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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 4/19/18.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"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.

"The Wall That Heals" 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 August 23rd thru 26th. 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, or their Facebook Page.

"Free YMCA Camps for Military Families" YMCA Camps Nissokone & Ohiyesa are proud to offer scholarships to Overnight Camp for children from Military families. It’s our way of giving back to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country. Scholarship Eligibility: Families with Military Service Members (Active, Reserve or Veteran) are eligible for this scholarship, which is granted for one Overnight Camp session per year per child at Camp Ohiyesa or Camp Nissokone. Proof of Income (less than $5,000 monthly) is required for application. An offer of assistance is made to all eligible applicants; ‘average’ award is 50%. Call them at 248-887-4533. To apply fill out application.

EVENTS!

"Saturdays, April 14 & 21, 2018 " UAW Local 5960 & the VFW are presenting a benefits seminar and classes on how the VA claims process works. Will be held at UAW Local 5960, 180 E Silverbell Rd, Lake Orion, 9AM till 3:30PM each Saturday. For more info call Al at 248-377-5555. If you wish to attend fill out the important form and bring with you along with $10 to cover training materials.

"Friday, April 20, 2018" The American Indian Veterans of Michigan is holding a Karaoke Night from 7 till 11PM at their headquarters, 26641 Lawrence, Center Line, with JP the DJ. Admission is $5. For purchase will be fry bread, soft drinks, coffee. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, April 20, 2018 " Troy VFW Post 4037 is hosting a Comedy Castle Respected Entertainers comedy night at their location, 2375 E Maple, Troy, with doors opening at 6:30PM. Beer, wine, and food will be served. Cost is $25 per person. For more info call 248-689-7289 or see flyer.

"Friday, April 20, 2018 " American Legion Post 172 & Operation Yellow Ribbon are presenting "Food & Flicks" at their post located at 234 Walnut Blvd, Rochester. Doors open at 6PM, 6:30 pizza & beverages, &PM movie, The Pirates of the Caribbean. For more info and tickets call Peggy at 248-425-2722 or see flyer.

"Friday, April 20, 2018 " The Student Veteran Association, (SVA) at Lawrence Technological University, is hosting their annual fundraiser to support their veterans in school. Takes place at Farmington Hills Manor, 23666 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, starting at 7PM till midnight. Cost is $50 per person, $90 for two. For tickets goto their website. More info by calling Matt at 248-249-3427 or see flyer.

"Saturday, April 21, 2018 " Berkley Legion Post 374, 2079 W 12 Mile, Berkley, is hosting its first annual Honor Guard chicken & Pork Roast dinner. Donation of $20. From 5 till 8PM. For more info call 248-542-7668 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, April 25, 2018 " The Desert Angel's are hosting another in their ongoing Packing Parties for the troops serving overseas, today at the Prefix Corporation, 1300 W Hamlin Rd, Rochester Hills, from 4 till 6PM. Our TROOPS are in need of the following items: VALENTINE COOKIES, COFFEE, HOT CHOCOLATE, GIRL SCOUT COOKIES, letters of encouragement. EVERYTHING from wipes, to food products, to snacks like dried fruits, nuts, meats, tuna etc. gum, candy.. even chocolate!! New socks and more socks, toiletries, so many items they do NOT have excess to. This is an opportunity to serve our TROOPS as they serve our country. YOU can make a difference!

"Wednesday, April 25, 2018 " VetBizCentral is hosting Boots to Business Reboot in Livonia area. Veterans, service members and spouses are urged to take advantage of this entrepreneurial training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Boots to Business Reboot gives you the tools to get started by offering participants valuable business skills and tips. The course is taught by industry experts, top professors and officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, please contact: VetBizCentral at 810-767-8387. To register goto official site. See flyer.

"Friday, April 27, 2018 " The Desert Angel's are hosting another in their ongoing Packing Parties for the troops serving overseas, today at the Detroit Country Day Middle School, 22400 Hillview Lane, Beverly Hills, from 4 till 6PM. Our TROOPS are in need of the following items: VALENTINE COOKIES, COFFEE, HOT CHOCOLATE, GIRL SCOUT COOKIES, letters of encouragement. EVERYTHING from wipes, to food products, to snacks like dried fruits, nuts, meats, tuna etc. gum, candy.. even chocolate!! New socks and more socks, toiletries, so many items they do NOT have excess to. This is an opportunity to serve our TROOPS as they serve our country. YOU can make a difference!

