Veterans & Military Families Monthly News

November 2013 Vol. 4 No. 11

A story over 100 Years in the making.
A story that needs to be told. Especially as we approach the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War in 2014.
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Form: www.dav.org Because so many sick and disabled veterans lack transportation to and from VA medical facilities for needed treatment, the DAV operates a nationwide Transportation Network to meet this need. Through the Transportation Network, DAV volunteers drive sick and disabled veterans to and from VA medical facilities for treatment. The Transportation Network is a clear example of veterans helping veterans. The DAV stepped in to meet a substantial community need when the federal government terminated its program that helped many veterans pay for transportation to VA medical facilities. The DAV has 189 Hospital Service Coordinators around the country who coordinate the transportation needs for disabled veterans. Use the DAV Hospital Service Coordinator Directory to contact your nearest HSC for information or assistance. Please remember that the DAV Transportation Network is staffed by volunteers; therefore, it is unable to cover every community. We hope we can help you. Locate your nearest VA Medical Center

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From: www.wwimemorial.org In March 2008, Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, visited the District of Columbia War Memorial, on the National Mall in Washington DC. He observed that this peaceful, secluded memorial, dedicated in 1931 as a memorial to the 499 residents of the District of Columbia who gave their lives in that war, sits neglected and in extreme disrepair, and that there is no national memorial to World War I. Mr. Buckles issued a call for the restoration and re-dedication of the D.C. memorial as a National and District of Columbia World War I Memorial. The World War I Memorial Foundation was formed to make Frank Buckles’ dream a reality. The mission of the Foundation is to advocate and raise funds for the re-dedication of the DC War Memorial as a national World War I memorial, dedicated to all those Americans who served in the Great War. In 2014 the world will mark the centennial of World War I. Nearly 5 million Americans served during the war, and 116,516 Americans died in defense of democracy overseas. America’s support of its allies in World War I marked the first time in this nation’s history that American soldiers went abroad to defend foreign soil against aggression -- and it marked the true beginning of “the American century.” Yet while the later conflicts of the 20th century World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War -rightfully have national memorials on the National Mall, there is no such memorial to “the Great War,” even though more Americans gave their lives in World War I than in Korea or Vietnam. The D.C. memorial, which is already located adjacent to those other memorials, is the most fitting site for a national World War I memorial.

The World War I Memorial Foundation

Photo: The Late Frank Buckles during his 2008 visit to the Washington D.C. World War I Monument.

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The Government has established new monthly premium rates for TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) effective January 1, 2014. TRR Member-only coverage: $390.99 TRR Member and Family coverage: 956.65 Health Net Federal Services will automatically collect the appropriate premium amounts on the first business day of the month if you are paying by Recurring Credit Card (RCC) or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). As of October 1, 2012, Health Net will assess a$ 20.00 administrative fee for payments that are unsuccessful due to insufficient or unavailable funds. If you have any questions, please contact our Cu stomer Service Department at 1-877-TRICARE (1-877874-2273) or write to us at Health Net Federal Services, PO Box 105271, Atlanta GA 10348-5271 Sincerely, TRICARE Reserve Enrollment Department Health Net Federal Services, LLC

TRICARE Update

Some Useful Links
Air Force Times www.airforcetimes.com Navy Times www.navytimes.com Marine Corps Times www.marinecorpstimes.com Army Times www.armytimes.com Military Times www.militarytimes.com TRICARE www.tricare.mil American Legion www.legion.org Veterans of Foreign Wars www.vfw.org AMVETS www.amvets.org The DAV www.dav.org Department of Defense www.dod.gov Military/Veterans Report www.militray.com The Pentagon Channel www.pentagonchannel.mil Veterans Administration www.va.gov Military Order of the Purple Heart www.purpleheart.org

A Note From: Lest We Forget Speakers Bureau
This notice from LWF is to inform the reader of the development of a “Lest We Forget” Speaker’s Bureau. Since our organization has conducted three yearlong courses at Lake Michigan College, we have many topics and many qualified speakers to present information from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have developed formats for school children of all ages, and for veteran’s organization. Whatever the event we will gladly produce the correct format We would be glad to present any topic of interest to any group. As coordinator, I will be glad to help with the choices of presentations and help with planning. Gary C. Lulenski Coordinator Speaker’s Bureau 269-428-3442 Garykaye2@comcast.net

If anyone has a site they would like to have added to this growing list please let us know! Contact us anytime at mhauser@migop.org Also check out the complete list of links that appear in this newsletter on the last page.

Thank you for your Support!
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From: www.tricare.mil-10/10/2013 In an effort to raise awareness about mental health, this week, Oct. 6-12, 2013, is observed as National Mental Illness Awareness Week. Congress established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in 1990. Twenty-three years later, mental health and access to behavioral health care remain important topics for service members and their families, who face both the unique challenges of modern military life, like multiple long-term deployments, as well as routine life stressors, such as financial problems. Raising awareness about mental health and available treatment options are important steps in combating the negative stigma surrounding those terms and encouraging those in need to get help. TRICARE mental health care services are available during times of stress, depression, grief, or anxiety. Active duty service members must have a referral and prior authorization for all mental health services, however, non-active duty TRICARE Prime beneficiaries do not a need referral or prior authorization for their first eight outpatient mental health visits. TRICARE covers certain outpatient services such as individual, family or group psychotherapy as well as inpatient services like acute psychiatric care and residential treatment center care. In addition to the week’s observance, National Depression Screening Day is Oct. 10, 2013. This day raises awareness and encourages screenings for people with depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. Individuals can screen themselves for mental health issues anonymously using assessment tools found atwww.militarymentalhealth.org. Any veteran or service member in crisis, or anyone concerned about one, can call the confidential Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) and press "1". Beneficiaries can also use the online chat or send a text message to 838255 to talk to specially trained professionals any time. Military OneSource also offers several resources including confidential, non-medical counseling, which is available online at www.militaryonesource.mil, face-toface, or via phone by calling 1-800-342-9647. Victims of sexual assault can call the DoD Safe Helpline at 1-877995-5247. Asking for help can be hard to do but is a necessary first step in receiving treatment. If you or someone you know needs help, it is available, often from several different sources. Visit www.tricare.mil/mentalhealth or contact your TRICARE regional contractor for more information about getting care.

