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Our VA continues to take great pride in serving Veterans at any one of our VA facilities, to include the Aleda E. Lutz VA or VA Healthcare Annex in Saginaw, or at anyone of our Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Alpena, Bad Axe, Cadillac, Cheboygan, Clare, Gaylord, Grayling, Oscoda, or Traverse City.  As we continue to educate on the MISSION Act, we also want Veterans to know our VA staff work diligently to provide quality, comprehensive care, and strive for continuity in coordinating care to support the very best of outcomes for their health and well-being. 

At this link, https://www.saginaw.va.gov/docs/ChooseVA_Marketing2.pdf you will see the many reasons the VA may be a better choice for Veterans.  At the bottom of the page, you will note an additional link leading to an A to Z List of Services the VA provides.  We encourage you to click on a service you may be interested in learning more about.  Within those services you may find an opportunity to click on a document for more information.  This will give you an enhanced overview of the service so Veterans can make an informed decision on whether to receive their care through the VA versus the community.

It is our hope Veterans will continue to choose the VA because we know them best!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 2, 2019 

 T.C. Central Students Have Winning Designs For T.C. Patriot Game Traverse City, Mich.— The silhouette of a soldier over an American flag is the center point of the commemorative shirt for this year’s TC Patriot Game.  The shirt was unveiled today at a brief ceremony at Fox Motors.  Two Central High School Students were honored for designing the shirts and given gift cards from Meijer for their efforts.Emma Crissinger, a sophomore, designed the front of the shirt and was awarded a $300 gift card.  Veronica Boals, a senior, created the back design and was given a $100 gift card.  Crissinger and Boals entered a design contest at Traverse City Area Public Schools last spring.  Student Senators from both schools selected the winning designs.“It’s the first time we’ve had two winners,” says TC Patriot Game chairman Scott Herzberg.  “They both do a great job of honoring the men and women who risk their lives everyday to support the freedoms we enjoy.”Now in its eighth year, the TC Patriot Game takes the annual football clash between Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School and honors active duty military, Veterans, first responders and people from northern Michigan who recently were killed while serving their country. Shirts will officially go on sale August 5th.  Sale of commemorative shirts help to raise money to support Veterans In Crisis.  Student Senators chose the organization after interviewing a variety of Veteran groups.  The organization supports Veterans in 21 northern Michigan counties that have a variety of emergency needs.  “We have become a safety net for Veterans who can easily fall between the cracks of programs set up to help them,” says Veterans In Crisis director David Mikowski.Since it began, the TC Patriot Game has distributed $81,000 to Veteran organizations.  Organizers hope to raise $25,000 for Veterans In Crisis at this year’s game.  Direct donations can be made at www.TCPatriotGame.com.The Presenting Sponsor of the game is Fox Grand Traverse. Other sponsors include Serra of Traverse City, Williams Chevy, 4 Front Credit Union, Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union, Traverse City Area Public Schools. EXIT Realty and Brady’s Bar.  Supporting sponsors include Meijer, Bill Marsh Auto, McMillen’s Custom Framing, Allen-Kent Photography, Jimmy John’s, and Pepsi.  The game also received a grant from the Anne & Les Biederman Foundation. More information is at www.TCPatriotGame.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2019

TC Patriot Game Begins Community Match Campaign

Traverse City, Mich.— Thanks to donations from two community sponsors, organizers of this year’s TC Patriot Game hope to turn a $5,000 gift into $10,000 to help Veterans In Crisis. EXIT Realty and Brady’s Bar in Traverse City today pledged up to $5,000 if the community can match that amount in donations before the game.

The annual TC Patriot Game honors active duty military, Veterans, first responders and those from northern Michigan who have recently been killed in action while serving their country. The event takes place during the football clash between Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High on Friday, September 20th.

Proceeds from sponsorships and the sale of commemorative shirts will support Veterans In Crisis. The organization provides emergency relief for Veterans in 21 northern Michigan Counties.

“Last year the TC Patriot Game raised a record $16,000 that went to support area Veterans,” says EXIT Realty owner and TC Patriot Game Committee Member, Holly Hack. “This year we want to raise the bar and help even more Veterans, so the students at both schools set a goal of raising $25,000.”

Donations can be made at www.TCPatriotGame.com through a “Donate Now” button.

“Our family is related to Justin Hansen from Kingsley who died while fighting in Afghanistan,” says Brady’s Bar owner Nolen Sleder. “We consider this match a great way to pay tribute to Justin.”

Now in its eighth year, the TC Patriot Game has distributed $81,000 to a variety of Veteran causes. Student senate members from both schools interviewed Veteran organizations and decide which group receives the funds.

