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Nozzlemen Annual Ride-In to VFW Post 1454 Saturday, May 7th
Special thanks to Jeff Pung, Rollie Anderson, Denny Gee, Dan Spence,
Powell Fabrication & Powder Coat of Central Michigan.
Join Us For A Monthly Meal - Public Welcome!
Auxiliary Steak Fry - 3rd Sunday of Every Month - 12 to 3 pm
Friday Night Fish Fry - 4th Friday of Every Month - 5 to 7 pm
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We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Established in Michigan, The Nozzlemen Motorcycle Club is a nonprofit charitable organization founded by firefighters for firefighters & other public safety professionals dedicated to promoting the safe sport of motorcycle riding. The Nozzlemen MC promotes brotherhood and participates in many charity rides each year. For more information visit www.nozzlemenmc.com
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month
- Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any vehicle on the roadway.
- Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Although it may seem as though there is enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcycle, remember the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane.
- Motorcycles are small and may be difficult to see. Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than vehicles, which can make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.
- Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows the motorcyclist to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
- Remember that motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their smaller size. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
- Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals usually are not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
- Remember that road conditions that are minor annoyances to motorists can pose major hazards to motorcyclists. Motorcyclists may change speed or adjust their position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.
- Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, following a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
If you are interested in applying for a medallion for your loved one, please read on for more information & watch the two Youtube videos listed below. A link to Form 40-1330M with instructions is also listed below so you can easily download & print the application form.
Once you have obtained a medallion, our VFW Post Members would be happy to place the medallion for you should you need assistance. Please stop by VFW Post 1454 or contact us for more information.
This device is furnished in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or grave marker for those Veterans who served on or after Apr. 6, 1917 and whose grave in a private cemetery is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker.
Why choose a medallion: Bronze medallions are durable and can be easily affixed to privately purchased headstones by anyone, avoiding headstone or marker setting fees. The medallion also offers a way to identify the grave as that of a Veteran when a cemetery only allows one headstone per grave, preventing the use of a standard VA marker as a footstone.
Sizes: The medallion is available in three sizes: Large (6-3/8”W x 4-3/4”H x 1/2”D), Medium (3-3/4”W x 2-7/8”H x 1/4"D) and Small (2”W x 1-1/2”H x 1/3”D). Each medallion is inscribed with the word “VETERAN” across the top and the branch of service at the bottom.
Once a claim for a medallion is received and approved, VA will mail the medallion along with a kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private cemetery to affix the device to a headstone, grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche cover.
Important: This benefit is only applicable if the grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. In these instances, eligible Veterans are entitled to either a traditional Government-furnished headstone or marker, or the new medallion, but not both.
For family members of eligible Veterans interested in submitting a claim for the medallion, instructions on how to apply for a medallion are available. Please use: VA Form 40-1330M, Claim for Government Medallion for Placement in a Private Cemetery
This Information provided by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information visit www.va.gov
Download Form 40-1330M
Thank you for honoring & supporting local Veterans!
4 STEPS TO ASSESSING SUICIDE RISK AMONG VETERANS
- Threatening to hurt or kill self
- Looking for ways to kill self
- Seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
Additional Warning Signs - Any of these signs, refer for mental health treatment.
- Rage, anger, seeking revenge
- Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
- Feeling trapped—like there’s no way out
- Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
- Dramatic changes in mood
- Perceiving no reason for living, no sense of purpose in life
ASSESS for risk and protective factors that may increase or decrease risk for suicide.
- Current ideation, intent, plan,
- Previous suicide attempts
- Alcohol/substance abuse
- Previous history of psychiatric diagnosis
- Impulsiveness and poor self-control
- Hopelessness--presence, duration, severity
- Recent losses--physical, financial, personal
- Recent discharge from an impatient unit
- Family history of suicide
- History of abuse--physical, sexual or emotional
- Co-morbid health problems, newly diagnosed or worsening symptoms
ASK the questions (these are very serious questions)
- Are you feeling hopeless about the present/future? If yes, ask....
- Have you had thoughts about taking your life? If yes, ask....
- When did you have these thoughts, and do you have a plan to take your life?
- Have you ever had a suicide attempt?
RESPONDING to suicide risk
- Refer them to mental treatment
- Inform and involve someone close to this person
- Limit access to means of suicide
- Increase contact and make a commitment to help the person through the crisis
FACTORS THAT MAY DECREASE RISK
- Positive social support Spirituality
- Sense of responsibility to family
- Children in the home, pregnancy
- Life satisfaction
- Reality testing ability
- Positive coping skills
- Positive problem-solving skills
- Positive therapeutic relationships
This information is provided by the Suicide Risk Assessment Guide from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs guide.
Remember - Only trained medical professionals can diagnose a Veteran but we as individuals must be aware that Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder is real and it is a hidden factor that effects many.
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 press 1
or Online Chat at: www.VeteransCrisisLine.net
The number listed above is a direct line to the Veteran Crisis Line who can assist the Veteran to the nearest VA Hospital.
Your awareness & actions may help to save the life of someone who fought to protect yours!
Leslie C. McLean
VFW Post 1454
Dedicated to a lifetime of service to our county and our community.