VVA9 Chapter Members delivering care packages to the Vets at the VA Hospital Detroit on Valentines Day
Thanks to all the Chapter Volunteers who came out and passed out care packages to the veterans currently at the VA Hospital in Detroit. Each of the patients truly appreciated the time you all took to hear their stories, to extend a caring hand and to bring your positive energy to their rooms and life.
As I thanked one of the veterans for his service, from his bed he replied, "It has been the honor of my life." - Bless all of our active service people and our veterans.
Thank you to everyone who attended and sent in the photos! We really appreciate you and your support! It was a wonderful turn-out. (Click on the photo to enlarge and to see full picture. Hit arrows to advance or go back to see slide show)
Gallery 1 - photographed by Mike Sands of Member of VVA9
Cathedral Church of St. Paul will host its 56th Veterans’ Day Service at the Cathedral on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 4:00 pm.
"It is our great pleasure to share with you that the Cathedral Church of St. Paul will host its 56th Veterans’ Day Service at the Cathedral on Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 4:00 pm.
The emphasis of this service is thanksgiving – an expression of our profound appreciation for all who have served the pursuit of freedom and peace in service to their country, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background. To this end, we include all who have served in the armed forces of the United States, Canada and our Allied Nations. We also honor those who serve in state and local police and fire departments.
We are extremely pleased to share with you that our speaker this year will be the Rev’d Bonnie A. Perry. On June 1 she was elected by the Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of Michigan to become the 11th Bishop of the Diocese. The daughter of a Marine Corps Lt. Colonel, Bishop-elect Perry comes to the Diocese from Chicago where she has served All Saints’ Parish for 26 years. This is one of her first official events in the Diocese.
If you have never attended one of these services, we urge you to do so. From the solemn procession accompanied by bagpipes and organ, to the bugler’s playing of Taps and Last Post, to the concluding hymn, you’ll find it both moving and inspiring, and a fitting tribute to all those who have served our country. A reception with light refreshments will follow the service.
If you and members of your organization would like to participate as a group, please contact us so appropriate arrangements can be made. You can reach us via email at email@example.com; you can also call the Cathedral office at 313-831-5000 and ask to speak with Cindy Greening, or you are welcome to contact Bob Prout at 586-242-8181. Participating groups need to arrive by 3:00 pm.
The Cathedral is located at 4800 Woodward Avenue (at the southeast corner of Woodward & Warren), in the heart of Detroit’s midtown Cultural Center. It is easily accessed by proceeding a few blocks west on Warren from the I-75 Warren exit (first exit south of I-94). Free, lighted parking is available behind the Cathedral, accessible from East Warren Avenue via Cathedral Lane.
Whether a group, or an individual, who seeks a way to say “thank you”, to offer prayers for comrades still serving, or to remember those who have fallen, all are welcome. We look forward to seeing you Nov. 10th.
Grace and peace,"
The Very Reverend S. Scott Hunter, D.Min.
Dean, Cathedral Church of St. Paul
LCDR Robert W. Prout, USNR Retired
Chairman, Veterans’ Service Committee
Vietnam Veterans of America, Home Builders Association and Carhartt donate $30,000
DETROIT, MI -- Students looking to work in the skilled trades will have a better chance to go farther, thanks to a $30,000 contribution to fund their equipment and study needs during apprenticeships.
Detroit Chapter #9 of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA9), plus Carhartt and the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan’s (HBA) Charitable and Educational Foundation have donated $10,000 each to support students who pursue building trades careers. The donations are being done in partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Foundation and will support students graduating from the A. Philip Randolph Technical High School.
“We want to leave a legacy by helping our youths and the next generation,” explained Paul Palazzolo, president of VVA9. “Supporting students who are in the early stages of a career is one way to do that.”
The boost to skilled trades students comes on the heels of a recent survey that detailed a labor shortage in the industry. Some 80 percent of respondents in a January survey by the Associated General Contractors of America said they were having trouble filling construction positions in Michigan.
“Ensuring a workforce for the future of our industry is of primary importance for HBA and our foundation,” said Michael Stoskopf, CEO of HBA. “We are working on all fronts to provide opportunities for those students who want to pursue careers in construction.”
The foundation chair, Peter Burton of Dominion Realty Services LLC, agrees. “Workforce development in Detroit and throughout our state is essential to the survival of residential construction, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to support it.”
“At Carhartt, we believe in inspiring the next generation to think, create and build with their hands,” said Tony Ambroza, Chief Brand Officer at Carhartt. “We’re committed to helping bring more hardworking individuals to the trades and this donation is just one example of how we can help support those entering a career in construction.”
To learn more about the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, visit http://www.dpsfdn.org/.
ABOUT THE VVA CHAPTER: Organizers for Chapter 9 trace the group’s history to the mid-‘70s, when returning veterans linked up to focus on health and other needs.
ABOUT HBA AND ITS CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION: Headquartered in Bingham Farms, HBA represents 1,400 builders, remodelers, developers and suppliers in the single family home construction industry. HBA is affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Michigan in Lansing and the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. The mission of its foundation is to conduct charitable activities that promote and improve the availability of housing for families in Southeastern Michigan and provide educational opportunities related to the housing industry.
ABOUT CARHARTT INC.: Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium workwear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged products for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, with more than 5,500 associates worldwide, Carhartt is family-owned and managed by the descendants of the company’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com.
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