Thursday, March 16, 2023

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Detroit Police Stuffed Animal Donation

Many members of our Riders Group attended a Stuffed Animal Donation Event for the Detroit Police Department and United Way. For a few years, the District 4 Riders Group partook in a program to provide stuffed animals to local and state police departments. The police departments use these animals in their community programs. We thank the following for attending this event at the Detroit Police Headquarters and for our District Commander Oville Beauchamp's support. Our Riders Group donated 364 stuffed animals.

Rodney Gasaway, Gary DeMars, William Schaffer, Jan Schaffer, Ralph Miricale, Dennis Bowlder, John Welchman, Dianne Welchman, Orville Beauchamp, Terry Baxter, Veronica Baxter, Luke Baxter, Gordon Dorey.

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Monday, February 27, 2023

D4 Riders Group March 2023 meeting

 Our monthly Riders Group meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2023, at 7 pm. 

Date: March 3, 2023

Time: 7 pm

Where: Donovon Post 78

39270 Huron River Dr, Romulus 48174

Friday, February 24, 2023

Notice a change in the 4th District meeting location.

 Notice a change in the 4th District meeting location.

On Sunday, February 26, 2023, our 4th District will be holding a meeting at the Plymouth VFW Post 6695. We hope to see many of our Riders members attend, and we ask you to participate with your Riders vest and uniform cap.

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023

Time: 12 noon

Where: Plymouth VFW Post 6695

1426 S. Mill St., Plymouth 48170

Detroit Police Stuffed Animal Donation

 A CHANGE IN OUR MEETING PLANS. NOTE: The meeting is now at 1 pm, so we will meet at Fort Dearborn at 12 noon.

Also, we have an address change in the Detroit Police Department meeting location. See below.
In addition, the Police would like the names of persons attending this event for security purposes. Please provide your name to our Chaplain, Rodney Gasaway, at

The logistics for our Detroit Police Department Stuffed Animal donation are complete. Rodney Gasaway has 364 stuffed animals for our Riders Group to donate to the Detroit Police and United Way on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. We plan on riding down to the Detroit Police Headquarters as a group, and we shall meet at the American Legion Post Fort Dearborn on Wednesday at 12 noon. We thank Rodney for his work in managing this event.


Riders Meeting Location: American Legion Post Fort Dearborn.

3001 S Telegraph Rd, Dearborn, MI 48124

Meeting Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Meeting Time: 12 noon


Our donation to the Detroit Police will take place as follows:

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Time: 1 PM

Where: Detroit Police Headquarters - Downtown Detroit.1301 Third Street, Detroit, Mi 48226
3rd Floor lobby.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Detroit Police stuffed animal donation program.

For a few years, the District 4 Riders Group participated in a program to provide stuffed animals to local and state police departments. The police departments use these animals in their community programs. This year our Riders Group will donate hundreds of stuffed animals to the Detroit Police Department. This event will take place in March.

Rodney Gasaway, our Riders Chaplain, has been working with the Detroit Police Department, who gladly wanted the stuffed animals to support their community services. In addition to the Detroit Police, the charity United Way will also be there to accept stuffed animals as they are involved heavily with child abuse. Our Riders leaders will publish more details of this meaningful event and focus on logistics. We desire a large amount of support from our District 4 Riders.

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Time: 1 pm

Where: Detroit Police Head Quarters - Downtown Detroit.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

How to use VA disability benefits to pay for dependents’ education Fw: Michigan Veterans News & Resources for Jan. 25, 2023

Michigan Veterans News

PACT Act fuels spike in VA medical care enrollment

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Veterans Affairs officials saw a surge in patients enrolling in department health care services following the passage of sweeping military toxic exposure legislation last summer, but leaders are confident they have hiring plans in place to absorb the extra work.

As reported in Military Times, roughly 21,000 more veterans signed up for VA medical services from the start of August 2022 to mid-January, said VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Shereef Elnahal.

That's an increase of more than 17% from the same five-month period a year earlier. Elnahal said officials do not yet have data specifically linking the increase to the signing of the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (better known as the PACT Act) last summer, but officials believe the two issues are linked.

The PACT Act and the fiscal 2023 budget approved by Congress included both funding and flexibility for increased staffing at VA medical centers to counter a possible increase in enrollment.

Elnahal said officials have a goal of about 52,000 new hires this fiscal year to replace departing staffers and add personnel to high-demand areas.

To learn more about the PACT Act, including eligibility, visit the VA's PACT Act website or call 1-800-698-2411 (TTY: 711).

The Michigan Department of Corrections is hiring veterans

The Michigan Department of Corrections is accepting two years of honorable service or good standing in lieu of the 15-college credit requirement. Military personnel can receive college credit for their military training by obtaining a Joint Service Transcript. Learn how to obtain a JST here

The department is currently looking to fill several officer, parole and probation agent, healthcare and many other positions. Each prison operates like a small city so there are needs for a wide array of positions from plumbers, electricians and maintenance workers to teachers, food service workers, counselors, accountants, mental health professionals, dental assistants, librarians, secretaries and more.

Explore open positions at, or attend one of the upcoming recruiting events.

Upcoming Recruiting Events

Women's Huron Valley Correctional FacilityTODAY: Feb. 2, 2023. Chantel Jones, Recruitment Analyst E P:517-230-8432

Chippewa (URF) and Kinross (KCF) Correctional Facilities / Feb. 22, 2023. Jill Salomon, Recruitment Analyst E, P:517-249-4119

Alger Correctional Facility / Feb. 23, 2023. Jill Salomon, Recruitment Analyst E, P:517-249-4119

Check out these upcoming job fairs for other employers

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An up-to-date list of upcoming job and career events is available on's Career Events Calendar.

