County Veterans Official Takes Part in Veterans Day Event
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County Veterans Official Takes Part in Veterans Day Event

Release Date: 11/6/2012
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
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Pontiac, Michigan -- Michael Zehnder, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's Director of Public Services, will speak at the Oakland County Bar Association's 2012 Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9. The event takes place in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium, 1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac at 4 p.m. Zehnder, a Vietnam veteran, oversees Oakland County's Veterans' Services Division.

"We pay tribute to our veterans because they knew that freedom is not free," Zehnder said. "We have a moral obligation to honor our veterans - not just on Veterans Day or Memorial Day - but every day."

Other speakers will include veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Back in 2010, Patterson launched his "Proud to be a Vet" button campaign following a touching Veterans Day experience he had with a server who thanked him for his service in the Army. Patterson said Zehnder exemplifies why he started the "Proud to be a Vet" campaign.

"Mike defended our freedom in Vietnam honorably and without reservation," Patterson said. "My 'Proud to be a Vet' campaign gives veterans like Mike the opportunity to let others know, in a very subtle way, that they proudly served their country in uniform."

For more information on Patterson's "Proud to be a Vet" initiative, go to To learn more about the Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony, navigate to and click on the "events" button.

About Oakland County Veterans' Services
Oakland County Veterans' Services helps Oakland County's 72,000 veterans and their families obtain and maintain all veterans-related benefits from federal, state, and local government agencies. Veterans' Services has a staff of highly trained and accredited veterans' benefits counselors who use professionalism and advocacy to make the process of obtaining veterans benefits as simple and understandable as possible.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer, at (248) 858-1048.