Tag: Veterans

Statement on Memorial Day from UAW President Gary Jones

On this Memorial Day Weekend, I know you will join me in reflecting on why such a time is possible, and give thanks to the brave men and women who gave everything to protect our freedoms and safeguard this nation. These American brothers and sisters of ours gave the ultimate sacrifice — and they will not be forgotten. I would like to wish all of you a great Memorial holiday and hope it’s a time that finds you in good company with family, friends and community. Have a happy and safe holiday to you and yours!

Statement on Memorial Day from UAW President Dennis Williams

“Take time to remember what this holiday is really about – those who gave all for their country,” said UAW President Dennis Williams, director of the union’s Veterans Department. “The freedoms we enjoy today would not be possible without the sacrifices of many brave men and women throughout our nation’s history. They must not – and will not – be forgotten.”

Running for veterans

Western New York UAW Members Host Race for Vets UAW members in Western New York state continued their efforts to support area veterans’ organizations with the 17th Annual Veterans’ Appreciation 5k Run on Nov. 5. The run, which raised over $15,000 for veterans’ causes, was organized by the UAW Region 9 Western New York Veterans Committee and held at UAW Local 686 in Lockport, New York. Committee Chairman Guy Newell, president of UAW Local 774 in Tonawanda, New York, said there were 140 runners from all over, including Canada. Runners of all different ages participated, including kids from area high ... Read more

UAW donates passenger van to help veterans in Western New York get to their medical appointments

AMHERST, New York — Veterans in Western New York sometimes have difficulty getting to their medical appointments. Their journeys are now made a little easier with today’s donation of a 12-passenger van from the UAW Western New York Region 9 Veterans Committee. The keys to the Ford Transit van were officially handed over from UAW Western New York Veterans Committee Chairman Guy Newell to administrators at the nearby Bath Veterans Administration Medical Center. “Our members are very caring and very giving at all of our plants,” Newell said as government license plates were being installed on the van, which has ... Read more

UAW Region 9 veterans group to donate van to aid those who have served our country

AMHERST, New York – The UAW Western New York Region 9 Veterans Committee will donate a van to a local Veterans Administration hospital so those who have served our nation can get to their medical appointments. The donation of the12-passenger Ford Transit van to the Bath (New York) Veterans Administration Medical Center will take place Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at UAW Region 9, 35 George Karl Blvd, Amherst, New York. The committee previously donated a van to the Bath hospital and to the Buffalo chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. “UAW members are honored to aid our veterans and ... Read more

Rally! Veterans Healthcare is Not For Sale!

Our veterans served our country with honor; in return, some members of a controversial congressional commission want to replace the comprehensive health care they earned with a coupon. We know that our veterans deserve better. That’s why AFGE’s President Cox and UAW members across the country are speaking out against the Commission on Care’s controversial “strawman proposal” to sell veterans’ health care to private, for-profit corporations. This commission is not only threatening the care our nation has promised, it’s also vying to privatize the vital work that union members do in caring for America’s veterans. We can’t sit idly by and ... Read more

Serving those who have served: UAW-Ford program teaches veterans how to weld

Some are homeless. Others are missing limbs or facing other serious issues as a result of their service in war-torn places such as Afghanistan and Iraq. But all of the participants in the UAW-Ford Veterans Welding Class have the same desire to improve their lives by learning a trade. Vets participating in the program at the UAW-Ford TTC speak with their instructor. The 10 veterans taking the six-week course at the Ford Technical Training Center in Lincoln Park, Michigan, are grateful for the opportunity the free course jointly operated by the UAW and Ford presents. “They’ve given me the opportunity ... Read more

UAW Veterans Hold Carnival for Children of Veterans

Since 1925, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has helped veterans and their families with short and long-term housing. From children who need foster care because their parents died in a war to veterans who have become homeless, the VFW maintains houses throughout the country to give aid to our military long after service. In 2006, UAW members joined with them and built the Steven P. Yokich duplex in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, to house veteran families. UAW member support for those who served the nation didn’t stop there. For the past 10 years, UAW Region 1D Veterans Council members have ... Read more

UAW President Williams’ statement on Veterans Day

We honor our veterans today. Across the country UAW members acknowledge this day, and that our union’s service to veterans is a year-round obligation. From a variety of organized activities ranging from collecting and donating items for those who live in Veterans Homes to simply taking time on any day of the year to remember and acknowledge the hard sacrifices they’ve made, UAW members are there for veterans. We always have been and always will be committed to our veterans, and we’re rightfully proud of that. Today, as we remember veterans with events throughout the country, it’s also a good ... Read more