Multi Employer Job Fair

TODAY, Feb. 2, 1-3 p.m. Event Address: Shiawassee GST Michigan Works! Service Center - 1975 W M21, Owosso, MI 48867

GST Michigan Works! is hosting a multi employer job fair. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at noon for help with their resumes. Employers in attendance will include Machine Tool and Gear, Josh's Frogs, Midwest Bus, Memorial Healthcare, American Recycling, and more.

DHT Transportation Job Fair

Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Event Address: Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! Saginaw - 312 E Genessee Ave, Saginaw, MI 48607 Event Details: view the event flyer here

Retiring? Transitioning from Active Duty? Need employment support or knowledge of your benefits? Sign up today for a Transition Assistance Workshop. 

State of Michigan Virtual Job Fair

Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Event Details: register for the event here

Learn how you can start your career with the State of Michigan. Speak with recruiters from several departments looking to fill a wide variety of roles. 

How to use VA disability benefits to pay for dependents' education

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If you qualify for permanent and total disability due to a service-connected disability, you could be eligible to pass education benefits to your dependent.

Under the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program, your spouse or child may be able to get help paying for school or job training. Through this program, commonly known as Chapter 35 benefits, both the dependent and the veteran or service member must meet eligibility requirements under the VA.

The service member must have died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001, be missing in action or have been captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, held by force while in the line of duty by a foreign government or power or be in the hospital or receiving outpatient treatment for a service-connected permanent and total disability, and be likely to be discharged for that disability.

A child or spouse of a veteran may qualify if the veteran is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability or died while on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability.

To apply for GI Bill and related benefits, potential applicants should determine if they are eligible on the VA's website.

Read more in Military Times.

VA pays $201 million in retro benefits to Blue Water vets

The VA shelled out about $201 million in retroactive benefits over the past two years to nearly 7,000 "Blue Water" Navy Vietnam War veterans and their survivors in connection to exposure to Agent Orange, a veterans advocacy group says.

The VA recently informed the National Veterans Legal Services Program that since 2021 it had paid that amount in back benefits to 6,922 Navy veterans who served on ships in open sea off the shore of Vietnam, the NVLSP said in a news release.

The veterans group had taken the VA to court in 2020 seeking the retroactive benefits.

The payment report was among the other requirements in a Nov. 5, 2020, ruling by the U.S. District Court for Northern California in favor of thousands of veterans who were exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange while serving on ships within 12 nautical miles of Vietnam.

U.S. forces fought in South and North Vietnam from the early 1960s until 1973.

The U.S. sprayed just over 11 million gallons of Agent Orange to defoliate jungle during the extended war. The chemical caused multi-generational birth defects to Vietnamese inhabitants and a host of diseases among U.S. veterans who had been exposed during service.

Read the full story in Stars & Stripes.

Learn more about Blue Water Navy veteran benefits on the VA website.

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Would your current rehabilitation benefit from the value of adaptive summer sports? Join the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego, June 4-9, 2023. Registration is open now through Feb. 10. Spots are limited.


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Western Virtual Career Fair for Veterans – Jan 24
G.I. Jobs Virtual Job Fair – Jan 25
Virtual Hiring Fair: Health Care – Jan 25
San Antonio Veterans Job Fair – Jan 26

Job Trainings

Small Business Administration Hour with Veterans – Jan 20
Veteran Financial Literacy Workshop – Jan 20
Veteran & MilSpouse Resume Workshop – Jan 20

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Online Fitness Workshop for Military Veterans – Jan 21
"Stress Solutions" - Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces – Jan 22


Pre-Need and Burial Eligibility – Jan 25
Interagency Veterans Advisory Council Quarterly Meeting – Jan 25
Crop Insurance 101 – Jan 26

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15% Off Dell - Offer Ends Soon

For a limited time, Veterans are eligible for 15% off all eligible Dell products. Click the link below to verify your military status, activate your discount code and start saving (exclusions may apply). Don't delay, this offer ends tomorrow!


Launch Your Leadership Journey. Apply by Jan 20 for the next cohort of the Policy Circle's Civic Leadership Engagement Roadmap (CLER) program.

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Searching for a Veteran Podcast? Find it on Wreaths Across America Radio

Wreaths Across America Radio (WAA Radio) is a 24/7 national internet radio station that airs podcasts and radio shows aimed at educating and entertaining Veterans. WAA Radio is also available on the iHeartRadio, Audacy and TuneIn apps. 


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Enter the Untold Story Challenge for Chance to Win $5K Grand Prize

Are you (or do you know) a military or Veteran child who is interested in sharing their story through writing, drawing, film, photography or any creative practice? Encourage them to enter the Untold Story Challenge, which seeks to shine a light on America's military kids and youth.


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Calling All Writers

Do you want to write stories that honor Veterans from the comfort of your own home? Click here to volunteer.


Learn how this Veteran found camaraderie and understanding, which helped her to heal decades after trauma.

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Expanding Community Connection for Veterans with Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families (BSF) connects military families with their civilian neighbors–both people and organizations–to create strong communities of support. Read how BSF helped one Army retiree connect with his community after 30 years of active duty service.


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Free, Online Bystander Intervention Training for Veterans

Bystander Intervention Training for Veterans is free, online and requires no registration. The training can help Veterans learn to recognize and respond to harassment and sexual assault, and contribute to a healthy, safe environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.



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Veteran Jobs

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