"Friday, April 27, 2018 " The University of Michigan, Dearborn will be celebrating the graduation of veteran and military-affiliated students by holding a Veterans Commencement Social on Friday, April 27th from 2:00--4:00 PM. The event will take place at the UM-Dearborn Fairlane Center North, Quad-E (19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn MI 48126). See the Eventbrite RSVP for the flyer and information, including driving instructions. Parking is free!

"Saturday, April 28, 2018" The War Dog Cemetery is honoring all K9 vets on the K9 Veterans Day event, 25805 Milford Rd, South Lyon, starting at Noon. Featured speaker is John Burnam, Vietnam dog handler, and President of the National War Dog Monument. This is a free event. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, April 28, 2018 " The Detroit VA Hospital, 4646 John R, 1st floor, Yellow Section, Detroit, is hosting a Red Carpet Registration Day, from 9 till 1PM. They want any veteran requiring medical care to come and see them. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, April 28, 2018 " The Wayne County Friend of the Court, along with the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, an event to give parents the legal assistance and resources they need to foster financially sound and emotionally happy children. At the Detroit Public Library. Call for time and location inside library.

"Saturday, April 28, 2018" The Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport, is holding a 1940's style USO Dinner & Dance in Hangar 1, Bay 7. Music by the Couriers Swing Band. Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. For more info call 734-483-4030 or see flyer.

"Monday, April 30, 2018 " The Oakland University Student Veterans (SVA) chapter is hosting their first Golf Outing at Pine Trace Golf Club, 3600 Pine Trace Blvd, Rochester Hills, with a 9AM registration and 10AM shotgun start. Dinner after around 4PM. Cost is $90 for 18 holes, lunch, & dinner. For more info see flyer or call 248-370-2010. To register goto their website.

"Wednesday, May 2, 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.

"Friday, May 11, 2018" The International Council is hosting the 59th annual International Armed Forces Night Out at the Fogolar Furlan Club, 1800 N Service Road, Windsor. Guess speaker is Dr. Rob Nelson, University of Windsor, on the topic the Treaty of Versailles. Tickets are $70. Doors open at 6:30PM, Dinner at 7:30. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, May 12, 2018 (NEW)" The Southfield VFW Post 2465 Auxilitary is hosting a Bowling with Veterans at Plum Hollow Lanes, 21900 W Nine Mile, Southfield, from 2PM on. $20 per person includes 2 hours of bowling, pizza, and pop, and shoes. For more info call Clara at 248-569-8533 or see flyer.

"Monday, May 14, 2018 (NEW)" The 3rd annual Seniors & Veterans Benefit Expo will take place at the Palazzo Grande, Shelby Twp. Tables for groups are available. For more info call 586-703-3545 or see flyer.

"Friday or Saturday, May 18 or 19, 2018" The FCA Foundation is making it possible for Veterans to attend a special Veterans Military Night at the DSO, 3711 Woodward, Detroit, for just $10. Show time is 8PM. For more info see flyer. For tickets visit their website and use promo code HEROESNIGHT. This concert is the Doo Wop Project..

"Saturday, May 19, 2018" The 2nd annual Warriors Path Run/Walk will be held at Christ the King Church, 1550 W Drahner Rd, Oxford, with start times depending if doing the 10K (9AM), 5K (9:15AM), or 1 Mile (10AM). For complete info, and to register, see flyer.

"Saturday, May 19, 2018" (NEW) Toledo Speedway, along with the Brad Keselowski Checkered Flag Foundation, will honor all veterans & active duty military with free admission to the races that day, which are trial runs. They can purchase a discount ticket for race day on Sunday. For more info call 419-727-1100.

"Sunday, May 20, 2018" The FCA Foundation is making it possible for Veterans to attend a special Veterans Military Afternoon at the DSO, 3711 Woodward, Detroit, for just $10. Show time is 3PM. For more info see flyer. For tickets visit their website and use promo code HEROESNIGHT. This concert is the Doo Wop Project.

