To honor veterans and help increase awareness of veteran resources in Oakland County, the Oakland County courthouse will be illuminated in green light in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 10-13.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) created Operation Green Light as a tribute to veterans across the country. This initiative is designed to inspire local veterans to explore the services provided by their local Veteran’s Service Offices.
This Veterans Day, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers invite the nation’s 3,069 counties, parishes, and boroughs to join Operation Green Light and show support for veterans by lighting our buildings green from Nov. 7 to Nov. 13. By shining a green light, county governments and our residents will let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported. For information, visit www.naco.org, or www.nacvso.org.
Oakland County Executive David Coulter will welcome guests to the Oakland County Executive Office Building, 41 W., for a reception and remarks celebrating Veterans Day from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Township.
Leaders of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legions, Oakland County Board of Commissioner and Executive Office teams who have served in the military and other notable veterans are invited. RSVP by Nov. 7 to Tyrone Jordan, Oakland County Veterans Services [email protected], 248-858-0785, OakGov.com/Veteran.
• Know Your VA Benefits Webinar is Monday, Nov. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. The guest speaker is Lauren Chamberlin, supervisor, Oakland County Veterans Services. To register, guests can call 248-232-4342, or email [email protected]
• Bearss Fitness and Ivy Rehab are holding their annual 5K Ruck Walk to raise money for Ortonville VFW Post 582. The Ruck Walk begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Bearss Fitness, 4 N. Ortonville Road, at the corner of Mill St. and M-15.
“Josh Bearss of Bearss Fitness and Sean Duffey of Ivy Rehab started the walk to help raise funds for Ortonville VFW Post 582 and the post uses the money to help needy veterans and their families in the community and support the community food bank and toy store,” said Cmdr. Dennis Hoffman. “Both businesses are great to help our post. We have 16 charities and community programs that we support, and all money raised goes right back to the community.”
Donation jars are set up at both Bearss Fitness, 4 N. Ortonville Road and Ivy Rehab, 1764 S. Ortonville Road, Ste. 400. For more information, call Josh at 248-410-3345.
For more information, call VFW Post 582 Cmdr. Dennis Hoffman at 248-627-1065.
• VFW Auxiliary North Oakland 334 announces the kick-off of its annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship Contest. Local students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for $31,500 in national scholarships. Students must submit an original two-or three-dimensional piece of artwork. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not accepted. The entry must have completed during the current 2022-2023 school year and the application must include a teacher or supervising adult’s
Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to district competition, if applicable, with district winners advancing to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of $31,500 in national awards, and the national first- place winner is awarded a $15,000 scholarship.
Student entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary Post 334 by March 31, 2023. Interested students, parents and teachers should call Kathy Hubbard 248-830-6324 or email [email protected] for more information. To download an application and see the 2020 winners, visit vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships. Learn more at www.vfwauxiliary.org.
The Oakland Press is interested in all veterans events in Oakland County. Please send info. in the body of an email with subject line “Veterans Affairs” to Sharon Longman at [email protected] Allow two weeks’ notice for scheduled events and include a phone number for readers to call for more information.