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Nationwide Grave Site Locator – US Department of Veterans Affairs great site!  Contains many other valuable resources for Veterans healthcare benefits, requesting military records, veterans burial benefits, spouse’s benefits, etc, etc.  Much, much more.

http://www.destroyers.org – Tin Can Sailor site, The National Association of Destroyer Veterans. Many ship photos.

Service records or records request a copy of your own or of an immediate relative.  Double click on this link to go directly to the Military Records Division. http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html

Download FREE Standard Form 180 in pdf format to request military records.  Can be completed from your computer, printed out, and sent in.  Requires Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded for FREE from www.adobe.com

There are several sections to look at in the bulleted sections regarding records, medals, and awards of family members.  Be sure to read and follow the instructions well to avoid any delays.  Look over the entire site for additional information that may be of interest…then, save the site to your favorites folder for future reference.  

Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars
– lots of information on keeping veterans up-to-date on news and events, Retired Military information, membership, Michigan Legislation, Veteran jobs, schedule of events, and location of VFW Posts.  Many, many valuable links for information. http://www.vfwmi.org.  

Kalamazoo Air Zoo.  Wonderful exhibits of actual military planes, uniforms, and weaponry from WW1, WW11, Korea, Vietnam Era, etc.  Special 3D theatre and Flight Simulator for the adventurous with lots to see and learn – definitely a trip you will enjoy with the entire family.  http://www.airzoo.org

Veterans Assistance  http://www.va.gov
A free online service, guides vets or their survivors applying for the VA Improved Pension program. 
Helps to determine whether you or a loved one is eligible for one of the VA Improved Pensions   
Financially limited veterans who are 65 and older or physically disabled and had at least 90 days of service during World War II or the Vietnam, Korean, or Gulf wars, can apply for the pension program. 

The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Service members, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities. http://benefits.va.gov/VOW/index.htm

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers up to 12 months of retraining assistance to Veterans who meet all the following criteria:

· Unemployed

· At least 35 but no more than 60 years old

· Have an other than dishonorable discharge

· Not eligible for any other VA education benefit programs (e.g., the Post-9/11 GI Bill, 
     Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)

· Not in receipt of VA compensation due to Individual Unemployability (IU)

· Not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

Click here to download more information on this program.
Visit our website at www.benefits.va.gov/​vow or call 1-800-827-1000

VRAP Applications Are Open
We are accepting VRAP applications now. Please visit eBenefits to apply. Remember, to complete the application, you will need to know your direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of your school, the program you wish to pursue.

Taps.  Why is it used at military funerals and memorials….where did it come from? 
Click here to view the story behind Taps.

Fort Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek MI.  Contains searchable Department of Veteran’s Affairs Database with records of Fort Custer burials listed by surname.  Gives name of veteran, branch of service, rank, date died and buried, as well as the plot number.  

Historic War Battles http://us.piratestorm.com/historic-war-battles. – Lists includes links to many, many battle details. This site is intended to be a dynamic online reference tool for those interested in American History. Designed by students and teachers, it is especially made to be used not only as a researching tool, but also as a forum for active discussion and place to just have fun.  Site link was submitted by Kathy Miller & the Miller family.

 Korean War Medal 

If you haven’t received your Korean War Medal, 
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Statistics about war casualties, casualties by States, casualty type, MIAs, POWs, and photos of the Vietnam Wall Memorial at  http://thewall-usa.com

Vietnam Memorial Wall http://thewall-usa.com/index.asp. Perform a search for someone you know who was killed during the Vietnam War at this site.  Another excellent site is www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

WW11 aircraft http://www.fighter-planes.com wonderful site for WW11 aircraft – allied and axis with photos.


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