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"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." I agree wholeheartedly that it is the dedication of a lifetime that defines true patriotism.  You all have given not only your time, dedication and effort, but—most importantly—your very being to the protection and advancement of this great country. You work tirelessly for the rights of the veterans who serve our country, while conducting the nation’s finest civic training to instill young future leaders with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to govern this country.



Meeting in Flint
Date: 6-5-2014 at 6PM
Location: Flint, Michigan

Department Convention Flint Gateway
Date: 6/24/2017
Location: Camp Trotter

VTS Camp Totter June 24, 2017
Gold Star Mothers Banquet
Date: 10/1/2017
Location: Post 4659

VFW District 5 Gold Star Mothers Banquet Sunday October 1, 2017
118th VFW National Convention
Date: 7/22/2017
Location: New Orleans, La., "The Big Easy"

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, July 22-26, 2017
118th VFW National Convention
Date: 7/23/2017
Location: New Orleans, La., "The Big Easy"

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, July 22-26, 2017
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Karmanos' visit to Mid- Winter



The Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars Supports Karmanos’ Prostate Cancer Research Program

Karmanos Cancer Institute officials recently met with members of the Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars to accept a check that will support prostate cancer research at Karmanos. Pictured from left to right are, Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander Gerald J. Gorski; Director of Prostate Cancer Research at Karmanos and Hartmann Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research, Associate Center Director, Translational Sciences, Chair, Genitourinary Oncology Multidisciplinary Team, Professor of Oncology and Medicine, Director, Prostate Cancer Research Elisabeth Heath, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Director of Development Lynn Fisher; and VFW National Commander-in-Chief Brian Duffy.

The Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) presented the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute with a generous gift of $13,832.80 for cancer research at the 38th Annual Mid-Winter Conference in Lansing in January. This support represents donations collected under the tenure of Past State Commander Paul McIvor. For the past several years, Michigan veterans have raised funds through local Posts to support the Karmanos Prostate Cancer Research Program. Veteran Posts throughout Michigan conduct a multitude of annual events in their communities to raise awareness of and funding for cancer research. This fundraising effort is guided by State Cancer Director James Proteau through the VFW State Headquarters.

"Our Michigan veterans are providing crucial support for our clinicians and scientists who are on the front lines of pioneering cancer research, and for our patients who are battling this terrible disease,” said Dr. Heath. "It’s critical that we continue to work together to move promising cancer research from the lab to the clinic. We must also focus on training the next generation of research scientists so that we remain on the leading edge of scientific discovery while providing every patient with direct access to the best cancer treatments that are currently available.”


The Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars began a program in 1983 to furnish monetary aid for cancer research and dedicated their funds to Karmanos. Through community service, advocacy and fundraising, the VFW members have donated more than $1.2 million since the program’s inception.


We thank all of our Michigan veterans for their service to our country and we remain grateful for their unwavering fundraising efforts to advance cancer research.

  - 2/9/2017
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