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Volume 5, Issue 9                                                                                        September 2011

     In this Issue
       •	 From the White House to
                                         From the White House to Rural MN
          Rural MN                       Leah Vinkemeier
       •	 From the Desk of the           MDVA
       •	 The 1968 Huey                  Minnesota National Guard Veteran,          tional Headquarters White House
       •	 Home Depot Grant               Thomas Newman had the experience           officials requested to meet with rural
       •	 Minnesota Military Hour        of a lifetime on Aug. 15. Newman           Veterans during the President’s up-
          Live From the Fair             was one of five Minnesota post 9/11        coming three-day tour to the Midwest.
       •	 Veteran-on-the-Street          Veterans hand-selected to meet with        The topic of discussion was to be
       •	 Gold Star Mothers/Families     President Barack Obama to discuss          post-deployment Veteran employment
          Day                            post-deployment challenges.                and transitional challenges. Newman
       •	 Into the Heart of America: A                                              gladly accepted the invitation.
          Soldier’s Story                In August, Newman, an Iraq Veteran,
       •	 National POW/MIA               now working as a                                            Specifics about who
          Recognition Day                Department Service Newman looked at the                     he and the other
                                         Officer with the
       •	 Honoring Minnesota
                                         American Legion,
                                                                 empty chair directly across Veteranswith were
                                                                                                               would be
          Women in Vietnam
       •	 Upcoming Events                was experiencing        from him and thought, ‘this not released; they
                                         a week when Mur-        is going to be the President.’ were simply told they
     We Want to Hear From You!           phy’s law seemed to                                         would be meeting
                                         prevail. This partic-                                       with a senior White
      If you have story ideas, events,   ular week brought car troubles as well    House Official. The five Veterans ar-
      to nominate a Veteran in the       as frustration as Newman witnessed        rived at the designated area that day,
      Spotlight or just have infor-      numerous, fully-qualified Veterans at-    anxious to see who it was they would
      mation for MDVA’s Minnesota
                                         tending job fairs in search of employ-    be meeting with.
      Veteran newsletter, contact
      Beth Kocian at                                                               They were met by a White House of-
      Beth.Kocian@state.mn.us or         As his week drew to an end, Newman ficial who briefed them on what to do
      (651) 757-1550.                    received an unexpected phone call         next. Their instructions: take off your
                                         informing him that the White House        jackets, follow me, and try to look
                                         contacted the American Legion Na-
                                                                                                  Story continued on page 6
                                                        Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)
                                                           20 West 12th Street, St. Paul, MN 55155-2071
                                            Phone (651) 296-2562 • Fax (651) 296-3154 • website www.mdva.state.mn.us
 Volume 5, Issue 9                                                                        2

From the Desk of the Commissioner
                                    This September will mark the 10th anniversary of the infamous
                                    attacks of September 11, 2001. Sociologists refer to such events
                                    as ‘significant emotion events’, events where one remembers
                                    exactly where they were and what they were doing. Where were
                                    you when . . .?

                                    What we often hear now is how our nation has changed since.
                                    Minnesota has deployed its sons and daughters all across the
                                    world. Their performance has been most remarkable.

                                    Who would have thought, ten years ago, that our National
                                    Guard’s 1st Brigade (Red Bulls) would be the longest deployed
                                    Brigade in combat?

 Commissioner Larry Shellito       Also noteworthy, has been the role the Veterans Service Organiza-
                                   tions (VSOs) have played. VSOs were at the forefront in stepping
forward to insure our service members were supported on the home front. The local posts insured
our troops received the proper ‘send-off ’ and ‘welcome home’. Veterans, as well as the communi-
ties, stepped forward to ‘take care of the families!’ For all your caring and support I, for one, am
eternally grateful.

So as we pause to remember the events of 9/11, let us also remember all of the acts of caring we
gave and have experienced. We are a better nation because of our united focus on supporting our
troops, our Veterans and our families.

To all Veterans . . . Thank You for your Service!!

