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Governor Doug Burgum appointed Dave Rice, Gary Maddock, Hal Weineger, Marlin Schneider and Roy Fillion each to a three-year term on the Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACOVA). Dave Rice, a resident of Fargo, is a Navy Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He is the past Commander of the American Legion and an active member of the VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, VVA, DAV, 40 & 8, Navy League, Fleet Reserve and the Honor Flight. Gary Maddock, a resident of Bismarck, is an Air Force veteran. He is the past state commander of the ND AMVETS and a member of the American Legion, and Vietnam Veterans of America. Hal Weineger, a resident of New Town, is an Army Veteran serving in Vietnam. He is a retired Post Master and active member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans of America. Marlin Schneider, a Bismarck resident, served in the ND Army National Guard for 43 years retiring as a CW5. He is a member of the American Legion, ND National Guard Association and the Military Officers Association. Roy Fillion, a Grand Forks resident, is a US Air Force veteran serving Vietnam. He is a retired Local Veterans’ Employment Representative / Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialist at the North Dakota Job Services. He is an active member of Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, 40 & 8, and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

            These members were nominated by North Dakota Veteran Service Organizations; Dave Rice by the VFW, Gary Maddock by the AMVETS, Hal Weineger by the VVA, Roy Fillion by the DAV and Marlin Schneider by the American Legion for the governor appointed position which began on July 1, 2018. While on the ACOVA they will serve on several subcommittees which serve the Veterans of North Dakota. The ACOVA is responsible for organization, policy, and general administration of all veterans’ affairs in the state of North Dakota. The ACOVA also oversees the expenditures of the Post War Trust Fund interest earnings, legislative laws concerning veterans, ND Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Governing board of the Veterans Home. The ACOVA is comprised of 15 voting members, each appointed by the Governor, nominated by the five major veteran organizations in the state. Each year, the Governor is to appoint one member from a list of two names submitted by the following veteran organizations: American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, and Vietnam Veterans of America. The Committee is also comprised of three nonvoting members who are to serve in an advisory capacity - the North Dakota Adjutant General, the Center Director of the Federal Veterans Affairs, and the Executive Director Job Service North Dakota.

Members currently serving on the ACOVA are; Richard Belling of West Fargo, Alan Fehr of Dickinson, Jim Haukedahl of Fargo, Dave Hilleren of New Town, Trish Hodny of Grand Forks, Dean Overby of Wahpeton, Tom Ryan of Williston, Murray Strom of Steele, James Verwey of Valley City, and Alan Wondrasek of Bottineau. The fifteen-member Committee will hold their next meeting September 13, 2018 in Steele.

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