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Over seven decades ago, young North Dakotans left farms, schools, and the comfort of home to defend freedom in unheard of locations around the globe. They saved the world, then came home to rebuild their lives, their state, and the nation.

Many of them have now lost the battle with time and we mourn each loss, but right now there is a quest to locate all WWII veterans still living in North Dakota for the Victory Roll Call, an historic roster or census to mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of the war.

Issues with concrete work and the shipment of engraved tablets set back the Stark County Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park two years.

Now, after many obstacles, a complete assemblage of the monument is scheduled to begin in the coming days.

“We are all going to be there with smiles on our faces and we will all be saying, ‘We didn’t believe it was possible but we did it,'” said Art Wanner, vice president of the Stark County Veterans Association.

Raymond Spicer enlisted in World War II at the Grand Forks Post Office in 1942.

On Wednesday, the World War II vets registered for the North Dakota Victory Roll Call workshop through the Grand Forks County Historical Society at the Myra Museum.

The Victory Roll Call is an effort to create a roster of WWII veterans who live in North Dakota as the number of veterans still living dwindles. The roster is being created to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

A Veteran of Desert storm,  who lives in Moorhead, says an added layer of Red Tape in the V-A System is creating headaches for her and fellow Veterans.

The "Veterans Choice Program" comes out of firestorm created when veterans had long wait lists and horrible customer service nationwide.

But with a private contractor running the program for the V-A there are kinks that are raising many people's blood pressure.

On Saturday, September 26th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM, a fundraiser for the WDAY Honor Flight will be held at Sunset Lanes Bowling Alley in Moorhead, MN.

Money raised goes toward the WDAY Honor Flight (http://wdayhonorflight.areavoices.com/). 

10 am-4 pm: Bowl 3 games for $10 ($5 goes directly to Honor Flight)

The Power of 1: Your actions could save a life

One small act can make a difference in the life of a Veteran in crisis.

FARGO -- A 94-year-old Fargo man and World War II Army veteran will soon descend with extended family on a tiny town in the western Arizona desert for an overdue dedication.

In the early 1940s, Henry "Hank" Leintz trained with the 748th Tank Battalion at the remote Camp Bouse on a top-secret war weapon--a lighting device affixed to tanks that were designed to temporarily blind and confuse the enemy.

This week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reached a historic milestone in its efforts to improve
the delivery of benefits and services to America’s Veterans, their families, and Survivors. The backlog of
disability claims (claims pending more than 125 days) is now below 100,000 – an 84-percent reduction
from its peak of 611,000 claims in March 2013 and the lowest ever in our history since we started
measuring the backlog in 2007. This dramatic reduction was achieved through the dedicated efforts of

The N.D. Veterans Affairs Commissioner Lonnie Wangen worked an agreement between ND Dept. of Veterans Affairs and the Bottineau County Veterans, Inc. on the disposition of a sub-receipt of the van under the transportation of Highly Rural Areas Grant Program.  The 2015 Dodge Handicap Van built by the Braun Corporation (Conversation).

Two female soldiers will graduate from the Army’s grueling Ranger School on Friday, becoming the first women to ever complete one of the U.S. military’s premier courses to develop elite fighters and leaders, Army officials said Monday night.

School is right around the corner which means it's time to get school supplies. The Family Assistance Centers will hold FREE school supply distribution events beginning August 17th until the supplies run out or school starts. The supplies will be available during the open hours of operation at the various locations.

All current and former service members are eligible to receive supplies.

Please contact your local Family Assistance Center for directions and hours.

WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing facility access for service animals.

A bill to allow post-9/11 vets to use their G.I. Bill benefits as collateral for business startups passed an important milestone in the Senate Wednesday with growing bipartisan support in Congress and the backing of major veteran organizations.

Life's a lot easier when you have a reliable mode of transportation.

VA today launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials and advance in civilian careers following separation from service.

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