Thursday, September 30, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Urgent Call to Action

URGENT CALL TO ACTION FOR AMERICAN LEGION TO AID OUR SERVICE OFFICER PROGRAM: The Michigan Veterans Coalition (MVC), which is the partnership between the VFW, American Legion, VVA, and DAV that jointly provides service officers for veterans and their families across the State, NEEDS YOUR HELP. The Michigan Veterans Coalition has requested a budget increase to expand service provision across the State. Please call, write, and email your State Senators and State Representatives and ask them to support the Michigan Veterans Coalition and the VFW by approving a budget increase for the Michigan Veterans Coalition. If you do not know who your State Representative or Senator is, you can find their information here: State Senators:; State Representatives:


Kim Siedelberg

Assistant to State Adjutant and State Commander

The American Legion, Department of Michigan



Monday, September 13, 2021

Brookdale Assisted Living Veterans Club

On September 13, 2021, District Adjutant Gary DeMars presented Felix Hurt, a Korean War veteran, with an American Legion Certificate of Honor for his military service duty.  Also present for this presentation were AL members John McInerney, Lauri Rodriguez, and Judy DeMars (AL Auxiliary members).

Brookdale Assisted Living in Northville has a Veterans' club with ten members that served in WWII or Korea. Adjutant Gary DeMars formed a team representing the 1st District that meets with the Brookdale Veterans club monthly to have lunch and hold conversations. If you wish to join this team, please get in touch with Adjutant DeMars.

The team that represents the 1st District are:

Gary DeMars - District Adjutant and Post 32 member.
John McInerney - Post 147 member
Raymond Rodriguez - Post 32 member and Post 32 Honor Guard member.
Larry Tysklind - Post 147 member
Judy DeMars - Post 106 Auxiliary member
Lauri Rodriguez - Post 32 Auxiliary member


Thursday, September 9, 2021

MVAA launches new website for Michigan veterans

Gulf War Frontline

MVAA launches new website:


Dear fellow veteran,


The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has launched a new website,, which offers users a wealth of information about veteran benefits and resources in a portal that's easy to navigate.


The new site, which replaces, was designed with the veteran in mind. As the central coordinating agency for Michigan's nearly 600,000 veterans and their families, the MVAA helps veterans break down barriers in all phases of life – from areas ranging from education to employment to long-term care – and the new website serves as a key resource in this endeavor.


On our new homepage, users will find a group of key categories stripped across the top:


Our EMPLOYMENT page will assist veterans who are looking for jobs, entrepreneurship opportunities and licensing and credentialing help, as well as employers interested in hiring veterans.


Looking to use your GI Bill, get academic credit for your service or tap into financial aid? EDUCATION lays it all out, providing myriad resources for veterans and educators.


HEALTH & WELFARE provides information on VA health care, mental health resources, caregiver assistance, long-term care and much more.


OTHER BENEFITS & RESOURCES covers other types of benefits – including disability compensation, home loans and emergency aid – and is broken down into state and federal benefit categories.


Our final two categories are WOMEN VETERANS, which highlights our She is A Veteran campaign, and ABOUT US, which includes information about our leadership, requesting an MVAA speaker at your event and more.


Displayed prominently in the middle of our homepage is our contact information – 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838) and the link to our Check on MIVet form, through which veterans can get a free benefits check.


Below that are links to key benefits and resources, including the DD-214 Request Form to retrieve your separation documents. Coming soon is our searchable database for accredited Veteran Service Officers or benefits counselors in every Michigan county. In the meantime, call 1-800-MICH-VET to locate a benefits counselor.


Further down our homepage you'll find information for the VA Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255), our News section featuring MVAA news releases, our events calendar and a real-time ticker of the MVAA Facebook page.


Finally, at the bottom of the homepage, you'll find our address and general email box, social media links and a signup box for our veteran newsletter. 


We're proud of this new website and trust it will be a helpful guide to veterans, dependents and veteran advocates as we work to make Michigan the place veterans choose to live, raise a family, work and retire. Feel free to bookmark the site and let us know what you think by emailing






Zaneta Adams

Director, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency


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