Southfield Veterans' Commission

Serving all Veterans in the City of Southfield

The board members of the Southfield Veterans' Commission 
can be reached at


or in writing at

Southfield Veterans' Commission
City of Southfield
P.O. Box 2055
Southfield MI 48037-2055

2024 City of Southfield Memorial Day Ceremony

Mr. Butler Martin, a 101-year-old Detroit WWII veteran was honored at the City of Southfield Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday, May 24.  Mr. Martin is the oldest living Montford Point Marine and one of first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. 

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Memorial Day Ceremony Video

The picture of  Commissioners holding the wreath: L-R Commission Vice-Chairperson Barbara Seldon, Commissioner Chaka McDonald, Commission Treasurer John Eley, Commission Chairperson Dr. Rodney Caruthers.

The picture of Commissioners with honoree: Original Montford Point Marine Butler Martin, Commission Vice-Chairperson Barbara Seldon, Commissioner Chaka McDonald, Commission Chairperson Dr. Rodney Caruthers, Commission Treasurer John Eley

Oakland County and SMART Launch Pilot Program Providing Free Transit for Veterans and Dependents

Oakland County, in collaboration with SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation), is launching a groundbreaking pilot program aimed at providing free transit for veterans.

The transportation program will offer door-to-door service throughout Oakland County Monday-Friday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Weekend transit services will vary by provider. The pilot program will run from June 1 to Aug. 31, or until the allocated funds are exhausted. Personal care assistants, widows and widowers of veterans may also ride for free. Veterans need only show their DD214, veterans ID from the Oakland County Clerk’s Office, or veteran designation on their driver’s license to get a ride. To schedule a trip, call 248-419-7984.

“This service is a small way that we can honor the huge sacrifice our veterans have made for all of us,” County Executive Dave Coulter said. “Veterans and their families can access essential services this summer without worrying about the financial cost of transportation."

Southfield Police Department May 17, 2024 Memorial Service

Southfield Veterans' Commission Chairperson Dr. Rodney Caruthers and Southfield Veterans' Commission Liaison Lieutenant Bzeith Mostapha honor two fallen police officers who were also military veterans. Officer James William McMahon served in the Navy and officer Donald L. Harding served in the National Guard

The Southfield Veterans’ Commission presented a check to the city to assist Southfield veterans in need.

L-R Mrs. Rhonda Terry (Sfld Human Services), Lieutenant Bzeth Mostapha (Sfld Police Liaison), Commissioner John Eley, Commissioner Barbara Seldon, Commissioner Chaka McDonald, Dr. Rodney Caruthers, Chairperson

March 11, 2024 Southfield Veterans' Commission meeting night!

L-R.. Commissioner John Eley (Treas) Councilman Daniel Brightwell (Founder) Lt. Mo Bzeih (Liaison)Thasha Murphy LCSW (Visitor) Commissioner Barbara Purifoy (Vice Chairperson) Dr. Rodney Caruthers (Commission Chairperson) 

Southfield Job Fair

The city of Southfield Human Resources Department held a Job Fair on Wednesday, March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road to fill current and upcoming vacancies. The Southfield police department as well as several other  businesses participated. The Southfield Veterans Commission was also represented.

L-R Police Officer Tim Simon, Dr. Rodney Caruthers (Chairman Southfield Veterans’ Commission), Police Detective Dante Elmore

 L-R Fire Fighter Arrington Fergerson, Dr. Rodney Caruthers (Chairman Southfield Veteran’s Commission), Fire Fighter Thomas Kiah 

Food Distribution event

Oakland County Veterans Services, Southfield Veterans Commission, Southfield Library, and the Oakland Community Health Network hosted a food distribution event for Veterans on October 21, 2023.

L-R Commissioner Chaka McDonald, Commissioner John Ely, Commissioner Barbara Seldon, and Dr. Rodney Caruthers

Upcoming Events:

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