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Dec, 1-15 Food Drive Contest

Our 6 service organizations (VVA, VFW, Am. Leg., etc.) are having a contest for the most food contributed to the Salvation Army by December 15.  Label your organization on your non-perishable good(s) contribution and deliver it to our Codington County VSO (at our court house basement)

Free pheasant hunt! Free education!

At the September meeting, 2 great opportunities were mentioned:

1. Warriors Never Give Up will host a free pheasant hunt on November 11, 2017.
To attend, contact Gary Wurgler @ 905/368-2144 or garynw@hotmail.com

2. Larry Zimmerman announced that veterans can now get higher degree education beyond the old 15-year limit.  So go out and get the bucket list degree!  See your VSO.

Returning Vietnam Vet book

Contact Phil Braeger (881-6782) if you want a new $60 book titled “Still Coming Home” about returning Vietnam Vet stories in their own words. Or see order form on page 3 of the May-June newsletter.

April 2017 Chapter 1054 Election Results

President: Jack Kempter
Vice President: Phil Braeger
Jr Vice President: Floyd Hermans
Treasurer: Don Reconnu
Secretary: Rich Felberg
Chaplain: Don Zafft
New Board Members: Jerry Denman, Randy Holiday, Bob Frink

Vet 2nd Amendment Protection Act

Proposed Federal House Legislation HB1181 prohibits, in any case arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs, any person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of the right to receive or transport firearms without the order or finding of a judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that such person is a danger to himself or herself or others.

Last Action: Motion to reconsider laid on the table – Agreed to without objection on March 16, 2017. Contact your federal legislators to take it off the table and approve it. Otherwise, some vets can have their firearms confiscated.

See VVA newsletter article http://www.stripes.com/news/house-bill-that-would-enable-gun-sales-to-many-vets-deemed-mentally-incompetent-draws-criticism-1.458578#.WNBeDzvyu1v

Also add comments or see details at https://foac-pac.org/Proposed-Federal-House-Legislation-HB1181/Federal-Law/4933

Link to vet burial pre-approval (per 12/15/16 meeting)

Click on the link below to find the form & instructions to find out if you are eligible for burial in a veteran cemetery.



During our monthly meeting on August 18th Elizabeth Cunningham from the thrift store, the Community Corner, received a “Business Partner and Sponsor” certificate from Chapter 1054. When a VVA member donates an item to the Community Corner we receive a percentage back when the item is sold.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1054 recently drew the winning tickets for their annual Elk Hunt Raffle. The first place winner was Leonard Blain, but he chose to take the second prize, $2,000. Therefore the second place winner Rick Drennen, won the elk hunt. Pictured are Phil Braeger (chapter Vice President), Leonard Blain and Jack Kempter (Chapter President).

Medals awarded to Jerry Schafer

Senator Rounds presented three medals to Jerry Schafer Tuesday at City Hall. Jerry should have received these medals when he was discharged from the Navy but did not. The medals were the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal W/Combat “V”, the Combat Action Ribbon and a Good Conduct medal. While in Vietnam Jerry went on 53 missions on a river patrol boat and engaged the enemy 19 times. Pictured are Ray Feist, Doug Modica, Mayor Steve Thorson, Senator Mike Rounds, Jerry Schafer, Elwin Karges, Phil Braeger, Myron Johnson and Don Reconnu. All are members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1054 except for Senator Rounds.

Chapter 1054 has been chosen to receive the “Best VVA Chapter” award for the 300-400 member category. Dan Stenvold (National Board of Director) is going to try and present it to us unless the Region 6 Director does at our next chapter meeting. Attached is a photo of Dan holding the award. Be proud of your accomplishments.