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Solid Brotherhood MC presents it's 9th Annual TOUR OF DUTY Bike run and street dance July 18th 2015 in Abercrombie ND. Registration for the bike run will be from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at he Fort Abercrombie Saloon. For more information about he bike run call: 701-553-8780. Proceeds will benefit area Veterans through the IMPACT-Support Our Veterans Fund. The fund is for North Dakota Veterans emergency needs which are not covered by other programs.

The 94th Annual North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars State Convention, and the 79th Annual Convention of the Ladies Auxiliary to the N.D. Veterans of Foreign Wars will be held June 4-7 at the Four Bears Casino in New Town, N.D.

The convention will be led VFW State Commander Neil Prochnow of Mantador, N.D. and Ladies Auxiliary President Rebecca Seehaver of Tuttle, N.D. Special guests include Past National Commander-in-Chief James Mueller and National Past President Leanne Lemley. All members are encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit vfwnd.org.

Cavalier, ND (WDAY/WDAZ TV) - As a way to honor veterans, two statues have been added to a local museum.

Standing six feet tall outside the Pembina County Museum, two statue soldiers made of concrete each weighing about 1,300 pounds, were recently added to the Veterans Memorial. The president of the Pembina County Historical Society says the memorial is a place to remember veterans.

This Memorial Day thousands of Bismarck and Mandan residents attended the area's observances to remember the sacrifices of our heroes and loved ones in the armed services.

Marsha Leier of Bismarck was paying respects to her father's grave, Sgt. 1st Class Clifford Schnabel, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery on Monday. Her father was born in Logan County and served his nation in the Korean War as a supply sergeant of the third division 39th Artillery Battery C.

Local veterans and VA employees are "walking and rolling."

More than 100 people taking part in this short walk at the Veterans Hospital in north Fargo.

Those who are in wheelchairs also took part.

All donations raised will support homeless veterans in the area.

Veteran's Associations around the country encourage healthy activity with a 2K walk.

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said benefits due to veterans should be provided by the government with as little red tape and politics as possible.

Heitkamp spoke at the North Dakota AMVETS convention in Valley City Saturday.

“You can’t cut corners on the backs of our veterans,” she said. “Do we do enough to not make our veterans beg for the services they were promised?”

Heitkamp also spoke about the important role of veterans’ organizations such as AMVETS in promoting the cause of veterans before Congress.

FARGO--Vietnam War veterans gathered Saturday in the Fargo Air Museum to be honored for their service by several North Dakota and Minnesota leaders at the opening ceremony of a Vietnam exhibit.

The veterans heard remarks from U.S. Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams.

Veterans said the exhibit is important to help remind the public about their service during the war.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The State Board of Higher Education selected Mark Hagerott as the next chancellor of the North Dakota University System on Thursday.

The board unanimously tapped Hagerott to replace Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen, whose term ends in July.

The announcement concluded a monthslong process that saw more than 20 candidates vying for the position, including one of the system's former chancellors. Hagerott beat out finalists Paul Turman and Robert Donley for the top spot.

Fargo, ND (WDAY/WDAZ TV) - Sen. Hoeven hopes new legislation will be passed to help disabled Veterans with health care needs. 

At the Disabled American Veterans Convention Saturday, Hoeven spoke about two bills he has worked on. One would allow veterans to get medical services locally if they lived more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility.

The other would let Veterans stay in nursing homes in the area.

BISMARCK - North Dakota’s Congressional delegation on Monday announced nearly $120,000 in federal funding to help homeless veterans and their families access affordable housing in the Dickinson and Williston areas.The funds will be used to distribute 25 vouchers, which can be used to purchase existing affordable housing. 

The Stark County Housing Authority received $41,591, or 10 vouchers. The Williston Housing Authority received $77,150, or 15 vouchers.

The funds are authorized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on the amount of funding to help identify and provide services to Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.

Foreman Democratic Rep. Bill Amerman says the conference committee voted 6-0 on Monday to fund the program at $50,000 over the next two years. Both chambers still must approve the recommendation.

Democratic Sen. Richard Marcellais says there are about 15,000 Vietnam veterans living in North Dakota, and many of them may have been exposed to the jungle defoliant.

There are 8 Veteran Affairs clinics across North Dakota, but only one hospital, and it's all the way on the east side of the state.

Often times, it's too difficult for many of our vets to travel to Fargo, but now they're offering a more high-tech option.

Brittney Jacob is the Bismarck VA Clinic's TeleHealth technician, and helps around 3,800 patients meet with Fargo doctors through computers and cameras.

So rather than driving 3 hours every few months, they can make an appointment and connect with physicians in seconds.

We're still reminded to never forget those missing in action or any prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict, but there's one other issue that still stands out.

Senator Richard Marcellais has been wearing orange to bring awareness to the need for more funding for Vietnam veterans exposed to agent orange during the war. He says there are approximately 15,000 veterans of that war in North Dakota, including himself, who served there from 1968 to 1969.

The number of Vietnam veterans affected by the chemical Agent Orange is astonishing. Roughly 300-thousand veterans have died from Agent Orange exposure -- that's almost five times as many as the 58-thousand who died in combat.

“Did it save lives? No doubt. Over there it did, but nobody knew it was going to be taking them later,” said Dan Stenvold, President of the North Dakota branch of the VVA.

The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) define Agent Orange as a highly toxic herbicide used by the U.S. military to kill vegetation during the Vietnam War.

Senator Delivered Speech on Senate Floor Last Week Kicking-Off Series to Recognize & Honor the Lives of 198 KIA/MIA Vietnam Servicemembers from ND

BISMARCK, N.D. – As part of her push to recognize North Dakota servicemembers who gave their lives in the Vietnam War, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today met with Bismarck High School students to discuss their new collaborative effort to gather information and stories of these fallen men in efforts to honor their sacrifice and service to our nation.

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