Veteran resource center in Ann Arbor hopes to reach as many vets as possible
ANN ARBOR – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 423 in south Ann Arbor recently began operating as a veteran resource center in order to connect with vets in Washtenaw County. AdVeterans sit and talk at VFW Post 423 in south Ann Arbor on March 20, 2021. A veteran takes a pamphlet from a booth during the veteran resource center's open house on March 20, 2021. AdHe said the resource center provides a safe space to share stories and receive guidance and support. Vietnam veteran St. Larry Antoine attends an open house at VFW Post 423 in Ann Arbor.
Veterans now having more success getting vaccinated through Veterans Affairs
LIVONIA, Mich. – Veterans in Metro Detroit had been rejected from their area Veterans Affairs and it appears someone was giving out the wrong information. Livonia Navy Veteran Tim Flynn called the Ann Arbor VA for a COVID shot and was transferred to a VA national ine to sign up. He was then registered to receive a COVID vaccine and got an appointment an hour later. READ: US House passes legislation to give COVID vaccine to all veterans through VALast week, the House passed the VA Vaccine Act. AdREAD: Congressman says rule that led VA to deny COVID vaccine to veteran will be fixedRead moreQuestions about coronavirus?
Navy ship USS Robert E Simanek named for Korean War veteran from Metro Detroit
NOVI, Mich. – A Navy ship is going to have a very personal connection to an American hero that lives in Metro Detroit. Robert Simanek, 90, is a veteran of the Korean War. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Simanek also received the Purple Heart and he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars. He recently got the news that there will be a U.S. Navy ship named in his honor. The USS Robert E Simanek has been ordered and will be completed in 2024.
Taylor veteran offered tax lifeline after being swindled out of money
TAYLOR, Mich. – An American hero who had fallen on some rough times had a life-changing day. Ogden got bamboozled and was swindled out of the money he had to pay the taxes on his Taylor home. He found himself drowning in debt before he stumbled onto Disability Network Wayne County Detroit, who stepped in to help. Ogden was given enough money Thursday to pay back all his taxes and he was able to step into the black from a mountain of red. The funding came from COVID Cares Act monies, distributed by the Disability Network Wayne County Detroit.
‘I felt like a part of me left with it’ -- Ashes of Navy Veteran stolen along with Jeep in Macomb County
FRASER, Mich. – A Macomb County man is grieving not only his father’s untimely death, but the theft of his father’s remains and the rest of his belongings. He’s said he doesn’t care about the Jeep, he just want his father’s belongings back. There’s paintings in there of my father,” Justin said. Justin’s now offering a $15,000 reward for his father’s belongings, but he fears it may be too late for the vehicle. Plans were being made to make sure his father remains were honorably laid to rest.
Statement from President-elect Biden on Veterans Day
The women and men who have fought and sacrificed for our country are heroes, and the rest of us owe them an unpayable debt. Fulfilling our promises to our veterans and military families, caregivers, and survivors is critical to our national security, because it is how we will ensure that future generations continue to volunteer to serve. We learned what it really means to be part of a military family the year that Beau deployed to Iraq with his National Guard unit. And yet, Jill and I were constantly in awe when visiting with wounded service members at Christmas or hosting veterans in our home for dinners, at the pride our military members and veterans feel in their service, and at their matchless sense of duty. I will never treat you or your families with anything less than the honor you deserve.
Michigan, State theaters offering free admission to veterans, active duty personnel in Ann Arbor Tuesday
ANN ARBOR – Just ahead of Veterans Day, the Michigan and State theaters in downtown Ann Arbor announced they are offering free admission to all U.S. veterans and active duty personnel on Tuesday. Films showing on Tuesday are “She is the Ocean” and “Clueless” at the Michigan Theater and “Tenet” and “Rebecca” at the State Theatre. In honor of Veteran's Day, U.S. veterans and active personnel will receive FREE admission to all films tomorrow, Nov. 10 at the Michigan & @statetheatrea2! Reserve your seats at our Box Office or online at https://t.co/FNCghWeVYA #veteransday #thankyou pic.twitter.com/OghLWgEPDU — Michigan Theater (@michigantheater) November 9, 2020Veterans Day this year is on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The Michigan Theater is at 603 E. Liberty St.