Mental Health Highlighted during Mental Illness Awareness Week

New Nonprofit in Michigan to Help Veterans, Soldiers and Families
Created by a Veteran for Veterans, Soldiers and their Families
Metamora, MI, August 1, 2013: Suits for Soldiers is a new nonprofit in Michigan, but available nationwide. We are looking to help Veterans, Soldiers and their families with a variety of services and as we grow, increase the services that we provide. The initial services we will be offering are: clothing for interviews and jobs, mentoring, resume writing and review, interview assistance, local job connections, education counseling, VA education benefits help and connecting Veterans with realtors and mortgage professionals who are familiar with working with Veterans. Our goal by the end of the year is to have a place with computer access where those who need our services can come and get clothing, improve their resumes and apply for jobs, get face to face mentoring from local business professionals, take classes and get training that will improve skill sets to get them ready for gainful employment. There are many programs currently out there that offer similar services, but at times are overwhelmed by the number in need of help. Suits for Soldiers would like to be another option for Veterans, Soldiers and their families. There can never be enough resources for the men and women who have served our country. Without these heroes who have sacrificed their families and themselves, we would not be able to be as free as we are today. Suits for Soldiers is asking for the help of those in the television, print and social media to spread the word of our organization, so that we can grow and not only help in Michigan, but reach out to more states and those who are in need of help. Each Veteran we help touches the lives of so many!!! Below are the ways in which you can find Suits for Soldiers on the web: www.suitsforsoldiers.org www.facebook.com/suitsforsoldiers Twitter: @suitsforsoldier Thank you, Scott Fader Suits for Soldiers
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From: www.michigan.gov African-American History Month photo montage first organized in 1937, the unit that became the 1279th Combat Engineer Battalion was the Michigan National Guard's only all-African-American organization. The 1279th saw service in the South Pacific during World War II, including the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Luzon. The 1279th Combat Engineer Battalion was one of the state's African-American units to serve with distinction during that war. Unlike other Michigan African-American units, though, the 1279th was led by African-American officers. And, despite the 1948 Executive Order issued by President Harry S. Truman, the battalion remained segregated. Following World War II, the unit was designated as the 1279th Combat Engineer Battalion. Korean War Service

65th Anniversary of 1279th Combat Engineers

1279th Engineers building a bridge In June 1950, the world was well on its way to recovering from the devastation of World War II. Europe, Japan, the Philippines and many other countries were consumed with rebuilding their lives, homes, farms, businesses and landmarks laid to waste during five years of unimaginable destruction. Americans, from all walks of life, were intent on putting the horrors of war in the past and looked to the future with great optimism and hope. The GI Bill, Marshall Plan, United Nations and North Atlantic Treaty Organization ushered in the second half of the twentieth century with all the promise for peace and prosperity America longed for. But our nation's dream for world cooperation and stability was once again, abruptly shattered. On June 25, 1950, communist North Korea invaded its democratic neighbor, South Korea. The news was greeted with utter disbelief.

In the few short years after World War II, Russia and the United States made the inevitable transition from allies to adversaries. Many military and political strategists feared that North Korea's attack on the South was part of a global communist plot. The objective of the attack, they reasoned, was to lure U.S. military resources away from a crippled Europe, and mount a swift offensive through the continent, that would be met with little or no resistance. Responding to the communist aggression, on June 27, President Harry Truman ordered U.S. forces to assist United Nations forces repel the invasion, and put General Douglas MacArthur in command. With America's armed forces committed to the hostilities, a familiar call to arms was issued to marshal troops. Defense industries comprising the world's undisputed "arsenal of democracy" were again asked to provide our soldiers with the technology and weaponry to achieve overwhelming victory. All across America, National Guard units and young men were being recruited to meet the growing needs of commanders in Korea. On July 29th, the Adjutant General of Michigan, Brigadier General George Moran, received orders to activate a relatively new unit in Detroit, the 1279th Combat Engineers, commanded by World War II hero, Lieutenant Colonel Felix McDavid. In three short weeks, nearly five hundred members of the proud unit stationed in an old, dilapidated building called Roosevelt, would find themselves on their way to Fort Lewis, Washington to begin their pre-deployment training, prior to shipping out for service in Korea. The members of the 1279th didn't have much time to put their affairs at home in order before they found themselves saying good-bye to loved ones at the Fort Street train station. This emotional trip and departure would only mark the beginning of many more uncertain and challenging experiences the unit would face as they set out to defend freedom and nobly serve their country. Training at Fort Lewis was often demanding. Preparing for the tests of combat was a serious matter and the members of the unit soon established excellence as the only acceptable standard. Spit and polish was always the order of the day and 1279th members were readily recognized for their attention to detail and exceptional appearance. In striking contrast to their characteristic "by the book" training regime, one afternoon, the 1279th found themselves center stage in an incident that likely remains unrivaled to this day. During the execution of an unusually large demolitions charge, an unexpected crater was created that changed the topography of Fort Lewis and rattled windows as far away as Tacoma. Continued…
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The isolated occurrence didn't cause any damage, but it still offers unit members a powerful reminder of the effectiveness of dynamite. With their November 15, 1950 embarkation date for Korea quickly approaching, Colonel McDavid asked for an extension of several more weeks to complete the units training. Shortly after the extension was approved, the Army moved quickly to address America's growing concern for an impending Soviet attack in Europe. Suddenly, the 1279th was needed in Germany to repair roads and bridges rendered impassable during World War II. Allied forces needed reliable transportation routes to conduct effective offensive and defensive operations, so the 1279th was reassigned to duty in Europe. This change in plans was received by unit members with mixed feelings of welcome relief and uncertain fear. While their transfer would certainly take them out of the line of fire in Korea, it may have just postponed their destiny with an even greater threat. But, for the time being, this change in plans gave them longer to prepare and one-third of them received an opportunity to take engineering courses at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. There, they learned to construct bridges, conduct reconnaissance and received more demolitions training. The unit members remaining at Fort Lewis also continued their demolitions training, as well as delaying tactics, weapons qualification, and defensive operations. At the conclusion of their 27 week pre-deployment cycle, General J. Lawton Collins, Chief of Staff of the Army, inspected the 1279th and certified them ready to join America's forces preparing for the defense of Europe. In late June, 1951, members of the 1279th Combat Engineer Battalion boarded the SS General William Darby for their transatlantic trip to Bremerhaven, Germany. Upon arrival at the seaport, the unit was assigned to the U.S. Seventh Army.

