Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Ann Arbor News: Vietnam vets honored on 50th anniversary of conflict with ceremony in Saline

2016/07/21

SALINE, MI — Approximately 20 Vietnam War veterans were honored in a special lapel pinning ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the conflict on Thursday, July 21 at the Saline American Legion.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan's 7th congressional district called each veteran by name, presented them with a pin, and thanked them for their service, valor, and sacrifice.

Walberg feels that Vietnam veterans are due the warm welcome they never received when the war ended in in 1975.

"They were called names, they were spit upon, some of them were even fearful of showing the fact that they were military. They were told not to come home with their uniforms on, and that's not American," said Walberg.

He feels that ceremonies like the one that took place on Thursday can restore pride and honor in the hearts and minds of Vietnam veterans.

"Most all of them are humble, salt of the earth men and women, who aren't necessarily asking for this," Walberg added, "But some of them will walk home tonight six inches taller."

Click here for the original Ann Arbor News story and for pictures from the pinning ceremony. Read More

Sun Times News: Congressman Walberg To Host Lapel-Pinning Ceremony In Saline To Honor Vietnam Vets

2016/07/15

Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) will host a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony in Saline July 21. The event will commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Any veteran who served in active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, is invited to join the ceremony at the Saline American Legion located at 320 West Michigan Avenue in Saline. The event will begin at 5 pm.

“We are forever indebted to those who answered America’s call and dutifully served our country during the Vietnam War,” Walberg said. “It is an honor to participate in this pinning ceremony as we offer local veterans the recognition and respect that has been so deeply earned.”

The Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin is authorized by the United States Congress in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. To register for the this special pin, Vietnam-era veterans can call Walberg’s office at 517-780-9075 or visit his website at walberg.house.gov/Vietnam.

“After fifty years, this tribute is long overdue,” Walberg added.

Walberg will host several of these events across the 7th Congressional district through mid-August. The public is also welcome to attend and honor the veterans.

Click here for the original story from the Sun Times News. Read More

Monroe News: Walberg, Zorn to co-host, honor Vietnam-era veterans at fair

2016/07/15

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg and state Sen. Dale Zorn will cohost a Vietnam veteran lapelpinning ceremony during the Monroe County Fair to commemorate the 50- year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The event will take place at 3 p. m. Aug. 1 during the traditional Veterans Day program at the free entertainment tent at the fairgrounds, 3775 S. Custer Rd. There will be a small parade of veterans around the fairgrounds at 2: 30 followed by a program at 3. The ceremony will take place during the program that will be hosted by AMVETS Post 1492. All veterans will be admitted to the fair for free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 1. During the program, veterans will be recognized by the decade they served in, said Sam Struth, new commander of Post 1492 and who will serve as master of ceremonies along with Wayne Blank. The oldest and youngest veterans present also will be honored, Mr. Struth, an Army veteran, said.

Michigan’s Vietnam veterans served their country with honor, yet they were often forgotten when they returned home, Rep. Zorn, R-Ida, said.

“I have already hosted several emotional events to give long- overdue recognition to the Vietnam War era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice,” the lawmaker said in a press release. “Due to overwhelming response to previous ceremonies, Congressman Walberg and I are happy to hold another event at the fair during its annual Veterans’ Day program. I invite all interested residents and veterans to join us.”

Rep. Walberg, R- Tipton, said “we are forever indebted to those who answered America’s call and dutifully served our country during the Vietnam War. It is an honor to participate in this pinning ceremony as we offer local veterans the recognition and respect that has been so deeply earned. After fifty years, this tribute is long overdue.”

A Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin will be provided to any U.S. veteran who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The ceremony is made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Information regarding the commemoration can be found at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

This article originally appeared in the July 15 edition of the Monroe News. Read More

Walberg to Host District-Wide Events Honoring Vietnam Veterans

2016/07/14

Jackson, Mich.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) announced today he will be hosting a series of Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremonies in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War. Events will be taking place all across the 7th District, and the first one is scheduled with Washtenaw County veterans on Thursday, July 21 at the Saline American Legion. 

“We are forever indebted to those who answered America’s call and dutifully served our country during the Vietnam War,” said Walberg. “It is an honor to participate in this pinning ceremony as we offer local veterans the recognition and respect that has been so deeply earned. After fifty years, this tribute is long overdue.”

The Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin is authorized by the United States Congress in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and is available to any veteran who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.
 
To register for this special pin, Vietnam-era veterans can call Congressman Walberg’s office at 517-780-9075 or visit his website at walberg.house.gov/Vietnam. The public is also welcome to attend and honor our veterans.

