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The Advocate is a monthly VFW Department of Michigan publication. If you would like to feature your veteran focused events in your community, please contact department at


I trust you all are enjoying this beautiful summer in Michigan! I have already seen many Posts and Districts show up to their local county fairs and festivals to represent us in their communities. I am so excited to see our members working hard to share support and resources to veterans close to home. This example embodies who we are as an organization, and I hope you keep up this fire we have for service.

I head to our 124th VFW National Convention in Phoenix, AZ this week to represent you all on a national level. I am excited to meet leadership in other departments and share the great things happening in Michigan. We have some exciting events coming up, I hope to see you all next month at our VFW National Home Michigan Day Aug. 6, and Camp Trotter Family Day, Aug. 19! As always, thank you for your service and dedication to Michigan's veterans and their families.

Ray Lopez, State Commander, VFW Department of Michigan


National announces All-American Awards

VFW National Headquarters announced the 2022-2023 All American Awards. Past Department Commander John Griffith will be recognized as an All-American Department Commander at the upcoming VFW National Convention later this month in Phoenix, along with 8 districts, and 16 posts. See the full list of All-American recipients here. Congratulations!


All PACT Act related claims submitted prior to August 9, 2023 will be backdated to August 2022. All claims after August 9, will be approved back to date of submission. 

Contact a service officer to find out more, or to assist with filing your claim here, or by call the VFW Service Office at 313-964-6510. 


Camp Trotter camping season is underway

VFW Camp Trotter for Children has kicked off their summer program!

Campers are staying busy with summer activities, learning about patriotism and building friendship through obstacle course challenges and games. 

Registration for campers remain open until the final week. Find out more details here. Keep up to date on the kids weekly activities on their Facebook page.


VFW Michigan 2023 Fall Conference to be held in Flint, MI

VFW Department of Michigan will be hosting ou annual Fall Conference Sept 29 - October 1, 2023, at the Gateway Hotel and Convention Center in Flint, MI. 

The yearly conference is held for training, meetings and community. Here, the VFW and VFW Department of Michigan Auxiliary combine to share experiences for the year, ideas and plan for future development. The auxiliary will also be hosting a quartermania!  

Find out more information about the conference and housing on our website


Things to look out for 

For more information on any of the featured topics, click any of the images below, or go to our online calendar to stay up to date on all department events.


**Many of these sponsors are are looking to hire veterans! To find out more, please contact them directly.


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