Table of contents

  1. Blue Water Area Fallen Heroes Community Banner Program
    1. About:
    2. Banner Program Focus
    3. Banner Program Guidelines & Advisors
    4. Advisors:
    5. Support:
    6. Donate
  2. Local Agencies
    1. Disability Network Eastern Michigan
    2. Find a Veteran Service Officer
    3. Council on Aging - Port Huron Senior Center
  3. Local Veterans Organizations/Posts
    1. Charles A. Hammond" American Legion Post 8
    2. American Legion Capac, MI Post 0142
    3. American Legion Yale, MI Post 0320
    4. American Legion Post 382 St. Clair
    5. American Legion Fort Gratiot, MI Post 408
    6. J. Edward Mallorey, American Legion Post 449
    7. American Legion Post 525, Smiths Creek, Inc.
    8. American Legion Memphis, MI Post 0566
    9. DAV Chapter #12
    10. Marine Corps League 146 Belcher-Lane-Williams Detachment
    11. Post 796 Chas. Schoor Post
    12. Post 3901 Fred Quandt Post
    13. Post 5585 Gleason-Butler-Sharpe Post
    14. Post 8465 May-O Brien Post
    15. Post 8594 Yale Post
    16. Vietnam Veterans of America Blue Water Chapter 284
    17. Voiture Nationale La Societe Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux, 120 Voiture Locale
  4. Mental Health
    1. Veterans Crisis Line
    2. St. Clair County Veteran Navigator
    3. VA Mental Health Resources
    4. Other resources:
  5. Michigan Veteran Designation for Licenses and ID cards
    1. Eligibility
    2. How to add to your license or ID?
  6. Michigan Rehabilitation Services
  7. Military Discounts
  8. Millage: SCCVA 2017-2022
    1. What Does the Department of Veterans Affairs Provide?
    2. How Much is the Millage?
    3. What Does the Millage Funding Provide?
    4. What Is the Actual Millage Language?
  9. Transportation
    1. John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
    2. VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
  10. United States of American Vietnam War Commemoration
    1. Commemorative Partner Program
    2. Commemorative Coin

Blue Water Area Fallen Heroes Community Banner Program

About:

The Blue Water Area Fallen Heroes Community Banner Program was brought forward by Ed Weichsler, Program Advisor and U.S. Air Force Veteran and an elite student leadership class project from Croswell – Lexington High School as a way to honor our community’s military heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to their country and promote civic pride in our community.

  • St. Clair County has over 580 service members who died in service to their country from World War I to the current gulf war conflict.
  • The community banners will feature the fallen heroes’ photograph, rank, name, branch of service, war conflict, age, and city in which they resided.
  • These beautiful, patriotic banners will be displayed one week prior to and one week after Memorial Day each year.
  • The concept for the Banner Program initially came from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; small farming community has banners honoring the memory of fallen or missing-in-action service members which are mounted on light poles in downtown Waynesboro during the weeks surrounding Memorial Day.

Banner Program Focus

  • To obtain photographs for of over 580 fallen heroes.
  • If you are a family member or know of a friend or a neighbor who died in service to their country, please call the Banner Message Line at (810) 985-2007 or (810) 434-6407 E-mail:weichsler10@gmail.com to schedule an appointment to have a photograph scanned.

Banner Program Guidelines & Advisors

Guidelines:

  • Banners must be dedicated to service members from a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces who died in service to their country from World War I to the current gulf war conflict who resided in cities/townships across St. Clair County.
  • Service members must have been graduates or former students of a school district within St. Clair County, or a prior resident or property owner, or a native of cities/townships in St. Clair County.
  • Family members or relatives must provide original or good condition photographs of service members in their military uniform or their senior high school picture. If no photograph can be provided, the Department of Defense Military Service Seal will be used.

Note: Banner Program Guidelines are subject to change based on development of the program.

