On Saturday, October 12, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Women Veterans of Minnesota hosted the Women Veterans Fall Luncheon at the Ft. Snelling Officers Club. There were 64 women Veterans in attendance, representing each branch and all eras of service from World War II to the current conflicts. Honored guests at this annual event included 12 WWII women Veterans. One of the highlights from the luncheon was listening to the WWII Veterans share a short story about their service.
Many people recognize November 11 as a day to honor and support those who fought, and continue to fight to protect our freedom. While nearly everyone observes this holiday, very few people know exactly where Veterans Day originated from. Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, marked the end of World War I due to an “armistice” on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. President Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The holiday continued to be known and celebrated as this, until 1954 when the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by replacing the word “Armistice,” with the word “Veterans.” By doing so, they were able to expand the holiday to honor all Veterans of all wars, not just those of World War I. From that day forward November 11 has been recognized nationally as Veterans Day.
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.
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.
The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) helps positively motivated Veterans and their families who are affected by homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless. MACV accomplishes its mission by providing services directly or in collaboration with other service agencies. MACV coordinates these services through their three regional offices in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Mankato. Their structured assistance program assists Veterans to once again become productive members of society while also learning that their service is greatly appreciated by all. More than 25,000 Veterans seek assistance from MACV each year. Some Veterans have trouble re-integrating into society once they come back from war, so MACV is there to assist them in doing just that. Their programs are set up to meet the needs for chemical dependency treatment, mental health treatment, crisis intervention during emotional or physical distress, life skills training, educational services, family support services, transportation, money management training, re-establishment of social skills, training to increase basic life skills, and skills to obtain and retain permanent housing.
On Monday, July 15 the Minnesota Historical Society put on an inspiring event at the 133 Airlift Wing in St. Paul. The event was planned as a presentation from two extraordinary women about their unique and amazing flying careers in the Air Force. However, one of the speakers, World War II pilot Betty Strohfus, was unable to attend. Air Force Maj. Tammy Barlette gave the presentation solo and spoke about her career while also giving insights into Betty’s. The event started off with Andrea Kajer from the Minnesota Historical Society introducing the two women and talking a little about their backgrounds.
Calling all Veterans! The Veterans Play Project is pleased to invite you to audition for a new play they are making, based on the experiences of Minnesota military Veterans. All Veterans from all branches, backgrounds, abilities, and age are invited. No performing experience required, and no need to prepare anything, just show up and they’ll keep it easy.
To make the most of any job or career fair, it's best to begin preparing yourself, your resume, and your personal sales pitch well in advance of the event.
Success begins with a plan. Here are some handy preparation tips and a timeline that will help you be razor-sharp and ready on the day of the Veterans Career Fair.
Governor Dayton has proclaimed July as “Hire a Veteran Month” in Minnesota. This unique proclamation is intended to create awareness of the talent and character employers will find when they hire Veterans.
Minnesota is home to more than 370,000 Veterans, and over 60,000 Minnesotans have served on active duty since 9/11. These men and women understand commitment and accomplishing goals. They are mature and have the dedicated work ethic most employers seek.
The 3rd Annual Trolling for the Troops event held June 6-7 was a huge success. Veterans and some of Minnesota’s best anglers spent a day on the water enjoying one of this state’s consummate pastimes – fishing.
The event kicked off June 6 at Camp Ripley, Minn. with a welcome, meet and greet and a wonderful steak dinner for all participants. Trolling for the Troops pairs disabled Veterans and recently deployed soldiers with some of the best anglers in the Midwest for a day of fishing on Mille Lacs or the Mississippi River.