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Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed June 27, 2017, as “Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day,” a day to reflect on the causes, symptoms and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries.

Nine Monuments of Stone Made of Men
The Hall of Honor pays tribute to nine heroes whose actions exemplify the finest qualities of the American soldier --- steadfast devotion to duty, tenacity in a fight, and love and respect for each other. They exemplified the warrior spirit that is essential to win in tough battles, and they proved what true warriors can do when faced head-on with the ultimate sacrifice. Their bravery, their resourcefulness and their patriotism marks them as America’s finest heroes.

A Visit to the Cemetery
A monthly message from SDDVA Secretary Zimmerman

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 and those now serving, as well as their families.

South Dakota Veterans Bonus
Since World War I, South Dakota has paid a bonus to residents who served on active duty during a wartime period and this tradition continues today. The current bonus program, administered by the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, authorizes payments of up to $500 to current or former members of the Armed Forces.

“Days of Spring and What They Bring”
As children we always heard our mothers saying “April showers bring May flowers,” while under our breath we were saying “rain, rain, go away, come again some other day.” Now, as an adult and as a veteran, I know that landscapes and weather conditions have played a role in every conflict we have fought. Weather and terrain shaped the experiences of our troops and directly dictated their actions.