News By Agency : Veterans Affairs

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Great Chapter in my Book of Life
With pen in hand I struggle to write this, my last column as Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs. Perhaps Winnie the Pooh said it best when he said “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

TGIF – ThanksGiving is Forever, to our Veterans!
November is a month rich in history and filled with numerous opportunities to thank our veterans, our military personnel and their families. It is a season of gratitude that should have etchings of how we secured and maintain our freedoms.

State Veterans Home Achieves LEED Certification
The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs has achieved LEED Silver certification for the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs

World War I Centennial Commemoration Day
At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Military, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, as “World War I Centennial Commemoration Day.” He asks that all South Dakotans participate as fully as possible in the spirit of this day, remembering all of our veterans who have served this great country, and especially those who served our country a century ago during World War I.

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.