Ceremonies will be held at the following locations:

Washtenaw Vietnam Commemoration Pin Ceremony
Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saline American Legion
320 W Michigan Ave in Saline

Lenawee Vietnam Commemoration Pin Ceremony
Co-hosted with State Senator Dale Zorn
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
Lenawee County Fairgrounds
602 N Dean St in Adrian

Monroe Vietnam Commemoration Pin Ceremony
Co-hosted with State Senator Dale Zorn
Monday, August 1, 2016 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Monroe County Fairgrounds
3775 S Custer Rd in Monroe

Branch/Hillsdale Vietnam Commemoration Pin Ceremony
Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00pm
Hillsdale American Legion
1611 Steamburg Rd in Hillsdale

Jackson Vietnam Commemoration Pin Ceremony
Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 10:30am - 11:30am
Jackson County Fairgrounds
200 W Ganson St in Jackson

Eaton Vietnam Commemoration Pin Ceremony
Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Grand Ledge American Legion
731 N Clinton St in Grand Ledge Read More

WTVB: Area Vietnam veterans to be honored in ceremony

2016/07/14

7th District Congressman Tim Walberg has announced he will be hosting a series of Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremonies across the district over the next few weeks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The ceremony for Branch and Hillsdale Counties will take place on August 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Hillsdale American Legion,1611 Steamburg Rd in Hillsdale. 

The Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin has been authorized by Congress.

It is available to any veteran who served on active duty from November 1st, 1955 to May 15th, 1975 regardless of location.

To register for this special pin, Vietnam-era veterans can call Congressman Walberg’s office at 517-780-9075 or visit his website at www.walberg.house.gov/Vietnam.

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Walberg: Iran Must Be Held Accountable, Not Accommodated

2016/07/14

Washington, D.C.—To mark the one-year anniversary of the dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted this week for a series of bipartisan bills to hold Iran accountable for its terrorism activity, ballistic missile tests, human rights abuses, and other illicit behavior.

“One year later, the fatal flaws of the Iran nuclear deal are impossible to ignore. Iran has repeatedly failed to uphold its end of the agreement while the Obama administration has repeatedly failed to hold the rogue regime accountable. If we continue to turn a blind eye to Iran’s provocations—conducting missile tests, detaining American sailors, financing terrorism—then it will further embolden Iran and create an even greater threat to our security interests and allies in the region. Iran must be held accountable, not accommodated, for its illicit behavior,” said Walberg.

The House passed the following three bills this week:

H.R. 5119, No 2H2O from Iran Act
Prohibits funds available to any federal department or agency for any fiscal year from being obligated or expended to purchase or issue a license to purchase heavy water produced in Iran.

H.R. 4992, United States Financial System Protection Act
Prevents Iran’s access to the dollar until the regime ends its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and ceases its support for terrorism.

H.R. 5631, Iran Accountability Act
Holds Iran accountable for its state sponsorship of terrorism, its human rights abuses, and its ballistic missile program by strengthening sanctions.

Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.

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Walberg Votes to Protect Conscience Rights of Health Care Providers

2016/07/13

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) voted today for the Conscience Protection Act, which prevents the government from discriminating against hospitals, doctors, nurses, and health care providers that decline to provide or pay for abortions as a matter of conscience.

“The First Amendment protects religious freedom and conscience rights for everyone, and we must not abandon these fundamental rights. It’s wrong to use the coercive power of the federal government to compel health care professionals to participate in procedures that violate their deeply held beliefs. Rights of conscience are to be cherished and defended, not swept aside,” said Walberg.
 
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. For more information on Walberg’s work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.  Read More

MLive: Local veteran walking to North Carolina to raise PTSD awareness

2016/07/13

A local veteran is walking 60 days and 1,000 miles to bring attention to servicemen suffering from PTSD.

Marty Wills began his journey in the Spring Lake Memorial Day parade and plans to travel to Camp Lajuene, North Carolina. He is currently 350 miles away from his goal in Maryland, walking alone with just a 50-pound pack and American Flag.

Wills entered military service in 1989 and retired in 2013, serving in the Navy as a Corpsman and in the Army as a combat medic. He does not suffer from PTSD, however he keeps in touch with veterans who do. 

"A lot of work needs to be done to raise awareness," Wills said. "Many civilians don't understand that you just can't leave a military lifestyle and fit right in to civilian life. You've been trained to suck it up in the military, it's like wearing a box of emotions on your shoulder that you can't touch for years and then there is a transition."

Suicide has killed more American veterans than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wills said the military doesn't do a good enough job of teaching veterans how to reintegrate with civilian life — something they used to know and see everyday but haven't been a part of for years. That transition can be difficult, he said, especially if the veteran has mental health issues.

"If I go and see a counselor and they've never been a veteran, they can't understand what I'm going through," he said. "I want to open as many eyes and ears (as possible) so people understand what it's like for vets getting out or are suffering. It's not just a problem with them, it affects the whole family."

Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg praised Wills' "incredible journey" on the House Floor after he passed through Hillsdale earlier this week.

"Let's remember the brave men and women who fight in defense of our freedoms," he said. "And when they return home, let's do everything we can to get veterans the help the deserve for wounds both seen and unseen."

