Friday, May 28, 2021

Order to cancel the Department of Michigan 2021 Boys State program


To all concerned,

Per the guidance given to us by the Department Executive Committee (DEC) during the DEC meeting of March 29, 2021, there were to be a minimum of 100 boys registered and fees paid by May 28, 2021 to be allowed to move forward with the Boys State program. As of today, May 28, 2021, the Department has received 61 registrations.

Therefore, I am cancelling the 2021 Boys State program as per the DEC guidelines.

It is with regret that I take this action, but directions were clearly stated by the Department Executive Committee.

Commanders, please forward this information to all posts.


Barry Wood

Commander

Department of Michigan

"The American Legion's success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives."

Friday, May 21, 2021

VA National Cemeteries Loosen COVID Restrictions



VA National Cemeteries No Longer Restricting Gathering Sizes at Committal and Memorial Services

Dear Subscriber,

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) today announced it would lift all restrictions on gathering sizes at committal and memorial services in VA national cemeteries starting on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Earlier this week, the NCA announced it had adjusted its rules for visitors and staff members in accordance with the CDC's new guidance, Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to wear masks and physically distance themselves while at a national cemetery. 

Consistent with the new CDC guidance, NCA still requires persons who are not fully vaccinated to practice the safety procedures recommended by the CDC – such as wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing – while visiting a cemetery or attending a service.

For more information, please visit the NCA website, https://wwww.cem.va.gov or contact your local national cemetery.

Sincerely,

The National Cemetery Administration


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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Commander Year-End Report

 


            1st District Commander Year-End Report -2020

 

                                                                                                  By Commander Jeff Haeseker

 

 

Another Legion year comes to an end.  Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus is still with us, and again it has forced the cancellation of our youth programs. The second year of the recently merged 1st District has seen the closing of a couple of our Detroit posts as a result.  We may be smaller, but we will come back stronger. 

 

Dan McCrary, our 1st District Americanism Co-chair, and Grosse Pointe Post 303 Commander are doing an amazing job with our District 1 Oratorical Contest again this year.  Our winner, Sophia Hugh (of Grosse Point Park), went on to win Zone 1 and then placed second in the State’s Oratorical Contest. Our Finance Officer, Roger Avie, had the pleasure of issuing Miss Hugh a $175 check for the district win. Well done!! Our District was also proud to award “Brewer” and “Wilson” Scholarships to several well-deserving applicants.  Commanders Dan McCrary (Post 303) and John Burke (Post 86) are doing a great job with high school Junior ROTC Programs within the 1st District. These programs are running very strong on the east side of the district, and both Post 303 and Post 86 are always happy to support recognition awards for these high schools.

PDC Dick Chatman has been very busy with the Homeless Vet Program. PDC Chatman recently hosted the 1st District’s Memorial Service at Post 32, remembering our Legionnaires, Unit members, Squadron members, and Riders that have departed our ranks from 2019 to 2021. This is a time-honored American Legion tradition to honor the promise “We will not forget you.” He is also setting up a “District Michigan Family Committee” to promote mutual comradeship, respect, and helpfulness among the 1st District Legion Family and be a liaison between Legion Family Members and 1st District Officers, Executive Board, and Associated Posts.

Congratulations to Post 32 Commander Dan Newton, who has been elected as the new Commander of the 1st District. I know that you will do well with the great team that we have in place.  Welcome aboard, Dan!  


District 1 Adjutant Gary DeMars (who developed and maintains our web page “District 1 Blog”) https://al.aldist1.org/ , provides an information portal that can be accessed by any web browser.  The blog contains notes, articles, and links to sites the Post Commanders and members may be interested in reviewing. It is an excellent place to start for retrieval of information about our District, the VA, or any of the National American Legion programs.  Gary has been an invaluable mentor and advisor for the District. He will do well as he advances to future positions. He has been a good friend.  


It has been an honor to serve as the 1st District (and 17th District) Commander for these past three years, and my hope is that I have served you well.  Please, everyone, stay safe, and we’ll see you on the other side. 


-May you have fair winds and following seas! 

 


      

 


Friday, May 14, 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021

Update to Department’s 2021 Membership Incentives


Post Commanders & Adjutants:

UPDATE TO THE INCENTIVES!
Due to the complications with the new MyLegion site, The American Legion National Headquarters has extended the 100% date to June 7, 2021. 

