Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee, VAVS Subcommittee, Heroes to Hometown

Chairman Don Howard - Post 217, District 16, Zone 1

  • Steve Mango - Post 217, District 16, Zone 1
  • Bob Gillette - Post 396, District 16, Zone 1
  • Gary Bourdeau - Post 268, District 2, Zone 2
  • Tony Licari - Post 354, District 18, Zone 3
  • Tom Sheppard - Post 245, District 10, Zone 4
  • Alfonse Van Hese - Post 43, District 11, Zone 5
  • Alternate John Perry - Post 409, District 16, Zone 1

Heroes to Hometown Subcommittee Chairman

VAVS/VHVS Subcommittee - Chairman Gerald Dennis

  • Donald Miller - Ann Arbor VAMC
  • Gerry Dennis - Grand Rapids Veterans Home
  • VACANT - Saginaw VAMC
  • Sheila Overholts - Battle Creek VAMC
  • Frank Roche - Detroit VAMC
  • James Feliciano - Marquette Veterans Home
  • Ferrand Ethington - Iron Mountain VAMC
  • Shannon Wawruck - Chesterfield Veterans Home
  • DVSO Emeritus Charles Fettes
  • DVSO Emeritus Barbara Fettes
  • DVSO Emeritus Patrick Lafferty
  • DVSO Emeritus Raymond Moore
  • DVSO Emeritus John Nelson
  • DVSO Emeritus Robert Rasche
  • DVSO Emeritus James Raupp
  • DVSO Emeritus James Simmons
  • DVSO Emeritus Robert Vanhill
  • Ex-Officio - Department Commander Richard Dubay
  • Ex-Officio - Department VA & R Director Gary Easterling
  • Ex-Officio - Department Adjutant - a voice without vote Ronald Runyan

VAR/VAVS Rules of Procedure

The purpose of the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee is to formulate and recommend to the Department Executive Committee of The American Legion, Department of Michigan, policies, plans and programs as they concern veterans of World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf and all Wars and Conflicts as of August 2,  1990, as recognized by Congress, in their physical and vocational rehabilitation, education, social and economic readjustment, entitlement to  compensation and pension, and the support of their dependents and survivors. The VA&R Committee will oversee the effectiveness of The American Legion's programs of services to these war veterans and their dependents in claims for benefits administered by both Federal and State governments.

Veteran Affairs Volunteer Service/VA Hospital Volunteer Services Subcommittee

Grand Rapids Chairman Gerald Dennis - Post 459, District 5, Zone 2

Marquette James Feliciano - Post 44, District 12, Zone 5

Saginaw Henry Altman - Post 274, District 10, Zone 4

Ann Arbor VA Donald Miller - Post 46, District 6, Zone 2

Iron Mtn Ferrand Ethington - Post 50, District 12, Zone 5

Battle Creek Dan Osborne - Post 48, District 3, Zone 2

Detroit Frank Roche - Post 253, District 18, Zone 1

The purpose of the VAVS/VHVS Committee is the careful integration of preferred services of members of voluntary service organizations and individuals into the overall Veterans Administration program for the veteran patient and the integration of the hospital into the community thinking and living.

The official representation of The American Legion on the Veterans Administration Advisory Committee is the channel through which all services and information from The American Legion to the hospital should flow. It is also the channel through which all requests and information from the hospital to the organization should flow.

Heroes to Hometown Subcommittee

Eddie Brown, Chairman