Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg

MICHIGAN's 7th DISTRICT

Jackson Cit Pat: Vietnam veterans honored at Jackson County Fair during morning event

2016/08/11

JACKSON, MI – Instead of being honored for their service, people welcomed Vietnam War veterans home after the war by spitting at them and calling them "baby killers," said Bob Wilkinson, president of Jackson's Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No.109.

More than 40 years after the end of that war, many Veterans veterans received that "thank you" Thursday morning at the Jackson County Fair.

In addition to the display of the Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial, the veterans were presented a pin by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-7th District.

"To men and women who served in an unpopular war, it's about time to say thank you," Walberg said. "I saw these (veterans') chins quivering, tears in their eyes."

The event brought on mixed emotions for many of the veterans, as the wall lists the names of all 2,661 Michiganders who died in the war.

"The wall makes you have an empty feeling," Wilkinson said. "But seeing and talking to all these vets is settling. We didn't get the thank yous when we came home, we got the spitting on."

A pair of veterans from Holland's VVA Chapter No. 73, Bill Ricketts and Fred Troost, brought the wall to Jackson. It's their seventh stop this year of 10 with the traveling wall.

"It's really an honor," Ricketts said. "It really is a good tool to help veterans."

The wall was escorted in by a parade of more than 150 motorcycles and police around 9 a.m. from Jackson's Holiday Inn to the fairgrounds. A group of around 200 veterans and non-veterans gathered for the opening ceremony.

All veterans receive free admission to the fair on Thursday and Friday, provided by AT&T and its Michigan president, Jim Murray. The wall remains on display through Saturday.

Following a few words from Walberg, people walked into the American 1 Event Center to see the traveling wall and the surrounding exhibit.

A 1955 Willys Jeep from the Korean War, a map of Vietnam, tables full of war equipment, binders of the units involved in the Vietnam War, brochures of literature for veterans and more were on display.

This article originally appeared in the August 11 edition of the Jackson Citizen Patriot. For pictures from the ceremony, click here. Read More

WLNS: Vietnam War vets get a “thank you” at Jackson County Fair

2016/08/11


JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – It’s been decades since the end of the Vietnam War, but today, people gathered at the Jackson County Fair to pay tribute to those who served then.

Today was a day of gratitude for Jackson-area Vietnam War vets. For many, including 67-year-old Bob Wilkinson who served in the Navy, it took him back to a much different time.

“Going there . . . is you know, you get off an airplane and all of a sudden you’re in a warzone and you’re 18 years old. It’s pretty difficult when before that you were driving up and down the avenue looking for girls and the next thing you’re getting shot at. So it makes it a little…you grow up fast,” said Wilkinson.

Fast forward to today and the relief of today’s commemoration ceremony brought emotions to the vets.

Wilkinson said, “finally after 50 years we get a thank you and we never heard thank you before. It was just you know, being spit on and called baby killers and the emotions…if you looked around there were people crying and then people laughing and then people smiling and we all go through that realm.”

One thing they can agree on is the event brought them closer.

Veteran John Gibbs said, “there was a bond made between veterans and I think you’ll see that around here today and we see that here right now.”

These men and women may have received a pin for their services, but one lawmaker knows that veterans in general need more.

Republican 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg said, “they get their benefits, and when they go to the VA hospital they get cared for. Many of the VA hospitals like the one closest to my district in Ann Arbor do great work for people. But, there’s challenges that we have to face and deal with.”

But, these former soliders were able to enjoy today.

This story originally appeared on August 11 on WLNS.com. Read More

Hillsdale Daily News: Walberg honors Vietnam-era veterans

2016/08/06

HILLSDALE TOWNSHIP — On Thursday night, Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) hosted a Vietnam veteran lapel-pinning ceremony at the Hillsdale American Legion Post 53 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

“On behalf of a grateful nation, I want to say thank you for your service, for your valor and for your sacrifice,” Walberg said. “When your nation called, you came.”

Around 50 veterans from Hillsdale and Branch Counties were honored in the ceremony Thursday night with several family members in attendance.

Duane Mitchell, who was honored in Thursday’s ceremony, thanked Walberg after being pinned and said “We didn’t get a good welcome home.”

“Back when some of you returned, not all of you, you were called baby killers, you were told not to wear your uniforms,” Walberg said. “I want to say thank you! Thank you for standing up for the veterans.”

The Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin is authorized by the United State Congress in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive the pin. The pin features a bald eagle and American Flag on the front with the wording "Vietnam War Veteran" and on the back "A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You.'

Walberg will host another ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at the Hackson County Fairgrounds and is inviting Vietnam-era veterans who may have missed Thursday night’s event to attend. For more information about the pins or locations of ceremonies visit www.vietnamwar50th.com/lapelpins.

This article originally appeared in the August 6 edition of the Hillsdale Daily News. Read More

Monroe News: Veterans Day at Monroe County Fair included a Vietnam pinning ceremony

2016/08/02

Ron Niemann was among thousands of Vietnam War veterans who returned from the war only to face scorn and criticism from many Americans.

“A lot of us were treated pretty badly,” the 68-year-old Army veteran recalled Monday. “They called us baby killers. We were given the choice of wearing civilian clothes instead of our uniforms.”

Mr. Niemann and other Vietnam veterans got some long-awaited recognition during the annual Veterans Day program Monday at the Monroe County Fair. Those who served in the armed forces from 1955 to 1975 received pins from U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, and state Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, during ceremonies held under the white entertainment tent.

“They put duty and honor before themselves,” Rep. Walberg told more than 300 people gathered under the tent. “Welcome home and thank you for your service, your sacrifice. When your nation called, you answered the call.”

The congressmen also noted that “you were spat upon and called baby killers. It was wrong then just as it is now.”

Mr. Niemann said he received his pin during a similar ceremony held this spring in Monroe. Tim Grove, a Monroe native and Marine Corps veteran from Saline, was first in a long line Monday to get a pin from the lawmakers. Wounded in 1966, he received a Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation for his service.

Bill Ferrara from Ida, a retired Navy petty officer who served from 1978 to 1997, wasn’t eligible for the pin but enjoyed watching the veterans getting their due. He wore a vest from the U.S. Military Veterans Motorcycle Club with the POW-MIA emblem on it.

“I like seeing these guys smiling and getting recognized for what they did years ago,” Mr. Ferrara said. “This is a big deal for them and their families.”

Sen. Zorn called the ceremony a “great day” for deserving veterans and expressed the gratitude from all Americans “for your service, valor and sacrifice.”

Wayne Blank, a member of Corl-Gaynier Post 1942, AMVETS, said a prayer that citizens would reach out more to veterans who struggle with health and other issues and need help.
“There should be no veteran left behind,” Mr. Blank said.

Nearly 200 veterans such as Mr. Niemann marched in the traditional parade around the fairgrounds prior to the service. Leading the procession were bagpiper Will Austin from Monroe, a member of the Marine Corps League, and flag bearers Joe Gentner from Post 1942; Jim Toye from Matt Urban Post 40, American Legion; John Edwards representing the POW-MIAs, and Aaron Stoianowski from the Marine Corps League.

Many fair visitors and vendors clapped as the veterans walked by in the heat. Bringing up the rear and riding in a Jeep were Ed Cook of Carleton, an Air Force veteran, and Ed Calkins of Monroe, a Navy veteran.

LeRoy Keck, 95, a Navy veteran of World War II, got gift certificates from the Monroe County Farm Bureau, Dena’s Family Restaurant and Monroe Grille for being the oldest veteran present.

“It’s been a long, long time since I served” in the Philippines, said the Maybee veteran and president of the Ford Retirees who will turn 96 next month. “Our country was prepared to save everybody back then.”

Kelly Dalton, 33, of Carleton got the award for being the youngest veteran present. She served as a hospital corpsman in the Navy.

Sam Struth, commander of Post 1942, asked veterans from different decades to stand and be recognized. Five people rose from the 1940s, 13 from the 1950s and more than 60 from the 1960s. Frenchtown Township Supervisor Jim McDevitt was among the 13 veterans who attended from the 1970s. Other veterans from 1980 to the present also stood and were applauded

Eighteen members of the Sweet Adelines entertained the crowd with songs under the direction of Judy Greiner, assistant director for the group. They ended their set with “God Bless America.”