Navy veteran attacked in Roseville after asking someone to pick up litter
ROSEVILLE, Mich. – A 72-year-old U.S. Navy veteran said he was badly beaten in a Roseville parking lot because he asked someone to pick up his litter. Dennis Probert went to the Ace Hardware store in the Eastgate Shopping Center off Gratiot Avenue to get a new pair of keys made Friday. He said he saw a car dumping bags of trash into the parking lot. Probert told the man he saw him littering and that’s when he said the man attacked him. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roseville Police Department at 586-447-4475.
Ceremony in Grosse Pointe Farms honors Michiganders who died in 9/11
GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. – A small group gathered Friday morning in Grosse Pointe Farms to pay respect to Michiganders lost in 9/11. It happened at The War Memorial, a home donated by the Alger family back in the 1940′s. David Alger was a Mutual Fund Manager who died 19 years ago in his office at the World Trace Center. The War Memorial is a moving setting for the observance, with the veteran’s garden, a large American flag flown at half-staff and Lake St. Clair lapping at the sea wall. “And as a patriotic, cultural community leader, The War Memorial is committed to those moments in time where we can bring people together and to really think about our past as we think about our future," War Memorial President Charles Burke said.
Michigan veteran leaves hospital after 10 week battle with COVID-19
On March 31, Warren Franklin decided he couldnt fight coronavirus (COVID-19) at home anymore and had to go to a hospital. After all that time, Franklin was able to leave the hospital on Friday and go home. Doctors and nurses said they loved seeing another COVID-19 warrior leave the hospital. For a week he had a cough. Then his daughter encouraged him to go to a hospital, where he had to be ventilated immediately.
Detroit police seek thieves who targeted first responder, Army vet
The victims were talking to each other on the phone at the time when the thieves targeted their vehicle parked on Grayfield Street, near Telegraph Road and I-96. The theft happened June 27 at about 7:30 a.m. Surveillance video from the scene shows the thieves were prepared and knew what the were doing. Richardson-Littleton had just finished her shift at Childrens Hospital of Michigan and was speaking to her husband as she drove home. Its very unnecessary, scary and unnecessary, Richardson-Littleton said. Everybody needs a good mechanic.Anyone with information is urged to call the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-2200.
Michigan veteran’s Purple Heart medal found on side of road to be returned to family
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. – A Purple Heart medal that was found on the side of the road in Marine City will be returned to the family of a World War II veteran. William Upton served in the United States Army Air Forces during WWII. The Purple Heart, other medals, ribbons and military memorabilia were discovered in a box. Upton’s family was found when the medal was posted on Facebook by the St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs. His family will be picking up the items.
ABC news political commentator Cokie Roberts dies at 75
(CNN) - Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, winner of three Emmys and a legend and trailblazer in broadcasting, has died at the age of 75, ABC News announced. Robert worked in television, public radio and publishing for over 40 years. She began her tenure at ABC as a contributor for "This Week with David Brinkley" and later became ABC's chief congressional analyst. Roberts is survived by her husband Steve V. Roberts and her children Lee Roberts and Rebecca Roberts, her grandchildren Regan, Hale and Cecilia Roberts and Claiborne, Jack and Roland Hartman, along with nieces, nephews, and cousins. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
City of Ann Arbor hiring Zamboni operators for Veteran's Memorial Ice Arena
The City of Ann Arbor is hiring Zamboni operators for the Veteran's Memorial Ice Arena. Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Department of Parks and Recreation. ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The City of Ann Arbor is hiring temporary Zamboni operators for the Department of Parks and Recreation at Veteran's Memorial Pool and Ice Arena. For more details or to apply, visit the City of Ann Arbor job post. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.