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The Annual State Conference of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held in Watertown at Joy Ranch on April 30. In recognition of service during the Vietnam War and for service in helping veterans today, two Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1054 members were honored. Pictured receiving certificates from Lois Larson are Don Reconnu and Jim Hanson.

April 21 Chapter election results

President – Jack Kempter continues
Sr Vice Pres – Phil Braeger continues
Jr Vice Pres – Dennis Solberg new
Chaplain – Don Zafft continues
New board members: Steve Strege, Dean Halajian, Ed Timm

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President Rollie passes away

Brothers and Sisters of the Vietnam Veterans of America and all Veterans.
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Roland [Rollie] Lambert.Rollie was a very good friend of mine and a Great Advocate for all the Veterans and all Veterans organizations. Please keep Rollie’s Family in your prayers. Obituary and arrangements are on the “Taps” selection.

Jack R. Kempter
President Chapter 1054
Vietnam Veterans of America
&
Interim State of South Dakota State council President
Vietnam Veterans of America

Welcome Home Viet Vets Day – celebration AND free lunch for 2

First Vet Court Graduation in SD

 

Donate canned goods for the salvation army food bank

Bring IN-DATE canned goods to donate at the next VVA meeting on 12/17

SDSU gets “Best for Vets recognition”

Military Times last week announced South Dakota State among the 86 four-year colleges and universities on its Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings. SDSU was listed 12th in the category.

In their sixth year, the rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey that includes an array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2016.

The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands this month.

Vet Day 11/11/15 Deals

The following are free to vets on 11/11/15:
Hy-Vee – breakfast
Elks – breakfast
Perkins – Magnificent 7
IHOP – short stack
Applebees – 3 meal choices
Valvoline – car wash
Orange Leaf – 11 oz frogurt
VFW – lunch after ceremony
and other deals

Letter to the editor, that was published in the Madison newspaper, pertaining to the VVA Honor Guard’s participation along with the Marietta Legion’s Honor Guard in 2 funerals for 2 Vietnam veterans.