Seventh Army stationed the 1279th at a renovated McNair kaserne near Herks, Germany. From this location, the unit would perform its mission to prepare for a rear guard action, in anticipation of a Soviet attack, through the Fulda Gap. The unit assumed its mission with uncompromising purpose. Throughout its area of operations, unit members constructed timber trestle, bailey and pontoon bridges with speed and efficiency that earned them incomparable honors and recognition. One distinguished mission accomplishment stands to this day. While on assignment to cross a particularly treacherous stretch of the Rhine River, unit members erected a pontoon bridge over the span, faster, better and safer than any unit before or since. When the members of the unit weren't building their bridges, or getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation, they were often doing what they could to help the people and children in the local community. For their volunteer service, the mayor of Oberrisenburg presented Colonel McDavid with the key to his city. Before the unit returned stateside, the Duchess of Holland presented the members of the 1279th with national honors and citations. In 1952, a little more than a year after they set sail for Germany, the 1279th began a protracted period of reassignments and redeployments. Seventh Army was authorized to begin sending selected soldiers stateside, some to other units in Europe and still others remained in Europe until the Korean War truce was declared. Post-Korean War By war's end, the 1279th was reunited for a brief time, but soon had its battalion colors and streamers retired and placed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. In 1954, the unit was redesigned the 227th AntiAircraft Artillery Battalion, a racially integrated unit. The lineage of the 1279th ended with the retirement of 1st Missile Battalion (Nike-Ajax), 177th Artillery in 1974. "The contributions of U.S. military personnel have been integral to ending open hostilities and to reducing ethnic tensions, allowing for the dramatic reduction of force levels over the past decade," Wright noted. As smaller contingencies of U.S. forces continue to support Operation Joint Guardian and NATO headquarters in Sarajevo, the AFEM will accordingly recognize that support of operations in the Balkans, the memo states. The AFEM area of eligibility mirrors that of the KCM, Wright explained, with the addition of BosniaHerzegovina, Croatia and Hungary. The eligible area also encompasses Serbian land and airspace including Vojvodina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and U.S. Naval vessels operating in the Adriatic Sea. The Department of Defense Manual 1348.33, Volume 2, "Manual of Military Decorations and Awards" contains specific eligibility criteria. [Source: AFPS | Amaani Lyle | 24 Sep 2013 ++]
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From: RAO Bulletin October 2013 (Lt. James ―EMO Tichacek, USN (Ret) Associate Director, Retiree Assistance Office, U.S. Embassy Warden & IRS VITA Baguio City RPPSC 517 Box RCB, FPO AP 96517 Tel: (951) 238-1246 in U.S. or Cell: 0915-361-3503 in the Philippines. Email: raoemo@sbcglobal.net AL/AMVETS/ DAV/FRA/NAUS/NCOA/MOAA/USDR/VFW/VVA/CG33/ DD890/AD37 member) The Defense Department has announced the transition of the Kosovo Campaign Medal to the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, effective Jan. 1, 2014. In a 19 SEP memorandum, Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L. Wright stated that the KCM recognized the significant contributions of U.S. military personnel in support of Operation Joint Guardian since 1999 as part of the NATO-led Kosovo Force.

Kosovo Campaign Medal

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BENTON HARBOR - Southwestern Michigan's Lest We Forget organization is sponsoring the tour "WWII and The Western Front," commonly referred to as the "Band of Brothers Tour." The tour, to take place in summer of 2014, will give you a tangible connection to the most crucial moments of World War II. You will stand where the soldiers fought, see where the leaders met, and walk where the civilians lived. The tour will range from Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms in London, to the D-Day beaches of Normandy, to the battlefields at Bastogne and the historic sites such as Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and the Wall in Berlin. For a very nominal fee the tour can be extended three days to Nuremburg, Munich and Salzburg where you will see the Dachau concentration camp, Hitler's Eagle Nest at Berchtesgaden and much more. You will truly experience first-hand the war that changed the world forever! This historic tour is produced by Education First Educational Tours (EF) of Cambridge MA, the international leader in educational tours for group travel. EF has been in existence for over 50 years and has over 400 offices and schools in over 50 countries around the globe.

Lest We Forget Sponsors International WWII Tour

Make history come alive for you and your grandchildren. Showing them where you or a member of your family served during WWII will provide a sense of history, reality and a greater understanding of your military experience. We will have a full-time EF tour director accompany our group and at each of the stops there will be expert, licensed local guides. Tour includes eight overnight stays (11 on the extended tour) in hotels and one night ferry accommodation--crossing the English Channel. You will travel from July 14th to 24th, 2014 (or through the 27th if you take the 3-day extension). An introductory meeting is scheduled for Aug 21st, 2013 at 7 pm at Lake Michigan College's Benton Harbor campus in the Blue Lecture Hall. Be certain to attend to learn more about this impressive itinerary which takes you from England to France, Belgium and Germany. The cost for this 11 day tour is $3,810 for students under 20 and $4,205 for adults. With the three day extension the cost is $4,295 and $4,690. To view this tour online, go to www.eftours.com/1449819 . For questions call Don Alsbro at 269-921-7176 or dealsbro@comcast.net.

From: Carrie Miller Our Home Transitional provides various types of assistance to homeless single female veterans (i.e. job training and placement, educational training, home placement assistance, and mental and physical healthcare) through other local and national organizations in efforts to help them transition to self-sufficiency in civilian society. These programs will be offered by Our Home Transitional, along with our partnering organizations, such as the VA, VetBiz Central, Land Bank, SV MAP, Workforce Development Veterans Division, LearnKey Veterans Division, VetQuest, Cars4Vets, National Education Alliance, MI Talent bank and many more! Our Home Transitional will deliver a unique family style environment not offered by any other housing placements in our area. We can also create an

About Our Home Transitional of Genesee County

opportunity to revitalize and beautify the City of Flint by utilizing homes that are empty, acquire and then rehab them for permanent placement of our clients. To learn more about our Board of Directors, please visit our Board of Directors page. To learn more about volunteers working with Our Home Transitional, visit our Volunteer page.

