lovebeads Photo credit Bob Wing  -  Columbus, Ohio

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 Camp Lejeune Justice Act 

Who is eligible?

Chapter member LTC. (Retired) Chuck Kettles received the Medal of Honor in July 2016

LTC Charles S. Kettles (ret) Passed Away On January 21, 2019.  Rest In Peace My Friend, Rest In Peace...


We lost another hero on December 23, 2021, Lloyd Lee (above). 

Click Here To Find Out If You Qualify For Health Care At The VA As A Veteran.


President McCrumb's Message - May 2024  


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Board member Bill Stuart moved to Colorado to be closer to his family. Appointed Tim Clarke to fill Bill’s Board of Directors position.

There was another good turn out at our April meeting. Thank You!

Our 36th annual chapter recognition dinner was on April 13thFredo and Berry were our maitre d' and made sure we didn’t have any gate crashers. They also sold the 50/50 raffle tickets as well as our new challenge coins. 

We had just north of 60 in attendance this year which I’m told was better than last year. I missed last year’s event as we were in Montana. 

Below are the members who helped made this a successful event:

Ed Scruggs who supplied the sound system as well as convincing Jean Wilson and Chris Brenner to perform for food. They were a great addition to our event.

Fredo and Berry – Maitre d’ 

Silent Auction items, Roy and Bonnie Hall

Bar Keeps, Jon Luker and Wendy Hibbits

Bob Bull for providing the alcohol

Photographers, Dave and Meni Draper. Tap here to view

Stan Harrison desert cakes

Name Tags, Paulo-Juarez Pereira

Coffee, Eric Downing

Angle Food Catering

Set-up and clean-up crews – you know who you are. Thanks!

Stan Harrison received the John Thompson Veteran of the Year Award, Berry Bourne the President’s Award and the Always There Award went to George Betz.

AVVA presented their AVVA Appreciation Certificate to Rilee London. Rilewas their Girls State attendee.

We did have some food left over which was taken to Dawn Farm. Needless to say, they were very appreciative. 

Sick Call: Marty Cothorn was admitted to the VA hospital with a respiration infection. I called her on the 20thand she advised that she was discharged on the 19th. If you were at the dinner I mentioned that she was in the hospital. She spent the better part of a week in ICU at the Ann Arbor VA. She was very please with her care there.

Dave Draper advised last week that Elmer White was being readmitted to the VA hospital. I’ve tried calling him twice and left messages. 

Horace Frazier has recovered from his health issue but still is not allowed to drive. He has not has any additional issues with passing out. 

Vet Fest at Washtenaw County Community College is Saturday August 3rd from 10 am to 3 pm. Free admission and parking. Free lunch, prize raffles, ice cream, live music, children activities and military displays. Last year there was a Chinook helicopter there and this year Yankee Air Museum will bring their Huey for a static display. I have a link on our website where you can RSVP. Tap here to RSVP. By RSVPing helps WCC get an idea on how many will attend and how much food to purchase. 

Stan Harrison will use our new merchandise tent at Vet Fest this year. No need to have 8 or 10 of us to set it up as was the usual practice in the past. Stan will have his normal items for sale again this year. Please stop by and check out our new tent and buy a bag full of merchandise. 

Last year the VVA Michigan State Council asked to set up their merchandise tent but I politely declined their offer. This year I asked Stan if it would be okay to invite them. He was okay with that as long as they weren’t set up next to us. I extended the offer John Rilling, VVA State Council President, and he has committed to participate in this years Vet Fest.




P.S. Old too soon, wise too late!