PEARL HARBOR DAY

On December 7, 1941, at precisely 7:48 a.m., the first of 353 Japanese warplanes – complete with fighters, bombers, and torpedo bombers (launched from six aircraft carriers) unleashed a sudden attack against American forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack ended with 2,402 Americans killed and 18 ships either sunk, damaged, or run aground. 

NOV. 25TH IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY

Historically, Native Americans have served alongside American service members in every major conflict in our nation’s history. Today, on Native American Heritage Day, we recognize the contributions the first Americans have made defending our nation.  Learn more about the legacy of Native Americans and their contributions the U.S. Army and Army Reserve at https://www.army.mil/nativeamericans/

247TH MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY

Today, on 10 November, Marines celebrate the founding of the Marine Corps 247 years ago. Not the case for our Chapter webmaster, as he’ll be spending the day at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center to resolve some post-op issues. He confirmed, however, that he WILL be celebrating tomorrow, on Veterans Day, by participating for a third year in the DAV 5K Ken Plant – Fundraising For Disabled American Veterans (dav.org)

NOVEMBER 2022 MEETING

MN DAV Chapter 39 and Auxiliary Unit 39 will conduct their final meetings this year on Thurs., Nov. 10, at 6:30 PM in the meeting rooms of the VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55433.  If you don’t feel well, please stay home as there is nothing more important than your health and the health of your fellow members. 

Topics for the meeting include Holiday Gift Card Mailings for needy Veterans as identified by County Veteran Service Officers within the Chapter’s five-county area.  If you know of a Veteran, Veteran Family, or Spouse of a deceased Veteran, contact the Chapter Adjutant, Scott Berndt at (763) 427-3544, to have them added to the gift card mailings which will occur in the months of November and December.  The Unit is looking for baked items and homemade crafts for their upcoming Holiday Bake Sale to be held on December 8th, at the Anoka County Court House, 2100 3rd Ave., Anoka, MN 55303.  Chapter and Unit members are needed to help with the sale of baked goods and crafts.  Call Nancy Berndt at (763) 427-3544 to volunteer.

Happy 247th Birthday to all our Marine Corps members and check the MN DAV Chapter Website and Facebook Page for local and national Veterans Day celebrations https://www.facebook.com/MNDAVAnokaChapter39

A reminder that there are no December meetings. 

VETERANS DAY 2022

The official State of Minnesota Veterans Day will be back in person this year at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights located at 8055 Barbara Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077.  The event will kick off with a free community breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m.  The official program will start at 10 a.m. featuring remarks from MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke and elected officials.

SCAMS ON INCREASE RELATED TO PACT ACT

Scammers are taking advantage of new opportunities to commit fraud. There’s been an increase in PACT Act-related phishing (email), vishing (phone), and social media scams targeting Veterans to access their PACT Act benefits or submit claims on their behalf.  Veterans should be cautious of anyone who guarantees a lucrative financial benefit or service. To report suspected fraudulent activity, please contact vaoighotline@va.gov or call (800) 488-8244.  More information at https://news.va.gov/107732/be-vigilant-of-pact-act-scammers/ Protect yourself against new scams and scammers with these tips:

Do not provide personal, benefits, medical, or financial details online or over the phone.

Federal agencies will not contact you unless you make a request.

Do not click on online ads or engage with social media that seem suspicious.

Check for “https://” at the start of website addresses.

Enable multi-factor authentication on all accounts.

Work with Veteran service providers you already know.

Submit any suspected fraud to https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/

If you need help applying for benefits, VA, accredited representatives, and Veteran Service Officers are always standing by and ready to help. There’s no cost for the forms, no fees to apply, and VA will never charge Veterans for processing a claim.   

NATIONAL EMERGENCY NURSES DAY

National Emergency Nurses Week is from October 9-15 and today, Oct. 12, is Emergency Nurses Day. Celebrated the second Wednesday of each year the Disabled American Veterans recognizes these hard-working professionals for their dedication, service and commitment to their patients and families. They work hard to put us at ease and eliminate pain and discomfort. Today is a day to let them know just how important they are in keeping both military, VA, and civilian hospitals running smoothly. #NationalEmergencyNursesDay