 Larry W. Shellito, Commissioner
 Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
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1968 Huey: Sounds of Hope, Exhibit of Healing
Leah Vinkemeier
The Minnesota History Center will feature a           from the Minnesota History Center, describes
“1968 Exhibit” that is set to debut Oct. 14.          the project as a “labor of love” for Veterans.
                                                      Some of the Veteran volunteers were pilots, some
A monumental year in history, the 1968 Exhibit        mechanics, and others rode in the Huey, but all
seeks to inspire stories of the era. Organized        had unique stories and reasons for taking on this
chronologically, each month will be represented       project.
by a defining event that took place within that
month. Museums including: The Chicago History         Bill Coughlin was approached by his friend, Gary
Museum, Atlanta History Center, The Oakland           Chapman, who introduced him to the Huey
Museum of California and The Minnesota His-           project. Coughlin served as an infantry man in
tory Center, have                                                                   Vietnam from 1970-
provided a variety                                                                  1971, where he rode
of artifacts for the                                                                in a Huey conduct-
exhibit, but the sto-                                                               ing combat assault
ries are about the                                                                  missions. Each mis-
people who lived                                                                    sion lasted 16 days
through it. This is a                                                               and for the most
unique exhibit that                                                                 part, despite his fear
will inspire first-                                                                 of heights, the lack
hand accounts of                                                                    of side doors and
the events of 1968.                                                                 the fact their legs
                                                                                    dangled over the
This exhibit fea-                                                                   edge, riding in the
tures a 1968 Bell                                                                   Huey was “not that
UHI “Huey” Heli-                                                                   bad.”
copter, the quintes- The 1968 Huey
sential icon of the Vietnam War. The Huey was         “The only bad part of the deal was when they
purchased from a company in Minnesota that            came into the landing zone. The door gun would
refurbishes helicopters. This particular helicopter   open up and start firing. You didn’t know if he
was used for its parts. One challenge that came       was shooting at something, or if he was just
with featuring an actual helicopter in a traveling    shooting because you were the first helicopter
exhibit is how to easily transport it. This model     coming in. We never knew until we got on the
was constructed with the ability to be disassem-      ground,” said Coughlin.
bled into pieces that will fit through a standard
doorway.                                              Tom Hunter, another member of the volunteer
                                                      team and a Vietnam Veteran reflected on his
A team of 25 Veterans of all eras volunteered         experience.
their time over the past eight months to refurbish
the Huey. Jay Erickson, the Exhibit Technician        “This has been a full circle for me, starting back
                                                                                   Story continued on page 5
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St. Paul MN August 8, 2011 – Through its Community Impact Grants Program, The Home Depot®
Foundation has awarded $5000 to the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL). The
donation will be used to build ramps for Veterans with disabilities.
“MCIL is very grateful for the support and generous contribution from The Home Depot Foundation
for our Veterans Building Ramps for Veterans Program. We welcome their partnership as we continue
our efforts to provide meaningful support and assistance to people with disabilities. This grant will
enable Veterans to lead more independent and self-directed lives.” said David Hancox, Executive
Director, MCIL.

The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grants Program supports the work that local
nonprofit organizations, public schools and other community organizations are doing to improve the
physical health of their neighborhoods.
“We are delighted to support local volunteer projects aimed at ensuring that every U.S. Veteran has
a safe and accessible home,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. The
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living deserves enormous credit for the work it is doing, and
we are glad to be part of their efforts.”
About The Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
MCIL is one of eight Centers for Independent Living in Minnesota and over 500 nationally that work
with people with disabilities in fulfilling their desire to lead productive self-determined lives in the
community. Last year, 34,000 individuals were served by MCIL, across all programs in 2010. All of
the services provided by MCIL are designed to prevent more costly out-of-home placements, which
enable people with disabilities to live participatory lives in their neighborhoods and communities.