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From: RAO Bulletin October 2013 (Lt. James ―EMO Tichacek, USN (Ret) Associate Director, Retiree Assistance Office, U.S. Embassy Warden & IRS VITA Baguio City RPPSC 517 Box RCB, FPO AP 96517 Tel: (951) 238-1246 in U.S. or Cell: 0915-361-3503 in the Philippines. Email: raoemo@sbcglobal.net AL/AMVETS/ DAV/FRA/NAUS/NCOA/MOAA/USDR/VFW/VVA/CG33/ DD890/AD37 member) Fredericksburg, Texas, appears to be typical of small-town America: quaint, family-owned shops and restaurants line Main Street. However, tucked behind a gift store, a German restaurant and other casual eateries stands the National Museum of the Pacific War. The museum complex sits on six acres and hosts 50,000 feet of exhibit space, including a stunning collection of artifacts, memorabilia and interactive exhibits in the 33,000square-foot George H.W. Bush Gallery. Among the items on display:  An HA-19 Japanese submarine that was used in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Visitors can peer inside the sub, one of five used in the attack and the only one on display in the United States.  A door from the USS Arizona.  The casing that would have held the third atomic bomb had Japan not surrendered to the Allies.  A B-25 plane from the Doolittle Raiders.  An M3A1 Stuart tank and the Japanese gun that punctured a hole in the front of the tank — the two items are set off by the exact distance when they were in combat. The tank was used by the Australian Army at Buna on the north coast of New Guinea in December 1942. An American flag that was stitched together with a rusty nail by three POWs. They hid the flags from a real American flag for 42 months during their captivity and stitched together red and white strands from a parachute for the stripes. It’s no wonder the museum has received high accolades; The Wall Street Journal wrote, "A museum of this quality – and importance – needs to be seen." And just how did the museum end up in Fredericksburg, about an

National Museum of the Pacific War

hour north of San Antonio? "Fredericksburg, Texas, is actually the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz," museum director of marketing Brandon Vinyard explained. "The building he was born in is up Lincoln Street, and across the street is a toy store. He was born in a room in the back of that." The restored Nimitz Hotel, located on Main Street, houses the Admiral Nimitz Museum. "His grandfather owned the hotel," Vinyard said. "In the 1800s, Admiral Nimitz spent a good part of his life there before the family relocated." The smaller Nimitz museum focuses on the town’s German influence, the Nimitz family and the life and career of the admiral. The main Pacific War Museum begins in the 19th century with the expansion of western trade to provide background and context to visitors. "We began with the collapse of the Qing Dynasty because that is when the Japanese began to lose respect and fear of China," said retired U.S. Army Maj. Richard Koone, the museum’s education director. "The Japanese also realized that they must modernize their military to prevent the Europeans from doing the same to them as was being done in China. Japan then began to seize Chinese territory and demand concessions eventually resulting in their conquest of Manchuria in 1931 and their invasion of China in 1937. It was the conflict in China that brought the United States and Japan into what would eventually become open conflict." As visitors leave that part of the gallery, they enter a barely lit room and encounter a black hulking mass: the Japanese sub from the Pearl Harbor attack. "The Japanese subs were known to have their gyroscope malfunction and leak toxic fumes, and their batteries would not always work," Vinyard said. "The gyroscope malfunctioning is what caused this one to run aground and led to the pilot ending up being the first prisoner of war of World War II." From there, visitors walk through watershed moments in the Pacific theater – Manila, Bataan, the Doolittle raid, Midway, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Iwo Jima and more. Less than 10 percent of the museum’s collection is on display at any one time. "To be displayed, the artifacts must have some kind of connection to the storyline or the event being portrayed in the exhibit," Koone said, adding that a temporary exhibit gallery is used to showcase other items on a rotating basis. Continued…
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The museum is aiming to continue to grow and tell the story of the war in the Pacific. "The collections on the second and third floors will eventually be accessible to researchers and authors to come in and research, go through the archives, access the oral histories," Vinyard said. "Our plan in the next year is to become the pre-eminent center for research on anything about the Pacific War." Refer to http:// www.pacificwarmuseum.org/index.asp for more information on the museum’s display, visiting hours, and amenities. [Source: The American Legion Online Update 3 Oct 2013 ++]

From: www.vfw.org October 09, 2013 Today, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW), Student Veterans of America (SVA), and the American Legion launched a virtual in-state tuition map for student-veterans and veteran advocates. The map, which will be managed and updated by SVA, is a colorcoded way to offer key stakeholders with real-time information on the status of in-state tuition for veterans in each state and at specific institutions of higher education. The interactive map is the centerpiece of a new campaign among the three leading veterans’ organizations calling on schools to offer in state tuition to all veterans. The initiative is called “In State 4 Vets.” "This new interactive map allows our collegebound veterans and veterans' advocates to fully understand the landscape of higher education and ways that SVA, VFW and the American Legion are working together to ensure that public colleges and universities in every state offer a quality, reasonably-priced education to our newest generation of veterans," said VFW Commander-in -Chief Bill Thien. "When the veterans' community worked to pass the Post-9/11 GI Bill five years ago, the goal was to offer veterans a free, public education at the school of their choice. Unfortunately, many schools disqualify veterans from receiving in-state tuition because archaic residency policies don't accommodate for the unique circumstances of military life. We're working hard to change that." "The virtual map will arm future student veterans with valuable information on where they can maximize their GI Bill and other veteran education benefits," said SVA's outgoing executive director Michael Dakduk. "This would not have been possible without the support of the VFW and the American Legion. They remain our strongest allies in advocating for and supporting military veterans in higher education."

