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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 6/21/18.

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!

"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.

"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.

WEEKLY EVENTS!

"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.

EVENTS!

"Thursday, June 21, 2018 " The Michigan Paralyzed Veterans (MPVA) is hosting an open house at their new HQ, 46701 Commerce Center Dr, Plymouth, from 1 till 3:30PM. Check out the latest, free food & refreshments, games, etc. For more info call them at 800-638-6782.

"Friday, June 22, 2018 " The United Shore Professional Baseball League is teaming up with the MI Military Technical & Historical Society for a family fun evening at Jimmy John's Field, 7171 Auburn Rd, Utica. Cost is $25 per person which includes a ticket to the game, hot dog, chips, and a Pepsi. Fireworks after the game. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, June 22, 2018 " Autumn Woods Health Care Facility is hosting a Bowling Fund-raiser to help Vets Returning Home, at Regal Lanes, 27663 Mound Rd, Warren. Check in at 6PM, bowling from 7PM till 10. See flyer for complete details.

"Friday, June 22, 2018 (NEW)" The American Legion , Department of Michigan, is hosting a Veterans Resource Fair at the Bay County Community Center, 800 JF Kennedy Dr, Bay City, from 10AM till Noon. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, June 23, 2018 " Operation Come Home is hosting a Car & Bike Show at Woodside Bible Church, 6600 Rochester Rd, Troy, from 10AM till 3PM. Run starts at 7:30AM at the church. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, June 23, 2018 " The Detroit VA is hosting a Red Carpet Registration day from 9AM till 1PM. This will allow you to register for VA health care. See flyer for complete details on what to bring, etc.

"Sunday, June 24, 2018 " 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.

"Monday, June 25, 2018" Vets Returning Home is hosting Golf with a Detroit Tiger! ONLINE AUCTION GOLF WITH YOUR FAVORITE DETROIT TIGER YOU PICK WHO YOU PLAY WITH! WITH THE WINNING BID YOUR FUNDS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVE’S OF OUR VETERANS. NOT A GOLFER? RIDE-A-LONG CADDIE OPPORTUNITY! Thank you for attending last year’s golf outing and for your continuing support of Vets Returning Home. Golfing at Wabeek Country Club, Bloomfield Hills - 18 holes. Each team will have a Detroit Tiger Alumni or Major League Baseball golfer. Continental Breakfast served at registration. Dinner and Open Bar included. Master of Ceremonies: Eil Zaret Comedy Entertainment provided by Jon Warden, 1968 Detroit Tiger For more info Email info@vetsreturninghome.org or Call Sandy 586-216-8510.

"Tuesday, June 26, 2018 " 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, June 27, 2018" Southfield VFW Post 2645 Auxiliary is hosting a Cards & Game Night, and on every last Wednesday of the month, from 5 till 9PM. Located at 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield. For a complete listing see flyer.

"Monday July 2, 2018 (NEW)" 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, July 7, 2018 " 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.

"Saturday, July 7, 2018" Lake Point Community Church is hosting its annual free Veterans BBQ/Picnic from 11am till 3PM, 1550 W Drahner Rd, Oxford. Will be dancing, free food, fun for the family. For more info call Bob at 248-417-2451.

"Saturday, July 14, 2018" The Knights of Columbus is hosting its 23rd annual Golf Outing to support the Veterans Support Center, at Cracklewood Golf Club, 18215 24 Mile, Macomb. Will start with a shotgun at 1:30PM. Cost is $100 per golfer. For complete details and registration form, see flyer.

"Saturday, July 14, 2018" Once again this year Boats4vets will be hosting its annual outing on Lake St Clair, launching from the Idle Hour Yacht Club on Harsens Island at 10AM. This is a free event for all vets, but you must RSVP by the 9th at 810-512-4660. For more info see flyer.

"Sunday, July 15, 2018" Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 154, is hosting a Car Show from 8AM till 10:30AM at St Clair Shores VFW, 28404 Jefferson. Funds raised will assist the VVA food Pantry. Complete details and registration Form on 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 the center has served over 475,000 active duty troops, dependents, & veterans!

"Monday, July 30, 2018 " The Student Veterans Association (SVA) at Oakland University, is hosting a golf outing at the Pine Trace Golf Club, 3600 Pine Trace Blvd, Rochester Hills, with a shotgun start at 9AM. $90 per golfer and includes 18 holes, lunch, and dinner. To register visit their website. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, August 3, 2018 " The Selfridge Military Museum is hosting a Historic Tea starting at 11AM, at the museum on Selfridge. Featured speaker is Donnaleen Lanktree who will present a history of Rosie the Riveter. Tickets are $35 but you must register by June 30th and complete other steps for admission to base. Call Lori at 586-556-5864 and see flyer.

"Saturday, August 4, 2018 " 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.

"Saturday, August 4, 2018 " The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Board is hosting its 10th annual golf outing at the Lapeer Country Club, 3786 Hunt Rd, Papeer, with 8AM shotgun start. $100 per golfer which includes breakfast, lunch, and steak dinner. For more info and to register see flyer.

"Saturday, August 4, 2018 " Vietnam Veterans of America, chapter 154, is holding its' annual Golf Outing at Fernhill Golf Course, 17600 Clinton River Rd, Clinton Twp, with an 8AM registration, 9AM shotgun start. Cost is $90 per golfer which includes continental breakfast, lunch, BBQ dinner. See flyer for complete information.

"Monday August 6, 2018 (NEW)" 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.

"Thursday, August 23, 2018 (NEW)" 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, 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 (NEW)" 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 8, 2018 " 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.

"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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Updated 6/21/18