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VFW Posts throughout the state have involved themselves in a variety of Safety Programs, which cover virtually every possible activity. The VFW is actively conducting and participating in six major categories under which any drug or safety activity will fall. Virtually any drug or safety activity conducted by a Post can be reported within the six categories. Credit is given only once for each activity

The Program Reporting period is May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017.


Samples of the activities are listed below.

Drug Awareness              
  • D.A.R.E……..Contact your local State Police or County Sheriff and set up a seminar at your Post

  • PTA…………..Attend your local meeting and present your program

  • A/A……………Invite your local spokesperson to your post to speak

  • Scouting…….Present your program to all levels of the Scouting Program


Highway Safety            

  • Click it or Ticket

  • State approved Driving Course

Pedestrian Safety          

  • Lite-a-Tike

  • Bicycle Safety

  • Lite-a-Bike 

  • Halloween Safety Bags

Recreational Safety        

  • Hunter Safety,

  • Water Safety,

  • Outdoor Safety (camping, etc.)

  • Roller Safety (skateboards, roller blades)

  • Winter Sports (Snowmobiles, Snowboards, Ice Skating, etc.)

Home & Fire Safety      

  • Home protection (outdoor and indoor)

  • Fire protection (outdoor and indoor)


  • Life Saving Awards,

  • Firefighter Awards,

  • Police Awards, 

  • Distribution of various safety related materials

  EMT Award entry form    Firefighter Award entry form  Law enforcement Award entry 

Each Post can submit to the Department chairman a nomination for each of the following:  Firefighter award, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic award and the Law Enforcement award. Points will be awarded in the All-State program for submitting entries. DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TO DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN IS December 31ST, 2016.   Department will submit one entry from each to National. Citations will be issued for Department winners at the 2017 Department Convention.


Awards: The top 3 Posts in each division based on the number of creditable reports will receive Department Citations. Posts will receive one point for each activity reported on the Department Activity Report. The Post will receive five bonus points if they are reported in all six categories. The Post will receive five bonus points for submitting an entry for a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic or a Law Enforcement officer. (Possible 15 points total).         


Divisions:   As of September 1, 2016               

I           10-65

II         66-125

III       126-225

   IV       226-OVER


Let's be committed to Drug Awareness and Safety in the Great State of Michigan.

Points will be awarded in the All-State Program for reporting projects on your monthly activities report and reporting to the Department Chairman.


All State:  Points will be awarded to each post for All State if the post participates in the following programs:

   One (1) point per month if Post submits Drug report to the Department by the 10th day of the month following the activity.


1.   One (1) point per month if Post submits a safety report to the Department by the 10th day of the month following the activity.

2.    Five (5) points per category if a Post submits a name to the Firefighter of the Year, Law Enforcement of the Year and/or Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic of the Year Program.  Must be submitted to the Safety Director by December 31st, 2016


3.  Three (3) points will be awarded if a post submits a name for a Life Saving award. Maximum of 3 points.  Must be submitted to the Safety Director.


4.  Ten (10) points for a post that participates in the directors special project.

a. Michigan ranks in the top 3 states in the country when it comes to civilian fire     deaths.  Since January 2015, there have been a total of 134 deaths.  In an effort to help curtail this problem, I am challenging each post to work with their local fire department to put together a program to address this problem with the local community.  

A post that conducts a program with the local fire department will receive an extra 10 points toward the All-State Program.

The details to receive extra points are:

  • Must submit a packet to the Program Director No Later Than April 30th, 2017

  • Must submit a 3-ring binder detailing the program you conducted

    • Pictures

    • Essay detailing the project

Any questions should be directed to the Program director.

 Michael J Finies Director


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