VFW, SVA, LEGION JOIN FORCES TO SECURE VETERANS’ IN-STATE TUITION

"The American Legion contributed to this interactive map project because it saw genuine value in it as an easy-to-use resource for student veterans," said Joe Sharpe, economic director of The American Legion. "We have been leading a state-by-state initiative to convince state legislatures to introduce bills that would make student veterans eligible for in-state tuition rates. And we're not going to stop until this map shows that our veterans qualify for in-state tuition in the entire United States. We collaborated with SVA and VFW to make this map available to America's veterans, and we certainly appreciate their efforts as well." Through the “In State 4 Vets” campaign, the VFW and its partners seek to not only highlight the current landscape for veterans in higher education, but also encourage veterans and their advocates to take action on both the local and national levels. Veterans can share their experiences fighting for in-state tuition via Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #InState4Vets. The interactive map also offers users the opportunity to contact their legislators, encouraging them to pass in-state tuition protection for veterans. Twenty states currently have state laws that waive the in-state residency requirement for veterans; seven states have a policy that waive the in-state residency requirements for veterans; and nine states are currently looking at legislation to grant in-state tuition to veterans. To the VFW, this leaves significant room for improvement in ensuring veterans can maximize their educational opportunities. To learn about the specific circumstances in each state, ways state legislatures seek to address the issue, and ways to take action visit the new virtual map here: www.studentveterans.org/what-we-do/in-statetuition.html
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The 70th Anniversary of D-Day in 2014 is fast approaching and the Lakeshore Lancers band of Stevensville Michigan has been invited by the “D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration” and “American Musical Salute” Committee to join as an official representative of Michigan in Normandy France in June of 2014. Our kids will join the American Liberation Victory Parade that will step off on the actual anniversary day, June 6, 2014 in the French village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village to be liberated by American troops. A 3-time State Champion, the band already represented the State of Michigan in 2004 at the inauguration of the World War II memorial in Washington DC. At the time, our students honored each living World War II Veteran of Michigan by wearing an epaulette that was eventually mailed back to them with a card to thank them for their service and provide them with a token of appreciation and gratitude.

With an invitation of such historical significance, we feel our mission should be meant for this generation to remember forever the meaning of D-Day and those Michigan citizens who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom as well as the significant role the State of Michigan played in this war effort. In particular, we are planning on honoring each of the 419 soldiers of Michigan resting at the Normandy American Cemetery by pouring a little bit sand from Michigan on their grave as a symbol of our remembrance of their sacrifice. The Michigan sand will be collected from high schools of Michigan as an educational program and in return, we will bring back sand from Omaha Beach that will be presented back to each participating school as a token of appreciation and a symbol of remembrance. In addition, we plan for our marching students to wear a ribbon in honor of each of the last living WWII veterans of Michigan that will eventually be mailed back to them as a mark of our gratitude. Finally, our students will research the history of leading companies of Michigan during World War II and build boards that illustrate the amazing contribution of our State to the war efforts. To accomplish this extraordinary invasion, the allied forces relied on American manufacturing companies to produce military equipment such as the Sherman Tank, bombers like the B-24, gliders such as the Waco CG-4A, amphibious vehicles like the DUCW, and military transport vehicles like the GMC CCKW350, the Dodge WC, or the iconic Jeep. Continued... We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

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What do all these have in common? They were all manufactured by leading companies from Michigan. In fact, the whole State of Michigan and its business leaders threw themselves in support of the war effort like no other as the backbone of what was once called “the arsenal for democracy”. One can argue that never in the history of Michigan, has our State had such a leading impact on the world as during World War II. Our band is quite large for a high school of less than 1000 students. As a matter of fact, our band has never travelled overseas. Most band parents simply do not have the means to pay for such a large expense. For this event, we started a comprehensive fundraising program. We are reaching out to numerous leaders of Michigan to gather support:: from local businesses, corporate leaders, private donors, foundations, the French American

Chamber of Commerce of Detroit, The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Michigan Department of Education, as well as our State and Congressional representatives. The response is consistent and overwhelmingly supportive as everyone shows their patriotic support and desire to ensure that such a project gets accomplished. As we live in these difficult economic and political times, wouldn’t it be extraordinary if we could celebrate in 2014 our glorious past while looking forward to a bright future that we owe to all those who served? I think you will agree that we owe it to the past generations, to the fallen, to our last surviving veterans, and to the future generations. For more information and for contribution interest, a website will be available soon: come visit us at www.ddaymichigan.com!

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From: www.michiganpva.org MPVA is celebrating its 50th year of service in Michigan. It is a chapter of the national Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), operating according to the standards and practices established by the PVA. MPVA is, however, a separate 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Michigan programs, services, education, and outreach conducted here are made possible by local volunteers, partners, sponsors, and donors. The mission of Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America is to enhance the lives of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease as well as all citizens with disabilities, by advocating for civil rights, assuring quality health care, supporting continued research and education, and encouraging independence and healthy living through various health, sports and recreational programs. MPVA shall continue striving to remain at the forefront of both veterans’ benefits services and disability rights, while working toward a better quality of life for all American citizens.

The MPVA Mission

How the Registry Began
The National Gold Star Family Registry is a project of Military Families United, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families. Through various events held for Gold Star Family members, Military Families United recognized a need for families to be able to share the stories of their Heroes with the world. In the beginning, families attending these events wrote their stories in a notebook to share with other Gold Star families, this concept eventually took the form of the virtual memorial. First launched in 2010, the Registry has been continually upgraded with the latest in technology and resources. This 21st Century memorial ensures that anyone anywhere can honor and remember the Heroes who have laid down their lives in defense of freedom. Whether they gave their life in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, or another conflict, the Registry is a place to ensure their memory will live on.

