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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 10/18/18.

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"Weekly Detroit RUCK (Update)" Every Sunday Team Red/White/Blue, and 22 Until None. We are CHANGING the weekly Ruck location and starting Time. Ruck start time is now 09:00 each Sunday We will start and finish at Cullen Plaza, 1340 Atwater St., Detroit. This is on the Detroit Riverfront, the plaza with the carousel. There is a free parking lot for the plaza. We Ruck about 4 to 6 miles and we will now have multiple routes to choose from Cullen Plaza. 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.

Free Classes for Veterans" The Veterans' Upward Bound Program located at Wayne State is offering free college prep/ refresher courses for Veterans. Classes include; math, grammar, foreign language, and computer skills. We also offer transportation to and from class! Please call 313-577-9710 for more information.


"Every Wednesday" Euchre Tournament beginning at 6:45 PM every Wednesday hosted by the VFW Post 6695, $10 to enter. VFW Post 6695, 1426 S Mill St, Plymouth, MI 48170.

"Every Friday till 10/26" American Legion Berkley Post 374 will be holding a Steak Fry from 5 till 8PM at their bldg, 2079 W 12 Mile, Berkley. Cost is $12 for NY Strip steak, baked potato, salad, etc. For more info call 248-542-7668 or see flyer.


"Thursday, October 18, 2018 " Soldiers' Angels will have another in their series of free food give-a-ways at a mobile food pantry Noon till 2PM at Legion Post 375, 19486 Sherwood, Detroit. You must register in advance by calling 210-629-0020. See flyer for info.

"Thursday, October 18, 2018 " Lakeshore Legal Aid, that supplies free legal services to veterans, is having their annual fund raiser at the Ford Piquette Ave Plant, 461 Piquette, Detroit, from 5:30 till 7:30PM. Cost is $75 per person. To register to attend visit their official site.

"Friday, October 19, 2018 " The 3rd Circuit Court & Michigan State University, is hosting a free expungement forum from 9AM till 2PM at MSU Government Affairs Office, 3408 Woodward, Detroit. See flyer for what assistance is offered.

"Friday, October 19, 2018 " Northwestern Mutual & Baker College are hosting a free financial planning event from 9:30 till 12:30PM at Baker College of Clinton, 34950 Mack, Clinton Twp. To R.S.V.P. for this seminar goto See flyer.

"Saturday, October 20, 2018 " American Legion Auxiliary 346 is hosting a Sweetest Day Spaghetti Dinner from 5 till 7PM, located at 31775 Grand River, Farmington Hills. Cost is $8 (under 13 $5), with garlic bread, salad, dessert, plus music! More info call Pat at 248-478-9174 or see flyer.

"Saturday, October 20, 2018 (NEW)" American Legion Riders, Royal Oak post 253, 1505 N Main St., Royal Oak, is hosting an Euchre Tournament starting at 6PM. $10 entry fee. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, October 21, 2018 " PLAV Post 16 is hosting a spaghetti dinner at their location, 25222 W Warren, Dearborn Hgts, from Noon till 5PM. Dinner is $10. For more info see flyer.

"Wednesday, October 24, 2018 " Vets Returning Home is celebrating its 5th anniversary with an open house where everyone can see it operation, one that has helped over 960 vets. 4 till 7PM at their bldg, 17955 E 11 Mile, Roseville. No rsvp or ticket required, just come!

"Thursday, October 25, 2018 " The Michigan World War II Legacy group is holding a Victory Gala to support the WWII Legacy Memorial, 5:30 to 9:30PM at the GM Heritage Center, 6400 Center Dr, Sterling Hgts. Emcee will be Paul W Smith. For more info and to purchase tickets visit their website.

"Thursday, October 25, 2018 " Veterans Community Action Team (VCAT), Region 9 (Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, Livingston, Jackson, & Hillsdale Counties) is hosting a seminar on Veteran Legal Issues, at the Concordia, 3475 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, from 9:30 to Noon. Lots of experts to answer your legal questions. To attend register with Eventbright.

