The 4th Annual DAV Morrison County Chapter # 12 Bike and Classic Car Run that was held on Saturday, July 21, 2018. William Hollerman has been the driving force behind this event since the beginning. He said that he has never served in the Armed Forces, but he totally believes in the mission of the Disabled American Veterans Morrison County Chapter # 12 and all of its 400 members. He designs the course for the event each year and we stop at two locations throughout the central Minnesota area. This year we stopped at the American Legion in Sauk Centre and Herbie’s Bar in Flensburg. We always start from the West Side Bar in Little Falls and end up there after the event. The owners of the West Side Bar provide a free meal to everybody and then we have a Live Auction. This year the event made around $6,200.00. William Hollerman gives 100% of the money made each year to the Chapter # 12 DAV.
The November 2017 deer hunt for disabled veterans in Olmsted County’s Chester Woods Park, was another huge success. The collaborative effort led and organized by the DAV MN Mayo Southeast Chapter 28, Olmsted County Veterans Service Office and the Olmsted County Parks / Olmsted County Public Works provided a very unique experience for disabled veterans . More than 60 individuals, organizations, and businesses support this effort. The deer hunt was started in 2011 and has grown considerably over the last 7 years.
- In 2011 9 disabled veterans participated
- In 2012 11 disabled veterans and 4 dependents participated
- In 2013 28 disabled veterans and 12 dependents participated
- In 2014 30 disabled veterans and 15 dependents participated
- In 2015 29 disabled veterans and 10 dependents participated
- In 2016 27 disabled veterans and 10 dependents participated
- And this year, 2017, 28 disabled veterans and 15 dependents participated.
The participants in the hunt must have a service –connected disability and/or a purple heart to be eligible and the hunt is open to all veterans regardless of their place of residence. Participants can also include a dependent in the hunt. Two track chairs (all-terrain track chairs designed for disabled ) with trailers were purchased for the event , thanks to the generosity of donors and supporting organizations. These chairs are available to the disabled visitors to the parks throughout the year.
The event is fortunate to have many volunteers and supporters that are key to the success. Tom Eckdahl, Park Supervisor for Chester Woods stated ” This hunt has grown over the 7 years and not only provides a very unique hunting opportunity for the disabled veterans and their dependents, but it brings together a very generous team of sponsors, coordinators, and volunteers to make it happen”. He provided a list of of the “make it happen team”
- 70 sponsors
- 9 meat cutters
- 2 photographers
- 45 volunteers
- And 360 hours of volunteer time !
” 28 disabled veterans and 15 dependents harvested 17 deer from the park,… a 40% success rate ” said Jennifer Shumaker, one of three Olmsted County CVSOs involved.
DAV Chapter 28 Commander Harry Kerr stated “we look forward to another great event in November of 2018!! “
Local agencies have been of significant support to area veterans. In the past year, the Aitkin Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and VFW and their auxiliaries donated 60 gas cards, 95 grocery cards for $25 each. In addition, the office collaborates with Aitkin County Health and Human Services, Salvation Army, Aitkin County Homeless Coalition and Habitat for Humanity to assist veterans.
By the time the second-term Democrat departed, she had an insider’s perspective of the local Disabled American Veterans chapter’s efforts. And she had a better understanding of how the group works with other organizations, including the McLeod County Veterans Services Office.
ABC (Ability Building Center) is partnering with the DAV Chapter 28 Mayo SE in Rochester to produce commemorative pillowcases for veterans currently in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
See info on ABC at: http://www.abcinc.org/
Available in editions for each branch of the armed forces, the cases are assembled by ABC participants and then screen printed with “Proud Veteran” before distribution to the recipients.
Rich Daly, Commander of DAV Chapter 28 in Rochester, selected ABC for production after a discussion with Executive Director Bruce Remme and examination of ABC’s facilities.
“ABC is a great organization to work with and partnering with them added a special touch to the entire effort” said Commander Daly.
Four ABC participants have been assigned, overseen by ABC’s Linda Livingston. “Our workers take special pride in doing this job for veterans, as most have parents or grandparents who have served in the military,” Livingston explained.
So far ABC has produced 467 cases. Both organizations hope this is the beginning of a lasting partnership.
Photos: 1) Rich Daly of the DAV takes delivery of the first batch of cases from Linda Livingston at ABC. 2) A selection of some of the variations produced at ABC.
DAV Crow Wing County Chapter 22 donated a Concept 2, model D, indoor rowing machine to the St. Cloud VA Health Care System to start a competitive indoor rowing team and encourage Veterans to improve their fitness and overall health with rowing.
The team originated in September in time for the Concept 2 Fall Challenge. With 395 teams and 4,645 participants in the challenge, the team took first place nationally in the “Medical Facility” Category.
Team members Brad Thom, VSO at St. Cloud VAMC; Michael J Rawlings, Team Captain and Senior-Vice Commander of DAV Chapter 22; and Leah Egan, Recreation Therapist, were part of the six-member team. James M. Kampsen was instrumental in getting the machine approved and placed, currently in the fitness clinic at the St. Cloud VA.
The St. Cloud VA Crew is looking for interested staff and Veterans to join the team for upcoming Challenges and the World Championships coming up in the spring.
All interested should contact Leah Egan, (320) 252-1670, ext. 6180, [email protected], to get signed up for the Holiday Challenge.
Pictured left to right: Brad Thom, Veterans Service Officer, St. Cloud VAHCS; Michael J. Rawlings, Crew Team Captain and Senior Vice Commander DAV Crow Wing County Chapter 22; Leah Egan, Recreation Therapist, St. Cloud VAHCS; and James M. Kampsen, Chief of Voluntary Services, St. Cloud VAHCS. Not pictured: Team members William Goodmanson and Chad Scheltens
August 15th the Veterans Administration (VA) from Fargo issued a new 9 seat van to North Central Minnesota Chapter # 7 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) it will be used to transport Veterans to Fargo VA for appointments. Listed above are some of our drivers Lt – RT standing Richard Habstritt, Joe Schorz, Robert Saddoris coordinator/scheduler (non driver), Larry McConkey, Dick Labraaten and Chapter # 7 Commander David Sterr (non driver) Front row Lt-Rt David Larkin, Allen Bjelland and Billy Ayers who has 500 hours driving. Not present Glenn Aagard, Michael Davis, Joel Anderson, Scotty Allison CVSO driver.
This van was purchased with a $10,000 donation from Fergus Falls DAV Chapter #25, the balance from State of Minnesota DAV Foundation. The title is then given to VA hospital in Fargo VA who then issued it to our Chapter. The VA takes care of all expenses to include insurance. Drivers are volunteers as is Saddoris. At this time we go to Fargo one time a week; in future we plan to go two times a week. We stop in Solway, Shevlin, Bagley, Fosston, Mahnomen, and Ada. There is no cost to the Veteran to ride. Our Dispatcher is Dan Wood in Detroit Lakes 855-277-9878. Our other van was too small for our area so it went to Wheaten and will be used to carry Veterans to the Fargo hospital.
Respectfully Submitted Robert Saddoris, DAV Chapter 7 North Central
Check presentation for handicap improvements to Hutchinson city park for Hutchinson Health Care of $2500.00. Commander Joel Reiner, Tammy and Kathy.