"Sunday, May 20, 2018" Berkley American Legion is hosting a Breakfast fundraiser On the third Sunday of the month At the Berkley American Legion Post 372 at 2079 W.12 mile rd. between Woodward and Coolidge 248-542-7668 Doors open at 8:30 am with food service 9am - 12 noon

"Sunday, May 20, 2018 " Fort Dearborn Legion Post 364 is hosting its 15th annual Bobby V Golf Outing at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course, 1300 S Telegraph, Dearborn,. For complete details call 313-562-9090 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, May 22, 2018 " On behalf of Eisenhower Center, the Ladies Professional Golf Association, and the Selfridge ANGB Golf Course, we would like to extend an invitation to the 2018 Valor Cup. The event is FREE to female veterans but does require registration. This year, the event will be held on Tuesday May 22nd. If you, or your orgnaization would like to have a vendor table at the event, we are happy to make arrangements and collaborate. Here is the event registration link to the 2018 Selfridge ANGB Valor Cup: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/s elfridge-angb-valor-cup-2018-r egistration-43166393846 Thank you in advance for your time! Respectfully, Laura Chirio, LLMSW Program Coordinator After the Impact Program Eisenhower Center www.aftertheimpactranch.com www.eisenhowercenter.com www.tbienrichmentcenter.com. Selfridge Air National Guard Base 27857 S Perimeter Rd Selfridge Golf Course and Mulligans Bldg. 570 Harrison charter Township, MI 48045, starting at 9AM, till 6PM.

"Monday, May 28, 2018" The VFW & Jimmy John's invites all veterans for an afternoon of baseball at Jimmy John's Field, Utica, starting at 1PM. Gates open at Noon. Free food, group photo, hold the flag on the field, etc. For more info call Laura at 586-469-5315 or see flyer.

"Monday, May 28, 2018" Come see the Detroit Tigers play the LA Angles. Receive two tickets, one for a veteran and one for their guest. Game at 1:10PM. To receive your tickets you must contact Operation Injured Soldiers at 248-437-3130 with your name, telephone number, and any physical restrictions.

"Monday, June 4, 2018 (NEW)" Join the AARP, the Southfield Veterans Commission, & the 14th District, for a veterans benefit seminar at Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, P&R room 115, from 1:30 to 3:30PM. Free refreshments. Free for the general public. For more info call Danny at 313-460-1719 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, June 6, 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, June 8, 2018 (NEW)" The 2nd annual Horsepower for Heroes Car Show will take place at U-Pull & Save Auto Parts, 240 E Columbia, Pontiac, from 10AM till 2PM. Bring food donations, etc. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, June 17, 2018" Berkley American Legion is hosting a Breakfast fundraiser On the third Sunday of the month At the Berkley American Legion Post 372 at 2079 W.12 mile rd. between Woodward and Coolidge 248-542-7668 Doors open at 8:30 am with food service 9am - 12 noon

"Sunday, June 24, 2018 (NEW)" The 2018 National Annual Heritage Military Banquet & Awards Ceremony will be help at Burton Manor Banquet & Conference Center, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, from 3 to 8PM. Special guest speaker MG James Livingston, USMC (Ret). Tickets are $75. For more info call 313-300-0165 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (NEW)" All veterans, their families, and friends, may purchase Lower Baseline Box Seats at a discount price when the Tigers play the Oakland Athletics at 7:10PM. Groups of 15 or more will also receive a food coupon & small drink. You cannot purchase these discount tickets at box office. To purchase call Carolyn at 313-471-2245. See flyer

"Wednesday, July 4, 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.

"Friday, July 20, 2018 " The metro airport Freedom Center is hosting its' 2nd annual golf fundraiser at Whispering Willows Golf Course, 20500 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, with a 10:30 registration/lunch/warm-up, and a Noon shotgun start. For more info visit their website or see flyer. NOTE: Since opening its doors in 2011 thew center has served over 450,000 active duty troops, dependents, & veterans!

"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.

" 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 www.fwsf.org.

“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 www.buddytobuddy.org, call 1-888-82-BUDDY (28339), or email buddytobuddyvvp@umich.edu. Find B2B 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’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 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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