veterans day http://michiganradio.org en Veterans Day celebrated in Flint this morning http://michiganradio.org/post/veterans-day-celebrated-flint-morning <p>It's Veterans Day, and all across Michigan, small ceremonies are taking place honoring the nation's military veterans.</p><p>A light rain fell in Flint as a small ceremony was held at 11 a.m.</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day">Veterans Day</a> has it's roots in the Armistice that ended World War I. Under the terms of the armistice, that war ended at <a href="http://blog.usni.org/2009/11/11/the-11th-hour-of-the-11th-day-of-the-11th-month-when-the-guns-fell-silent">"The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month."</a></p><p>Vietnam era veteran Raul Garcia told the small group assembled in front of Flint city hall of his pride of being part of a military family.</p><p>"To me, it's just a great pride to wear this uniform knowing that we are the greatest nation around," Garcia said.&nbsp;</p><p>There are more than 650,000 military veterans in Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:59:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 15221 at http://michiganradio.org Veterans Day celebrated in Flint this morning Kalamazoo group honors WWII veterans: ‘I’ve never had such a day in my life’ http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-group-honors-wwii-veterans-i-ve-never-had-such-day-my-life <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s almost five in the morning. It’s cold and still dark in Kalamazoo. It takes about 45 minutes to load 21 veterans, 15 wheelchairs and 22 helpers onto a charter bus.</span></p><p>A cheery, caffeinated voice comes over the bus’ loudspeaker, “Good morning everybody how are we doing?” Bobbi Bradley is president of “Talons Out” the new honor flight hub based in Kalamazoo. This is the group’s first mission. It had to raise $34,000 to pull it off.</p><p>The donations cover the cost of the day trip for all the veterans on board who are well into their 80s. Bradley says the trip isn’t something many of these vets can physically do on their own.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:10:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15219 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo group honors WWII veterans: ‘I’ve never had such a day in my life’ Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-michigans-veterans-get-benefits-theyve-earned <p>This Veterans Day, Michigan has <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/11/michigan_ranks_last_among_stat.html">the dubious distinction</a> of having its military veterans among those receiving the least government benefits of any in the 50 states.</p><p>Michigan’s more than 650 thousand veterans get about $3,400 on average in benefits compared with a national average of nearly five thousand dollars a year.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:53:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15195 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Michigan's veterans get the benefits they've earned