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Michigan Veterans News & Resources for July 6, 2024

Michigan Veterans News

Mid-Michigan American Legions band together in support of Hillsdale Sheriff's Deputy that was killed

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The Hillsdale American Legion Post #53 put together a dinner and collected donations for the family of Sheriff's Deputy William Butler who was killed in Hillsdale County last week.

View full story at WILX.

Presidential proclamation on certain violations of Article 125 under the Uniform Code of Military Justice

On June 26, 2024, President Biden issued a proclamation that gave a full and unconditional pardon to individuals with court-martial convictions under former Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for conduct that involved consensual, private acts with persons aged 18 or older. It also pardoned individuals convicted of attempts, conspiracies and solicitation to commit a qualifying Article 125 offense under Articles 80, 81, and 82.

The pardon recognizes that many LGBTQI+ individuals who have served our country left the military on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity, some after court-martial conviction for former Article 125 offenses, which criminalized even consensual acts of sodomy. The proclamation helps to address this historical injustice against service members and their families.

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VA offers financial education webinar series third Wednesday of the month, beginning July 17

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VA has partnered with Prudential Financial to offer veterans, transitioning service members and caregivers a financial education webinar series beginning July 17. The series addresses financial literacy gaps across the military and veteran community and is comprised of two components, an online website portal that contains a roster of financial literacy information and resources, and the Wellness Wednesday financial education series, offered the third Wednesday of every month.

Topics include:

  • Purchasing a home
  • Paying for college
  • Planning for retirement
  • Learning the building blocks of how to save, budget and make a return on investments

July 17 - Investing for a Solid Financial Future flyer

Learn more on the online website portal.

Safeguard your medical records from telemarketing scams and identity theft

Safeguard your medical records from telemarketing scams and identity theft

Scammers target veterans through marketing scams and ads to get personal information (i.e. Social Security Number, Date of Birth or Veteran health benefits information) to falsely bill VA for services, supplies or tests that were either never provided or not needed. With access to health insurance details, including VA health numbers, criminals create false medical conditions, appointments and services. This enables them to bill insurance programs, all of which becomes part of a veteran's medical history.

VA Health Administration has shared a pdf with tips and information to help veterans safeguard their medical records from telemarketing scams and identity theft.

View PDF from the VA Health Administration.

Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988 then Press 1


The Veterans Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified crisis responders who are there to help. Many of these responders are veterans themselves.

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Call 1-800-MICH-VET



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