From: Wendy Lynn Day (www.goldstarfamilyregistry.com) The National Gold Star Family Registry is the first comprehensive database of the United States’ fallen Heroes and their families ever developed. The Registry not only affords family members the opportunity to publicly remember their loved one, but serves as a historical log of our Nation’s true Heroes. By providing educational resources and personal accounts, the Registry ensures that future generations may know who these brave Americans were—not only how they died, but, more importantly, how they lived. The information in the Registry is compiled from a number of different public sources including the Department of Defense and the National Archives. Adhering to Department of Defense guidelines for families who receive the ‘Gold Star Pin,’ the Registry only includes the names of Heroes who have given their lives on the battlefield. From the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC, to the countless war memorials on courthouse lawns, the United States is peppered with stone monuments honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. These treasures are powerful, but access is limited by geography, and names inscribed in stone don’t tell the Heroes’ full story. The National Gold Star Family Registry serves as a 21st Century monument, utilizing the latest in internet technology to memorialize those same men and women in a whole new way.

National Gold Star Registry

About Military Families United
Military Families United is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization whose mission is to Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families. We are a national coalition of Gold Star and Blue Star families, veterans, and patriotic Americans who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform and support them in their mission to keep America safe. Founded in 2005 to provide an avenue for military families to remind the nation of the importance of supporting our military and the mission they have been given , the organization expanded to provide charitable programs offering families direct support. Through a portfolio of unique services, events, and advocacy programs, the organization seeks to ensure that future generations of Americans will never forget the sacrifices of our courageous military.

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From: RAO Bulletin October 2013 (Lt. James ―EMO Tichacek, USN (Ret) Associate Director, Retiree Assistance Office, U.S. Embassy Warden & IRS VITA Baguio City RPPSC 517 Box RCB, FPO AP 96517 Tel: (951) 238-1246 in U.S. or Cell: 0915-361-3503 in the Philippines. Email: raoemo@sbcglobal.net AL/AMVETS/ DAV/FRA/NAUS/NCOA/MOAA/USDR/VFW/VVA/CG33/ DD890/AD37 member) A retired Army lieutenant colonel recently wrote MilitaryTimes” Consumer Reports to say he had “significant security concerns” about two programs that have been developed to give companies ways to verify that people are veterans before giving them special deals and discounts. His concern was the amount of information he had to provide which could lead to fraud, violence or identity theft. His concerns was passed on to the two verification companies, Troop ID and SheerID, to address them. Troop ID is an online ID card for troops, veterans and spouses that allows members to get discounts online. Those eligible can tie their email to their military credentials by visiting http://www.troopid.com. Once they are verified, customers can use the Troop ID widget on retailers’ websites to get discount vouchers for a variety of national brands. Currently, serving troops can enter their .mil email address for verification. Retirees have several options to verify their status. The retired lieutenant colonel chose his USAA membership. But he was asked for his full date of birth, the last four digits of his Social Security number, and a date during which he was on active duty. “If I am using USAA to verify my status, then why do I need to [provide] so much personal information?” he asks. Blake Hall, chief executive officer of Troop ID, said the company requires the minimum amount of information necessary to ensure that a person did, in fact, serve in the military. Once a service member or veteran is

Military Discount Verification Companies-Are they Safe?

verified, “we only release the fields of information that are directly relevant to a particular business transaction.” For retail discounts, he said, that information is just a name and a “yes or no” response as to military status. In addition, the customer reviews the information requested by the retailer and must explicitly approve each request, Hall said, adding that a “bank-grade” infrastructure protects the information at all times. USAA chief information security and privacy officer Jack Key said TroopID has met USAA’s security requirements for the protection of information “and we continue to monitor their compliance.” “We are currently evaluating options to allow USAA members to use their member numbers for TroopID verification and/or access TroopID directly from usaa.com,” he said. The company SheerID ( http://www.sheerid.com ) works differently, providing a “point-of-sale” verification that any retailer can use at the cash register or online checkout, verifying through secure databases such as the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. But the retiree said it makes him uneasy to provide his date of birth at the cash register. He contends that, along with information on a personal check or credit card, too much information is going to the sales clerk. Technically, its two separate processes, a spokesman for SheerID said. “To the consumer, it appears as one seamless process with just two steps,” he said, but really, customers enter their birth dates and/or military verification information with SheerID on the keypad much like they would enter the information required for a debit card transaction, then handle the payment process with the retailer. Customers can tell the cashier their information, but if they don’t feel comfortable providing that, they can enter it on the keypad. The cashier doesn’t see the SheerID information. “Ultimately, the retailer cannot see the personal verification details, and SheerID cannot see the payment information, so it’s all separate,” he said. If you are concerned about the security of any process, ask why you have to provide a specific piece of information and whether there is a way to avoid it. If you’re still concerned, you don’t have to continue with the transaction. Ultimately, getting a discount is voluntary. [Source: MilitaryTimes e-Report | Money | Oct 2013 ++]

Veterans Radio is dedicated to all of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. Our mission is to provide all veterans with a voice, to give them a forum where they are able to discuss their issues…and tell their stories. You can listen to the show on: WDEO (990-AM Ann Arbor/Detroit), WMAX (1440-AM, Saginaw), WDEO-FM (99.5 FM, Naples FL), KAGY (1510-AM Port Sulfur/New Orleans LA), KIXW (960-AM, Apple Valley CA) and KMRC (1430AM Morgan City, LA). Or, listen to our Webcast and archives at: www.veteransradio.net.

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From: www.esgr.mil ESGR, a Department of Defense agency, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,800 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve. ESGR has served our country for 40 years, developing and promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of our Reserve Component members, their families and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state and local government and professional trade organizations as together, We All Serve!

What is ESGR

From: www.va.gov The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to informing the Veteran community about VA health benefits and services. Currently, VA is producing personalized Veteran Health Benefits Handbooks for Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care. The new handbooks are tailored specificfor each Veteran and provides detailed information about the VA health services the Veteran may be eligible to receive. The Veteran Health Benefit Handbook provides answers to common questions such as contact information for the Veteran's local facility, instructions on how to schedule appointments, guidelines for communicating treatment needs and an explanation of the Veteran's responsibilities, such as co-pays, if applicable. Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare will receive their personalized handbooks via mail as part of a national rollout campaign starting in February 2012 based on Priority Group, beginning with Priority Group 1 and ending with Priority Group 8. In the near future, VA will develop an online version of the handbook for Veterans to access via MyHealtheVet. This will allow Veterans to access their up-to-date health benefit information anywhere, anytime. Click the link below for additional information about the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook or call VA at 1 877-222-VETS (8387).

