Welcome New Officers!
Thank You Anderson Custom Carpeting!
Our thanks to Craig & Mary Anderson of Anderson Custom Carpeting in St. Louis, MI for donating the new flooring installed in the front & back entrances of our Post. The new flooring is beautiful and a great way to welcome our guests. Thank you Anderson Custom Carpeting for supporting our VFW Post and our local Veterans!
Thank You Alma Fire District & Nozzlemen MC!
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. It's quite a sight to see! We had a full house and a great time was had by all. We were honored to receive a beautiful plaque from our guests, The Nozzlemen. Thank you Alma Fire District and Nozzlemen MC for your continued support of local Veterans! We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Many thanks to our volunteers who donated food and helped us welcome & host the Nozzlemen! Thank you Jeanne, Aleta, Annie, Tyler, Darlene, Sandy, Sheila, Jackie, Loretta, Kim & Pat. Dinner was delicious!
We had a great turnout for the Catfish & Horse Race event. Thanks to Jeff & Kathy Humphrey for this fun event!
And we just can't say it enough... We would like to give a huge thank you to our Club Manager Ellen Winn for making EVERYONE feel welcome on a daily basis!
Improving Our Community, Improving Ourselves
Everyone is busy with spring clean-up and our Post is no exception. Our thanks to the many helping hands who have volunteered to spruce up our Post and our community. We had a great crew to help with the improvements at the Veterans Memorial at Riverside Cemetery. Thank you Jeff, Les, Sam, Vic & "Fritz." We all appreciate your hard work & dedication!
VFW Post 1454 Honor Guard
Our Honor Guard participated in the Alma Elks Lodge #1400 Field of Honor Dedication Ceremony on May 6th. The weather was cold & rainy but many turned out for the beautiful dedication ceremony by the Alma Elks. Our Honor Guard always does a wonderful job representing our Post. We're very proud of these men! Nothing stops them from honoring their Comrades.
Calling All Motorcycle Enthusiast
The Club would like to start a motorcycle riders group. All those interested please contact Vince Held at 989-621-4705 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Gearing Up" for Memorial Day Weekend
ALL Veterans are invited to march or ride along in the Jeep or Deuce 1/2 with VFW Post 1454 in the 51st Annual Highland Festival Parade. If interested, meet at the parade line up site at 10 am.
Photo Courtesy of Keith Virgo Photography
Special thank you to Jeff Plot
for the generous donation toward our Poppy Program!
Don't forget our monthly meals!
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
2018 Field of Honor Dedication Ceremony
At Alma Elks Lodge #1400
2 pm on Sunday, May 6th, 2018
To purchase a flag to honor a Veteran or in memory of a Veteran
please contact Alma Elks Lodge #1400 at 989-463-1400 or visit the links below
Alma Elks Field of Honor Facebook page
Alma Elks Lodge #1400 Facebook page
Thank you Great Lakes Highlanders!
The Great Lakes Highlanders are a statewide Highland Games team. Each member competes at a high and world class competition during the Highland Festival Games in Alma, MI. The Great Lakes Highlanders adopted VFW Post 1454 and donates 100% of the donations collected during a friendly Individual Caber Toss Competition held during noon lunch break on May 26th & 27th. The Great Lakes Highlanders have donated over $2,000 in the last 2 years raised through this caber toss event. Two Great Lakes Highlander members, also Veterans, marched with us in last year's Highland Parade. We ask our Members & Auxiliary to stop by this fun event to cheer on the Great Lakes Highlanders and show them your support. Go Great Lakes Highlanders!
Please Join Us As We Honor Our Comrades
We would like to thank our local 4-H Club & 4-H leaders for helping our Post clean up the Veterans Section of Riverside Cemetery. These youngsters are part of Gratiot County's 4-H program and they are working hard to fulfill their community service commitment. We appreciate their helping hands & look forward to working with them again in the future.
Jackson is a PTSD Service Dog and lifetime member of VFW Post 1454. Jackson has a very important job & is trained for many specialized tasks. He enjoys traveling with his Veteran companion, as far away as Washington! Jackson likes to stop by the Post to visit with his friends. He really likes our popcorn and we hear he's pretty sweet on our Club Manager Ellen too!
Spring Pastie Sale - $4 Each
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Contact VFW Post 1454 Auxiliary for details.
Thank you for supporting your local Veterans!
Before heading off to war in Iraq, Casey Johnson neatly organizes her life into a box of lists, envelopes and registration forms for her son’s activities. Months later, she returns home forever changed, with deep psychological scars that no amount of arranging seems to be able to fix. Tammy Ryan’s Soldier’s Heart shines a light on the struggles facing woman warriors. This production will take place in the Dance Studio.
February 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th
For ticket information please visit
Our thanks to all of the Alma High School students who participated in this year's VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. All of the young men & women who participated did a wonderful job writing & delivering thoughtful speeches on this year's VOD topic "American History: Our Hope For The Future." A volunteer panel of Post & Auxiliary Members selected their favorites and we are please to report that two of our Post's submissions won 1st & 4th place for District 9 and moved on to the State finals. Congratulations to Karen Nguyen our 1st place winner and Sara Gadde our 4th place winner. Great job! Our Post will now hold the 1st place trophy until next year. Stop by the Post and check it out!
We had a great turn out for our Chili Cook Off held on Sunday, January 21st. 15 chili recipes were entered into the competition and many turned out to sample and judge. We hope to make this an annual event so please plan to compete & attend next year!
Congratulations (& Bragging Rights) To:
1st Place - Randy Apple
2nd Place - Gail Alexander
3rd Place - Diane Pieper
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!
Thank you for supporting your local Veterans!
Leslie C. McLean
VFW Post 1454
Dedicated to a lifetime of service to our county and our community.