This year’s DAV Forget-Me-Not fundraising drive will be Sept. 18th, 19th and 20th.  DAV Chapter and Unit members will be manning collection buckets throughout their five-plus county area.   For those not leaving home during the pandemic and wish to make a donation for this year’s Drive you can make a check payable to “DAV # 39” and in the memo area write “Forget-Me-Not 2020,” and mail to Scott Berndt, DAV Chapter 39, 3443 136th Ave. NW, Andover, MN 55304.


Today, Friday, September 11, we pause to remember an attack that took the lives of nearly 3,000 lives at the World Trade Center, Shanksville, PA., and the Pentagon. Evil struck, but it did not shake our strength, resolve, and unbreakable spirit. For the next two nights, lights will illuminate the World Trade Center, Flight 93 Tower of Voices, and Pentagon 9-11 memorials as a tribute to those that lost their lives. Flags should be flown at half-staff (or a black ribbon attached to the upper staff for stationary flags) to honor those lost


DAV kicked off their centennial celebration by issuing a challenge to EVERYONE for the year 2020. To commemorate 100 years of DAV keeping the promise to America’s Veterans, they call on individuals, companies, schools, clubs, DAV chapters, auxiliary units and members, as well as our fellow organizations, to conduct 100 Acts of Honor in the name of Veterans. No act is too big or too small when it comes to honoring the men and women who’ve served. Be sure to share your act of honor on social media, tag DAV and use the hashtag #100ActsofHonor. This will ensure your actions are recognized and counted towards our goal. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) here in Minnesota certainly stepped up to the plate to contribute to #100ActsOfHonor. “This past spring our group had the opportunity to work with the Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity organization who build houses for low-income Veterans,” shares Travis Rust, a member of Minnesota DAV Chapter 39. Rust, a disabled Marine Corps Veteran and president of the Veterans Committee for IBEW Local Union 292 said, “The Veterans Committee was able to assemble a small working party during the Covid-19 restrictions to wire the Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build in Sauk Rapids.” “The house has a two-car attached garage, three bedrooms upstairs and one master bedroom on the main floor. All doors are wide enough for wheelchair access and the bathroom on the main floor is handicap accessible. Every Veterans home built gets a flagpole mounted in the front yard with permanent wiring, so the stars and stripes remain well-lit in the evenings,” said Rust. “We appreciate the opportunity to help a Veteran in need and look forward to doing more in the future. We would also like to thank Erickson Electric for donating the material, tools, and getting the permit for the build.”
“Low-income Veterans in need of a home can apply by contacting Jessica Dahl at the Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity office by writing Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity, 3335 West Saint Germain Street, Suite 108, Saint Cloud, MN 56301 or email You can also find us on Facebook at IBEW Veterans Committee Local 292.”
L to R: IBEW Local 292 Veterans Travis Rust, Scott Crawford, Joe Carlson, Matt Marthaler and Kirk Marthaler.


MN DAV Chapter 39 will meet on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 PM at the VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Wear of protective mask and/or face shield REQUIRED throughout the meeting. Please maintain social distancing and seating is limited to no more than 3 per table. With fund-raising event limitations this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLEASE consider signing up for the Forget-Me-Not drive which will be held at multiple locations on Sept 18, 19 and 20. We will discuss the possibility of utilizing Zoom as an option for members to participate in future meetings perhaps as soon as October.


Suicide is a national public health concern that affects all Americans. September is Suicide Prevention Month, a national month-long initiative originated by VA to amplify awareness around suicide prevention and connect Veterans and their supporters with the resources they need.  Suicide is preventable.  Be There emphasizes the role each person plays in preventing Veteran suicide, inspiring hope and action among audiences by encouraging each of them to Be There (even in small ways) to support Veterans, throughout Suicide Prevention Month and each month after. If someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive free, confidential support and crisis intervention available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, text 838255, or chat online at  Individuals and organizations can learn more at


Congratulations MN DAV Anoka Chapter 39 newly elected officers. MN DAV Commander, Scott Berndt, led the new officers in the oath of office on Thursday, August 13, during the first meeting since March, due to the COVID 19 pandemic. (L to R) Scott Berndt, Chaplin Dan Lynch, Judge Advocate Lisa Miller, Treasurer Michael Stenquist (not in photo), Junior Vice Commander William Gordon, Senior Vice Commander Jim Gray, and Commander Terry Plaster. “Thank you to our previously serving officers,” said Terry Plaster who concluded the meeting with the rap of the gavel presented by the outgoing Commander Paul Kampa (serving two terms).


MN DAV Chapter 39 will meet on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Agenda includes election of Chapter officers. Social distancing will be enforced with no more than 3 per table seating and wear of mask. Forget-Me-Not drive this September IS IN NEED OF VOLUTEERS. Let us know if you can help with this major fundraiser at this meeting or call 763-245-2585. County Market bagging fund drive in September has been cancelled and the Chapter/Unit Picnic has been cancelled as well. Clothing drive is making a slow comeback with collection bins returning to 6 locations in Andover and Ramsey. Fall Conference in Fergus Falls is still pending.


Since March MN DAV Anoka Chapter 39 and Auxiliary Unit 39’s support to area veterans within our five-plus county area has been restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Some of our members have been busy making facemasks for staff and patients of VA hospitals and some of us, within safety guidelines, have been visiting and supporting veterans at congregate living facilities.  As we approach August we still have no outlet to unload clothing, shoes and small household items so our residential collection services and clothing drives remain on hold and the return of DAV collection bins is unknown at this time. As some of the second hand stores begin to open and accept donations, we would appreciate saving one or two bags of household items for clothing drives and collection bins HOPEFULLY by the Fall of this year.  In the spirit of DAV’s Centennial Celebration theme, #100 Acts of Honor, many of chapter and auxiliary members will continue personal acts of support for our local veterans in need.  DAV challenges every member of the community, to do the same.   Learn more at


70 years ago, on June 25, 1950, the Korean War began. More than two million Veterans served in places like Pork Chop Hill and the Chosin Reservoir. More than 36,000 gave their lives, over 100,000 were wounded and more than 7,000 were captured. Today, South Korea is a thriving society. We honor the brave men and women Veterans who served our nation. Visit the U.S. Army Center of Military History’s Korean War 70th Commemorative website at…/bo…/resmat/korea/intro/index.html