This article originally appeared in the August 2 edition of the Monroe News. Read More

Walberg, Dingell Help Announce Expansion for River Raisin National Battlefield, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

2016/07/29

Monroe, MI – U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (MI-07) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today joined local officials in announcing a land donation from the Port of Monroe to the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand the River Raisin National Battlefield Park and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The donation will expand the Battlefield by 33 acres and the Refuge by 35 acres, linking the two sites together and connecting them with other areas in the community. 

“We are blessed with a rich display of our nation’s history and natural habitat right here in our backyard,” said Walberg. “Thanks to public-private partnerships, the vision of Congressman John Dingell before me, and the hard work of many others, expansion of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge will further preserve and help more people enjoy this treasured land. I applaud the City of Monroe and the Port of Monroe for their continued efforts to enhance the community and the destinations it has to offer.”

“Today marks a milestone for two critical projects that highlight both the rich historical heritage of our great state and our shared commitment to conservation,” said Dingell. “This new land will help improve the Battlefield and ensure that more people learn about this critical piece of American history. It will also expand the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge for all those in our community who want to enjoy the outdoors while preserving the diverse wildlife who call the refuge home. Thank you to Dave Brose and the entire staff at the Port of Monroe for their generosity and leadership, and to everyone who has worked so hard to ensure these sites can be enjoyed for generations to come.”    

The Representatives were joined at the announcement by Chairman Dave Brose of the Port of Monroe; Monroe Mayor Robert Clark; John Hartig, Refuge Manager at the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge; Scott Bentley, Superintendent of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park; and National Park Service staff.

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Adrian Daily Telegram: Jo Linda Cutler named Lenawee County’s veteran of the year

2016/07/28

The Adrian woman recently elected commander of the Michigan Disabled American Veterans now is the Lenawee County Veteran of the Year.

Jo Linda Cutler was selected from six nominees for the annual honor, announced Wednesday at the Lenawee County Fair’s veterans recognition ceremonies. Other contenders were Bob Knoblauch, Dave Laforest, Allen Kern, Tom Neill and Mike Posten.

Cutler, a 1979 Adrian High School graduate, served in the U.S. Army from 1979-96. She is the first woman from Lenawee County to hold the highest position in the state DAV.

At Wednesday’s ceremony, Cutler said she is honored and thankful to have been selected and recognized the other nominees, who received certificates of merit, and Dave Loop, United Veterans Council representative.

The event was attended by veterans and their families, as well as State Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton; State Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida; and U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton.

More than 100 veterans who served from 1955-75 lined up at the end of the ceremony to receive a pin honoring their part in the Vietnam War. Each participating veteran was recognized by name, rank and years served by Jenkins, Zorn and Walberg.

This article originally appeared in the July 28 edition of the Adrian Daily Telegram. Read More

JTV: Congressman Applauds Heroin Epidemic Act Signed into Law

2016/07/27

Michigan’s 7th District Congressman Tim Walberg, a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, released the following statement in response to President Obama signing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) into law on Friday. 

“This comprehensive response will make a dramatic difference for first responders, law enforcement, health care providers, and recovery organizations working on the front lines to fight against the heroin epidemic plaguing our communities. It will provide greater hope and support for those battling addiction and in need of a helping hand and a second chance. I’m encouraged to see this urgently needed legislation signed into law as we continue to find bipartisan solutions to reverse the devastating trends of addiction,” said Congressman Walberg.

CARA passed the House by a 407-5 vote, the Senate by 92-2 vote, and is supported by more than 200 leading advocacy groups, including many in Michigan’s 7th District.

“Lives will be saved with the support from CARA. This bill allows us to change our culture from addiction to living proudly in recovery,” said Shannon Jackson, a board of member of the Jackson Area Recovery Committee.

The Jackson area has had a comprehensive response to the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic.  Mike Hirst founded Andy’s Angels following the heroin overdose death of his son Andy.  Hirst has spearheaded a campaign to educate the community on the dangers of the epidemic and has helped coordinate the community response.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka, Sheriff Steve Rand, Jackson Police Chief  Matt Heins, Congressman Tim Walberg and Mike Hirst worked together to host quarterly and annual “Drug Summits” over the past three years.  These summits bring together law enforcement, medical experts, the legal community, treatment and recovery specialists and recovering addicts in full-day workshops designed to educate the community on the problem and seek solutions.

Various substance abuse professionals in the 7th district have applauded the comprehensive plan signed into law by President Obama.

