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An Inside Look at the MDVA Women Veterans and Gold Star Families Programs

Posted on May 04, 2015 at 10:29 AM
Author: Annie McCahery - MDVA Tags: Families, Women Veterans, Programs, Benefits, Events

Minnesota National Guard Veteran, Ashley Laganiere, recently became the Gold Star Family and Women Veterans Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

The mission of the Minnesota Women Veterans Program is to ensure women Veterans have equal access to federal and state benefits and services. The program responds to gender specific needs of women Veterans and ensures that women Veterans are treated with dignity and respect. It is also geared towards offering the appropriate benefits and services needed for women, primarily in healthcare.



Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad – Honoring the Fallen for 35 Years

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 9:02 AM
Author: Annie McCahery - MDVA Tags: Women Veterans, General

Fort-Snelling-Memorial-Rifle-Squad-2Commander Terri Winter is the first female commander of the almost entirely male Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad. She was elected unanimously by her squad. Though she describes the feeling of her election as “absolutely incredible,” Winter does not deny that there have been difficulties.  She had not realized how groundbreaking her election was for future generations until her phone started ringing off the hook, “After breaking that glass ceiling, I am just starting to see the struggles that our daughters, nieces, and granddaughters will have to struggle with.”



Desk of the Commissioner - November

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Tags: Families, Commissioner, Women Veterans, Families

Commissioner ShellitoVeterans Day is the day we pay special tribute to all Veterans who served this great nation.  This became clear to me as my wife and I took our grandsons, ages 10 and 8, to Washington D.C.  We visited most of the ‘must see’ sights but most importantly the Veteran Memorials and Arlington Cemetery.  Walking the grounds of Arlington clearly magnified the sacrifices made and the importance of honoring our Veterans.



Moon Rises Over Minnesota

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM
Tags: Women Veterans, Veterans Service Organizations

Peggy Moon will be first woman commander of the Department; Klinkner new chaplain.

Peggy Moon, St. Joseph, was elected Department Commander of the Minnesota American Legion at the recent Department Convention in Rochester.  Commander Peggy Moon

Moon, 62, a Vietnam Era Veteran, defeated Mike Schaffer of Fulda by a vote of 491 to 278. Moon becomes the first woman commander in the state’s history.

Another contested election developed at the convention when it was determined that the Department’s constitution would not allow Department Chaplain Richard Wog to succeed himself. Wog was the only candidate for the position.



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.



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