Happy Leap Year.  Today, Feb. 29, 2020 we salute a former Green Beret who jumped on D-Day anniversary, celebrating his 100th birthday in Sept. 2018.  Blowing-out 100 candles wasn’t good enough for Polito “Paul” Olivas, a 30-year #Army #Veteran whose career took him through World War II, Korea and Vietnam Wars.  #KeepThePromise


#100ActsOfHonor … DAV is kicking off our centennial celebration by issuing a challenge to EVERYONE. To commemorate 100 years of DAV keeping the promise to America’s veterans, we call on individuals, companies, schools, clubs, our chapters 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. What counts as an act of honor? You can clean up a community veterans memorial or place flags at a veterans cemetery, help a local vet with some home improvements, or simply help them take out the trash! Maybe you’re able to visit a veteran in the hospital or a nursing home, and give them someone to talk to. Your class could raise the flag at school and recite the pledge of allegiance. You could even register at ‪volunteerforveterans.org and become a DAV volunteer. Sign up to be a volunteer driver, and help veterans reach the medical care they so desperately need, deserve and earned. These are just suggestions. The sky is the limit, and we can’t wait to see the creative ideas you come up with during DAV’s 100 Acts of Honor Challenge! Remember to share your activity on social media, tag us and use the hashtag #100ActsofHonor. You can also email us at voluntaryservices@dav.org.  Find out more about the DAV Centennial at https://www.dav.org/centennial.

Thank you, for honoring America’s heroe


The MN DAV Chapter 39 Golf Tournament date has been set for July 9, 2020 to be held again at the Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove, MN.  Tournament kicks off with a military presentation and flag raising ceremony at noon with tournament beginning at 12:15pm.  Players and Sponsorship can contact the new chairman of the golf committee, Terry Plaster by calling him at (763) 413-2832 or email plaster55304@msn.com Special thanks to Terry and all the volunteers who’ll meet on a regular basis throughout the year to make this one of the most successful annual fundraising events of the year. #100ActsOfHonor


MN DAV Anoka Chapter 39 and Auxiliary Unit 39 celebrated another successful year in supporting our area veterans at the annual holiday dinner in Andover. Outstanding members were recognized and an announcement made to reach out to fellow disabled veterans and family members to make them aware of membership benefits and opportunities to support veterans within the Chapter and Unit’s five-plus county area. Chapter Commander, Paul Kampa, wished members and the many supporters of fund-raising events this year, “A Safe and Happy Holiday.”


MN DAV Chapter 39 members Ken Plant, Lisa Miller, and Bill Gordon present embroidered blankets on Dec. 4 to WWII, Korea, and Vietnam War-era veterans at Crest View in Columbia Heights, MN.  According to Lisa, an Air Force veteran, visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities began in September and will extend throughout the holidays to honor each man and woman who has served our Country within the Chapter’s five-plus county area.


Robert (Bob) Henry Bormes, Sr., age 92, died November 22, 2019.   A member of MN DAV Chapter 39 for almost 75 years, Bob was a World War II Veteran who served in the US Navy in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Ingersoll.  A loving husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather and great- great-grandfather whose faith in his Lord and Savior was witnessed by all. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Darlene (Liestman) Bormes; son, Robert Dale Bormes; daughter-in-law, Vicki (Smith) Bormes; parents, Richard & Bessie (Luther) Bormes; brother, Richard Bormes; and sister, Beverly Skaj. Survived by daughter-in-law, Shirley; daughter, Karen (David) Hansen; son, Gary (Ann); son, David (Carlene); son, Mark (Julie); daughter, Pamela (Michael) Theisen; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 AM followed by Celebration of Life service at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Pine Grove Bible Church, 4000 101st Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 (763) 493-4158.   In lieu of flowers, memorials to DAV Chapter 39, Coon Rapids VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55433 or to Minnesota State Conference (Long Lake Bible Camp) Attn: Gaye Wood, 310 East 20th Street, Litchfield, MN 55355. Interment service at Fort Snelling on December 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM.