On Saturday Sept. 28, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Upper Midwest Emmys honored Luke Heikkila from Twin Cities Public Television, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Minnesota National Guard with the 2013 Board of Governors award. Over the last seven years this partnership has showcased the bravery, sacrifice and service of our Veterans and Military, including the documentaries "Home and Hope" and "Home for Heroes." On behalf of Veterans across the state and nation, thank you to Luke and the TPT team for your dedication to the Veterans story here in Minnesota.
“Home for Heroes” is a documentary which gives viewers a rare look at the five Minnesota Veterans Homes. Minnesota has a large population of aging Veterans; therefore the MDVA is committed to finding new and innovative ways, like this video, to raise awareness of our Veterans Homes and the services we offer to eligible Veterans and their families.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to the Minnesota Military Radio show yet, I encourage you to do so! Starting out by broadcasting on one station, Tom Lyons, show host and creator, has steadily built a statewide network of stations across Minnesota. Tom brings in guests and ‘subject matter experts’ to talk about all things Veteran. Recently Tom was at the County Veterans Service Officers statewide conference to tape the show. And, as the entrepreneur that he is, he encourages those who don’t have the show aired in their area to contact local stations to see if they would like to do so. There is no cost to air the show and, yes, they can insert local advertising to compensate for the ‘air time.’ Check with your CVSO or local station to determine interest and visit the show's website. Also – be sure to listen to a special live recording of Minnesota Military Radio on Veterans Day live from the State ceremony in Inver Grove Heights on Twin Cities News/Talk AM 1130.