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Congratulations Graduates
Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” That was my exact sentiment this weekend while attending my grandson’s graduation from Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School. I have been fortunate to be there the day he was born at EAFB, the day he was baptized at McChord Air Force Base, and hundreds of other great milestones in his life.


Korean War Veterans’ Advocate Hannah Kim to Visit South Dakota Korean War Memorial in Pierre on May 29
On Tuesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. CDT, Hannah Y. Kim will visit South Dakota’s Korean War Memorial at Capitol Lake in Pierre and present a commemorative wreath.


It Can Be Done
When we hear the word “operation,” we think hospital, emergency, illness, surgery, treatment, and procedure. However, with over 33 years in the military the word “operation” affords me a completely different meaning. For decades, the military has issued random code names for exercises, attack plans and other operations. Operations were used to resolve conflict, promote peace, and support civilian leaders in response to domestic crises.


National Military Appreciation Month
At the encouragement of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the South Dakota Department of the Military, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed May as “National Military Appreciation Month,” a time for all to honor, remember, recognize and appreciate those who have served in the past, those now serving, as well as their families.


South Dakota Veterans Bonus
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs administers a bonus program for those who were legal residents of the state for no less than six months prior to their active duty service and who meet other qualifications


Working Together, South Dakota May Gain a State Veterans Cemetery
The 2018 Legislative Session is one that will go down in history. Veterans Service Organizations, legislators, Sioux Falls community leaders, the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA), and the Governor came together to secure passage of legislation to authorize SDDVA to establish and maintain a state veteran’s cemetery in Sioux Falls. A dignified final-resting place to honor veterans and eligible dependents which will express the State’s gratitude for their service to this country.


Governor Daugaard Proclaims Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Friday, March 30, 2018, as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.