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Democrat Jocelyn Benson says she will make it easier for military and overseas voters to cast ballots if she is elected Michigan's next secretary of state.

Benson on Tuesday called for online voter registration and counting military ballots as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day. She also wants to let service members in "hostile zones" return ballots through a secured website or fax, followed by a paper mailed ballot.

Benson says her husband tried to vote in 2012 when he was serving in Afghanistan, only to have his ballot returned as undeliverable.

The remains of a West Michigan man killed when his plane crashed during World War II are coming home. The remains of Navy Airman Albert Rybarczyk of St. Joseph will be flown back to Michigan on Thursday. There will be a full military funeral on Monday and then Rybarczyk will be buried next to his parents at St. Joseph's Resurrection Cemetery. 

The Genesee County sheriff says authorities are investigating how a township police department has used more than $1 million in surplus military equipment from the federal government. Thetford Township police Chief Robert Kenny tells The Flint Journal that he has participated in the program since 2008. He denies any wrongdoing. 

In an early observance of Veterans Day, Spartan Nash and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport officially cut the ribbon Thursday on the airport’s new Military Welcome Center. The new, multi-million dollar private space is located in the airport’s pre-security area, and is a 24-hour lounge for active military, veterans and their families to relax when traveling.

Airport President and CEO Jim Gill says the Military Welcome Center is the least that the airport could do for the country’s veterans.

Military Veterans and their families joined LZ Michigan Thursday evening to officially open the Vietnam War memorial, ‘The Wall That Heals’ to the public at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids. The Wall That Heals is part of a series of events hosted by LZ Michigan this weekend to welcome home and honor military veterans and their families.

“Really this is the opportunity for the community to say, it’s open and come down and celebrate this us,” Tim Tetz the director of Outreach for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund said.

Operation Injured Soldiers

We discuss a couple of Veteran fundraisers in South Haven and Allegan with Operation Injured Soldiers’ Bruce Thatcher.

The US Air Force Band of Mid America's Starlifter performs a free concert on the grounds of the Ford Presidential Museum this Thursday night.  This morning we hear from the foundation's Director on the event.  

National Cherry Festival

The U.S. Coast Guard station in Traverse City is hosting an open house ahead of this year's National Cherry Festival, featuring aircraft that will perform over the weekend.

The air show is a traditional festival highlight.

It will include the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, whose F/A-18 jets and C-130 support plane will be on hand, along with aircraft and personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Coast Guard.

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Hundreds of Cushman scooter enthusiasts are expected to visit western Michigan for Cushman Club of America's 34th annual national rally.

The Holland Sentinel reports the event takes place June 6-10 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.

Many will ride their scooters through downtown Holland on the evening of the first day of the event, which is hosted by the West Michigan Cushman Club.

The Cushman scooter started production in 1936.

In World War II, the U.S. military used the scooters.

The company quit making the scooter in 1965.

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A Memorial Day parade that bills itself as the oldest continuous event of its kind in Michigan is among many to mark the holiday statewide.

Dearborn's 92nd Memorial Day parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Monday.

It features roughly 80 patriotic units and nine marching bands.

The event in the Detroit suburb is staged to pay tribute to those who died in U.S. military service.

This year, it focuses on veterans who died by suicide.