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District 4 - Joint Installation & Dinner Banquet
Date: 5/6/2017
Location: VFW Post 6695 - 1426 S. Mill St., Plymouth, MI

Tickets are 15 per person. Come celebrate an evening with all the newly elected District 4 VFW & AUX officers. Please send an email to ggamble354@sbcglobal.net and ask for information about how to buy tickets. Doors Open 4pm Officer Installation Begins at 5pm Dinner 630pm Entertainment Music Karaoke by John Moonbaby Coleman & Larry Soulman Coleman
VFW Camp Trotter for Children 11th Annual Charity Golf Outing
Date: 6/23/2017
Location: Village Green Golf Course 8130 Bingham Ave., Newaygo, MI

Cost 60.00 Per Person 240.00 Per Team Includes * 18 Holes with cart * Lunch at the Turn * Grilled Steak Dinner *4 person scramble * Team Placement Prizes *Door Prizes Please contact Larry Thayer at 989-413-1096 or vfwlarry@aol.com to sign up.
Meeting in Flint
Date: 6-5-2014 at 6PM
Location: Flint, Michigan

Department Convention Flint Gateway
Memorial Day
Date: 5/29/2017
Location:

Department Closed
Department Convention
Date: 6/1/2017
Location: Gateway Holiday Inn, Flint MI

Department Convention, Gateway Flint Michigan
Dept. Convention
Date: 6/2/2017
Location: Gateway Holiday Inn, Flint MI

Dept. Convention
Date: 6/3/2017
Location: Gateway Holiday Inn, Flint MI

Armys Birthday
Date: 6/14/2017
Location:

Buddy Poppy Days
Date: 5/11/2017
Location:

Buddy Poppy Days
Date: 5/12/2017
Location:

Buddy Poppy Days
Date: 5/13/2017
Location:

District 6 meeting
Date: 4/29/2017
Location: Post 1138, Monroe

District 15 meeting
Date: 4/29/2017
Location: Post 3673, Bessmer

District 15 meeting
Date: 4/30/2017
Location: Post 3673, Bessmer

District 5 meeting
Date: 4/30/2017
Location: Post 6691, Fraser

District 4 meeting
Date: 5/6/2017
Location: Post 345, Redford

Meeting starts at 1200 p.m.
District 8 meeting
Date: 5/6/2017
Location: Post 5585, Portage

District 9 meeting
Date: 5/6/2017
Location: Post 5065, Sheridan

District 13 meeting
Date: 5/6/2017
Location: Post 2496, Alpena

District 14 meeting
Date: 5/6/2017
Location: Post 4573, Ishpeming

District 14 meeting
Date: 5/7/2017
Location: Post 4573, Ishpeming

District 7 meeting
Date: 5/7/2017
Location: Post 2284, Edwardsburg

City of Monroe Memorial Day Parade
Date: 5/29/2017
Location: Monroe, Post 1138

Parade starts at 200 p.m.
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VFW DISTRICT 4 NEWS & EVENTS

 
 
CONGRESS PASSES EMERGENCY VA FUNDING BILL

EIGHT MEMBERS VOTE AGAINST VETERANS

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is relieved that Congress finally did what they were elected to do and passed an emergency funding bill at the last minute to help the Department of Veterans Affairs overcome a nationwide crisis in care and confidence. The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, by a vote of 420-5, and on Thursday, the Senate did likewise, by a vote of 91-3. The bill now heads to the president for his signature.

 "This legislation will help new VA Secretary Robert McDonald to fix what's broken, hold people accountable, and restore the faith that veterans must have in their VA,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, of Hawthorne, Nev. "The VFW salutes House VA Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Senate VA Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), their staffs and supporters for making this happen.”

 

The $15 billion emergency funding bill expands access to non-VA health care facilities for veterans experiencing excessive appointment waiting times, or who reside 40 miles or more away from a VA medical facility; hires more doctors, nurses and other health care practitioners; adds 27 new or expanded VA outpatient clinics; enhances care for victims of Military Sexual Trauma and those suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries; and provides instate tuition rates for all Post-9/11 GI Bill recipients, regardless of residency requirements. The legislation also gives the VA secretary far more latitude in firing senior executives who fail in their primary mission of taking care of America’s veterans.

 

"Holding people appropriately accountable is critical to mission accomplishment in both the public and private sector, which is why that same rule must also apply to the three senators and five congressmen who voted against H.R. 3230,” said Stroud.

 

Voting against the legislation were Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and Reps. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), and Steve Stockman (R-Texas). The hypocrisy of their "no” votes, according to the VFW national commander, is virtually all of them voted for hundreds of billions in supplemental war funding with little concern about corresponding offsets or oversight about how or where the money would be spent; and one was even the governor of a state that experienced tremendous active, Guard and Reserve deployments, as well as combat casualties.

 

"Our nation is still at war and those eight members failed to stand with wounded, ill and injured veterans,” said Stroud. "Failing to support America’s veterans is as reprehensible as it is disgusting, and I hope all veterans, service members, their families, and every voting constituent in every home district and state remembers that. I guarantee that the VFW will do our best to remind them.”

   
   
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