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.
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Lynn and Paul Sansale, owners of Rescue Dog Art, enlisted the help of Mike Frattallone, of Frattallone ACE Hardware stores, to sell 1,000 of their 2013 Rescued Heroes calendars in his Twin City stores. “I am just lucky to be the only retail site that all the calendars sold at,” said Frattallone. “Gail Rosenblum with the Star Tribune wrote the first story on this and that same day we had people lined up to buy the calendars.”
It’s no secret that women have long served in the military. As far back as the Civil War, women served - not officially, but frequently alongside their husbands. During World War II, men were needed to fight so women were asked to serve in noncombatant jobs. Nearly 400,000 women served in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, and civilian relief organizations in all types of jobs in order to free up males. Initially women were in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp (WAAC) - in that time women were not part of the military, but rather an auxiliary.
This month’s newsletter highlights the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and as a Vietnam Veteran and a member of the VVA, I want to make you aware of what will hopefully become a decade long recognition of the sacrifices these American heroes have made to our nation.
The treatment of our Vietnam Veterans is one of the darker moments in our nation’s history. When they came home, most Vietnam Veterans quickly learned to just be quiet, go to work and try to get back into a normal life, and even more quietly deal with their scars left from the war.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) was founding principle is “Never again will one generation of Veterans abandon another.” They not only support each other, but they support the newest generations of America’s war Veterans that came after them.