On Member Monday we highlight our members involved in their communities. Today we highlight Lisa Miller, an active member of Minnesota Disabled American Veterans Anoka Chapter 39. Miller enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in June 1989. As a supply technician she advanced to the rank of senior airman, serving at McChord Air Force Base, Washington, Osan Air Base, South. Korea, and Bentwaters Air Base, England. She not only embraced the corps values of military service to include duty, honor and country, but at each base she was stationed, found herself actively involved in church support groups, volunteering her off-duty time assisting families facing hardships.
The senior airman was discharged from the Air Force in November 1992, returning state-side to care for a family member faced with a life-threatening medical condition. Lisa married and became the mother of two children, moving from base to base with her husband, still serving in the Air Force until his retirement in February 2006. She home-schooled her two sons from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade and became actively involved in homeschool support groups, church support groups, and youth sports programs, along with assisting families facing hardships.
A resident of Ramsey, Minnesota, Miller is passionate about providing recognition to those that have served their country. For the DAV she has served on a variety of Chapter committees and Chapter judge advocate, along with actively volunteering for numerous fundraising events, including the Annual MN Chapter 39 DAV Golf tournament, supporting area Veterans.
For the past two years, she headed up a campaign to present personalized screen-printed and embroidered blankets to Veterans now living in nursing homes within her DAV Chapter’s five-plus county area. Many of those Veterans served during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Even though the COVID-19 Pandemic, she worked with each facility’s director and recruited the help of fellow DAV members to safely and personally present the blankets to Veterans now residing in 25 congregate living facilities. Today her passion has grown not only to include honoring each Veteran she meets but their spouses and children as well. She has teamed up with a non-profit company to expand honoring Veterans and their family members with a personalized screen-printed blanket for years to come.