The Presenting Sponsor of the game is Fox Grand Traverse. In addition to EXIT Realty and Brady’s Bar, sponsors include Serra of Traverse City, Williams Chevy, 4 Front Credit Union, Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union and Traverse City Area Public Schools. Supporting sponsors include Meijer, Bill Marsh Auto, McMillen’s Custom Framing, Allen-Kent Photography, Jimmy John’s, and Pepsi. The game also received a grant from the Anne & Les Biederman Foundation. Donations can be sent to TC Patriot Game, P.O. Box 5433, Traverse City, MI 49696. More information about the game is at www.TCPatriotGame.com

 Helping Student Vets – Click this link to read Record Eagle Article

Veterans in Crisis Golf Scramble – Click this link to read Record Eagle Article  

 

 

Veterans in Crisis donated $10,000.00 last year to Veteran Students attending Northern Michigan College.

These dollars are available to veteran students who are faced with a financial crisis that threatens to impact their mission to complete school.

Here are some stories of how your contributions to Veterans in Crisis have positively impacted these veterans and their families.

Deward – “$1,500.00 – “Gas/electric bills, food and rent – wife incarcerated for abusing kids and he needed the financial help.”

Nathan – “$700.00 – GI Bill ran out and needed remainder of tuition paid so he can earn his degree this spring.”

Anthony – “$750.00 – “Rent due to loss of job.”

Corie – “$1,200.00 – “Unexpected medical bills led to them being overdrawn in checking and unable to pay rent.”

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April 11, 2019
Contact: Mike Kent – 231-492-4158 or Mike@MikeKentCommunications.comVeterans In Crisis Named Beneficiary
Of TC Patriot GameTraverse City, Mich.— An organization aimed at helping Veterans in emergency situations has been named as the beneficiary of this year’s TC Patriot Game. Student Senators from both Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School selected Veterans In Crisis after interviewing five Veteran organizations tonight.Veterans In Crisis dedicates money to help Veterans who may be struggling to make rent payments, help with college tuition, electric bills or lack of food. Last year the organization distributed over $18,000 to Veterans in need.“The Student Senators were impressed with the ability of Veterans In Crisis to reach out to a variety of Veterans with a diversity of need,” says TC Patriot Game President, Scott Herzberg. Herzberg noted the Senators struggled making their decision because all five presenting organizations demonstrated a dramatic impact in helping area Veterans.The Senators set a goal of raising at least $25,000 for Veterans at this year’s Game. “I’m excited that the students set such a high target,” says Herzberg, “I’m confident that with their efforts and the support of the community we can reach the goal, and have a greater impact on Veterans.” Last year the game raised a record amount and distributed $16,000 to Warrior Sailing. Since it began, the game has distributed $81,000 to Veteran causes.Now in its eighth year, the TC Patriot Game takes place during the clash between rival Central and West football teams. The game is used to honor local active duty military, Veterans, first responders and those who have died in service to our country.Money is raised through sponsorships and the sale of commemorative shirts. This year the game will be held Friday, September 20th at Thirlby Field.The Presenting Sponsor of the game is Fox Grand Traverse. Other sponsors include Serra of Traverse City, Williams Chevy, 4 Front Credit Union, Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union and Traverse City Area Public Schools. Supporting sponsors are Meijer, Bill Marsh Auto, McMillen’s Instant Framer, Allen-Kent Photography, Jimmy John’s, Pepsi and Buffalo Wild Wings.
More information, along with sponsorship opportunities is available at: http://www.TCPatriotGame.com. Information about the Veteran organization is available at: http://www.VeteransInCrisis.org.

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May 3, 2019

Contact: Mike Kent (231) 492-4158/Mike@MikeKentCommunications.com

TC Patriot Game Receives Grant

From Biederman Foundation

 Traverse City, Mich.— Northern Michigan Veterans will get a boost for emergency assistance thanks to a Biederman Family Foundation Grant.  The Foundation today announced a $2,000 grant to the TC Patriot Game.  Proceeds from the game this year support a local organization called Veterans In Crisis.

Veterans In Crisis works in 21 northern Michigan Counties to provide emergency relief for Veterans.  They help out with a wide range of situations that can include help with paying rent, emergency food supplies, help with tuition payments or other needs that arise.

The TC Patriot Game will be held September 20th.  The game takes place during the annual football clash between Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School.  The game is used to honor active duty military, Veterans, first responders and those from northern Michigan who have been killed in action while serving their country or community. 

Money is raised to support a Veteran organization chosen by students from both schools.  Donations come through sponsorships, grants and the sale of commemorative shirts.

“This game has a huge impact on our community and the men and women who serve our community,” says Ross Biederman from the Biederman Family Foundation.  “It is an honor for our family to once again play a role in assisting Veterans in need.”

Commemorative shirts are expected to go on sale in August and will be available in multiple locations.

The Presenting Sponsor of the game is Fox Grand Traverse.  Other sponsors include Serra of Traverse City, Williams Chevy, 4 Front Credit Union, Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union and Traverse City Area Public Schools.  Supporting sponsors include Meijer, Bill Marsh Auto, McMillen’s Instant Framer, Allen-Kent Photography, Jimmy John’s, Pepsi and Buffalo Wild Wings. Donations are accepted at TC Patriot Game, P.O. Box 5433, Traverse City, MI 49696.

More information about the game is available at the school’s athletic offices or at www.TCPatriotGame.com.

Veterans in Crisis on the Ron Jolly Radio Show