Sen. Robertson welcomes local official to state Capitol for State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomed Scott Bennett to the Michigan Capitol for Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State

address. Bennett (right) currently serves as the Grand Blanc Township supervisor and was Robertson’s guest for the annual address Tuesday night.

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Sen. Robertson available for comments following State of the State address

Sen. Dave Robertson

Sen. Dave Robertson

Who:               State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc.

What:             Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When:             Immediately following the address, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Where:           House Appropriations Room

Third Floor

State Capitol

Lansing, MI

Brief: Robertson will be available following the State of the State address for comments on state issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Robertson’s office at 1-517-373-1636 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

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Reminder: Kowall and Robertson honoring Vietnam era veterans at second Holly event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Dave Robertson on Wednesday reminded interested parties of a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony this Friday, Dec. 16 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, are hosting the second “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Holly to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. They encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them to pay tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home. Staff for U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) will join Kowall and Robertson.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC), will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Holly Area Veterans Resource Center (HAVRC) in the Karl Richter Community Center, 300 East St., in Holly. For more information, contact HAVRC Chairman Joe Mishler at 810-348-9960.

The lawmakers will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

Speakers at the event will be Lt. Gary Huber, U.S. Army veteran, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 175, Genesee County; Joe Cylkowski, U.S. Army veteran, Holly American Legion Post 149; and Ina Golden, U.S. Navy veteran, secretary — Holly Area Veterans Resource Center, American Legion Post 149. Two Gold Star Mothers will be honored and recognized; they each will receive a special “In Memory Of” commemorative pin.

In addition, the invocation will be given by the Rev. Dr. Jennifer L. Smith, state chaplain of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Michigan, and Don Austin will pray for prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Finally, the American Legion 149 and VFW Post 5587, both of Holly, will post the colors; Mike Beauchamp will sing the national anthem; Sabrina Dudek will lead the Pledge of Allegiance; George Murray will play the bagpipes; and Bruce Freimark will perform the service medley.

Kowall has held numerous lapel-pinning ceremonies, both in Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Save the Date: Kowall and Robertson announce second Holly event honoring Vietnam era veterans

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Dave Robertson on Tuesday announced they are sponsoring a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, are hosting the second “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Holly to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. They encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them to pay tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home. U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) will join Kowall and Robertson.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC), will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Holly Area Veterans Resource Center (HAVRC) in the Karl Richter Community Center, 300 East St., in Holly. For more information, contact HAVRC Chairman Joe Mishler at 810-348-9960.

The lawmakers will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. The symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant, Kowall said.

“The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period,” he said. “All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”

The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense and launched in 2012. It was designed to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families in hometown America, in light of the 50th anniversary of the war. Recognition is given to these heroes when commemorative partners, such as Kowall, hold events that thank and honor the veterans and their families.

Speakers at the event will be Lt. Gary Huber, U.S. Army veteran, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 175, Genesee County; Joe Cylkowski, U.S. Army veteran, Holly American Legion Post 149; and Ina Golden, U.S. Navy veteran, secretary — Holly Area Veterans Resource Center, American Legion Post 149.

The invocation will be given by the Rev. Dr. Jennifer L. Smith, state chaplain of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Michigan. The American Legion 149 and VFW Post 5587, both of Holly, will post the colors.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans, whether drafted or enlisted, served our country with honor. Tragically, too many returned home with little thanks for their service and not much help transitioning to civilian life,” Kowall said. “This lapel-pinning ceremony is a way to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.”

Robertson agreed.

“We as Americans are forever indebted to those who answered our nation’s call during the Vietnam War,” Robertson said. “Freedom isn’t free, and our veterans know that better than anyone. For generations, military personnel and their families have made unimaginable sacrifices on a daily basis. Our objectives are to recognize those sacrifices, honor their service and show these individuals the respect they’ve earned.”

Kowall has held numerous lapel-pinning ceremonies, both in Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Bishop hosted a similar event for Vietnam War veterans living in his congressional district in March with more than 160 veterans in attendance from Oakland, Livingston and Ingham counties.

“Our Vietnam War veterans’ service during our nation’s longest war was selfless and courageous,” Bishop said. “Years later, our nation still owes them a debt of gratitude that they were wrongfully denied when they returned home. We must also do our part to reach out to every single one of our local veterans with the proper care and assistance they deserve. We have a duty to serve and honor our American heroes — not just today, but every day.”

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Reminder: Kowall and Robertson honoring Vietnam era veterans at Holly event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Dave Robertson on Monday reminded interested parties of a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony this Friday, Sept. 16 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Holly to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. They encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them to pay tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home. U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) will join Kowall and Robertson.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC), will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Holly Area Veterans Resource Center (HAVRC) in the Karl Richter Community Center, 300 East St., in Holly. For more information, contact HAVRC Chairman Joe Mishler at 810-348-9960 or JMM1967@comcast.net.

The lawmakers will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. Speakers will include Tim Driscoll of the Michigan Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) State Council, Steve Toth of VVA Chapter 133 and Ina Golden of the U.S. Navy and the Holly Area Veterans Resource Center.

The event also will include Veterans of Foreign Wars State Chaplain Jennifer Smith and the Holly High School Main Street Show Choir. The American Legion Post 149 Color Guard will present the colors.

