. Members of the Detroit Lions and Metro PCS will kick off the event from 12-1 by passing out backpacks and supplies to veteran children. Stay for the music! The event will feature 3 bands on the main stage from 12-6. If you pre-register for the event by visiting: you will be entered into a drawing to win some great prizes to include: an autographed jersey by members of the Detroit Lions Football Team, kayaks, special prizes from Brighton Ford, golf clubs, and other cool swag!

"Saturday, August 11, 2018 " Team Red-White-Blue, AMVETS, & the Navy Sea Cadets, will be starting a RUCK every second Saturday, starting at AMVETS Post 52, 51285 County Line Road, New Baltimore, from 10AM till 2PM. For complete info see flyer.

"Sunday, August 12, 2018 " The Michigan Veterans Foundation is hosting its annual Car Show at Shields Pizzeria, 25101 Telegraph, Southfield, between 10AM and 3PM. Csh bar, family fun event, food, etc. Trophies & awards at 1:30. DJ Nad Mike. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, August 12, 2018 (NEW)" The Oakland County International Airport, located at 6500 Highland Rd, Waterford, MI, will be holding its annual Open House & Airshow. Open house runs from 10:00 am - 4:00pm, with the airshow at 2:00pm. Open house will feature vintage jets, Warbirds including: B-25 Mitchell Bomber Georgies Girl, B-17 Flying Fortress Yankee Girl, T-6 Texan Trainer, World War 2 Military Vehicles, and much more. Aircraft and helicopter rides are also available for a small price. VFW Post 1008, Fallen Heroes Memorial Foundation and other veterans organization will be represented.

"Friday, August 17, 2018 " The Detroit Area Marines Foundation will host its annual Golf Scramble at Mulligan's Golf Club, 29857 S Perimeter Rd, Harrison Twp (Selfridge), Bldg 570, with a 10AM start. Restrictions apply to getting on Selfridge so for more info and to register see flyer.

"Saturday, August 18, 2018 " The Piety Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invite all veterans, active duty personnel, and families to Dream Cruise seating and activities from 9am-7pm. Location is Woodward Camera, 33501 Woodward Ave, Birmingham MI. Seats will be under a large tent and light refreshments will be available . Parking is available on the side streets west of Woodward Camera. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, August 19, 2018 " Troy-Birmingham Legion Post 14 Auxiliary is hosting a breakfast brunch from 11AM till 1PM at the post, 1340 W Maple, Troy. Donations welcome. See flyer for more info.

"Wednesday, August 22, 2018 " The Detroit VA Hospital is hosting a Welcome Home Vet Event from 4 till 7PM at the front of the hospital, and then get tickets to the Tigers vs. Cubs game at Comerica Park. You must preregister to attend the game by contacting Dan at 313-576-5446. For more info see flyer.

"Thursday, August 23, 2018 " The American Society of Employers and the Southfield Veterans Commission are hosting a Veterans Job Fair at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, from 8AM till 11AM. Resume & interview workshops. For more info see flyer.

"Thursday, August 23, 2018 " The Detroit VA Hospital is hosting a Women's Health Resource Fair at the hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit, Room B1290, first floor, from 3 till 6PM. Free for all women vets. See flyer for more info.

"Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 23 thru 26, 2018 " The Wall that Heals, an exact replica of the Wall in Washington, DC, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is coming to Howell at the Livingston County Spencer Hardy Airport. This event is hosted by DAV chapter 125. Help is needed with set-up, Honor Guard, teardown. If you can be of help call Anne Marie at 313-898-1086 or goto their website. For a lot more info see flyer, their Facebook Page.

"Monday September 3, 2018 " The Polish League of American Veterans, Post 16, is hosting a Classic Car Show from 5 till 8PM at their post, 25222 Warren, Dearborn Hgts. Food tent, cash bar, basket of cheer. For info call John at 313-205-4066, or see flyer.

"Saturday September 1, 2018 " The Michigan War Dog Cemetery, 25805 S Lyon Rd, S Lyon at noon, will holding services for K9 Faith who had been with the Troy Fire Department. For more info call Phil at 248-685-8307.

"Wednesday, September 5, 2018 " Southfield VFW Post 2645 will be holding its' monthly Spaghetti Dinner, and social, at 24222 W Nine Mile, Southfield from 5 till 7PM. Cost is $7 and includes a single meal, salad, & desert. A second helping of spaghetti is included. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, September 8, 2018 " Team Red-White-Blue, AMVETS, & the Navy Sea Cadets, will be starting a RUCK every second Saturday, starting at AMVETS Post 52, 51285 County Line Road, New Baltimore, from 10AM till 2PM. For complete info see flyer.

