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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 9/20/18.

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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.


"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.


"Friday, September 21, 2018 " 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.

"Friday, September 21, 2018 " Today is the official POW/MIA day across the country. There will be a ceremony at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens, 12 Mike & Novi Roads, starting at 6:30PM. Keynote speaker will be MSgt Jeff Rector, USA Retired. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, September 22, 2018 " Also for POW/MIA ceremonies, the VA Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd, Holly, will be holding a service by the main flag pole starting at 11AM. For more info call Don at 810-624-1988 or see flyer.

"Saturday, September 22, 2018 " Project Clean Slate is holding free expungement hearings at Matrix Human Services, 13560 E McNichols, Detroit, from 10 till 3PM. For complete info see flyer.

"Saturday, September 22, 2018 (NEW)" Operation Yellow Ribbon is hosting their 7th annual All American Picnic to honor military families, starting at 11am till 3PM. Donation of $25 from sponsors, free to military families. At the DAV Big Barn, 47326 Dequindre Rd, Shelby Twp. For more info call Peggy at 248-425-2722 or see flyer.

"Saturday, September 22, 2018 " The Association of the US Army, Women in Defense-Michigan, & the National Defense Industrial Association, are hosting their annual Celebrate Michigan Military Gala from 6 to 9PM at the DS3S, 7205 Sterling Ponds Ct, Sterling Hgts. All proceeds toward the Guardian Angels which provides medical service dogs to veterans. Cost is $125 per person. For more info call Mary at 586-567-1150 or see flyer.

"Sunday, September 23, 2018 " Vietnam Veterans of America 159 is having a Bowling Party at Lakeshore Lanes, 13000 Geoffry Dr, Warren, starting at 11:00AM. $20 per bowler, you get 2 games, shoe rental, pizza, lunch, etc. For more info call Joann at 586-558-2925 or see flyer.

"Monday, September 24, 2018 (NEW)" Bowl with Golden Tate and the Detroit Lions in the 4th annual Stars & Strikes at Lucky Strike Lanes, Novi, starting at 7PM. for more info call 503-890-7654 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, September 26, 2018 " The 36th District Court, Detroit, is holding a Court Stand Down to assist with tickets and misdemeanor offenses in Detroit. See flyer for more info.

"Wednesday & Thursday, September 26 & 27, 2018 " The Southeast Michigan Veterans Stand Down will be held both days at 3606 E Forest, Detroit. This event is now open for registration of vendors and volunteers. If you wish to register go to:

"Thursday, September 27, 2018 " The American Indian Veterans of Michigan is hosting a Veteran for Veterans Steak Dinner Fundraiser at their HQ, 26641 Lawrence, Center Line, starting at 5PM trough 10PM. Admission is $15 and includes steak, frybread, baked potato, salad, soft drink. Advance tickets are recommended by calling Chris at 248-210-6153. See flyer for more info.

"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.

"Saturday, September 29, 2018 (NEW)" Sons of theAmerican Legion Post 346 is hosting Laff @ The Legion with a showtime start of 8;30PM, 31775 Grand River, Farmington Hills. Headliner Sal Demilio and Bob Phillips. Dinner at 7:30 for $13, show at 8:30 for $15. For more info call 313-562-1010 or see flyer.

"Sunday, September 30, 2018 " North Oakland Marines Detachment #570 is having its 29th Annual Chili Cook Off, to be held at the White Lake Inn on Ormond White Lake Township Sunday September 30, 2018 Cooking starts at 12:30. Looking for cookers $25:00 entry fee Call Pat @248-238-2083

"Monday, October 1, 2018 " 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 3, 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, October 3, 2018 (NEW)" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting another in their free lecture series, this time on the History of the War Dog. Featured speaker is Phil Weitlaif from the War Dog Memorial. At Willow Run airport, general conference room, starting at 7:30. Call 734-483-4030 for more info or see flyer.

"Thursday, October 4, 2018 " The Northwest Detroit AARP Chapter 5291 is hosting a Veteran's Forum at the Wayne County Community College, 8200 W Outer Dr, Detroit, from 11 till 1PM. Pension information, senior benefits, property tax reduction, etc. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, October 6, 2018 " Join the Red Cross & the Oakland County Health Network to celebrate military personnel & their families from 11AM till 3PM at Catalpa Park, 22705 Greenfield, Southfield. Workshops, children activities, etc. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, October 6, 2018 " Help For Disabled Troops is holding its 15th annual Injured Veterans Fundraiser at the American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E Maple Rd, Troy, 4 till 8PM. $60 donation. Army SSgt Travis Mills (Ret) will be the guest speaker. For more info call Dan at 248-504-9843 or see flyer.

"Saturday, October 6, 2018 (NEW)" The Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council is having a Fall Headstone Cleaning event starting at 9:45AM. Bring a 5 gallon bucket and a soft scrub brush, For more info call Teri at 810-338-7703 or see flyer.

"Saturday October 13, 2018 " The Michigan War Dog Cemetery, 25805 S Lyon Rd, S Lyon at noon, will holding services for K9 Whiskey who had been with the US State Department in Kubal. For more info call Phil at 248-685-8307.

"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, October 13, 2018 " Lake Point Community Church, and VVA Chapter 133, are hosting a Veterans Town Hall from 9 till 1PM at the Family Center, 1550 W Drahner Rd, Oxford. Much veteran info will be provided from speakers at VA, etc. More info at 248-417-2451 or see flyer.

"Sunday, October 14, 2018 " Prevention Concepts & Solutions will be honoring Michigan Veterans & First Responders at Frontier Town, 67310 Van Dyke, Washington from 12 to 5PM. Police K-9 demos, K-9 Team Grad, donations of K-9's to vets in need. For more info call 586-381-1911.

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

"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. MeCee will be Paul W Smith. For more info and to purchase tickets visit their website.

"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, 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.

"Monday, November 5, 2018 " The Detroit Pistons will be hosting their annual Hoops-4-Troops game and a Career Fair at Little Ceasers 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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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 (NEW)" The 3rd annual 2018 Women Veterans Empowerment Conference will take place at the Southfield Civiv Center, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, starting at 10AM till 2PM. To register visit their website at, call 810-373-5744, or 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 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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