• Chuck and his wife Ann

  • President and Charlie heading to the East Room

  • Chuck and his son Mike

  • Chuck and his daughter Jeanna

  • Medal of Honor

  • East Room For The Medal of Honor Ceromony

 

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

Crisis Line (Call 988)

Crisis Line (Text 838255)

 
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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......

 

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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’s Message November 2022

 
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I heard our chapter member Dale Throneberry say, on his Veteran’s Radio show, something to the effect of “We had each other's back when we were in the service.  It helped us get through and we should still have each other’s back today.”  Dale sure lives by that and I like to think that our chapter does too.  We do it in obvious ways like when we:

-Send packages to those stationed overseas.  (Our next packing party is December 4th at 1430 hrs at the VFW post on Wagner Road.  Come on out.)

-Provide undergarments and sleepwear to patients at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor.

-Also, at the hospital, we have holiday parties and provide each patient with an embroidered shirt.  We provide coffee to the volunteers there and from time to time we upgrade the patients’ meals.

-furnish a condo for a homeless veteran family.

-Give monetary support to Fisher House Ann Arbor so that out-of-town relatives, helping to care for VA patients, have a place to stay.

-Give money to Michigan Ability Partners to help veterans get back on their feet with housing, transportation, food, clothing, and other needs.

-With the generous help of the Meijer’s store in Ann Arbor, provide Thanksgiving dinner to the folks at Dawn Farm where so many veterans and family members have been helped.

-Carefully tend our Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Ypsilanti Township all year long culminating with Memorial Day activities where we renew our promise to never forget the fallen.

-Support food banks, provide for the special needs of local vets, pass the hat, etc.

     Less obviously we support each other through socializing.  We gather at meetings and other events whether put on by our chapter or other Veterans groups.  We get together formally or informally for meals or coffee, or we just talk on the phone.  We attend funerals even when we don’t personally know the deceased veteran. 

     These are all ways to support our members and other veterans.  Let's keep it up.  And let’s keep listening to Veterans Radio either via podcast or live at 5 pm on Sundays on WAAM (1600 on your AM radio dial).

 

 By-Laws Amendment

Motion to amend Article VI Section 1 to reduce the board size from 10 directors to 6 by eliminating 2 two-year members and 2 one-year members.

The amended section would then read:

Section 1 - Board Composition

The officers and six directors shall constitute the Board of Directors.  Three directors shall be elected annually to serve a two-year term or until their successors are elected.  In this way, the Board of Directors will maintain three members for two years and three members with one year remaining in their term of office.

 

I’ll see you at our next meeting.  In the meantime, stay safe and stay proud.

Stay safe and Stay proud.

Stan Harrison, President