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Ride for Healing

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM
Tags: Events

Ride for HealingThe 2013 Veterans of Foreign Wars MN State Commanders project is “Ride for Healing.” The State Commander Lee Ulferts is a Vietnam Veteran, and has chosen this as a fundraising event for the Vietnam Education Center in Washington DC. Vietnam Veterans will be recognized throughout the state. It is his passion and belief the out-state Minnesota Vietnam Veterans have never had the chance to be recognized and honored for their service. This will be an attempt to provide them with that honor and to welcome them home and give them a chance for the healing of all the hurts they have carried these many years. It will also give the public a chance to contribute to this cause in their honor as the caravan travels through the state.



Minnesota Twins Honor Vietnam Veterans on 50th Anniversary of the War

Posted on April 03, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Tags: Events

MN Twins Honor Vietnam VetsThis year marks the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. On March 29, in recognition of Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Day, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) and the Minnesota Twins announced a partnership to honor Vietnam Veterans. In April, June and September, more than 30 Minnesota Vietnam Veterans will raise the American Flag at the start of Minnesota Twins baseball games. MDVA Commissioner Larry Shellito, a Vietnam Veteran will kick off the partnership by raising the flag at the April 3 game.



"Hire Minnesota's Veterans" Campaign Wins Big

Posted on April 03, 2013 at 9:15 AM
Tags: General

Hire Minnesota Veterans BillboardThe Minnesota National Guard and the Interagency Working Group was recognized as the “Best of Show” by the Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.   As judged by industry peers, “Hire Minnesota’s Veterans” has been officially designated at the most effective communication campaign of any entity in Minnesota in 2012, whether a government organization, national company, local business or public relations firm.


Veterans Take the Hill

Posted on April 02, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Tags: Events

Saluting Flag
Minnesota Veterans took to Minnesota’s Capitol Hill in St. Paul on Tuesday, March 12 in an effort to lobby for important issues presented on the 2013 Minnesota legislative agenda.

Veterans Day on the Hill is a yearly initiative sponsored by the Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force, the United Veterans Legislative Council and the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers. This unified event is an effort to bring all Veterans together and meet with their legislative representatives to ask for support on initiatives that impact Minnesota Veterans and their families.



V4V Presents Grant for Medical Transportation

Posted on April 01, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Tags: Health Care

V4V GrantMN Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund ( V4V ) presented a $25,000.00 grant to assist Minnesota Veterans from rural Northwestern Minnesota Counties in receiving medical care.

The check from the V4V Trust fund was presented on March 14, 2013 at the NW Minnesota County Veterans Service Officer’s meeting in Detroit Lakes. In addition, it was announced at the meeting that the Disabled American Veterans is donating an additional $25,000.00 in support of this new Veterans transportation program for NW Minnesota.


Desk of the Commissioner - April

Posted on April 01, 2013 at 8:15 AM
Tags: Commissioner

Commissioner ShellitoOn Sunday, March 24th, I attended a Vietnam Veterans recognition event in Forest Lake, Minnesota.  This was their 6th annual event and very well done!  It was especially moving when the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran spoke.  Her father had died and Agent Orange was believed to be the contributing factor in his illnesses.  It was this example of a daughter’s love that magnified the impact our Veterans have on their immediate and greater families.  Veterans are a key part in the foundational structure of our society – the family unit!  Our goals in caring for Veterans must include their spouses and children.

During the month of April, the State of Minnesota will recognize the Military Child.  The goal is to emphasize the important role military children, regardless of age, play while a parent or important adult is serving or has served.  The children of service members sacrifice a great deal when their parent is deployed or are suffering from the impact of their service.


Month of the Military Child

Posted on April 01, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Tags: Events

Month of the Military ChildDuring the month of April, military-connected youth throughout the state will be recognized for the sacrifices they make while a parent serves in the Armed Forces.

"Parents can register to receive a letter from the governor that recognizes military-connected youth as being our smallest heroes and offers a small token of appreciation," said Laura Groeneweg, lead youth programs coordinator for Deployment Cycle Support Family Programs.


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