Community Service Event Flyers

Friday, 6 September, volunteers needed to build a rain shelter for Eberwhite Elementary School in Ann Arbor.
Saturday, 7 September, volunteers needed to unfurl the flag at halftime for the University of Michigan vs. West Point football game in Ann Arbor. Soldiers participating in the flag unfurling will receive two free tickets to the game (one for you and a guest). Your guest will also be able to stand beside you as you unfurl the flag.
NOTE: Uniform is OCPs. Soldiers will be responsible for their own transportation and parking. Soldiers who volunteer for the flag unfurling will receive two game tickets  at check-in on location.
Prohibited Items
All bags (including purses, fanny packs, etc.) All bottles (including all types of water bottles) Alcoholic beverages Aerosol and spray cans Animals (except service animals for persons with a disability) Apparel or signage displaying profane or abusive language Containers of any kind (including coolers, thermoses, cups, cans, flasks) Flags and flagpoles Food of any kind Irritants Projectiles (including footballs, Frisbees and beach balls) Seat cushions containing any type of metal or those with pockets, storage slots, seat backs, arm rests, or attachments of any kind Strollers Video camera, tripods and selfie sticks Umbrellas Weapons.

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 1:56 AM dee brag <> wrote:

On Tue, Aug 27, 2019, 1:42 AM dee brag <> wrote:

My name is Doreia Bragg-Rogers. I am a combat Veteran and currently the Public Affairs Officer for 272 RSG Brigade of the Michigan Army National Guard. You are receiving this email based on your community involvement. Attached are upcoming events and a list of contacts also involved in community outreach programs.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and please pass this information along.

Doreia Bragg-Rogers
(313) 655-9570

Thursday, Sept. 12 Soldier's Angels Mobile Food Distribution (American Legion Joe Louis Post 375)
12 pm - 2 pm (10 am for Volunteers)
19486 Sherwood-Detroit
Soldier's Angels Mobile Food Distribution will also be held on October 10th and November 14th
Registration required to receive food distribution

Saturday, Sept 21 Military Veteran All Stars (Marygrove Liberal Arts Theater) (cost $29)
7:00 PM
8425 W. McNichols-Detroit
Proceeds go to No Veteran Left Behind

Saturday, October 12 Making Strides Cancer Walk (Hart Plaza)
8 am to 12 pm
1 Hart Plaza-Detroit
Registration required

Thursday, October 17 Women Stand Down (Detroit Lightguard Armory)
8 am – 5 pm
4400 E. 8 Mile Rd-Detroit
Friday, October 18 Trunk or Treat (The Children's Center)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (2:30 pm for Volunteers)
90 W. Alexandrine St-Detroit
Registration required

Saturday, November 2 Female Veteran Stand Down (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
10 am – 2 pm
19000 Hubbard Dr-Dearborn
Registration required

Friday, November 8 Veterans Appreciation Ceremony (Detroit VA Medical Center)
11:30 am - 3 pm
4646 John R St-Detroit

Saturday, November 16 Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment Conference
11 am - 4 pm
26000 Evergreen Rd-Southfield
Registration required

Sunday, November 17 Girls on the Run (
Time TBD
Location TBD

Friday, December 13 GoodFellows 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm (Volunteers)
Location PENDING
Advance registration required to receive GoodFellows packages
Volunteer registration required
 Saturday, December 14 Wreaths Across America (Clinton Groves Cemetery)
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
21189 Cass Ave-Clinton Township

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John Pelletier – Folds of Honor (
Charles Staples – Detroit Police Department (
Lisa McClendon – Detroit Police Department (
William Browning – VA Hospital, Chief of Volunteer & Community Relations (
Camille Randle – VA Hospital, Voluntary Service Specialist (
Lisa Olney – VA Hospital, Public Affairs Officer (
Alysse Mengason – VA Hospital, Public Affairs Officer (
Brenda Finney – VA Hospital, Women's Health Event Coordinator (
Alexis Harrison-Derriso – VA Hospital, Program Support Assistance (
Tyrone Chatman – Michigan Veterans Foundation, Executive Director & CEO (
Lenore Bolthouse – Yankee Air Museum Rosies, Event Coordinator (
Cody Snell – U.S Army Recruiter (
Derek Gallegos – National Guard Recruiting & Retention NCO (
Raven Saddler – National Guard Recruiting & Retention NCO (
Richard Estes – National Guard Recruiter (
Joseph Frederick – National Guard Wayne State ROTC/RRNCO (
Nicholas Rivera – National Guard Wayne State ROTC (
Brian Webb – Dept of Health & Human Services, Community Practices & Innovation Sec (
Chaka McDonald – Oakland Community Health Network, Veteran & Military Families Navigator (
Chris Brown – Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, Veteran Navigator (
Emily Ferstle Angus – Mission Continues, City Impact Manager (
Jamie McMillen – Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries-Volunteer Coordinator (
Chris Economeas – Detroit Pistons, Community & Social Responsibility Manager (
Chelsey Oeffler – Detroit Pistons, Community & Social Responsibility Coordinator (
Lora Underwood – National Kidney Foundation, Program Coordinator (
Gregory Spight – American Legion, Commander (
Tara Revyn – Mission BBQ, Catering Specialist/Community Ambassador (
Lisa Whitmore-Davis – AARP (
Geoffrey Devereaux – No Veteran Left Behind (
Stephanie Shannon – Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment, Founder & CEO (
Earnett Nolden – Women Veteran Interactive (
Monique Baker-McCormick – Wayne County Commissioner, District 6 (
Stacie Clayton – Office of Council President Brenda Jones, Director of Special Projects (

VA Benefits Bulletin - August 2019

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August 2019
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It's that time again! VA education benefits help Veterans, service members, and their qualified family members with needs like paying college tuition, finding the right school or training program, and getting career counseling. Learn how to apply for and manage the education and training benefits you've earned.

