July 26, 2017
All DUES payments should be sent directly to Washington. In the past, some Posts collected and "batched-up" dues payments, sending the total to National. This led to occasional errors at National when they tried to apply the batched payments to individual memberships. Please mail your membership payments directly to National JWV in Washington, D.C., instead of to your Post.
October 15, 2017
The Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Centers is looking for volunteers to man their Freedom Centers - and that's what we do! There are four MAFHC Freedom Centers in need of volunteers. Two at Metro Airport, one in Lansing, and one at the Troy Armed Forces Induction Center. Volunteer days and hours are very flexible. JWV members should get more info and signup to volunteer at: http://www.mifreedomcenter.org/volunteer-application.html
January 21, 2018
JWV Department of Michigan leadership would like to remind all members that they should provide a copy of their discharge papers (aka: DD214) to their chosen funeral home BEFORE they pass on, to ensure that they receive all of their V.A. death benefits when the time comes.
April 20, 2018
The Dingell VA Medical Center in Downtown Detroit needs more "Red Coat" volunteers. The primary job of the Red Coats is customer relations.
They do the morning inpatient new admission survey and interview outpatients to find out how the hospital is treating them.
Red Coats also give directions when asked, provide wheelchairs to patients that need them, and do whatever comes up that provides non-medical assistance.
Each volunteer works with the volunteer office to develop their own schedule, but once it's established the volunteer needs to let the volunteer office know when there will be a deviation.
Call the volunteer office at 313-576-3332, or go there to let them know that you want to volunteer.
June 12, 2018
I was at a funeral this afternoon, as part of the JWV "honor guard".
The family insisted that the deceased was a veteran, and wanted to be buried in the Great Lakes National Cemetery (for Veterans only).
But they still cannot find his discharge papers. So the Cemetery would not allow him to be buried there, yet.
The family is still scrambling to find his paperwork. But the funeral home will only hold onto his body for so long....
Burial in a National Cemetery is only one of the many funeral benefits that veterans receive.
Veterans - Don't put your family in this position! Make copies of your DD-214 and give them to family members.
Children of Veterans - Don't wait until you are put in this position! Get a copy of your parent's DD-214 and file it away.