“Like many of the communities across the United States, Monroe County has suffered from the epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse.  The countless lives that have been lost or destroyed due to prescription drugs and heroin is devastating – and unacceptable.  As a community in crisis, we are beyond thankful to have such a comprehensive plan supported by our Federal Legislators.  In Monroe, we are especially grateful for Congressman Tim Walberg, who has been a community partner and our voice in Washington.  This plan provides communities like ours with the critical resources that are needed, and almost equally as important, it provides us with hope,” said April Demers, Administrative Director of the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition and United Way of Monroe County.

“On behalf of Lenawee County, we appreciate the effort of Tim Walberg and the other supporters of the Opioid Report. The actions of all in pushing this forward is not only important in our community, but in all areas that are being devastated by this epidemic/disease. This is a first step in helping groups such as HALO Lenawee in continuing our efforts in helping not only the addict, but the entire family who are also equally affected,” said Marv Cox, Founder of HALO Lenawee.

Click here for the original story from JTV. Read More

Comprehensive Response to Heroin Epidemic Now Law of the Land

2016/07/25


Jackson, Mich.—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07), a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, released the following statement in response to President Obama signing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) into law on Friday. 

“This comprehensive response will make a dramatic difference for first responders, law enforcement, health care providers, and recovery organizations working on the front lines to fight against the heroin epidemic plaguing our communities. It will provide greater hope and support for those battling addiction and in need of a helping hand and a second chance. I’m encouraged to see this urgently needed legislation signed into law as we continue to find bipartisan solutions to reverse the devastating trends of addiction,” said Congressman Walberg.

CARA passed the House by a 407-5 vote, the Senate by 92-2 vote, and is supported by more than 200 leading advocacy groups, including many in Michigan’s 7th District.

“Lives will be saved with the support from CARA. This bill allows us to change our culture from addiction to living proudly in recovery,” said Shannon Jackson, a board of member of the Jackson Area Recovery Committee.

“Like many of the communities across the United States, Monroe County Michigan has suffered from the epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse.  The countless lives that have been lost or destroyed due to prescription drugs and heroin is devastating - and unacceptable.  As a community in crisis, we are beyond thankful to have such a comprehensive plan supported by our Federal Legislators.  In Monroe, we are especially grateful for Congressman Tim Walberg, who has been a community partner and our voice in Washington.  This plan provides communities like ours with the critical resources that are needed, and almost equally as important, it provides us with hope,” said April Demers, Administrative Director of the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition and United Way of Monroe County.

“On behalf of Lenawee County, we appreciate the effort of Tim Walberg and the other supporters of the Opioid Report. The actions of all in pushing this forward is not only important in our community, but in all areas that are being devastated by this epidemic/disease. This is a first step in helping groups such as HALO Lenawee in continuing our efforts in helping not only the addict, but the entire family who are also equally affected,” said Marv Cox, Founder of HALO Lenawee.

A member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, Congressman Walberg continues to collaborate with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal level to raise awareness and develop best practices to fight heroin and opioid addiction.  Read More

Monroe News: Walberg named to conference committee on national defense

2016/07/23

U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg has been named to serve on a bipartisan conference committee charged with producing a final National Defense Authorization Act.

House Speaker Paul Ryan made the appointment.

Rep. Walberg, R-Tipton, said the law would fund the military, “give our troops a well-deserved pay raise and secure the homeland.”

Maintaining a strong national defense is vital to keeping Americans safe from mounting security threats, Rep. Walberg said.

“America’s military shoulders an enormous burden to defend our country, and we must provide them with every resource necessary to perform their missions,” he said in a statement. “I’m honored for this opportunity to put together a final bill that shows our men in women in uniform we have their back when they answer the call to service.”

Rep. Ryan thanked Rep. Walberg for his “unwavering commitment to support our troops who risk their lives every day for the safety of this country.”

He said the bill recognizes the need to “build a 21st century military, and with his leadership, I’m confident we can send it to the president’s desk soon.”

Once the conference committee reaches an agreement, the House and Senate will vote on final passage before it is sent to the president for his signature.

Rep. Walberg serves on the House Education and the Workforce Committee as chairman of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee. In addition, he serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

This article originally appeared in the July 23 edition of the Monroe News. Read More

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

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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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