State Veterans Day Program Honors Vietnam Vets

November 12, 2017 10:28 AM

On Saturday, the Official State of Minnesota Veteran's Day program was held at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights.

This year, the program gave a special spotlight to the service of Vietnam Era veterans.

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Vietnam Veteran James Fischer said it was an honor to be recognized.

"It's been 50 years since we went through this war and the community has not forgotten about us," Fischer said.

Mike McElhiney is the chief of staff for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, which runs the states five veterans homes and assists Minnesota's 370,000 veterans and their families through programs and services.

McElhiney states more than 30 percent of Minnesota's veteran population is 65-years-old or older, and 25 percent are 75 or above.

"The biggest thing for our younger veterans is to get them home and re-integrated back into society," McElhiney said.  "We still have some issues with unemployment, but we see a lot of them taking advantage of their G.I. bills and other benefits for housing."

McElhiney explained on a state and local level there is constant work to be done on behalf of veterans.

"We still have troops in Afghanistan and deployed globally," he said. "Our mission is never going to stop."

 

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Cleo Greene

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