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A listing of current events in and around the metro Detroit Area for and about Veterans, as of 2/22/18.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Free Home Repairs for Low Income Vets" Rebuilding Oakland has grant money available to make repairs to the homes of low income vets, at no charge. Restrictions do apply. For more info about Rebuilding Oakland county see their Overview. Click on application to have your house repaired. This funding expires on March 15th, so don't delay.

"Free (or discounted) Tickets to Local Events" Vet Tickets offers free, or discounted, tickets to sporting events, concerts, etc. Visit their website to sign up and view events.

EVENTS!

"Thursday, February 22, 2018 " The Canton Community Foundation is hosting a veterans job fair at Madonna University, 36600 Schoolcraft, Livonia, from 10 till 2PM. See flyer for info.

"Thursday, February 22, 2018 " Soldiers' Angels is hosting another free food for vets mobile pantry from Noon till 2PM at the American Legion Post 375, 19486 Sherwood, Detroit. You must register in advance at 210-629-0020. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, February 24, 2018" The Fallen & Wounded Soldier Fund is hosting its 13th annual Dinner, Dance, Auction, at the MGM Grand in Detroit starting at 4PM, with program starting at 6PM. Noted speaker will be former House Representative Mike Rogers. For complete info call 248-417-6984 or see flyer.

"Sunday, February 25, 2018 " The MI Military Technical & Historical Society is hosting another in their free lecture series on the Detroit area during the war at their location at 16600 Stephens, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Dennis Skupinski will share tales from the home front during WW 1. Admission by donation. See flyer for more info.

"Wednesday, March 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.

"Saturday, March 3, 2018 (NEW) " Dexter High School, 2200 N Parker Rd, Dexter, is hosting an Army vs. Navy Wheelchair basket ball game, starting at 2PM. All proceeds will go to the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital through the Holder of the Year Foundation. The Mortell Holder of the Year award was given to University of Michigan football player Garrett Moores (after his 2016 season). The recipients of this award use it to promote charities and strengthen their local communities. Garrett chose to support Veterans at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor (a place where U of M football players often visit). The funds will be used for a wide variety of services provided by the VA, including: the Psychiatry Service Fund, Women Veterans, Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) Program, Holiday Fund, Health Care for Homeless Vets, Adaptive Blind Sports/VIST, and many more. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids, seniors, & students. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, March 10, 2018" Vets Returning Home is hosting its 4th annual Dinner Fundraiser at Royalty House Banquet Hall, 8201 E 13 Mile, Warren, from 6 till 10PM. Master of Ceremonies is Eli Zaret. Tickets are $50, table for 10 is $400. There will be live entertainment. For more info call 586-216-8510 or see flyer.

"Saturday, March 10, 2018" VFW Post 7573 -COVE 35011 23 Mile Rd. New Baltimore, Phone 586-725-7100, is hosting an ANNUAL HARD TIMES PARTY. $30.00 PER PERSON INCLUDES; DINNER, OPEN BAR, SNACKS AND PRIZES DOORS OPEN @ 6:00 DINNER @ 7 PRIZES FOR THE BEST COSTUMES PROCEEDS TO HELP SUPPORT VETERANS PROGRAMS. GREAT PARTY!!

"Sunday, March 11, 2018 (NEW)" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society, 16600 Stevens, Eastpointe, is hosting another in their lecture series, the topic today is the War Dog Memorial is South Lyon. Guest speaker will be Phil Weitlauf, president of the memorial. Admission by donation. See flyer.

"Saturday, March 17, 2018" The Royal Oak Legion Riders, from post 253, is hosting an Euchre Tournament starting at 7PM, doors open at 6, at their hall at 1505 N Main, Royal Oak. $10 entry fee. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, March 17, 2018 (NEW)" American Legion Post 364, 3001 S Telegraph, Dearborn, is hosting a Corn Beef & Cabbage dinner in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Noon till sold out! Cost is $19 per person. See flyer for more info.

"Sunday, March 18, 2018" Berkley American Legion is holding 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

"Thursday, March 22, 2018" The Desert Angel's are hosting another in their ongoing Packing Parties for the troops serving overseas, today at the Oakland Sportsman's Club, 4770 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, 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!

"Thursday, March 22, 2018 (NEW)" The 5th Annual Patrick Henry Awards, as part of Patriot Week, at the San Marino Club, 1685 E Big Beaver, Troy, starting at 6PM, dinner at 6:30. Tickets are $55 per person. For more see flyer.

"Friday, March 23, 2018" Veterans Community Action Team, Region 9, and USA Hockey, is hosting a Military Appreciation Night at the USA Hockey Arena, 14900 Beck Rd, Plymouth, starting at 5PM with a reception. Game starts at 7PM. Tickets are free if ordered by March 16th at Eventbrite. See flyer for more info.

"Friday or Saturday, March 23 or 24, 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 Beethoven's Seventh.

"Saturday, March 24, 2018 (NEW)" Disabled American Veterans, Post 129, & VFW Post 3908, are hosting a chili cook off from 11AM till 3PM at the Historic Red Barn, 47326 Dequindre, Shelby Twp. $5 admission for unlimited tasting, $25 entry fee for service orgs, $50 for food establishments. Call 248-977-7900 for more info or see flyer.

"Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (NEW)" The Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen, Southfield, is hosting the 11th annual Spell Bowl, 7 till 9PM. $40 per team fee. Pick up registration forms for your team at the front desk of the library & the word list. See flyer.

"Thursday, March 29, 2018 " The American Indian Veterans of MI (AIVOMI) is hosting a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day at their location, 26641 Lawrence, Center Line, from 2 till 7PM. Mostaccioli, salad & garlic fry bread. Movies to be shown throughout the day. This is a free event for vets & their families. See flyer for more info.

"Thursday, April 5, 2018 " The Desert Angel's are hosting another in their ongoing Packing Parties for the troops serving overseas, today at the Oakland Sportsman's Club, 4770 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, 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!

"Saturday, April 14, 2018" The Royal Oak Legion Riders, from post 253, is hosting an Euchre Tournament starting at 7PM, doors open at 6, at their hall at 1505 N Main, Royal Oak. $10 entry fee. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, April 14, 2018" VFW Post 7573 -COVE 35011 23 Mile Rd. New Baltimore, Phone 586-725-7100, is hosting an FW POST 7573-FRONT HALL PARTY LAS VEGAS / USO SHOW. $40.00 PER PERSON INCLUDES: CATERED DINNER, OPEN BAR, SHOW WITH 4 DIFFERENT PERFORMERS AND ALSO ROLAND THE MAGICIAN !!! THIS WILL BE AN AWESOME PARTY!!1 GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY.

"Sunday, April 15, 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.

"Saturday, April 28, 2018 (NEW)" 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.

"Friday, May 11, 2018 (NEW)" 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..

"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..

"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.

"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.

"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

"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 reated 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 2/22/18