About The Home Depot Foundation
In 2011, The Home Depot Foundation committed $30 million over three years to nonprofit
organizations dedicated to improving the homes of economically disadvantaged Veterans. Through
Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates
volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and
modifications to homes and to the facilities serving Veterans with critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $270 million to
nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our
associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and
like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
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1968 Huey story continued
in 1967 and flying it, and then my experience
bringing the first one here [to Minnesota] in ’72,
and now here we are in 2011, actually having the
opportunity to assemble one for display purposes
for this exhibit, he said.”
This is a one-of-a-kind exhibit. Erickson ex-
“What we’re hoping for this helicopter here is for
guys who have some helicopter experience and
were a part of Vietnam to come up to it and touch
it and tell their grand kids, ‘I rode right there’ or ‘I
was wounded and they threw me in there’ or ‘they
dropped me off.’
                                                           Veteran Volunteers
Vietnam Veteran and team volunteer, Darryl
LeMire, worked as a mechanic on the Huey and
shared a little bit about the exhibit with his fam-         about joining the military some day.
ily by having his grandson, William, accompany
                                                            “People will come to appreciate the fact as to
him the day the Veterans assembled the Huey.
                                                            what a change the year 1968 was, and I think this
Nine-year-old William explained that he thought
                                                            exhibit will draw out the dynamics of that year
the Huey was very interesting. He enjoyed work-
                                                            and how it affected an awful lot of U.S. citizens in
ing with the “old” Veterans, and even talked
                                                            many different ways,” Hunter said. “Everybody is
                                                            going to take a little something away from it dif-
                                                            Vietnam Veteran and a member of the volunteer
                                                            team, Jerry Chapman reflected on the exhibit and
                                                            the impact it may have on people.
                                                            “We have mixed feelings on it. We’ve got the Huey
                                                            and it represents our era. It could be a little differ-
                                                            ent, especially with some of the other things in the
                                                            exhibit. It’s geared more toward the events that
                                                            happened in 1968, not just the war.” Erickson has
                                                            heard many stories of guys saying the Huey was
                                                            always a sound of hope for them. He now hopes
                                                            this exhibit will bridge the gap of the years and be
                                                            a time of healing for Vietnam Veterans.

Veterans work on assembling the Huey
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continued from cover

inconspicuous. The official led the Veterans a       Initially Newman thought this might be an event
few blocks through Cannon Falls and arrived at       to use the Veterans as a sounding board or to
an area marked off with tape. Before they knew       walk them through an elaborate plan. The Presi-
it, they were through the crowd, under the tape      dent, however, gave a brief overview of some
and lead into the Old Market Deli. The officials     initiatives, such as tax credits to employers who
were very particular about the lunch protocol        hire Veterans, “reverse boot camp” for reintegra-
and they were even given seating assignments.        tion training, and a project of the First Lady’s
As they took their seats, Newman looked at           that connects military families with supportive
the empty chair directly across from him and         services. This gave the President the opportunity
thought, ‘this is going to be the President.’        to see how his initiatives are being carried out on
Newman looked over his shoulder and watched          the ground.
as a large bus pulled up to
the door. The bus doors                                               “As a Veteran advocate, it’s an
opened, and Secret Service                                            absolute honor to be able to
filed out, followed by Presi-                                         have a discussion like that with
dent Obama.                                                           the President,” said Newman.

After the Veterans’ initial                                           Newman, working with the
introduction to President                                             American Legion, has the op-
Obama, he continued to                                                portunity to hear about propos-
shake hands with everyone                                             als made at the national level,
in the deli.                                                          but he also has the opportunity
                                                                      to observe these proposals at a
The conversation with                                                 state level and witness whether
the President was an open                                             or not those initiatives are work-
discussion. The President                                             ing.
shared some of his ideas
                                  Tom Newman, Army National          He hopes that having this oppor-
to assist Veterans in post-
                                  Guard Veteran                      tunity to interface with a majority
deployment employment
searching, and listened to the                                       of Minnesota Veterans, gather
Veterans to learn specifically what Minnesota        information, and relaying that information to
Veterans are experiencing.                           the national government will encourage a faster
                                                     response in making the necessary adjustments.
As Newman’s opportunity to share with the
President approached, he knew did not want to        Newman said, “It was just as meaningful to meet
use the time to talk about his issues, but rather    the President as it was to be there with fellow
discuss what would best represent the majority       Veterans.”
of issues Veterans in Minnesota face. The issues “I found it to be a good, meaningful dialog with
he addressed were employment for Veterans of         the President. He was giving us his time, and
all eras, reintegration for Veterans, in addition to I felt important. From my perspective it was
National Guard members, and medical benefits         great.”
for combat Veterans.
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The Minnesota Military Radio Hour
Live From the State Fair
                           The Minnesota Military Radio Hour recorded
                           a show from the Minnesota State Fair on Aug.
                           25, with Minnesota Department of Veterans
                           Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito as the co-
                           Special guests on the show from MDVA in-
                           cluded Shelley Kendrick, Minnesota Veterans
                           Home - Minneapolis Administrator, and Barb
                           O’Reilly, Director of Women Veteran and
                           Employment Initiatives. Gina Sobania, Military
                           Education Director from the Office of the
                           Chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges
                           and Universities was also a guest on the show.
                           Listen to the podcast at
                           Top: Show host Tom Lyons and Commissioner Shellito
                           Bottom: News Talk AM 1130 at the State Fair
Volume 5, Issue 9                                                                          8