Attached are the current standings for the Department's 2021 Membership Incentives. We will begin providing this information on a weekly basis until we reach the May 12 now June 7 100% Target Date.

The reports below are dated March 31, 2021, the last time we had membership numbers.
 
As a reminder, there are three categories of winners…Highest % Above Goal, Highest Number of Members Above Goal, and Most Improved Post. Each category has three winning positions…1st - $2,000…2nd - $1,000…and 3rd - $500.
 
Here are a few notable items from the standings:
 
  • Highest % Above Goal: Multiple Posts are in heated competition for 3rd place in this category.
  • Highest Number Members Above Goal: Two Posts are tied for 1st Place. A Multitude of Posts are competing for a position as we enter the final leg.
  • Most Improved Post: Four Posts are less than 1 Improvement Point away from 3rd Place…Only ONE New Member will make a difference!
  • The April/May FLASH New Member Competition will help your Post move up in the standings.
See the results on these links:


We know this has been one of the most challenging years we can remember, and we truly appreciate the extra effort put forth by all Posts in the Department.

We are confident that your active participation in this month's FLASH New Member Competition will not only earn your Post some much-needed cash but will help you improve your standing in the 2021 Membership Incentive Competition.
 
Keep up the GREAT work!
 
Brian
Brian A. Mohlman, Membership Director
The American Legion Department of Michigan
269-579-6458

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NEWS RELEASE: Treasury: Detroit Individual Income Tax Return Filing and Payment Deadline May 17



 State and Federal Individual Income Tax Deadlines on May 17

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2021

Contact: Ron Leix, Treasury, 517-335-2167

Treasury: Detroit Individual Income Tax Return Filing and Payment Deadline May 17

 State and Federal Individual Income Tax Deadlines on May 17

LANSING, Mich. – Taxpayers who pay city of Detroit individual income taxes have until May 17 to file their returns or make payments, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

On April 22, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bi-partisan bill extending city income tax returns. This new law extends the filing deadline for individuals under the City Income Tax Act to match the federal filing deadline, meaning individuals who file a city of Detroit individual income tax return now have until May 17, 2021, to file without incurring penalty or interest.

Individuals who need additional time to file beyond May 17 can request a filing extension until Oct. 15. An extension of time to file does not extend the time to pay the tax.

For additional details, taxpayers are encouraged to read "Update: Notice on the Status of City of Detroit Individual Income Tax Due Date Extended to May 17."

State and federal individual income tax returns and payments are also due on May 17.

As a part of a partnership to help the city, the state Treasury Department has been processing city of Detroit individual income tax returns since the 2015 tax year.

To learn more about the city of Detroit income taxes, go to www.michigan.gov/citytax.

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Department of Michigan

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Veterans Benefits Newsletter | May 2021, (Debt Relief Extended For Veterans) (Medical and Pharmacy CoPayments Incurred Between April 6, 2020 and September 30, 2021 Will Be Cancelled and Any Payments Refunded)


VA Benefits: Debt Relief | GI Bill Updates | Family Caregivers

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May 2021

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Debt Relief Extended for Veterans

VA recognizes that some Veterans and beneficiaries continue to be impacted by COVID-19. To provide relief, VA is suspending the collection of Veteran benefit overpayments incurred between April 6, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021. Additionally, medical and pharmacy copayments incurred during this period will be canceled and any payments refunded. Use our new online tool to check the status of your VA debt, as well as options to resolve it.

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Through VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC), Veterans can appoint one primary and up to two secondary caregivers who may be eligible to receive financial assistance, training, and more to support their important role of caring for a Veteran. Find out if you're eligible and how to apply for PCAFC.


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GI Bill Is Going Digital

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American Rescue Plan Helps Veterans

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Claim Exam Locations Expand

Disability compensation and pension (C&P) exams, also called claim exams, are crucial to determine your eligibility for VA benefits. Now C&P exam locations have expanded to include non-VA vendors across the country. Learn how the additional locations have changed the C&P exam scheduling process.


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VA Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Now all Veterans, their spouses, and caregivers can get COVID-19 vaccines from VA regardless of their VA health care enrollment status. Learn how to get your COVID-19 vaccine from VA!

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