Southeast Michigan Economic Development Initiative - March 11-12, 2024

Veterans Benefits and Hiring Event March 11-12
Veterans Benefits and Hiring Event March 11-12

You are invited to learn about your Veteran benefits.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Southeast Michigan EDI

March 11-12, 2024 

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This event offers career training and guidance, information about benefits, mental and physical health care options, spouse and caregiver resources, hands-on help filing benefits claims, disability examinations and much more.

Attend the Benefits and Hiring Fair

Learn About
Your Benefits

» A Benefits Fair and presentations help you learn about your VA benefits. 

Meet With a
Claims Processor

» Take the opportunity to meet with a claims processor to check on the status or learn how to file a VA disability claim. 

Find Out About
Veterans' Initiatives

» Learn how leadership is making progress with care options and benefits for Veterans.

Discover
the Details

» An opportunity for spouses and caregivers to learn about their benefits and resources.

Receive DOL
Career Training

» DOL VETS workshops will explain self-marketing techniques, networking and interviewing skills.

Connect With
Job Options

» A place to learn more about current employment opportunities, special hiring authorities and career support resources.

Learn About
Your Benefits

Meet With
a Claims Processor

Find Out About
Veterans Initiatives

Learn From
Presentations

Receive DOL
Career Training

Connect With
Employment Options

Event Registration

Click the button below to register for the event. A new AddEvent registration page will open.

March 11

Monday Schedule of Events

9-10 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies and Town Hall
10 a.m.-noon – DOL Career Workshop
10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Veteran Resources and Benefits Fair
10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Hiring Fair
9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Claims Clinic*
9 a.m.-3 p.m. – MDEO Mobile Medical Unit
9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Mobile Vet Center

*Requires separate registration. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

March 12

Tuesday Schedule of Events

9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies and Presentations
2-3 p.m. – Spouse and Caregiver Clinic
9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Claims Clinic*
9 a.m.-3 p.m. – MDEO Mobile Medical Unit
9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Mobile Vet Center

*Requires separate registration. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event offers a career fair co-hosted by MilitaryHire. MilitaryHire’s mission is to serve Veterans, military spouses and family members to find fulfilling careers after military service. Register for the event, then sign up for a MilitaryHire profile to post your resume and search for jobs. 

This event offers a career fair co-hosted by MilitaryHire. MilitaryHire’s mission is to serve Veterans, military spouses and family members to find fulfilling careers after military service. Register for the event, then sign up for a MilitaryHire profile to post your resume and search for jobs. 

Event Partners

Learn how to maximize the use of your earned VA benefits and services. Attend the Benefits Fair, find out about Veterans initiatives, listen to presentations and connect with a claims processor. Presentations will cover topics such as VA benefits, health care and mental health and wellness. 

Schedule of Events

Day One

Monday11 Mar 2024

9-
9:10 a.m.

Welcome and National Anthem

9-
10 a.m.

Town Hall and Q/A - Voice of the Veteran

10-
11 a.m.

DOL Career Workshop - Networking and Professional Introductions

11 a.m.-
noon

DOL Career Workshop - Job Fair Strategies and On-the-Spot Interviews

10 a.m.-
3 p.m.

Veteran Resources and Benefits Fair

10 a.m.-
3 p.m.

Hiring Fair

9 a.m.-
3 p.m.

Claims Clinic

9 a.m.-
3 p.m.

MDEO Mobile Medical Unit

9 a.m.-
3 p.m.

Mobile Vet Center

Day Two

Tuesday12 Mar 2024

9-
9:30 a.m.

Welcome and National Anthem

9 a.m.-
3 p.m.

Claims Clinic

9 a.m.-
3 p.m.

MDEO Mobile Medical Unit

9 a.m.-
3 p.m.

Mobile Vet Center

9:30 a.m.-
2 p.m.

Presentations

Presentations on the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), National Cemetery Association (NCA), Suicide Prevention, Buddy to Buddy Program, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and VA Detroit MH Homeless Programs

2-
3 p.m.

Spouse and Caregiver Clinic

Presentation from the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (VAMC)

Day Two

Tuesday12 Mar 2024

9-
9:10 a.m.

Welcome and National Anthem

9:10-
9:18 a.m.

