MCO Military Members

6.13.17MCOMilMembersWebWelcome to MCO’s Military Members Committee Information Center. Here you’ll find information on the committee and how you can get involved.

The Committee was created for MCO members who are current or former service men and women and their families. Service men and women have unique challenges – whether it’s facing deployment, getting re-acclimated to civilian life, or navigating Veteran’s Affairs. If you’d like to get involved with the Military Members Committee, email Cindy Kogut.

Committee Chairman:
Ray Sholtz, SLF

Committee Members:
Mark Rankin, LMF
Ed Clements, AMF
Wynfield Welch, DDC

Staff Representatives:
Cindy Kogut
Tara Nichol

Resources for MCO Military Members:

Reference Guide

Member Advocates

MCO Military Members on Facebook

Photo Album (drag mouse over photo to click)

MCO Military Members

Below is a list of posts on our Military Members Committee’s news. This page will update frequently, so check back often.


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Veterans, join us for a special meal Nov. 11

All veterans, current military members, and their families are invited to a special dinner Nov. 11 at VFW Post 701 in Lansing. See the flyer here.

What: A special veteran’s day dinner, hosted by VFW Post 701’s auxiliary.

When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

Where: VFW Post 701, 123 N. Rosemary St., Lansing, MI 48917

Cost: $8 per plate for adults, $3 per plate for kids. Veterans eat free.

This is another great event supported by the MCO Military Members’ Committee!

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Scholarship information

Voice of Democracy Scholarship

Patriot’s Pen Scholarship

 

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MCO Military advocates gather for training

4 editedLast Tuesday,  Military Advocates from around the state came together to learn more about military benefits and services.  Kim Suchek, a Military Veterans Advocate, discussed important things all service members should know as well as a wealth of veterans benefits from healthcare to education.  Some important takeaways were the information on the new VA photo cards for Military and Veterans regarding the Star Card Commissaries roll-out and information on burial and memorial benefits.

MCO staff trained the group on military leave rules (USERRA and MCSC) for those returning from active duty and those in National Guard and Reserves along with topics such as giving advance notice to HR on leave, keeping copies of LES statements and DD-214 forms, and updating service credits with ORS.

The group then participated in a workshop to help them learn how to organize successful events and fundraisers.  MCO staff and Military Committee members agreed that communication is very important.

Ray Sholtz, Chairman of the Military Committee stated, “It’s pretty exciting that we are finally here and able to get the Military Advocates the tools they need to start working at their facility providing services to our members.”

Cindy Kogut, Military Committee Staff Rep. stated, “This was a long and exciting process that took a lot of effort to get it going, but was well worth it.”

Thank you to all Advocates that came down and participated!

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Important message for MCO Military advocates

We need all MCO Military advocates to check their home/personal email addresses as we have advocate training scheduled.

If you are the facility advocate and did not receive an email, please contact Cindy at MCO via phone at 800-451-4878 or email cindy@mco-seiu.org.

Thank you.

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Join us as we serve veterans Oct. 14

The MCO Military Members Committee will be hosting a frozen yogurt social at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System at 12 p.m. Oct. 14.

MCO members who are current or former military members are invited to join us as we serve and chat with about 40 veterans in long-term care. WCC staff and their families will provide music.

The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is located at 2215 Fuller Rd. in Ann Arbor.

If you are interested in attending or need more information, please contact CMO John Hassen.

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Join us as we serve veterans Aug. 25

The MCO Military Members Committee will be hosting a frozen yogurt social at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

MCO members who are current or former military members are invited to join us as we serve and chat with about 40 veterans in long-term care. The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is located at 2215 Fuller Rd. in Ann Arbor.

If you are interested in attending or need more information, please contact CMO John Hassen.

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Help us serve veterans in Ann Arbor July 29

The MCO Military Members Committee will be hosting a cake social at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System at noon Saturday, July 29.

MCO members who are current or former military members are invited to join us as we serve and chat with about 40 veterans. The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is located at 2215 Fuller Rd. in Ann Arbor.

If you are interested in attending or need more information, please contact CMO John Hassen.

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Military Members invited to Belding Vietnam Freedom Wall dedication

MCO Military Members received an invitation to the dedication of the Belding Vietnam Freedom Wall, unveiling 2,654 names of Michigan veterans who died in Vietnam.

The event will be at noon Memorial Day at 101 Depot St. in Belding, across from the VFW hall.

If you have any questions, contact Cindy Kogut, MCO’s staff representative on the military members’ committee, at (517)485-3310 ext. 117.

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Military members host pie social for veterans June 3

The MCO Military Members Committee will be hosting a pie social at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System at noon Saturday, June 3.

MCO members who are current or former military members are invited to join us as we serve and chat with veterans. The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is located at 2215 Fuller Rd. in Ann Arbor.

If you are interested in attending or need more information, please contact CMO John Hassen at hassen48169@hotmail.com.

 

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Military members volunteering in Marquette April 25

The MCO Military Members Committee will be hosting the monthly birthday party at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.

The committee will be providing cake and ice cream from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, 425 Fisher St., Marquette, MI.

If any MCO military members would like to honor these veterans, please feel free to volunteer! Contact Cindy Kogut, MCO’s staff representative on the Military Members’ Committee, at cindy@mco-seiu.org to sign up.

We hope you’ll join us April 25 in Marquette!

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