Veterans Health Benefits Handbook

We would like to express our appreciation to all of the Fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.
Click the Michigan Flag to access the ESGR Michigan Page

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From: www.vfw.org October 09, 2013 Today, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW), Student Veterans of America (SVA), and the American Legion launched a virtual in-state tuition map for student-veterans and veteran advocates. The map, which will be managed and updated by SVA, is a colorcoded way to offer key stakeholders with real-time information on the status of in-state tuition for veterans in each state and at specific institutions of higher education. The interactive map is the centerpiece of a new campaign among the three leading veterans’ organizations calling on schools to offer in state tuition to all veterans. The initiative is called “In State 4 Vets.” "This new interactive map allows our collegebound veterans and veterans' advocates to fully understand the landscape of higher education and ways that SVA, VFW and the American Legion are working together to ensure that public colleges and universities in every state offer a quality, reasonably-priced education to our newest generation of veterans," said VFW Commander-in -Chief Bill Thien. "When the veterans' community worked to pass the Post-9/11 GI Bill five years ago, the goal was to offer veterans a free, public education at the school of their choice. Unfortunately, many schools disqualify veterans from receiving in-state tuition because archaic residency policies don't accommodate for the unique circumstances of military life. We're working hard to change that." "The virtual map will arm future student veterans with valuable information on where they can maximize their GI Bill and other veteran education benefits," said SVA's outgoing executive director Michael Dakduk. "This would not have been possible without the support of the VFW and the American Legion. They remain our strongest allies in advocating for and supporting military veterans in higher education."

VFW, SVA, LEGION JOIN FORCES TO SECURE VETERANS’ IN-STATE TUITION

"The American Legion contributed to this interactive map project because it saw genuine value in it as an easy-to-use resource for student veterans," said Joe Sharpe, economic director of The American Legion. "We have been leading a state-by-state initiative to convince state legislatures to introduce bills that would make student veterans eligible for in-state tuition rates. And we're not going to stop until this map shows that our veterans qualify for in-state tuition in the entire United States. We collaborated with SVA and VFW to make this map available to America's veterans, and we certainly appreciate their efforts as well." Through the “In State 4 Vets” campaign, the VFW and its partners seek to not only highlight the current landscape for veterans in higher education, but also encourage veterans and their advocates to take action on both the local and national levels. Veterans can share their experiences fighting for in-state tuition via Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #InState4Vets. The interactive map also offers users the opportunity to contact their legislators, encouraging them to pass in-state tuition protection for veterans. Twenty states currently have state laws that waive the in-state residency requirement for veterans; seven states have a policy that waive the in-state residency requirements for veterans; and nine states are currently looking at legislation to grant in-state tuition to veterans. To the VFW, this leaves significant room for improvement in ensuring veterans can maximize their educational opportunities. To learn about the specific circumstances in each state, ways state legislatures seek to address the issue, and ways to take action visit the new virtual map here: www.studentveterans.org/what-we-do/in-statetuition.html

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From: www.michigan.gov Just before the beginning of the new millennium, many people were concerned about the potential impact on society if important computer systems had difficulty changing dates from 1999 to 2000. The Michigan National Guard was prepared in case the Y2K bug did its worst but did not see a need to mobilize any units like some other states did. January 1, 2000 was a day just like New Year's Day in previous years. Michigan National Guard units continued to play a role in U.S. military activities. Our Air National Guard units are integrated into the U.S. Air Force Air Expeditionary Force rotations. As a result, units from

Dawn of the New Millennium

Selfridge and Battle Creek Air National Guard Bases routinely find themselves working with their active duty counterparts throughout the world. September 11, 2001 The world changed for the United States on this infamous date. Michigan Air National Guard F-16s took to the skies within hours of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon to fly combat air patrols over Michigan's cities. Since September 11th, Michigan National Guard members have provided security at the state's commercial airports and at the border crossings with Canada. In addition to increased missions to support Homeland Defense, Michigan National Guard units continue to perform other missions. These include supporting peacekeeping operations in the Balkans as well as the war on terrorism in Southwest Asia.

MICHIGAN AIR NATIONAL GUARD HISTORY BOOKS
The Michigan Air National Guard Historical Association created a three volume set of history books covering the periods 1926-1996. A fourth volume covering the years 1996 to 2006 is in production and should be available soon. Volume 1 covers the period 1926 to 1976-Cost: $1.00 Volume 2 covers the period 1976 to 1986-Cost: $4.00 Volume 3 covers the period 1986 to 1996-Cost: $1.00 Volume 4 covers the period 1996 to 2010-Cost: $6:00 Full color $35.00 If you wish to purchase one or more of these volumes or are interested in more information, please contact MAGHA at Phone: 586-239-6768, Fax: 586-239-6646, Email: 127.wg.selfridgeairmuseum@ang.af.mil

MANGBANG
From: Eugene (Gene) A. Simon- Command Chief Master Sergeant USAF (Retired) & Matthew X. Hauser As you may have seen in past editions of the newsletter, MANGBANG has been one of our sources. We are thankful for the source and so we just wanted to pass the information along for MANGBANG in case anyone is interested in joining the Michigan Air National Guard Historical Association. You can contact Lou Nigro if you are interested. We think it is a worthwhile investment-it supports the history of the Michigan Air National Guard and his monthly publications are very informative. For those who want to view it on our website (www.selfridgeairmuseum.org, http://www.selfridgeairmuseum.org ), Lt Col Lou Nigro, MI ANG (Ret) Executive Director, Selfridge Military Air Museum Email: louis.nigro@ang.af.mil