Welcome

Detra Giles, Assistant Director, Outreach, Transition and Economic Development

9:18-
9:26 a.m.

Introductory Remarks

Suzanne DeNeau-Galley, Executive Director, Detroit VA Regional Office

9:26-
9:30 a.m.

Closing Remarks

Tom Oates, Master of Ceremonies

9-
3 p.m.

Claims Clinic

9-
3 p.m.

MDEO Mobile Medical Unit

9-
3 p.m.

Mobile Vet Center

9:30-
10 a.m.

Presentation: Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA)

Brian Love, Director, MVAA

10-
10:30 a.m.

Presentation: National Cemetery Association (NCA)

Andre Logan, Director, Great Lakes National Cemetery

10:30-
11 a.m.

Presentation: Suicide Prevention Initiatives

Teena Sawicki and Katrina Beshears, Detroit Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) – Suicide Prevention

11-
11:30 a.m.

Presentation: Buddy to Buddy Program

Chelsea Rider, Community Analyst, MVAA

11:30 a.m.-
1 p.m.

Break

1-
1:30 p.m.

Presentation: Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Gary Easterling, Director, DAV or Kwan Tillman, National Area Supervisor, DAV

1:30-
2 p.m.

Presentation: VA Detroit MH Homeless Programs Overview

Gerald “Dr. G” I.F. Curley, DSW, LMSW, ACHE, Director, MH Homeless Programs Section, VISN 10, VA Detroit Healthcare System, John D. Dingell Medical Center

2-
3 p.m.

Spouse and Caregiver Clinic: Caregiver Support Program Overview (Program, Eligibility, Appeals, Decisions, Palliative Care)

Sarah Thiefels, LMSW Clinical and General Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (VAMC). Mary Ceasar, LMSW, ACSW, Contracted Community Nursing Home/Community Adult Day Care Health Care/ Respite Coordinator, John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (VAMC)

March 11, 2024

Opening Ceremonies, Town Hall and Q/A - Voice of the Veteran
  • 9-10 a.m.

Opening Ceremonies, Town Hall and Q/A - Voice of the Veteran

DOL Career Workshops
  • 10 a.m.-Noon

DOL Career Workshops

Veteran Resources and Benefits Fair
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Veteran Resources and Benefits Fair

Hiring Fair
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Hiring Fair

Claims Clinic
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Claims Clinic

MDEO Mobile Medical Unit
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MDEO Mobile Medical Unit

Mobile Vet Center
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mobile Vet Center

March 12, 2024

Opening Ceremonies
  • 9-9:30 a.m.

Opening Ceremonies

Claims Clinic
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Claims Clinic

MDEO Mobile Medical Unit
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MDEO Mobile Medical Unit

Mobile Vet Center
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mobile Vet Center

Presentations
  • 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Presentations

Presentations on the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), National Cemetery Association (NCA), Suicide Prevention, Buddy to Buddy Program, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and VA Detroit MH Homeless Programs

Spouse and Caregiver Clinic
  • 2-3 p.m.

Spouse and Caregiver Clinic

Presentation from the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center (VAMC)

Claims Clinic Appointments

Receive personalized support from a qualified claims specialist. During your appointment you can learn more about the claims process and PACT Act benefit options get details on eligibility or find out information on the status of your existing claim. Please have your award letter, appeal and/or any other supporting documentation available during your appointment.

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Location

Wayne State University Student Center
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202-5221

Location and Parking Information

The event will be held in the Student Center. Parking is available in Parking Structure 1 near the Law School and the Academic/Administration Building. Parking is free for the first 300 attendees each day and $9 flat rate per vehicle thereafter. Payment may be made by credit card or debit card.

Parking Map

Testimonials

5/5

“Amazing event! The presentations were great!”

"These resources are a good source of information for Veterans and their families!"

"...the presenters were very prepared and presented their material in an excellent fashion."

Testimonials From Past EDI Attendees

“Attending an EDI event connects you with key benefits and services that can help you find success in civilian life. Whether you are a transitioning service member, a Veteran or the family member who supports someone who has served, EDIs are for you.”

Testimonial from Joshua Jacobs
Senior Advisor for Policy Performing the Delegable Duties of the Under Secretary for Benefits

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