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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.


MDVA Gets Lean

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Tags: General

Lean Award Photo

How do you simplify an intricate procedure?

The answer is taking the method and making it leaner for everyday performance.



Rescue Dogs to Therapy Dogs

Posted on March 04, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Tags: General

Tony Tengwall and Fitz attend a check presentation for the Fitz Fund at the Frattallone ACE Hardware store in St. Paul, Minn. The Fitz Fund will be sent to K9s for Warriors.Rescue Dog Art and Ace Hardware recently raised more than $15,600 for the purchase of a service dog to help a Minnesota Veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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.”



In Honor of Women's History Month, We Honor Women Veterans

Posted on March 04, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Tags: Women Veterans

Veteran Ann Quarnstom is pictured on the far right.
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.



Desk of the Commissioner - March

Posted on March 01, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Tags: Commissioner

Commissioner ShellitoThis 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 State Council

Posted on March 01, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Tags: General

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.



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