The Wall That Heals:
Memorial Holiday Visit to Clinton Township, Michigan
Grounds of the Civic Center in Clinton Township will host
The Wall That Heals, a
Vietnam Wall replica supported by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in
The Clinton Township Civic Center is located at
40700 Romeo Plank, Clinton Township, Michigan 48038.
There is ample parking & restroom facilities on site.
There a few events leading up to the visit. The first event will be a screening
of Our Vietnam Generation on Tuesday, May 19th.
The next day, Wednesday, May 20th, there will be an motorcycle escort of the
truck into Clinton Township in the mid afternoon. Set-up of The Wall will take
place the morning & afternoon of Thursday, May 21st. An Opening Ceremony will
commence at 6pm and The Wall will be open to the public around the clock until
the Closing Ceremony on Monday, May 25th at 4pm.
This site https://twthclintontwp.wordpress.com/ will be
updated often as details of the events are confirmed, so please check back
of Vietnam War Commemorative
We received the following information from former local President Donna
Ratkos-Mercier’s husband Mike Mercier.
For the years of 2015, 2016, & 2017 the Vietnam War Commemorative Committee will
be holding events to honor our Vietnam Veterans, their families and POW/MIA
(prisoners of war / missing in action). These Lapeer County happenings are part
of a bigger event designed for National, State, and local Communities, Veterans
organizations and other nongovernmental organizations to assist a grateful
nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families. These
occasions are meant to show appreciation and solemnity of war and the losses
suffered by many.
The kickoff event will take place March 6th, 7th & 8th at the American Legion
Post 16, 1701 West Genesee Lapeer MI 48446.
Veteran artifacts will be on display from the Vietnam War from 9 AM to 5PM
Daily. Demonstrations of military service related items, a POW/MIA ceremony, a
display of The Quilt of Tears, (a traveling memorial to those who have died or
are dying from Agent Orange exposure) and more. The Committee is also seeking
Vietnam Veterans and others who have items related to Vietnam or the Vietnam War
to show others at our March event.
Items could include such things as photographs, movies, military equipment/
supplies, art and craft items produced in Vietnam, etc... If you are a Vietnam
Veteran please consider attending. All are welcome to come show support at any
and all the events we the committee have planned. For those who would like to
be involved in the Commemorative Committee, to plan these local events, you may
contact the Committee liaison Linda Bonner at 810-724-8541 or Chairman Joe Cain
or Vice Chairman Mike Mercier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial contributions from individuals and organizations are needed to finance
these local events. Please make checks payable to “Vietnam Commemorative
Committee” and mail to: P.O. Box 894, Lapeer MI 48446
If you can participate please do, if you have time to make the drive and see
these items on display please do.
Link to map for American Legion Post 16.
480-481 Area Local Veterans Dir.
480-481 Area Local President
and Proud member of American Legion Post 16 in Lapeer MI.
June is PTSD Awareness Month
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can
occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or
Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma.
If the reactions don't go away over time or disrupt your life, you may have
The link below can provide information that can help you or your loved ones who
have been through a traumatic event. This information is not just for Veterans
we encourage all postal employees who have either been through a difficult
experience, or who know of someone close to them who has to review this site and
find the best way to help them or yourself. With respect to our brothers and
sisters who have served in this nations armed forces this site and this
information is designed to let you know that you are not alone.
What strikes us with respect to PTSD is how many people have it and don’t even
know it. PTSD is real, and PTSD can be treated. The first step is getting the
right information the link below gives you that information.
Please point, and click your way to a better understanding of PTSD, its cause
and its treatment.
John Smeekens – 480 481 Area Local Veterans Dir.
Roscoe Woods - 480 481 Area Local President
Veterans Benefit Alert
If you live in Michigan and are a 100% Disabled Vet
This message is one you must read!!!
From 480 481 Area Local Veterans Director John Smeekens and President Roscoe Woods.
P. A. 2013 # 161 was signed by Governor Snyder on November 12, 2013 and was
The new Act, # 161, now allows 100% disabled Veterans to file
papers at their local assessor’s office, where their Homestead is located, to be EXEMPT from property taxes.
This new law affects several different categories of 100% disabled Veterans.
#1; 100% disabled Veterans that are 100% Scheduled.
#2; 100% disabled Veterans that are
I.U. (individually unemployable).
#3; A Veteran who has a certificate
from the United States Veterans’ Administration, or its successors,
certifying that he or she is receiving or has received Pecuniary Assistance due to disability for
specially adapted housing.
Also, the un-remmaried spouse of a 100% disabled Veteran, needs to talk to
their assessors’ office for further information that will affect them.
You must take a copy of your 100% disabled Veteran status from the Department of
Veterans Affairs (you
know, the one you get every December), and take it to your
Assessors’ office to be verified, and fill out the proper paperwork from
that office. IT MUST BE DONE EVERY YEAR WHEN YOU
GET YOUR NEW UPDATED FORM FROM THE VA!!!
Email questions or concerns to 480 481 Area Local Veterans Director John
Smeekens at: email@example.com
You can also call: 248 543 3262 and we will get you in touch with Director Smeekens.
To all those serving, who have served and who have made the ultimate sacrifice
we thank you for your sacrifice and your service and we stand here to serve you
all any way we can.
Please print the pdf version of this article to post in your office and to share with your fellow Veterans.