January 26-28, 2024
Radisson Plaza Hotel
100 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo MI 49007

VFW Department of Michigan will host their annual Mid-Winter Conference January 26-28 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 
Leadership from across VFW Michigan gathers each winter for training, business meetings and to celebrate the student winners from each District who participated in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen scholarship programs.
VFW Department of Michigan and Auxiliary will present each student with a scholarship at a formal banquet. See below for details.

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Commander's Corner

Commander Ray Lopez


I can't believe its already May! Time has flown by this year and our State Convention is less than a month away. As much as I wish this year wouldn't end, I'm very excited to gather with you for the convention. I hope to see as many of you there as can attend. Details for the convention can be found on our website here and below in this newsletter.

The year ending also means deadlines are approaching. Please be sure your VFW Post leadership have submitted all final reports prior to May 10. Completing these in time are crucial for your Post's success.

Congratulations to our VFW Pool League for completing their 56th Pool Tournament. I played this year, and even though I didn't come away with a trophy, it was an amazing time! Also, congratulations to Erick Calley and Shane Houghton for successfully completing their fundraising efforts to restore the Ionia Civil War Flag! We are so grateful to you, and everyone involved who worked to preserve Michigan's military history.

Thank you all for an amazing year! You have worked relentlessly to advocate for veterans and impact your communities throughout Michigan. I am so proud to have been your commander this year. I hope to see all of you at State Convention!

Ray Lopez, State Commander, VFW Department of Michigan


Statewide News

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More than a Game: The legacy of the VFW Pool Tournament

In 1968, a friendly challenge to a game of pool was thrown out between VFW members from different parts of Michigan. Now, 56 years later, the VFW Michigan Pool League has attracted hundreds of veterans who compete annually.

National News

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