Find Summer Meals in Your Community

Jun 23, 2016

Special Note:  House Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis, started a sit-in on the House Floor to urge a vote on common-sense gun safety legislation.  Democrats want a vote on bipartisan legislation that would strengthen background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns.

Find Summer Meals in Your Community
Schools out for summer but for many students and families, the end of school means an end to the guaranteed access to nutritious meals. The U.S Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program helps make sure that children can get a healthy meal during the summer months so they are ready to learn year-round. This year, the USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children throughout the country.  To find a summer meal site in your community, call 1-866-348-6479 or text FOOD to 877-877.

“Protect and Grow” – Michigan’s Defense Strategy
On June 2nd the Michigan Defense Center released their report:  “Protect and Grow: A Strategic Plan for Michigan’s Defense and Homeland Security Economy.”  The report is Michigan’s first ever comprehensive, statewide plan to protect and expand our defense industry and military assets.  It will serve as a blue-print for future federal and state advocacy, and will help to best position our state for any future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).  The report cites the defense industry is valued at $9 billion statewide which equates to 105,000 jobs, including 27,000 military personnel.  It also outlines seventeen recommendations for maximizing Michigan defense-related prowess.  The local highlight for the 9th district is establishing an Innovation Center at the Detroit Arsenal.  The report was a joint project of the Michigan Defense Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Department of Military and Veteran's Affairs and the National Guard.  Rep. Levin helped launch the initiative last July and his office participated on the Advisory Committee.

As Independence Day nears, our thoughts focus on the men and women who are serving or have served in the armed forces to protect the liberties we enjoy in the United States. As an advocate in the veterans’ community, Rep. Levin provides services to those seeking benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and can also request a reissue of the well-deserved medals of service members still with us, or who may have passed on. Proudly displaying the medals of your loved ones is an important part of remembering their service and honoring the sacrifices they have made for our county. Please contact Kyle Pollet in the Roseville District office for more information on how Congressman Levin can assist with your veteran benefits or to receive new copies of medals. Kyle can be reached in the district office at 586-498-7122.

World Elder Abuse Day 2016
Did you know the number of older adults exploited, abused or neglected every year is estimated at 5 million, though many experts put that number higher? As the number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to comprise 20 percent of the population by 2050, we must remember to be vigilant in identifying possible abuse of our loved ones. Elder abuse takes many forms including physical, emotional, sexual, neglect and financial, and sadly the majority of abuse happens at the hands of family members, with older disabled adults at the greatest risk of abuse. To report elder abuse in Michigan, call 1-855-444-3911. Elder abuse victims and their advocates can also call the Center for Elder Abuse and Prevention at (248) 661-0123 for complimentary services and shelter.