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Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls!
As soon as that first glimmer of autumn sparks, it occurs. The Halloween decorating begins and pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales, scarecrows, witches, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls are everywhere. It’s a tradition that most of us enjoy. But for some veterans, it’s a reminder of the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins they live with every day.


South Dakota Receives Grant Opportunity for State Cemetery
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has notified the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs they may be awarded grant funds for the construction of a state veterans cemetery.


POW/MIA Recognition
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, as “POW/MIA Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Just Get ‘Er Done!
Autumn is here, and harvest is just around the corner. These Fall days are a great time to complete those cleaning tasks you have been putting off. As a veteran, it’s also a great time to review your chore list.


Aaron Walberg Named CTVSO of the Year
Aaron Walberg of Aberdeen has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs “County/Tribal Veterans Service Officer of the Year.” Walberg was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Tom Sparrow Receives 2018 SDDVA Outreach Award
Tom Sparrow of Parker has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Outreach Partner of the Year. Sparrow was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Mike Maske Receives 2018 SDDVA Employee of the Year Award
Michael Maske of Sioux Falls has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Employee of the Year. Maske was recognized by his peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Leaders Recognized for their Service to South Dakota's Veterans
County and tribal veterans’ service officers (CTVSO) and staff from the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA) were recognized for their dedication to serving veterans and veterans’ families at an awards program Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Sheila Carpenter Receives 2018 SDDVA Partner of the Year Award
Sheila Carpenter of Pierre has been named the 2018 South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs Partner of the Year. Carpenter was recognized by her peers at SDDVA’s annual benefit conference Monday, Aug. 20, in Pierre.

Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, as Veterans Day at the South Dakota State Fair, calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who fought bravely for our freedoms.


Zimmerman Named NASDVA Midwest District Vice President
Larry Zimmerman, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has been named the Midwest District Vice President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA). Officers and committee members for 2018-2019 were elected during their conference in Boston August 12-15.


Seasons Change, but Commitment to Serve Does Not
We are getting close to turning the pages from summer to fall. Pools will be closing and school doors will be opening. We will be putting away the boats, jet skis, bikes, and lawn mowers and we will be getting out the rakes and servicing the snow blowers.


Purple Heart Recognition Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.