Advisors:

Ed Weichsler, Program Advisor and U.S. Air Force Veteran
“Charles A. Hammond” American Legion Post 8, Port Huron, Michigan

Support:

The Blue Water Area Fallen Heroes Community Banner Program is a fund held at the Community Foundation of St. Clair County and is supported principally by community members.

Donate online to the Blue Water Area Fallen Heroes Community Banner Program below or send a check to the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, 500 Water Street, Port Huron, MI 48060 with Banner Program Fund noted on the memo line.

Donate

Local Agencies

Disability Network Eastern Michigan

This Center for Independent Living. Independent Living changes attitudes, expands community options, removes barriers, and increases choice.

Are you an at-risk veteran trying to find or maintain housing? Please contact:

Terry Nichols, SSVF Case Manager 
TNichols@DNEMichigan.org
Fort Gratiot Office
8am – 4pm M-F
4351 24th Ave., Suite 1
Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
(810) 987-9337

Find a Veteran Service Officer

Council on Aging - Port Huron Senior Center

2:00 Veteran’s Club (3rd Thursday of month)

E. Jack Morris Veterans Museum - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, directly after the Veterans Club’s monthly meetings, which begin at 9 a.m.

Local Veterans Organizations/Posts

Charles A. Hammond" American Legion Post 8

www.cahalpost8.org
1026 6th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 982-955

MEETINGS 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH @ 7:00PM

American Legion Capac, MI Post 0142

115 N Main St Capac, MI 48014-3178

Phone: (810)395-2588

MEETINGS 4TH WEDNESDAY EACH MONTH @ 7:00 PM

American Legion Yale, MI Post 0320

112 E Mechanic St Yale, MI 48097-3431
Phone: (810)387-2359

MEETINGS LAST TUESDAY OF JANUARY, APRIL, JULY, & OCTOBER @ 7:00PM

American Legion Post 382 St. Clair

www.americanlegionpost382.org
1322 Clinton Avenue, St. Clair, MI 48079

Phone: 810-329-2871

MEETINGS 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH @ 7:00PM

American Legion Fort Gratiot, MI Post 408

4170 24th Avenue, Fort Gratiot, MI 48059

Email: sailingbbs@comcast.net
Phone: (810) 982-0572

MEETINGS 4TH THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH @ 7PM

J. Edward Mallorey, American Legion Post 449

www.amleg449.com
299 Huron Blvd., Marysville, MI 48040

Phone: 810-364-9366

MEETINGS 1ST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH @ 7:00PM

American Legion Post 525, Smiths Creek, Inc.

7150 Smiths Creek Road, P.O. Box 86, Smiths Creek, MI 48074

Phone: 810-367-6351

MEETINGS 1ST MONDAY EACH MONTH @ 7:00 PM

American Legion Memphis, MI Post 0566

PO Box 502 Memphis, MI 48041-0502

Phone: (810)392-3237
Email: merrickpotterpost566@yahoo.com

MEETINGS 3RD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH @ 7:00PM

DAV Chapter #12

www.davmembersportal.org/chapters/mi/12/default.aspx
2115 Military Street, Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: 810-984-1684