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Legal Help for Veterans
From: James G. Fausone Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC is a law firm located in Northville, Michigan. We have a national practice representing veterans on veterans disability claims. This representation occurs at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and regional offices. We have helped veterans collect over $10,000,000 in retro and future benefits. Over the last decade, LHFV has become a trusted name in the legal community for providing legal services to veterans and lecturing at law schools, bar associations and community events. Members of the Legal Help for Veterans practice group are former service members who bring not only legal expertise but an understanding of service and duty. The members of the group have medical and administrative backgrounds as well as finely honed legal skills developed over twenty years of practice and experience. We have represented thousands of veterans and currently have over 650 active clients. For more information about the organization and about legal help for veterans and for contact information www.legalhelpforveterans.com and found on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Our telephone number is 800.693.4800. Our blog discusses current issues facing veterans and the VA. Typically our clients are enlisted men and women who served post Korea. The Vietnam vet is still the one with the most common problems. These include Agent Orange related disabilities, PTSD, psychiatric or orthopedic injuries. Other vets often have hearing loss, military sexual trauma or tinnitus. We are now seeing Iraq and Afghanistan vets with TBI. Many vets do not even begin the disability claim process until many years after service. The trigger may be unemployability and the need for benefits. With a million claim back log at VA, it is a slow and confusing process and many people need professional help establishing the proper diagnosis and service connection. That is what Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC has been doing for clients for years. We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

From: Rick Briggs, Major, USAF (Ret) The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) Veterans Program utilizes numerous types of outdoor activities to gather Veterans and currently serving military personnel together for a little R&R. These special events are almost always free for the troops depending totally on the kind donations of sponsors and donors. In addition to being a great way to say “Thank you” for their service, these activities serve as the mechanism to get the troops to open up a little if they are having post-deployment issues. “Frequently we find that in the comfortable confines with others who have “been there, done that” they tend to be more receptive to learn about Invisible Wounds” says Rick Briggs the Program Manager, “both PTSD and TBI are treatable if they seek the proper help.” To find out more about these activities, or to donate to their Veterans Program, please make out checks to “BIAMI Veterans Program” and send them to 7305 Grand River Suite #100, Brighton, MI 48114 or contact Rick Briggs at veterans@biami.org or call him (810) 2295880 or visit www.biami.org.

Brain Injury Association of Michigan

BIAMI is celebrating its 30th Anniversary as it continues to strive to provide persons with a brain injury and their families, healthcare professionals, and the general public with the resources necessary to enhance brain injury awareness, education, prevention, and support. BIAMI is also fields the first and only dedicated Veterans Program staff within the Brain Injury Association of America.
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About the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI):

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For more information please visit www.supportamericanvets.org and www.grassrootsationteam.org. More details coming soon.
The Grassroots Action Team was created in order to advocate for Veterans and others about issues concerning mental health parity and physical health. We will be doing this first and foremost by educating people and making sure they are aware of the issues. Then we will make sure our leaders in Washington and at the State level are aware of the issues and vote in favor of our Veterans. We will keep the pressure on to make sure programs that are already in place as well as any new programs helping veterans are in fact implemented. If you would like to make a donation or have ideas and/or suggestions for us please write to our President, Hank Fuhs, Lt. Col., United States Air Force/ANG/USAF Reserves (ret.) at 3848 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 or email him athankfuhs@gmail.com or info@grassrootsactionteam.org.

We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.
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Two Great Sources for Veterans/Military Legislative Updates in Washington D.C. Simply click the images to view the site.

Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Committee Members
Jim Stamas (R) Committee Chair, 98th District Ray Franz (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 101st District Gail Haines (R) 43rd District Kenneth Kurtz (R) 58th District Tom Hooker (R) 77th District Dale Zorn (R) 56th District Joseph Graves (R) 51st District Harvey Santana (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 9th District George Darany (D) 15th District Dian Slavens (D) 21st District Brian Banks (D) 1st District Henry Yanez (D) 25th District Phil Cavanagh (D) 10th District Ben Cook, Committee Clerk 517-373-2002

Rep. Jim Stamas Committee Chair Welcome to the Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. The committee's regularly scheduled meeting time is Wednesday at 9:00am in room 308 of the House Office Building in Lansing. I welcome citizens to contact me or other committee members regarding bills or proposals our committee is addressing. Individuals needing special accommodations to participate in a committee meeting may contact my office to request the necessary assistance.

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Stand Up For Veterans-They Stood Up For US
-The DAV

American Legion Post is in looking for current military members to send care packages to. Please contact Robert Goulet if you know of any military member who might like something. Please see “News From American Legion Post 341” below for more information. Thank you very much!
CoordinatorMatthew X. Hauser

Staff & Contributors
Vicki Dunlop Mark Eddy Keith Famie James G. Fausone Rep. Ray Franz Sean M. Furr Denny Gillem Robert Goulet Dr. Jack Grenan John Haggard Larry Harr Dan Heckman

In Memory of Gary Lillie
Louis Nigro Roger Rosenberg Sid Rubin Eugene (Gene) A. Simon Phil Smith Sherry Swann Tim Pascarella Bob Tidmore Rep. Fred Upton Maureen VanHooser Publisher-Hank Fuhs

ContributorsDon Alsbro Rick Briggs Helen Budd Sen. Patrick Colbeck Sam Cottle Rep. Kurt Damrow Matt Davis David Duenow

Dale Hemphill John Hess Norma Housey Sec. of State Ruth Johnson James Julian Adrian Keogh Adele Krovsky Bill Langbehn Merridy Lewis Gary C. Lulenski Claude McManus Chad Miles

News From American Legion Post 341
American Legion Post 341 is seeking the names of troops that are deployed to a combat zone so that we can send them large package of goodies and that their names and address should be sent to the address below. Also post 341 is always seeking new members please contact Robert at the same address if interested. American Legion Post 341 Sr. Vice Commander Robert P. Goulet 6130 Nicholas West Bloomfield, MI rgoulet264@aol.com

Thank you for your service to our country. It is truly the men and women like you who make this nation great, and we must never forget that. Thank you to everyone for all the help you have given us with the newsletter. We have been able to reach more people because of your help. Compared to when we first started, the amount of input and ideas we receive has increased greatly. For that we are very thankful. If you have anything you would like to share, any questions, or have an article idea, please let me know. You may contact us anytime at mhauser@migop.org. Sincerely, Matthew X. Hauser and Lt. Col Hank Fuhs

In Closing

Lest We Forget-A Clip from Hank Fuhs Lt. Col., USAF, Ret, ANG (Just Click the Link Below)
I Fought For You

We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

~Ronald Reagan

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