Royal Oak American Legion delivers donations to new Michigan Veteran Homes – The Oakland Press

Royal Oak American Legion delivers donations to new Michigan Veteran Homes – The Oakland Press

Executive board members of the Royal Oak Frank Wendland American Legion Post 253 recently visited the new Michigan Veteran Homes in Chesterfield Township. Michigan Veteran Homes, a branch of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, welcomed its first residents to the new center in May. It’s the first development of its kind in Southeast Michigan and provides veterans and their eligible family members skilled nursing care in a home-like setting.

Cmdr. Tom Roth, Adjutant John Williams, Finance Officer Craig Weston and auxiliary member Cindy Carbone delivered $500 worth of items that were on a ”wish list” supplied to other auxiliary members on an earlier visit, in addition to a check donation. Carbone also donated a number of handmade quilts and handmade adult bibs, along with several handmade lap robes donated by Auxiliary member Judith Davis.

“We visited with Activity Director Samantha Razminas, who was very thankful and happy with all the donations. She took us on a tour of the facility. It’s beautiful, spacious and well-appointed. Veterans applications are being screened. If you, or your organization, is looking for something to support, I recommend it highly,” said Navy veteran and post Adjutant John Williams.

To learn more about the home or qualifying for admission, visit
For more information about Frank Wendland  American Legion Post 253, call 248-546-0490.

Royal Oak American Legion Post 253 Cmdr. Tom Roth, right, places a wreath at a veteran’s event.Photo courtesy of Post 253 Cmdr. Tom Roth.

Royal Oak Frank Wendland American Legion Post 253

Royal Oak Frank Wendland American Legion Post 253 Cmdr. Tom Roth has been commander of the post since May.

He went through ROTC training at the University of Michigan and entered the Army Armor Tank Corps as a second lieutenant in 1984 and served through 1988, leaving as a captain. His main station was Ft. Stewart, GA. He was part of a rapid deployment force sent to the Middle East annually and received his Desert Training at Ft. Irwin, CA. He is serving as commander of the post, because he saw a need to include younger veterans.

Roth said, “I’m one of the younger people. It was time for us to get younger people serving and working in the post and I think we do a lot of good. We do tons of charity work all over the Detroit metro area. I like what we do for the community and trying to get more veterans involved. There’s a lot of veterans out there who need help and they don’t even know what’s available to them. ​I think part of our mission is to make sure they understand all the benefits that they have through the VA and through all the veterans’ organizations. Getting that message out and then delivering on it is very important.”

Roth added, “I wanted to lead and want to increase membership and get them into the club, if not ours than the VFW or one of them. The camaraderie is phenomenal. You learn so much more, not just about your service, but about other people’s.”

Membership is approximately 383 for the post, 300 for the Sons of the American Legion, the auxiliary  which includes wives, spouses and mothers of vets, 300 for a total of about 1000.

Officers include: Adjutant, John Williams, Senior Vice Cmdr., Ed Burkhardt; Junior Vice Cmdr., Jack Dawson; Finance Officer, Craig Weston; Service Officer, Frank Roche; Judge Advocate, Don Wert; Chaplain, James Warunek; Historian, John Wendland; Sergeant-at-Arms, Ray Gibson.

The post celebrated its 100th anniversary last year after being founded by World War I soldiers in 1921 and named after Royal Oak resident Frank Wendland who was killed in action in 1918 in France during WWI. The post is at 1505 N. Main St., Royal Oak. For more information, call 248-546-0490.

Upcoming events

• Clarkston American Legion Post 377 hosts Classic Car and Bike Night, 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at 4819 Mary Sue Ave., Clarkston; Karaoke at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 and Bingo at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. For more information, call 248-673-9301.

• Farmington American Legion Post 346 hosts a Monday dinner at the Post Fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30, at 31775 Grand River Ave., Farmington. For more information, call 248-478-9174.

• West Bloomfield Parks welcomes all West Bloomfield and area veterans to join them for their free monthly Veteran Meet-Up from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 1. Cider and donuts served outdoors under the tent in the back of the Recreation Activities Center, at 4640 Walnut Lake Road.
Enjoy each other’s company while chatting and swapping stories. Veterans are welcome to bring a guest for a fee, resident $7, non-resident $9. Attendees must pre-register at 248-451-1900.

The Oakland Press is interested in all veterans events in Oakland County. Please send information in the body of an email with subject line “Veterans Affairs” to Sharon Longman at Allow two weeks’ notice for scheduled events and include a phone number for readers to call for more information.

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