"Saturday, September 8, 2018 " Fort Dearborn American Legion Post 364 3001 S. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn, is having their Annual Hog Heaven Event on September 8th, 2018, this years three prizes are 1st Place 2018 FLHX Road King, 2nd and 3rd prize is $500.00 each. Tickets are now on sale $10.00 each or 6 for $50.00. Just think, you win the Harley, its a win win situation, either keep the bike, or sell the bike on the spot. You will have to pay the sales tax, transfer fee and insurance unless the other party decides too. Tickets can be purchased by the public. The Hog Heaven even also include a Fun Run, which is commonly known as another name but the State of MI during an audit indicated we needed to change the name to Fun Run, or purchase another license. Contact Phil for more info.

"Saturday, September 8, 2018 (Canceled)" Michigan Women Veterans is hosting a Yard Sale & Dirt Therapy fun program. Will run from Noon till 4PM at 19935 Orleans, Detroit. For more info call 810-373-5744 and see flyer.

"Sunday, September 9, 2018 (NEW)" Wins for Warriors & Power Home Sloar, are hosting a Downtown Detroit Ruck starting at 9am at the GM Ren Cen Parking Lot C, Atwater & Beaubien. Standard registration is $35, but there are other options. For info visit website or see flyer.

"Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (NEW)" The Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund is hosting a 9-11 Day of Remembrance Golf Outing at Moose Ridge Golf Course, 11801 Doane Rd, S Lyon, with 8am registration, 9am shotgun start. Cost is $150 per person which includes 18 holes, cart, light dinner, etc. For complete details see flyer.

"Thursday, September 13, 2018 " The Detroit VA Hospital is holding a Mental Health Summit from 8:30AM till 3PM at the Federal Reserve Bank, 1600 E Warren, Detroit. The main topic under discussion will be suicide prevention, with guest speaker Steve Windom. Pre regristation required at this link. See flyer for more info.

"Friday, September 14, 2018 (NEW)" The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is hosting its 10th annual community art workshop for Oakland County Veterans. Get a tour, make something!. This is a two day total event so also see 9/14/18. Space is limited so see flyer for complete details.

"Sunday, September 16, 2018 (NEW)" Firing Line Indoor Gun Range, 33000 Ford Rd, Westland, will host its' 5th annual FiringLine BBQ to raise money for area veteran programs., from 4 till 8pm. BBQ dinner, door prizes, auction, family friendly shooting services, etc. Cost is $35 for adults, $30 for a veteran, $15 under 16. For info call them at 734-326-7320 or see flyer.

"Friday, September 21, 2018 (NEW)" The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is hosting its 10th annual community art workshop for Oakland County Veterans. Get a tour, make something!. This is a two day total event so also see 9/14/18. Space is limited so see flyer for complete details.

"Saturday, September 29, 2018 " The Yankee Air Museum will hold its 2nd annual Bombers & Brews, which includes 10 wine tasting tickets. Advance tickets are $39, $50 at the door. You must be 21 to attend. To purchase tickets follow link. For more info see flyer.

"Monday, October 1, 2018 (NEW)" PLAV Post 16, 25222 Warren, Dearborn Hgts, will be hosting a classic car show from 5 till 8pm. Food tent, basket of cheer, cash bar, trophies, etc. For more info call John at 313-205-4066 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, October 5, 2018 " Southfield VFW Post 2645 will be holding its' monthly Spaghetti Dinner, and social, at 24222 W Nine Mile, Southfield from 5 till 7PM. Cost is $7 and includes a single meal, salad, & desert. A second helping of spaghetti is included. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, October 13, 2018 " Team Red-White-Blue, AMVETS, & the Navy Sea Cadets, will be starting a RUCK every second Saturday, starting at AMVETS Post 52, 51285 County Line Road, New Baltimore, from 10AM till 2PM. For complete info see flyer.

"Saturday, November 3, 2018 " Soar Like An Eagle Veterans Day Conference & Celebration will take place at Missionary Baptist Church, 143 Oneida Rd, Pontiac, from 9AM till 1PM. For more info see flyer.

"Wednesday, November 8, 2018 " Southfield VFW Post 2645 will be holding its' monthly Spaghetti Dinner, and social, at 24222 W Nine Mile, Southfield from 5 till 7PM. Cost is $7 and includes a single meal, salad, & desert. A second helping of spaghetti is included. For more info see flyer.

"VA Vet Centers" The Vet Center is a Veterans Health Administration community based mental health programs. The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible combat veterans and assist them readjusting back into the community. The Services we provide include: Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Marital and Family Counseling, Bereavement Counseling, and additional services as needed. For more information regarding eligibility, locations or any additional services provided, please contact Kenaan Lumpkin, Veteran Outreach Program Specialist, at office 313-576-1522, or my Work Cell (Regular Business Hours) 313-608-6758.

"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 related 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 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, call 1-888-82-BUDDY (28339), or email Find B2B 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’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”

"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

"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

"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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