  Veteran-on-the-Street:“Women Veterans are one of
  the fastest growing segments of the Veteran population. How would you like
  to see VA benefits improve for women, or what benefit do you consider most
  important for women?”

                  “I think it is awesome that the VA can provide menopause management, cancer
                  screenings, and maternity care. All these services are necessary for women veter-
                  ans, and it is great that the VA can provide them.”
                  -Spc. Kayla Lindstrom, MN Army National Guard.

            “The VA provides good and comprehensive care for women Veterans.
            Unfortunately, a small percentage of Women Veterans utilize the VA.
            The VA’s challenge is ease of access and making women feel comfortable
            going to the VA. This includes an understanding of the barriers that may
            prevent women from taking advantage of the resource.”
            --Barb O’Reilly, Army National Guard Veteran

                   “I would consider the gender-health specific benefits the most important ben-
                   efits that women receive; however, I don’t see a reason or need to improve ben-
                   efits for women unless they’re improving benefits for men as well.”
                   --Pvt. Jasmine Weisenburger

Gold Star Mothers and Families Day - Sept. 25
The last Sunday in September is reserved to honor the mothers who have lost children in service to
the United States. Gold Star Mothers have given so much, and continue to give back to the commu-
nity through voluntary acts.

Minnesota is host to an official Gold Star Mothers Chapter. The chapter also serves mothers in North
and South Dakota. Learn more about the Minnesota Gold Star Mothers at www.goldstarmoms.com.
Find the Minnesota Chapter page under the “Depts & Chapter” menu.
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Into the Heart of America:
A Soldier’s Story
Emelia Orke
Three young actors and a female Veteran are          Grayhm, Matt Dallas, and Charlie Bewley. Eliza-
making their way across the United States in an      beth Cook is the Associate Producer for Thun-
effort to learn about real, everyday Veterans for    der Road. Cook is a Disabled US Army Veteran
an upcoming Hollywood film.                          who is making the trek with Grayhm, Dallas, and
They will be traveling for a total of 8-10 weeks
to meet with soldiers and their families who have    “I received an email a couple months ago from
recently returned home to the U.S. from active       Elizabeth,” said Gatz. “It was interesting. I agreed
duty abroad, and one of their final stops will be    to have them come here because of how percep-
Granite Falls, Minn. the weekend of Sept. 3.         tive these men were of the issues Veterans face.
                                                                They really want to get the story of
The movie is “Thunder Road”                                     Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan
and will be about the lives of three                            right.”
Veterans of the war in Afghanistan.
This film will focus on these Vet-                              One of the Minnesota Veterans being
erans’ lives before the war, during                             interviewed is battling cancer, which
active service, and their struggles                             she was diagnosed with during her
to re-enter society upon returning                              service. .
                                                                Cook, Grayhm, Dallas, and Bewley
Yellow Medicine County Veterans                                 will be doing more than just interviews
Services Officer and Veteran Mi-                                during their time in Minnesota. Gatz
chelle Gatz, has been the primary                               intends to show them the Ray Fagen
resource in Minnesota who has                                   World War ll Memorial. She also plans
helped set up the interviews with                               on having a dinner and public gathering
five local Veterans.                                 Saturday night to allow Astoria Entertainment to
                                                     talk to people about their project.
“It’s not just another action movie,” said Gatz.
“It is really going to portray what Veterans go      This research project is called “Into the Heart of
through, from basic training to first duty station   America: A Soldier’s Story.” Grayhm said after the
to deployment and then back again to the read-       release of Thunder Road, much of the inter-
justment period.                                     view material gained through this project will be
                                                     included in a “behind the scenes” disk, available
The movie is being produced by Astoria Enter-        after the film’s release on DVD.
tainment, which was founded by actors Steve