"Friday, October 26, 2018 " Love a Michigan Vet is hosting a Bowling Fund-raiser at Skore Lanes, 22255 Ecorse, Taylor, from 5:30 till 9PM. Cost is $25 per bowler and includes shoes, pizza, & pop. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, October 27, 2018 " The Yankee Air Museum is hosting a free Halloween Spooktacular from 10AM till 3PM. Spooky games, costume parade, wax museum, etc. Again, this is free for all. Located at the Willow Run airport, Belleville. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, October 27, 2018 " Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 154, is having a fundraiser at Panda Express, 31621 Gratiot, Roseville, from Noon till 9PM. Bring a copy of the flyer and VVA 154 will get 20% of the sales, which supports their numerous vet programs.

"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.

"Saturday, November 3, 2018 " The U of M - Dearborn and Love a Michigan Vet are hosting their 2018 Female Veteran Stand Down from 10AM till 2PM at the University, 19000 Hubbard Dr, Dearborn. Vet services, workshops, etc. To register go here or see flyer.

"Saturday, November 3, 2018 " DAV Chapter 129 And the VFW are hosting a free Pancake Breakfast from 7AM till 10:30AM at the DAV bldg, 47326 Dequindre, Shelby Twp. Open to all! See flyer.

"Monday, November 5, 2018 " The Detroit Pistons will be hosting their annual Hoops-4-Troops game and a Career Fair at Little Caeser's Arena, Detroit, from 10AM till 2PM. Veterans attending the fair will get free tickets to the game. More info on that later. For companies to donate tickets or have a table at the fair see flyer.

"Monday, November 5, 2018 " "Stories of Service" to benefit Fisher House Michigan at 7pm at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor: Veteran Storytellers from 5 different eras share their stories on stage. You won't want to miss this moving evening! General admission tickets are FREE and available at Join us for the stories, and stay for the silent auction to raise funds for Fisher Houses in Michigan!

"Wednesday, November 7, 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.

"Wednesday, November 7, 2018 " The Paralyzed Veterans of America will host its annual Honor Veterans Day with a gala and auction from 11AM till 1:30PM at the Suburban Collection Showcase, 46100 Grand River, Novi. Tickets are $75. This years Keynote Speaker is Noah Currier, United States Marine Corporal, Oscar Mike Foundation Founder. To register visit their website.

"Friday, November 9, 2018 " The Detroit VA Hospital is holding a Veteran Day event at the hospital from 11AM till Noon, in the Medical Center Atrium, first floor. Located at 4646 John R, Detroit. All are welcome to attend.

"Friday, November 9, 2018 (NEW)" The Detroit VA Hospital is hosting a free veterans legal clinic in cooperation with the Veterans Justice Outreach Program. Get assistance on child support, guardianship, street court, etc. From 9AM till 3PM at the hospital, 4646 John R, Detroit. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, November 10, 2018 " Michigan's Military and Space Heroes Museum, together with Military Families United, is hosting the "100 Years of Heroes" dinner gala event on November 10, 2018 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Join us as we honor our state's current service personnel and veterans on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. This event will include a Hometown Heroes display showcasing the stories of Metro Detroit Area members of our armed forces who have served our country during the past century. Frank Beckmann will be the Master of Ceremonies for this event, which will feature SSG Travis Mills as the keynote speaker and music performed by "The Governors Own" 126 Army Band. Doors will open at 5:00 PM with a cocktail hour during which the displays may be viewed. Guests will be seated by 6:30 PM for the beginning of the program and dinner. The formal after-dinner program will begin shortly after 8:00 PM and conclude by 9:30 PM. Net proceeds from the event will be used to support the operations and programs of the organizers, both of which are nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Cost - $150. Date and Time Sat, November 10, 2018 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST Location Suburban Collection Showplace 46100 Grand River Ave Novi, MI 48374 . For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, November 10, 2018 (NEW)" Michigan State Volleyball is hosting a Military Appreciation night at the Jenison Fieldhouse. For free tickets to this event contact See flyer for more info.

