Our thanks to the Alma Fire District for helping us give a warm welcome the Nozzlemen MC for their annual ride-in to our Post. Alma Fire District brought in the big rig to hoist a very big flag. What an impressive sight! Thank you Alma Fire District and Nozzlemen MC for your service to the public and your continued support of local Veterans!
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative aimed at getting motorists and motorcyclists to “Share the Road." Help make the road safe for all motorists. Review the following safety tips from The National Highway Traffic Administration.
Each year our Post places an American flag on every Veteran's grave in Chapel Gardens, New Haven Township & Riverside Cemeteries. Unfortunately, not all of our Comrade's grave sites indicate their service to our nation. It is our goal to ensure all Veterans receive proper acknowledgment for their service, especially our fallen Comrades. All deceased Veterans discharged under honorable conditions who served in the Armed Forces after April 6, 1917 are eligible to receive a grave medallion regardless of their date of death.
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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a medallion, by request, to be affixed to an existing, privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased's status as a Veteran.
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
Thank you for honoring & supporting local Veterans!
“CALL TO ACTION” FOR MILITARY SUICIDE PREVENTION ADVOCATES
4 STEPS TO ASSESSING SUICIDE RISK AMONG VETERANS
LOOK for the warning signs. These warning signs require immediate attention & referral.
Additional Warning Signs - Any of these signs, refer for mental health treatment.
ASSESS for risk and protective factors that may increase or decrease risk for suicide.
ASK the questions (these are very serious questions)
RESPONDING to suicide risk
FACTORS THAT MAY DECREASE RISK
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!
Our Post hosts many fun filled events but we're not just out for a good time. Our events raise awareness for our causes and donations to administer the services we provide to our veterans, troops & community. There's always something going on at VFW Post 1454. We invite you to stop in to meet our members and find out how you can get involved!
We Assist Local Veterans
August 28th, 2017
VFW 1454 Post Members, all Vietnam Veterans, spent the afternoon constructing a handicap ramp for one of their comrades, a disabled Veteran. Post Members worked with the local Home Depot to secure a materials donation and gathered together to construct this ramp at no cost to the Veteran.
We Provide Troop Support
September 8th, 2017
As Army National Guard Battery B 1-119FA out of Alma, MI prepared to head south in support of Hurricane Irma relief efforts, VFW Post 1454 had the privilege of cooking these awesome troops lunch and dinner.
We Serve Our Community
September 18th, 2017
VFW Post 1454 will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, September 18th from Noon until 5:45 p.m. Give the gift of life, give blood. Save time, register early with Rapid Pass.
We Honor Our Comrades
Memorial Day Ceremony at Riverside Park & Riverside Cemetery, Alma
VFW 1454 Honor Guard
Anyone can join the VFW Action Corps! The VFW Action Corps is what gives the VFW its strength in advocating for our nation’s heroes. Add your voice to the thousands of veterans’ advocates making a difference every day. Join the VFW Action Corps today!
A printed version of our monthly newsletter will be available for those Members without email. Once our transition to digital is complete, Post & Auxiliary Members with email will receive a digital version via email only. The current edition of our newsletter is also available for download anytime on our website.
You can also find information on our website's Events Page and Blog. And don't forget to "Like" and Follow Us on Facebook.
"Honoring the dead by helping the living." This sign hangs on the wall in our main dining area and serves as an inspiration and a reminder to all of our mission to assist our comrades, their families and our community in as many ways possible. Each year Post 1454 provides:
Looking for some fun and fellowship? Visit VFW Post 1454. We're open every Wednesday through Sunday at 3:00 pm. Don't forget to check our Events Page for information on our upcoming events!
Leslie C. McLean