     To request alternative formats of this information, please contact MDVA at (612) 548-5961
 or mdva.affirmativeaction@state.mn.us or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1 (800) 627-3529.
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                                                 M I N N E S O TA H I S T O R I C A L S O C I E T Y P R E S S
                                                        N E W T I T L E • W W W. M H S P R E S S . O R G

                                                                    SISTERHOOD OF WAR
                                                                    Minnesota Women in Vietnam
                                                                    KIM HEIKKILA

                                                                    Fifteen Minnesota nurses spent a year caring for the casualties of a divisive war, only to
                                                                    come home and descend into isolated silence. To heal themselves, they banded togeth-
                                                                    er as veterans.

                                                                    In January 1966, navy nurse Lieutenant Kay Bauer stepped off a Pan Am airliner into
                                                                    the stifling heat of Saigon and was issued a camouflage uniform, boots, and a rifle.
                                                                    “What am I supposed to do with this?” she said of the weapon. “I’m a nurse.”

                                                                    Bauer was one of approximately six thousand military nurses who served in Vietnam.
                                                                    Historian Kim Heikkila here delves into the experiences of fifteen nurse veterans from
                                                                    Minnesota, exploring what drove them to enlist, what happened to them in-country, and
                                                                    how the war changed their lives.

                                                                    Like Bauer, these women saw themselves as nurses first and foremost: their job was to
                                                                    heal rather than to kill. After the war, however, the very professional selflessness that
                                                                    had made them such committed military nurses also made it more difficult for them to
                                                                    address their own needs as veterans. Reaching out to each other, they began healing
                                                                    from the wounds of war, and they turned their energies to a new purpose: this group of
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Tee it Up For the Troops Golf Weekend - Sept. 9-11
        Golfers are invited to play golf and help acknowledge and honor the sacrifice of all military
        Veterans and their families. Soldiers and Veterans golf free. Immediate family members re-
        ceive 50 percent off. Tee times and military ID required. For more details and to view partici-
        pating golf courses visit http://teeitupforthetroops.org/states/minnesota.

VA 5K Fun Run/Walk/Roll - Sept. 10
A 5K Fun Run/Walk/Roll for all Veterans, VA staff, family members, and the general public.
For more details visit

Camp Ripley Biennial Open House - Sept. 18
         A ceremony to welcome home Vietnam Veterans. Events include: car show, welcome home
         ceremony, vendors, tank display, food and beverages. For more information contact Camp
         Ripley staff at (320)-632-7296 or click on this link goo.gl/yg6aZ.

Career and Job Fair - Sept. 19
Congressman John Kline is hosting a career and job fair on Monday Sept. 19, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m. at the Eagan Community Center. For more information and registration instructions please
visit http://kline.house.gov/.

MACV 4th Annual Benefit Event - Sept. 23
The 4th Annual Benefit Event will be held Friday Sept. 23 at the 934th Fort Snelling Of-                  MACV 4th An
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Women Veterans Event - Sept. 27
                                                                                                                              funds to support                      and their families.
                                                                                               Learn more                                       our work with                           By attending
                                                                                                              about MACV                                      veterans in need.                      this
                                                                                                                                  at www.mac-v.org

There will be a Women Veterans health and wellness event at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System on
Sept. 27. For more information visit http://www.stcloud.va.gov/.

Women Veterans Summit - Oct. 29
MDVA will host a Women Veterans Summit, more information to follow. Save the date on your calen-

For a complete listing of events across the state of Minnesota, visit http://calendar.mdva.state.mn.us.

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