Meetings Are Held on the 2nd Monday of each month Time: 19:00:00

Marine Corps League 146 Belcher-Lane-Williams Detachment

VFW May-O’Brien Post #8465 3815 Knapp Ave. Port Huron MI 48060

3rd Wednesday of the month 1900

Post 796 Chas. Schoor Post

1711 Pine Grove Ave
Port Huron, MI 48060-3119

Phone: (810) 982 0572

www.facebook.com/Chas-Schoor-VFW-Post-796-186013134755497/

Meeting: 7:00 pm 2nd Wednesday

Post 3901 Fred Quandt Post

1005 Pt. Tremble Rd
P O Box 294
Algonac, MI 48001-0294

Phone: (810) 794-3033

Meeting: 7:00 PM 2nd Wednesday

Post 5585 Gleason-Butler-Sharpe Post

PO Box 126
3128 Main St
Emmett, MI 48022-0126

Phone: (810) 304-5012

Meeting: 2:00 pm Last Sunday

Post 8465 May-O Brien Post

3815 Knapp Rd
Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone: (810) 982-6323

Meeting: 7:00 pm 1st Wednesday

Post 8594 Yale Post

4 West Machanic St.
Yale, MI 48097
United States

Phone: (810) 387-9923

Meeting: 7:00 pm 2nd Wednesday

Vietnam Veterans of America Blue Water Chapter 284

www.vva284.org
Location: American Legion Post 382, 1300 Clinton Avenue, St. Clair MI 48079
Mailing Address: VVA Chapter 284, P.O. Box 536, Marine City, MI 48039

Voiture Nationale La Societe Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux, 120 Voiture Locale

1026 6th St, Port Huron, MI 48060-5345

Mental Health

Veterans Crisis Line

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

  • You're not alone—the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you.
  • You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call.
  • 24/7, confidential crisis support for Veterans and their loved ones

Call: Dial 988 then Press 1

Chat: Now

Text: Now

St. Clair County Veteran Navigator

St. Clair County Community Mental Health (SCCCMH) has a service specifically designed to assist veterans and or veteran/military family members with accessing treatment, navigating the VA system and linking up with other community resources.

The veteran services at SCCCMH are peer-led, by a Navigator who is also a veteran. The Veteran Navigator can assist you with:

  • The VA benefit enrollment process
  • Accessing other community resources such as housing, employment or health care •
  • Enrolling in mental health services or substance use disorder treatment services at SCCCMH or other provider

Wendy Martindale, Veteran Navigator
Phone: (810) 966-3755
wmartindale@scccmh.org

VA Mental Health Resources

Other resources:

Michigan Veteran Designation for Licenses and ID cards

The veteran designation gives veterans an easy and optional way to prove their veteran status to receive discounts from businesses.

Eligibility

Military veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. armed forces and have an honorable or under honorable conditions (general) discharge may have a veteran designation printed on their Michigan driver's license or state identification card.

Qualifying services include the U.S. Air Force, Air Force National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and Space Force, as well as their Reserve components.

Individuals who actively serve in the National Guard or Reserves at the time of application may qualify for the designation if they have a DD214 with an honorable or under honorable conditions discharge.

How to add to your license or ID?

The designation may be added by visiting any Secretary of State office and providing the required documentation.

If the designation is added when you apply for your first Michigan driver's license or ID card, or at the time you're renewing, you will only pay the normal renewal fee. Otherwise, the standard fee for a corrected license or ID card will apply.

If you are renewing your license or ID card by mail, you must include the required documentation and the completed Veteran Designation Application form along with your renewal form so the designation is included on your new card. Please note the documentation submitted will not be returned to you. Copies are accepted.

If you want to add the veteran designation outside of your renewal period and do not want to visit a Secretary of State office, send in the completed Veteran Designation Application form, the required documentation and the applicable fee.

Mail your completed application, veteran documentation and applicable fee to:

Michigan Department of State
Renewal By Mail Unit
Lansing, MI 48918

Note: The veteran designation cannot be requested when a driver's license or ID card is renewed online.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Welcome to Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)

  • We are a statewide network of vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals developing creative, customized solutions that meet the needs of individuals and business.
  • We deliver individualized services that assist potential employees with differing abilities to prepare for, pursue and retain careers.
  • We partner with business in employee development, business consulting and corporate relations.
  • We are committed to building the workforce of tomorrow... today.

Mission: Develop customized workforce solutions for businesses and individuals with disabilities.

Vision: A diverse and inclusive workforce that unites businesses and individuals with disabilities toward a common good.

