Tuesday, May 17, 2022

VFWMI Advocate

May Newsletter

The Advocate is a monthly VFW Department of Michigan publication. If you would like to feature your veteran focused events in your community, please contact department at info@vfwmi.vet 



When this year began, we committed to grow and transform our efforts across the state, and that is what we have been doing! It is because of you that we have been so successful, and we ask that you come out and join us by helping to bring in other veterans and by joining VFW events in your area. 

If you are in need of renewing your membership, please click here to renew online. You can also renew over the phone by calling VFW Headquarters at 816-756-3390 and press 7. For mail-in renewals please send your check to 406 W. 34th St. Kansas City, MO 64111. Your voice and your membership matters in the VFW fight for our veterans.

As our Annual State Convention approaches I reflect on my last year as your commander. We have made legislative progress toward providing veterans with further medical care, expanded our marketing to educate veterans on their earned benefits and provided a community for veterans looking for support and a safe place to go after service. I am proud of all the hard work and dedication you have put into this great organization. I look forward to celebrating this year's accomplishments with you at our State Convention next month, and looking forward into the future for helping our Nation's veterans.

Kevin Conklin

State Commander

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Department of Michigan




Call to Action: Honoring Our PACT Act

The PACT Act will be making moves on the Senate level this summer. VFW National is asking that veterans contact their senators and ask them to support the bill. The PACT Act is a piece of legislation which will provide more inclusive health care for veterans who were exposed with toxins during their deployments. This will include toxins like agent orange, burn pits and other chemicals.


VFW Michigan 103rd State Convention

The 103rd Annual VFW Department of Michigan State Convention 2022 is coming to Flint, Michigan on June 2-5. The convention will take place at the Holiday Gateway Hotel, located at  5353 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 48507. Hotel reservations are now available! There is also a golf outing on Wednesday. Please click here for more information. There will be a dinner celebrating the outgoing State Commander and State President (Testimonial Dinner) on June 3. For ticket purchases click here. All are encouraged to join!

VFW National Convention

National Convention will be held July 16-21, 2022 in Kansas City, MO. Information can be found on the Department here. The Department of Michigan has had a strong year, and many VFW Michigan members are convoying to Kansas City to attend. Please consider joining us in KC!


Things to look out for 

For more information on any of the featured events, click any of the four images below

Buddy Poppies are now being assembled and given out in preparation for Memorial Day and as a remembrance of the service of fallen comrades.

Me To donate or find out more about the VFW Buddy Poppy Program, click here


About 150 women military veterans from across Michigan will gather at the Lansing Center June 10-11 for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency's inaugural Women Veterans Conference.

The theme for the conference is advocacy. That includes how women veterans can advocate for their mental and physical health and career advancement, as well as advocating for others by learning how to run for local offices, commissions and boards. To register for the conference with Eventbrite.

Camp Trotter News

Veteran's Training Seminar will be held at Camp Trotter on June 18. Registration is available here

Camp Trotter summer registration is open! Children 7-12 years of age can sign up for one of four weeks opening this summer. Click here for more information. 

Camp Trotter Golf Outing will be held June 17 at the Village Green Golf Course in Newaygo, for more information, click here



If you have a event or function you'd like to highlight on behalf of your Post or District, you can send photos and a write-up with details to pr@vfwmi.vet. Your Post may be selected to be featured in the next Department Newsletter!


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