Kroger Community Rewards MI Freedom Center Support





Kroger Community Rewards Program
Dear Freedom Center Supporter,
I am continuing my push to identify ways to help fund MI Freedom Center operations by finding easy ways for our supporters to contribute simply by doing what you already do. One of these ways to support us without any additional financial pain on your part is to join the Kroger Community Rewards Program and designate the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center as your beneficiary. When I last made this appeal, we had 26 supporters who had designated the MI Freedom Center as beneficiary. We now have 39 as our latest report from Kroger indicates.
While I can't be 100% sure, I bet that we have more than 39 supporters who shop at Kroger. If you are a supporter who shops at Kroger and who has yet to designate the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center as your Kroger Community Rewards Program beneficiary, please do so now by clicking on the following image.
If you don't shop at Kroger for your groceries, please ask if your grocery store has a program similar to Kroger's in which you can participate and share the information with me. I know that Meijer has a similar program. I will share information on their program in a future communication.

Thank you for your support of our mission to serve those who serve us!
Honored to serve,
Patrick Colbeck
MI Freedom Center, CEO
MAFHC | 755 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 2020, Troy, MI 48084-4925 3137447507
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Yankee Air Museum and Michigan Freedom Center Launch 2020 MI Freedom Tour!



Announcing the 2020 MI Freedom Tour!
2020 is the 75th Anniversary of Victory in World War II. Michigan played a vital role in this victory. Not only did over 600,000 Michigan residents serve in World War II, the entire state of Michigan played a critical role in our victory as the Arsenal of Democracy. To commemorate the preservation of our freedom through the sacrifices of the people of Michigan, the MI Freedom Center and the Yankee Air Museum are teaming up to launch the Michigan Freedom Tour! 

The Michigan Freedom Tour will give veterans across Michigan a special opportunity to fly aboard one of the Yankee Air Museum's vintage WWII aircraft – the Yankee Lady (B-17 Flying Fortress), the Yankee Warrior (B-25 Mitchell), or Hairless Joe (C-47).
Flights are set to launch from a total of 9 sites across Michigan:
1.      May 14: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Canton – Willow Run Airport (B-17)
2.      June 24: Detroit/Grosse Pointe – Coleman Young Municipal Airport (B-25)
3.      July 1: Midland/Bay City/Saginaw - MBS International Airport (B-17)
4.      July 15: Escanaba – Delta County Airport (B-25 or C-47)
5.      July 16: Iron Mountain – Ford Airport (B-25 or C-47)
6.      July 18: Muskegon – Muskegon County Airport (B-17)
7.      August 6: Pontiac/Clarkston - Oakland County International Airport (C-47)
8.      August 14: Grayling/Traverse City – Cherry Capital Airport (B-25)
9.      September 2: Grand Rapids/Grandville - Kent County Airport (B-17 or B-25 or C-47)
If you love freedom, you'll love the sights and sounds unique to these classic aircraft.

If you would like to learn more about how you can give a veteran that you love the opportunity to fly for free on one of these amazing aircraft, we would love to hear from you! Also, please note that these flights are made possible via our generous tour, site, and flight sponsors. Proceeds from these sponsorships will not only provide flight opportunities for our veterans of all eras, they will also help build a permanent home for these vintage aircraft. We are still seeking sponsors and would love to add you to our list. If you would like to recognize the service of our veterans and provide a home for these classic warbirds, we would love to promote your organization as a sponsor!
We can be reached via phone at (313)744-7507, via email at Freedom@MIFreedomcenter.org or via the web at MI Freedom Tour.

The Michigan Freedom Tour is a great opportunity for our entire state to say "Thank You" to all who have served to keep us free! 
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Veterans Benefits Newsletter | February 2020



Blue Water Navy | Finding a New Career | Black History Month | VBA Webcast | Volunteer with DAV

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February 2020

Veterans Benefits Newsletter

Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. hosts webcast

Watch Our New Webcast Online 

View the latest update from the Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. Learn about the Veterans Benefits Administration's accomplishments and challenges from the first quarter of 2020, as well as what's to come this year!

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Eight Ways to Avoid Fraud

Scammers use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. VA is actively working to protect Veterans, their survivors, and dependents from fraud, but the best line of defense against this criminal activity is you! Learn how to stay a step ahead of scams.

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Blue Water Navy Benefits

As of Jan. 1, 2020, VA extends benefits to Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam, or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone during a certain time period, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange. Learn what the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act means for you.

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Training for a New Career

VA VR&E assists service members and Veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment barrier prepare for, find, and maintain suitable careers, or maintain a life of independence. Learn how the VR&E program can help you prepare for your future!

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Keeping Black History Alive

Veteran, Norman Smith, shares his passion for recording and preserving history. Smith has researched historical Black figures so that he may inspire others with their stories. His exhibit is currently on display in honor of Black History Month.
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Going Strong: 100 Year Milestones for DAV 

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has been making strides in protecting the rights and changing needs of Veterans for almost 100 years. In January, DAV staff hosted a surprise party to help local volunteer Harlan Plummer celebrate his 100th birthday in style. Plummer, a retired World War II (WWII), Korea, and Vietnam Veteran has spent an impressive 11,000 lifetime hours volunteering with DAV. With nearly 1,300 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV offers a wide range of opportunities for you to get involved. Learn more about what DAV has in store for 2020 and find out how you can volunteer your time here!

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