Port Huron Office
100 McCorran Boulevard, 5th Floor, Port Huron, MI, 48060
810-982-8571
Toll Free: 877-620-7929
Eastern Michigan

District Manager
Tracie Lewis-Jennings
517-643-5516
lewis-jenningst@michigan.gov

Military Discounts

Millage: SCCVA 2017-2022

2017- 2022 St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs Millage

What Does the Department of Veterans Affairs Provide?

  • WE help veterans with physical and/or mental disabilities from their exposure to combat and noncombat related trauma and their families obtain and maintain all veterans’ related benefits from federal, state, and local government agencies.
  • WE provide services yearly to over 13,000 St. Clair County veterans and their families.
  • WE have been providing professional support and assistance for over 75 years.
  • WE are a trusted and accredited resource for finding, applying for, receiving and maintaining veterans’ benefits.
  • OUR accredited counselors and professional staff eliminate or reduce the frustration and confusion of navigating the VA process.
  • OUR goal is to obtain the maximum veterans' benefits available for our veterans’ while making the process understandable for the veterans and their families.


How Much is the Millage?

  • MILLAGE is 0.10 mills for six years (2017 through 2022). $5 a year for homeowner.
  • MILLAGE generates $562,824 yearly starting in 2017.


What Does the Millage Funding Provide?

  • Office Staff: Full-time Director, 3-Full-time Benefits Counselors, 1- Full-time Claims Analyst , 1-Part-time Secretary, 1-Part-time Clerk Typist, and 1-Outreach Coordinator to provide:
    • Case management and continuing support for veterans who receive VA benefits.
    • Assistance in the claims filing process with the Federal Government for injuries or illness, federal death benefits, and survivor benefits.
    • Assisting of St. Clair County burial allowance claims.
  • Community Outreach: Support and partner with the community at-large by providing education and dissemination of information about veteran benefits and myriad resources.
  • Annual Events: Veteran Career Fair and employment readiness programs.
  • Emergency Financial Assistance: For indigent veteran and their dependents for rent, prescription costs, medical bills, food vouchers, heating bills, gas cards, and much more.
  • Staff Training: Maintain accreditation and certification for Director and Full-Time Benefits Counselors and Outreach Coordinator.


What Is the Actual Millage Language?


RENEWAL OF THE ST. CLAIR COUNTY VETERANS AFFAIRS MILLAGE

Shall the St. Clair County levy a Veterans Affairs Millage of .10 mills per year ($.10 per thousand dollars of taxable value of taxable real and personal property) constituting a renewal of a previously authorized voter approved millage, for a period of six (6) years, 2017 through 2022 inclusive, generating estimated revenues the first year the renewed millage is authorized and levied of approximately $562,824. If approved, funds from this millage will be used to provide financial aid to veterans and their families and to provide financial support for the administration of the St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs.

Transportation

For veterans that need transportation to VA Medical Centers.

Transportation is provided by volunteers and their availability.

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

4646 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201

800-511-8056 (Toll-free)
313-576-1000 (Direct)

Please call our office at 810-989-6945 to schedule a ride to Detroit .

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

800-361-8387 (Toll-free)
734-769-7100(Direct)

Please call our office at 810-989-6945 to schedule a ride to Ann Arbor .

United States of American Vietnam War Commemoration

Commemorative Partner Program

United States of American Vietnam War Commemoration

The St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs (SCCVA) is an official registered Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration and will be hosting events for Vietnam veterans and their families from this day forward.

  • The Vietnam 50th Anniversary program is organized locally to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War living in St. Clair County, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States.
  • The Commemoration honors all United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time between November 1, 1955 to and May 15, 1975, regardless of location.
  • The Commemoration makes no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period.
  • All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.

We are reaching out to each and every Vietnam veterans in St. Clair County to ensure they receive long lasting mementoes of the nation's thanks.

For more information about the national program.

To receive recognition, contact SCCVA Outreach Coordinator at (810) 989-6945 or by email at sccvet@stclaircounty.org.

Commemorative Coin

Our office is selling Vietnam War Commemoration Coins for only $5. Please get your coin today!