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POW/MIA Recognition Day, September 19, 2014

Today we take the day to share with the world that U.S. POW/MIA Servicemembers are never forgotten and are always in our thoughts. No one is left behind and every day hundreds of DoD men and women are working to find and bring our missing personnel home.

Learn more here: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/

About Us

Our mission is to assist veterans of North Dakota and their dependents in obtaining all benefits to which they are entitled, both federal and state, either by direct contact or through the assistance of County Veterans Service Officers, Tribal Veterans Service Officers, or National Service Officers.  We designed this website to provide a comprehensive resource directory to assist veterans, service members, and their dependents with questions about healthcare, employment, financial assistance and much more!  We hope it meets your needs! Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

West Fest Parade

The West Fargo Exchange Club would like to honor our local Veterans by inviting them to ride a float in the West Fest Parade in West Fargo, ND this September 20th. They have two 22 Foot Flatbed trailers so seating is limited but anyone is welcome to walk alongside the float as well. The parade route is just about 10 blocks.

They will be in the beginning of the parade directly behind the West Fargo VFW Color Guard. There is parking available south of the Lodoen Center, 330 3rd Ave E, West Fargo, and on side streets so please give yourself time to get there, park, and make your way to the front of the line! The parade begins at 1 pm so they’d like everyone there a little early to get situated (12:15). Once they're through the parade route they’ll make their way back to the Lodoen Center and drop everyone off there.

If you would like to attend please contact Jake Lauritsen.

Email: jake@lauritsenfinancial.com
Phone: 701-238-2319

Grant available for ND Veterans with PTSD

North Dakota Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may now apply for a grant which may provide them with a specially trained Service Dog. These service dogs are trained right here in North Dakota to assist Veterans who suffer from PTSD. The dogs provide the special needs of the veteran they are to serve whether it is calming anxiety attacks, providing comfort and assurance in public settings or waking a veteran from a nightmare. PTSD service dogs have proven to greatly assist Veterans in returning to a more normal life and reintegrating back into their community. Service Dogs for America has several of these highly trained service dogs ready to be placed with a veteran in need.

To meet the minimum qualifications for a PTSD service dog the Veteran must be a North Dakota resident, have a diagnosis of PTSD, be engaged in counseling or therapy and have a doctor’s recommendation for a PTSD Service Dog. All qualified Veterans are urged to apply. The grant is made possible by the 63rd ND Legislative Assembly and private donors.

To learn more or to submit an application, visit Service Dogs for America, download the Preliminary Applicationview the brochure, or contact Pamela at 701-685-5009 or info@servicedogsforamerica.org

View the press release.

From the desk of Kathy Benson, Towner County Veterans Service Officer

September 12, 2014 a group of Towner County Veterans traveled to Devils Lake to tour the new US Veterans Affairs community based outpatient clinic (CBOC) located on 3rd floor of Mercy hospital

Tens of thousands of soldiers who are discharged from the military each year are locked out of VA services.

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: September 15, 2014

SAN DIEGO — As part of the effort to eliminate the VA appointment backlog by the end of next year, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said Monday that he plans to increase the range of pay for VA doctors and nurses, among other changes.

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