Friday, May 15, 2020

05/15/20 Membership Report

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Zone 1 Commanders Report

To say that 2019-2020 Legion Year, for the 1st Zone and the 1st and 16th Districts,
has been an extraordinary year, would be an understatement. The Covid-19
outbreak and the spread in America, has affected every aspect of our lives. As of
May 10,2020, 4551 Michiganders have died, from the pandemic. The 1st Zone, city
of Detroit and Wayne County has suffered the brunt of the fatalities (Detroit –
9786 cases / 1187 deaths, Wayne County 8289 cases / 910 deaths). To many of
our Posts have lost someone they know, a post member, or loved one. The 1st
Zone lost our 1st District, 2nd Vice Commander and Post 505 Commander
Guadalupe Luna. In addition, the Department had to close, Post’s have had to
cease activities at their posts homes and the State Convention had to be
cancelled. Through it all, the old 1st District and 17th Districts managed to
complete their merger and finish the membership year, as a united and merged
1st District. The 1st District played a key role, in supporting the hugely successful
Vietnam War Memorial event in Livonia. Post 32 hosted the 1st District’s
Membership Roundup on, March 14, 2020, in which we were able to transfer 52
members, from Post 225 and get 12 new members into District posts. Congrats to
1st Zone Posts 126, 202, 231, 372 and 375, for achieving 100%. A special shout
out to 1st District Commander, Jeff Haeseker and 16th District Commander, Ed
Gorecki for their leadership and support, during 2019-2020. As a reminder to all
posts, please send in your CPRs, on line is the easiest way. I look forward to
serving with them again, during 2020-2021 and once again being able, to be
around our 1st Zone Michigan Legion Family.

1st Zone Commander’s Report
Gregory Spight

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Veterans Benefits Newsletter | May 2020

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May 2020

Veterans Benefits Newsletter

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Join Our Live Tele-Townhalls

Throughout May, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) will be hosting live tele-townhall events. Veterans and beneficiaries can call in to hear the latest information about VBA's COVID-19 response, Solid Start, Blue Water Navy, and more. Mark your calendar because the upcoming tele-townhall dates are now available!

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Learn the Latest From VBA

Stay up to date on all things benefits by checking out the new webcast from the Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. Learn how VBA has been working to improve benefit services for Veterans and their families.

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TED Can Help Your Transition

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be overwhelming. That's why VA's Office of Transition and Economic Development (TED) is here to help you navigate benefit services and get the support you need. Find out how TED can support you!

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Stimulus Checks for Veterans

Our communities may be impacted by COVID-19, but VA has teamed up with the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure Veterans and their beneficiaries receive economic impact payments. Track the status of payments online.

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Let's Be Friends on Facebook

Join VBA on Facebook and be one of the first to hear about benefit updates, VBA job openings, local events, and stories about fellow Veterans. Stay connected and up to date by following VBA today!

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Explore a Career With VBA

Are you or someone you know looking for a new career path? VBA offers many professional opportunities to both Veterans and civilians with competitive salaries, retirement plans, and paid leave. Apply online today. 
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MOAA Ramps up in Response to COVID-19

Our national offices may be closed, but the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) isn't. Our team members have been fully operational from their homes since March, continuing our commitment to "Never Stop Serving." We're maintaining our robust advocacy efforts by communicating with lawmakers in a virtual environment, and we've stepped up our online career and financial offerings. We've added webinars open to all members of the uniformed services community — including spouses — who are seeking employment, a better understanding of their benefits, or assistance navigating uncharted financial waters amid health concerns. Now, our COVID-19 Relief Fund has momentum to further help military families in a time of their greatest need. Join the hundreds already taking advantage of these resources and help watch out for your friends and family.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

VA Information

6 virtual events for Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors

#VetResources - for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers and Survivors
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Now is the time to start your journey, May is Mental Health Month

Focusing on your mental health can lead to a healthier life. Whether you're looking to take the first step or the next step in your journey toward recovery, start here. Start today.


Warrior Surf Foundation provides free therapy, wellness and yoga sessions

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Iraq War Veteran Andrew Manzi started Warrior Surf, a nonprofit that provides free surf camps and therapy for Veterans and their families.
Adapting to better serve the community, Warrior Surf is offering sessions online.  


VA May events:

  • Post a photograph or video on your social media channels of what you are doing to take care of your emotional well-being using #MoreThanEverBefore LEARN MORE
  • May 7, 4 p.m. ET - Take a Breath: Breathing Techniques to Cope with Stress REGISTER
  • May 14, 1 p.m. ET - Lunch N Learn: National Cemetery Administration Veterans Legacy Memorial, VA Telehealth, and The Independence Fund JOIN
  • May 14, 3 p.m. ET – COVID-19 Military Support Initiative by the Association of Defense Communities and Blue Star Families with Veterans Benefits Administration, Wounded Warrior Project, American Legion, and VFW REGISTER
  • May 20, 3 p.m. ET - Survivors Together: Live Q&A Chat on RallyPoint with Office of Survivor Assistance, National Cemetery Administration, and Community Partners ASK A QUESTION
  • May 28, 1 p.m. ET - Lunch N Learn: Memorial Affairs Overview and Spiritual Resilience (VA Chaplain Service) JOIN
  • May 28, 2 p.m. ET - Promoting Veteran Mental Health with VA, Boulder Crest Institute, and Cohen Veterans Network JOIN Audio: 1-800-767-1750, access code 52655#

Mission BBQ: free sandwiches for Veterans, military during Armed Forces Week

Mission BBQ will offer Veterans and active duty military a free sandwich in May on the following dates:
U.S. Army: 5/11
U.S. Marines: 5/12
U.S. Navy: 5/13
U.S. Air Force: 5/14
U.S. Coast Guard: 5/15
All branches: 5/16 
Mission BBQ is also hiring Veterans. 



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New FREE COVID Coach app available

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If you're feeling worried or anxious about your health, safety, loved ones, finances or uncertainty about the future, you are not alone. The new COVID Coach app can help you learn about self-care and improve your mental health during this difficult time.
The app includes:
• Information to help you stay mentally and physically healthy
• Tools to manage stress and improve your well-being
• Assessments to monitor your well-being, anxiety, mood, and PTSD symptoms over time
• Personal goal tracker
• Direct links to resources for additional support or help




Military bands offer free concerts online

Watch the Digital Drumline Project with 900+ drummers playing in unison from all over the world.
See videos and schedules of free performances from all 5 military bands, plus a VA music therapy video. 


Borne the Battle #192: Mike Erwin, Army Veteran, Team RWB Founder

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U.S. Army Veteran Mike Erwin shares his journey as a social entrepreneur. He helped found Team Red White and Blue and The Positivity Project. Through these nonprofit organizations, Erwin is able to serve our country and our Veterans.



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No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home

Free Help for Homeless Veterans Dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) for 24/7 access VA's services for homeless and at-risk Veterans
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Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)

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