Kowall has held numerous lapel-pinning ceremonies, both in Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Save the Date: Kowall and Robertson announce Holly event honoring Vietnam era veterans

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Dave Robertson on Thursday announced they are sponsoring a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony on Friday, Sept. 16 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, are hosting the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” in Holly to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. They encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them to pay tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home. U.S. Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) will join Kowall and Robertson.

Kowall said the event, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (VWC), will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Holly Area Veterans Resource Center (HAVRC) in the Karl Richter Community Center, 300 East St., in Holly. For more information, contact HAVRC Chairman Joe Mishler at 810-348-9960 or JMM1967@comcast.net.

The lawmakers will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location. The symbolism attached to the lapel pin is significant, Kowall said.

“The Commemoration honors all Vietnam veterans, whether they served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period,” he said. “All were called to serve and the overwhelming majority of these veterans served honorably and admirably.”

The Commemoration was authorized by Congress and established under the secretary of defense and launched in 2012. It was designed to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families in hometown America, in light of the 50th anniversary of the war. Recognition is given to these heroes when commemorative partners, such as Kowall, hold events that thank and honor the veterans and their families.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans, whether drafted or enlisted, served our country with honor. Tragically, too many returned home with little thanks for their service and not much help transitioning to civilian life,” Kowall said. “This lapel-pinning ceremony is a way to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War era and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation and the Michigan Legislature.”

Robertson agreed.

“We as Americans are forever indebted to those who answered our nation’s call during the Vietnam War,” Robertson said. “Freedom isn’t free, and our veterans know that better than anyone. For generations, military personnel and their families have made unimaginable sacrifices on a daily basis. Our objectives are to recognize those sacrifices, honor their service and show these individuals the respect they’ve earned.”

Kowall has held numerous lapel-pinning ceremonies, both in Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Bishop hosted a similar event for Vietnam War veterans living in his congressional district in March with more than 160 veterans in attendance from Oakland, Livingston and Ingham counties.

“Our Vietnam War veterans’ service during our nation’s longest war was selfless and courageous,” Bishop said. “Years later, our nation still owes them a debt of gratitude that they were wrongfully denied when they returned home. We must also do our part to reach out to every single one of our local veterans with the proper care and assistance they deserve. We have a duty to serve and honor our American heroes — not just today, but every day.”

Kowall said he particularly enjoys when veterans gather for a group photo and personally announce their name, branch of service and dates served.

“It is always a moving time for me when I am able to present the lapel pins and personally thank each veteran for their service,” he said.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Robertson welcomes Flint Scottish Pipe Band to state Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, recently welcomed the Flint Scottish Pipe Band to the Michigan Capitol. Robertson was joined by State Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, and State Rep. Phil Phelps, D-Flushing, as the band celebrated their 100th anniversary on the Senate floor. The Flint-area lawmakers presented the band with a tribute honoring their milestone during last Thursday’s session.

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Photo caption: Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, and fellow members of the Flint-area delegation state Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, (far left) and state Rep. Phil Phelps, D-Flushing, (far right) stand at the Senate rostrum with members of the Flint Scottish Pipe Band during last Thursday’s session as they receive a tribute signed by the three lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder.

Editor’s note: A print-quality version of the above photo is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDaveRobertson.com. Click “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

Sen. Robertson welcomes the Rev. Joshua Kennedy to state Capitol to give Senate invocation

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomed the Rev. Joshua Kennedy to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. Kennedy serves as the young adult and creative arts pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Flint and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

Editor’s note: A print-quality version of the above photo is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDaveRobertson.com. Click “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.

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Sen. Robertson welcomes Davisburg veteran to Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomed constituent Jerry Sabulej to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday.

Sabulej is a United States Marine Corps veteran from Davisburg, and he and his wife Pauline were in Lansing as Robertson’s guests for a lapel-pinning ceremony with other Vietnam veterans.

“Lapel pins are meant to symbolize the honorable service of those who fought in the Vietnam War,” Robertson said. “I am honored to present Mr. Sabulej with his lapel pin, and I certainly believe his service is worthy of recognition in this chamber. It was quite a humbling experience to be able to participate in this important event.”

Robertson and Sabulej were joined by state Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, during Wednesday’s ceremony. Kowall is a partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner Program and is in charge of pinning ceremonies for the Michigan Senate.

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Photo caption: Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, (left) welcomed constituents Jerry Sabulej (second from left) and his wife Pauline to the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday. They were joined by Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, for a lapel-pinning ceremony honoring Vietnam veterans.

Editor’s note: A print-quality version of the above photo is available by clicking on the images or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDaveRobertson.com. Click “Photowire” under the Media Center tab. For video of Robertson’s floor statement, click the “Video” tab.

Sen. Robertson welcomes the Rev. Deacon Michael Schlaack to state Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, welcomed the Rev. Deacon Michael Schlaack and his wife Susan to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday. Schlaack serves as deacon at St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church of Fenton and delivered the invocation before Senate session.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley joined Robertson and Schlaack at the rostrum for the invocation.

Editor’s note: A print-quality version of the above photo is available by clicking on the images or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDaveRobertson.com. Click “Photowire” under the Media Center tab. For video of Tuesday’s invocation, click the “Video” tab.

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