Members of the U.S. Armed Forces volunteer to serve our country and protect the freedoms we hold dear. They endure extreme hardships, leave their families and sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice. If they’re willing to do all this, shouldn’t we be willing to show our support?
A member of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) team recently received the “Community Heroes Award” from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) of Minnesota. The recipient, Mike McElhiney, is a combat-wounded Army Veteran with more than 21 years of service. The award was presented at the DAV event which recognized and celebrated the Twin Cities’ Community of Heroes sm. The DAV recognized McElhiney for his service alongside two community business leaders.
Marc Burgess (right) DAV CEO and National Adjutant presents “Community Heroes Award” to Mike McElhiney.
Another exciting announcement; MDVA has been selected as recipient of the 2013 Board of Governor’s Emmy Award. This award was submitted in partnership with the Minnesota National Guard and Twin Cities Public Television for a body of work that spans more than six years. For MDVA this included the documentary programs “Home & Hope” and “Home for Heroes.” MDVA, along with the Minnesota National Guard and TPT, will be recognized with the "Governor's Award for Community and Broadcast Partnership” at the Midwest Emmy awards gala in late September.
For Veterans in Hubbard County looking for a way to get to their medical appointments, they need look no further. The Hubbard County Veterans Services Office and the Heartland Express transit program have teamed up to create a Veterans Transportation Service. This service allows Veterans without transportation to get to and from their VA medical appointments. This service is free and available to all Hubbard County Veterans unless they qualify for travel reimbursement from the VA. In that case the county requires Veterans to turn that funding into their driver or the county. The transportation will take the Veterans to any medical appointments within the area, including dental appointments.