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Follow us today @vabenefits for the latest benefits information, Veterans' profile features and stories, VBA job openings, local and regional events, and other relevant Veteran content.

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VA Updates the Rating Schedule for Some Disabilities

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On August 11th, VA updated portions of the rating schedule that evaluate infectious diseases, immune disorders and nutritional deficiencies. By updating the rating schedule, Veterans now receive decisions based on the most current medical knowledge of their condition.
Claims filed on or after August 11th will be rated under this new rating schedule. Claims pending prior to the update will be considered under the old and new schedules and whichever criteria is more favorable to the Veteran will be applied.

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Get a new disability rating in the last 2 years?

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If so, you may be eligible for Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI). Zero percent ratings are considered new ratings and are eligible. However, increases to existing ratings are not. Premiums may be waived in case of total disability.

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Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified VA responders. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
Connect by calling 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1), text to 838255, or chat online.
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USO Show

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MI Freedom Center is happy to support Cathy Odisho from The Purple Clover Foundation at a homegrown USO Show on August 31. Cathy is a 10 year member of Bob Hopes USO Tour Troupe as a Singer Performer. She is blessed to have brought Smiles, Joy and Happiness to So Many. Performing at ALL CA Installations as well as out of state in BANGOR and PUGET SOUND WA, FALLON NV and many more.

PRESIDING over the event as MC will be Fox2 Weatherman Rich Luterman.
The USO Show is a FREE PUBLIC EVENT Honoring and Celebrating Our Troops and Our Veterans. The USO and it's Shows welcomed the Tired, The Weary, The Lonesome with the ever presence of a Warm Heart, Hand Shake, Smile, Hug, Food and Refreshment, A Place To Rest, A Shoulder To Lean On and a Patient Listening Ear for anything that a soldier would need to talk about for All Who Entered.

The Entertainment gave Peace, Laughter, Hope and for a short time with no thoughts of War or Death. THIS is Cathy's goal in having a USO Show with The Music, Talents of all kinds to entertain the public while all remember our Heroes of present day and Long Ago, In Service or Out of Service, Retired , here at Home or out of Country, they ALL deserve our Support and Thanks

NOTE: Cathy is a private citizen doing this on her own and has no budget or financing available. She is looking for Singers, Bands, Groups, Dancers, Comedians, Magicians, Novelty Acts just like the old USO Shows always had. If you yourself or anyone you know that has a talent and they would like to perform in the show to please submit an audition tape to her asap to:
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My HealtheVet Update | August 14, 2019

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Stay Happy and Healthy

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Take these five steps

Happiness and health are more closely related than you might think. A healthy lifestyle can increase happiness, while a positive mindset can help you avoid unhealthy ways. You don't have to run marathons; there are steps you can take to age well. Here are five simple things you can do to feel better. Learn more.
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Avoid Common Mistakes: Medical Records

Depending on which My HealtheVet feature you choose, you could be shortchanging yourself without realizing it. Discover how to avoid common mistakes when using your VA Health Summary, VA Blue Button report, and Labs and Tests. Learn more.
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Diabetes: Keeping Feet Healthy

Managing your diabetes is a lot of work. From checking your blood sugar to watching your diet, it's easy to overlook something very important: your feet. Diabetes puts your feet at risk, which is why daily foot care is one of the best ways to prevent certain health issues. Learn more.
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Fitness Goals with Your Mobile Phone

Whether you're looking to lose weight or get fit, help from your smartphone can make all the difference. Your routine doesn't have to be complicated, just consistent. We know it can be hard to stay motivated. One key to giving your workout a kick-start is making a plan in the palm of your hand. Learn more.
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Healthy Eating While Traveling

Whether you're traveling for work, vacation, or out of the country, there are simple things you can do to eat healthy. Being away from home is a powerful temptation to overeat and throw caution to the wind. The good news is, whether you're traveling by car or plane, here are some tips to help you stay on track. Learn more.
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SmokefreeVET: Quit Smoking 

There's no one-size-fits-all way to quitting tobacco. But there is SmokefreeVET, which sends supportive text messages when you need them most and can provide quick tips. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your physical health, emotional well-being, and quality of life. Learn more.
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Travel Pay: Are you Eligible?

You may be eligible for travel costs related to VA health services. The Beneficiary Travel program helps eligible Veterans receive mileage reimbursement. In some cases, it can pay for the costs of your airfare, train tickets, or taxi. Learn more.

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and (PRESS 1). Learn more.
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