veterans

Traveling Exhibit at DWU Honors Native Veterans

MITCHELL, S.D.-   Even with all of the celebrations and acknowledgment of veterans on Veteran’s Day, there’s one group of people who are often forgotten about. So a traveling exhibition has been set up on the Dakota Wesleyan University campus in Mitchell to keep people informed about their service. More Native Americans per capita have served in the U.S.military than…

Someone You Should Know: New Colman Veterans Memorial Park Organizer

Colman Community Support

COLMAN, S.D. – In Colman, a small town of fewer than 600 people, there is something new going on. Leaders have organized the construction of a veteran’s memorial park. The monument stones and statues are in place, but it’s not quite finished. The man spearheading the project is no stranger to being in charge. “We’ve had a lot of people…

Supporting Area Veterans with Military Carnival and Resource Fair

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It’s likely that you or someone you know has a military connection. One Sioux Falls organization is hoping to better serve those who have served our country. The Community Action for Veterans group hosted its first Military Family Carnival and resource fair Friday night. Events ranged from games to informational booths plus a talk by South…

Noem Sees Hot Springs as Vacation Destination for Veterans

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Gov.-elect Kristi Noem wants to make Hot Springs a vacation destination for military veterans from across the country. Noem while serving in Congress helped save the Veterans Affairs health care campus in Hot Springs from closure. The Rapid City Journal reports that Noem broached her idea during a postelection rally in Rapid City the day…

George Hendrickson: From Advocate to Candidate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- George Hendrickson spent years appealing to the South Dakota State Legislature. After feeling like his concerns weren’t being heard, he decided to run for U.S. House and be the voice for South Dakota. Hendrickson has worn many hats. He was a police officer, owned his own construction business and was an insurance agent. Now he owns his…

State Veterans Cemetery is One Step Closer to Breaking Ground

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sioux Falls City Council members are working to donate land for a new state veterans cemetery. After the first round of voting tonight area veterans and their families are one step closer to having a proper burial site in eastern South Dakota. Nearly 50 acres in northeast Sioux Falls passed a first round of voting unanimously by…

Ensuring Everyone Can Get Out and Enjoy the Hunt

The Flandreau-based wildlife refuge offering those with disabilities a chance to be in the field

The weather should be almost perfect for a group of hunters set to head out Saturday morning, into a private wildlife preserve just north of Flandreau. Even if the conditions are a little rough, the opportunity is still very exciting for the group of 18 hunters and the volunteers that will be going with them, because getting out into the…

Wounded Veterans Fundraiser Held in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sioux Falls shoppers might notice a little more purple when they hit the grocery store on August 11th. Folks with the Military Order of the Purple Heart will have booths at each Hyvee location and the Walmart on 60th Street North. The organization supports wounded war veterans around the country. The Sioux Falls chapter is raising money…

New Teletype Machines Coming Online for Deaf and Blind Veterans

OMAHA, Neb. – The health care system for Nebraska and western Iowa veterans has ordered teletype machines so deaf or blind veterans can contact the Veterans Affairs Department. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the VA’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System said last week that it’s ordered some of the machines. One will go in the lobby of the VA hospital…

South Dakota Veterans Honored With New Commemorative Coin

South Dakota World War II Vets To Receive Special Coin

South Dakota World War Two veterans are getting another citation, a colorful commemorative coin that says, “South Dakota Thanks the Greatest Generation.” American Legion Post 15 in Sioux Falls will host an award ceremony on July 25 for all South Dakota World War Two veterans and their guests. TheSecretary of the State Department of Veterans Affairs, Larry Zimmerman, will deliver…

Korean War Veteran Awarded Purple Heart In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Senator John Thune awarded a Korean War Veteran with a purple heart today. 91-year-old Eugene Coyle was awarded with the purple heart at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.  He says even though the war wasn’t considered “the big one,” the Korean war felt just as significant. “I wasn’t in the big one. If you was…

Warriors Never Give Up Aims to Get Veterans Outdoors

Healing service members physically, emotionally, and spiritually is the Brandon organization's goal

Troy Miller, a West Point graduate, and Army veteran had heard about the organization Warriors Never Give Up through Archery Outfitters. Earlier this year, he made contact with one of the co-founders and took part in a fishing event at Dry Lake #2. Ever since then he’s been hooked and wanting to do more both with and for the organization. He…

Why Sanford Health is Launching New Veterans Program

Details of a new GAO report further proof additional care programs are needed

On a day the Government Accountability Office hears details of why the Department of Veterans Affairs is failing to report 90 percent of poor-performing doctors to national and state databases, a local veteran tells KDLT news that he’s incredibly grateful for a new program being launched by Sanford Health for veterans. “It’s long overdue,” he said. Sanford Health announced earlier…

Mitchell Girl Scouts Honor Fallen Veterans

MITCHELL, S.D. – Girl Scouts in Mitchell are helping honor fallen U.S. Veterans laid to rest. The Girl Scout troop raised more than $5,500 to purchase headstone foundations for three veterans. The project was a partnership between the troop and the Davison County Veteran Services office. The headstones will honor Veterans of the Spanish American war, Korean war and World…

Veteran Honors Fellow Vets with Free Flags and Flagpoles

HARTFORD, S.D.-An Alabama non-profit organization honored two Hartford Vietnam veterans Saturday for their service to the country by giving them a patriotic gift. The gift is part of the organization’s mission to thank service men and women for their sacrifice. It’s a sight you can’t miss at the backyard of Mike Fitzmaurice. The American flag standing tall and waving proudly….

Sanford Health Creates Veterans’ Department

Goal is to help streamline care and services for those who have served.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health has announced the launch of a new department to help streamline care for veterans, military personnel and their families across the health system’s region. Paul Weckman, a veteran who held several leadership positions during his more than 26 years of distinguished active duty service in the U.S. Navy, will lead the department.    “The support…