"Sunday, November 11, 2018 (Veterans Day) " It's the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Originally known as Armistice Day; changed to Veterans Day some years ago. Lt. Col Jefferson has agreed to be our Grand Marshall for this year’s parade. The Tuskegee Airmen will be supplying a Ford Mustang decorated with a Red Tail fighter that they flew in World War 2. Lt Col Jefferson flew with the Tuskegee Airmen in WW II. Huron Metro Parks will be providing their float again along with the horses. A Banner on one side will denote this would be the 100th Birthday for Tuskegee Airman Coleman A. Young and the A Banner on the other side will denote this is the 100th Centennial of WW1 and the start of the celebration of Veterans Day. This makes Lt. Col Jefferson’s participation in our parade just that more remarkable. He served with Coleman Young and is 97 years old. WOW! Dick Chatman In addition; LTC Charles Kettles, Medal of Honor recipient for service in US Army, Vietnam, will be participating as a ''Veteran of Honor''. Rich Luterman (CAPT, USAF) FOX2 News Head Meteorologist will emcee the pre-parade ceremonies. The 338th military Band will render the National Anthem, ''Taps'', and possibly a medley of the Service Branches songs. The Southfield A&T High School Band, as well as the Cass Technical High School Band, and Detroit's Edison High School Bands will participate. Ya gotta have bands in a parade. Registration can be done, on-line thru our website at Click on ''Registration''. Please check out the other info on the web-site, and register as soon as possibly convenient. As noted by Dick Chatman, our theme this year is to honor the centennial of Armistice/Veterans Day. World War I ended at 11:11 AM on 11/11/1918. We plan to have a WW I Re-enactors color guard lead us off. Feel free to contact me, e-mail, or phone Dick, at (248) 569-0824.

"Monday, November 12, 2018 " University of Detroit - Mercy is inviting all to a pinning ceremony at 1PM in the student union ballroom. For more info call them at 313-993-1154 and see flyer.

"Wednesday, November 14, 2018 " Doubletree Hotel, corner of Ford Rd & Southfield Fwy, Detroit, will be hosting a free Veterans Thanksgiving Brunch from 11 till 2PM. Please RSVP at 313-982-3983. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, November 17, 2018 " The 3rd annual 2018 Women Veterans Empowerment Conference will take place at the Southfield Civic Center, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, starting at 10AM till 2PM. To register visit their website at, call 810-373-5744, or see flyer.

"Saturday, November 17, 2018 (NEW)" American Legion Riders, Royal Oak post 253, 1505 N Main St., Royal Oak, is hosting an Euchre Tournament starting at 6PM. $10 entry fee. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, November 18, 2018 " The Detroit Lions are hosting their 1st Salute to Service starting at 1PM at Ford Field. There will be discount tickets and group gifts for all active duty military and veterans at the game. For more info email Greg at and see flyer.

"Saturday, December 8, 2018 (NEW)" American Legion Riders, Royal Oak post 253, 1505 N Main St., Royal Oak, is hosting an Euchre Tournament starting at 6PM. $10 entry fee. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, December 16, 2018 (NEW)" American Legion Riders, Royal Oak post 253, 1505 N Main St., Royal Oak, is hosting a morning breakfast, with the fee a donation of your choosing. Starting at 8AM till Noon. 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 and 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 parallel 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 Erin Sorensen at or call (734) 998-5827.

"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 Aid " Lakeshore Legal Aid (LLA) is a not-for-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income people and seniors in 47 Michigan counties including Wayne, Oakland, & Macomb. To speak with an attorney, please call the toll-free Counsel & Advocacy Law Line (CALL) at (888) 783-8190. Attorneys perform intake to confirm eligibility of client and then provide advice & brief legal services. Lakeshore also litigates cases when appropriate and as resources are available. Most individuals receiving public assistance qualify for services. The Law Line is open Monday-Thursday 9 AM to 7 PM and Friday 9 AM to 3 PM. Lakeshore helps with: Family Law (divorce, custody, support); Protection from Abuse (domestic violence, stalking, personal protection orders); Housing (leases, landlord/tenant matters, mobile homes, eviction, land contracts); Consumer (debts and debt collection, garnishment, installment payment plans); Wills, and Powers of Attorney, and Public Benefits (food stamps, Medicaid, disability benefits, social security. Lakeshore is unable to help with criminal law or traffic-related issues. There are also free walkin clinics. See flyer for details.

"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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