Wills said one morning, simply he opened his eyes and felt that compelled to do something to tell people about the 22 veterans who commit suicide each day. The often cited figure comes from a 2012 report compiled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which analyzed death certificates from 21 states.

Along his journey, Wills visits VFW's, American Legions, and VA's to speak with veterans suffering from PTSD. They also provide him with housing, and Wills also camps or stays in hotels overnight.

He's used Google Maps to plan his route along major roads and trails, traveling 15 to 20 miles each day. The hike has taught him new things about America, he said, and allowed him to talk with strangers he's met along the way.

He's also using the hike to collect donations for 22Kill, an organization that supports veteran empowerment programs through partner nonprofit organizations. Wills raised $5,431 through his gofundme.com page, halfway toward his $10,000 goal.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their support so far," he said. "Let's keep the momentum going and educate more people." 

In order to raise awareness about the impact of PTSD and traumatic brain injury on combat veterans, the LST 393 is showing "Project 22," a documentary about life after war, on the deck of the historic vessel July 15 at 5 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. 

Click here to read the original story on MLive.com. Read More

Adrian Daily Telegram: Vietnam veterans to be honored during Lenawee County Fair

2016/07/11

State Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, will co-host a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the band shell at the Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds, 602 N. Dean St., in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The event coincides with Veteran’s Day at the fair. All veterans will get into the fair for free.

The ceremony is made possible by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

A Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin will be provided to any U.S. veteran who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955-May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

“Michigan’s Vietnam veterans served our country with honor, yet they were often forgotten when they returned home,” Zorn said. “I have already hosted several emotional events to give long-overdue recognition to the Vietnam War era veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. Due to the overwhelming number of veterans who came out to the first event on June 20, I am happy to announce we will be holding another ceremony and I invite all interested residents and veterans to join us.”

“We are forever indebted to those who answered America’s call and dutifully served our country during the Vietnam War,” Walberg said. “It is an honor to participate in this pinning ceremony as we offer local veterans the recognition and respect that has been so deeply earned. After 50 years, this tribute is long overdue.”

This article originally appeared in the July 11 edition of the Adrian Daily Telegram. Read More

Hillsdale Daily News: Federal government increases funding to combat heroin epidemic

2016/07/09

WASHINGTON D.C. — The executive and legislative branches of the federal government announced this week increased funding to combat the heroin epidemic sweeping the nation.

On Wednesday, the White House Office of the Press Secretary released a statement where President Barack Obama requested action from Congress to provide resources for substance abuse treatment.

“The President has called for $1.1 billion in new funding to help Americans who want treatment get it wherever they live,” the release stated. “The President has made clear that addressing this epidemic is a priority for his administration.”

Under Obama’s budget proposal, Michigan would be eligible for up to $28 million over two years to expand access to treatment for opioid use disorders; the final funding amount will depend on congressional action and the strength of Michigan’s application and plan to combat the epidemic.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to help enhance partnerships at the local level to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic.

The amendment, adopted in the FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, will increase funding for High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program by $2 million dollars, according to a release from U.S. Representative Tim Walberg’s office.

“As far too many families across Michigan know, heroin and opioid addiction is taking a devastating toll on our communities,” Walberg said. “Congress should continue to invest in this worthy program so it can expand public collaborations, advance prevention efforts, disrupt drug trafficking and reduce drug overdose deaths.”

Heroin overdose fatalities are on the rise since drug dealers began “cutting” the narcotic with fentanyl, after Mexican drug cartels synthetically manufactured the opioid based drug.

Fentanyl is exponentially more potent than heroin and is cheaper to produce, allowing dealers to maximize profits.

Hillsdale County has seen 16 heroin-related overdoses so far in 2016 with three deaths. Compared to the 18 heroin-related overdoses in 2015 with four fatalities, it is projects 2016 numbers will surpass reported overdoses for 2015.

This article originally appeared in the July 9 edition of the Hillsdale Daily News. Read More

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WOOD TV: New federal effort to address opioid drug abuse

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Bipartisan Regulatory Integrity Act Clears Oversight Committee

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Walberg Works to Strengthen Career and Technical Education

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Walberg Questions White House Narratives on the Iran Nuclear Deal

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walberg.house.gov

Tim Walberg is currently serving his third term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan.  The diverse constituency of Michigan’s 7th District encompasses Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties, along with parts of Washtenaw County.  Since first taking office, Tim has hosted hundreds of coffee and town hall meetings to better understand the thoughts and concerns of the district.

Prior to his time in public office, Tim served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana, as president of the Warren Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact, and as a division manager for Moody Bible Institute.  He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, and is proud to bring his reputation as a principled legislator, fiscal reformer, and defender of traditional values to Washington.

In the 113th Congress, Tim serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chair of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee.  In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 39 years, and enjoy spending time outdoors and riding on their Harley. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.


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Fred Upton

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