Well with the Department Convention over, I would like to thank the Nomination Committee and the governing body of the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Minnesota for electing me as the State Commander. I am honored to be selected; it’s been a long road for me. I am very proud and will work hard for all the members. I would also like to congratulate my wife, Nancy, on the start of her second year as Auxiliary Commander.
The last time the Disabled American Veterans Department of Minnesota had a Husband and Wife as Commander’s was back in 1949. We will travel a lot this year visiting Veterans homes, Veterans Care Center, and Chapter and Unit’s.
As the Commander I feel we already have a Great Staff for our Organization in place. There are some minor changes in our largest fundraiser, our clothing program with Saver’s, I will address early in my year as Commander. I am confident with the guidance of the Full-time staff, the Finance Committee, and Executive Committee we will take care of business.
I truly believe, together as one team, we need to start thinking outside the box to come up with additional ideas for fundraising. If you have thoughts on some additional ways we could secure funds, please bring them forward.
I have two primary goals I would like the Department to achieve during my year. My first goal is to have Department make membership goal. My second goal is to help strengthen our Chapters and not lose any charters. We are all one team in the state and I look forward to working together for our ultimate goal, assisting our disabled Veterans and their families.
Any Chapter Commander or Adjutant can call me and talk about problems they might be having. If there are problems, I want to find a solution together as a State.
Scott Berndt, State Commander 2019-2020