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 ST PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) today announced plans for construction of the first fixed dental clinic in the country on a State Veterans Home property. Through a unique public/private partnership with Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund (V4V) and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) of Minnesota Foundation, the Minneapolis Veterans Home will be able to better serve Veterans by providing critical restorative dental care and an enhanced focus on oral healthcare.
“This first-in-the nation partnership will help Minnesota Veterans access high quality dental care,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “I thank Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation for their commitment to Minnesota Veterans and their families. Veterans make great sacrifices on behalf of our state and nation. This unique partnership will connect them with the care they need.”
MDVA received three major grants for this project, including $100,000 from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, $60,000 from V4V, and $50,000 from the DAV of Minnesota Foundation. Conversations began last year with the foundation and Dr. Bruce Templeton, the Minneapolis VA Health Care System Dental Chief. After hearing about the plans for their innovative solution, both V4V and the DAV also pledged financial support. Construction is expected to begin immediately, with completion estimated in the spring of 2018.
“When it comes to serving Veterans, I am continually inspired by the dedication of the leaders and staff on my team – and by the commitment from our partners. When we work together, all Veterans win,” said Larry Shellito, MDVA Commissioner. “This new dental clinic will bring more comprehensive oral health care right to our Veterans most in need.”
In the skilled nursing setting, most models, including the Minneapolis Veterans Home, rely on mobile clinic dentistry programs to provide care. Challenges with mobile clinics include limited procedures, cost and time for setup and teardown, adequate space, durability of equipment and infection control. This innovative program will address all of those challenges and more, including a special focus on an interdisciplinary team approach to oral health care, serving Veterans Homes Residents in a familiar environment with staff support, specialized equipment that better serves those with cognitive impairments and physical disabilities, and a dental staff with expertise in dementia care and challenging behaviors.
“Meeting those in need where they are is a crucial factor in expanding access to oral health care across Minnesota, “said Joseph Lally, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. “Because it can be difficult for this population to get to a dentist, we partnered with the Veterans Home to bring dentists to their Residents. We are pleased to help establish this firstof-its-kind fixed dental clinic, which will provide quality dental care to so many Minnesota Veterans who have served our country.”
A very small portion of Veterans are eligible for dental benefits through the VA Health Care System due to strict eligibility criteria. Veterans must be 100% service connected disabled through the Department of Veterans Affairs, or have a documented dental injury from their time in service. Because of the significant private pay cost, most Veterans who reside at the Minneapolis Veterans Home rely on other benefits or privately pay for dental services

The Brown County Veterans Service received their new van of which V4V supplied a donation of $4000.00 to help top off Brown County CVSO Greg Peterson’s capital campaign to purchase a replacement van.  The van is now on the road making patient runs to the Minneapolis Veterans Hospital on a daily basis.

Grantee: MACVSO
Program Description: The Minnesota Association of County Veteran Service Officers received a grant of $25,000 to kick-start a program that will help Minnesota veterans in rural northwestern Minnesota get transportation to their nearest VA Hospital. There are many veterans in need in this area, and MACVSO has successfully partnered with other veteran-serving organizations, like the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota, to get this venture off the ground. Read the complete news release about this program.
Focus Areas: Health Care, Social/Human Services

Grantee: Minnesota Military Museum
Program Description: The Minnesota Military Museum was granted $15,000 to fund an awareness campaign to increase the visibility and use of the museum. Read the complete press release.
Focus Areas: Education, Outreach

Grantee Testimonials

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

Homeless veteran with backpack.

A Minnesota veteran who has received help from MAC-V.

“V4V has been a key supporter of our organization, funding gaps in services to homeless and in crisis veterans and their families. This is funding we are able to use statewide and to use as leverage for other contributions.

“The support and partnership from V4V is critical to us to meet the ongoing needs of these veterans in our state. We can’t thank them enough for their passion and commitment to our mission.”

Kathleen A. Vitalis
President/CEO
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans

A disabled veteran hunter on a cool looking all terrain wheelchair.

An example of equipment bought thanks to V4V support.

Midwest Outdoors Unlimited

“I would like to thank V4V for the very large donations over the past few years! It has had a tremendous impact on our organization. We have used the equipment you have helped purchase to expand our quality and quantity of events.

“Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to provide services to some disabled veterans that we simply did not have the equipment to accommodate before. Thank you again.”

Ron Welle
CEO

 

 

Veterans Advocate Gabriel Jabbour of Orono, MN was honored earlier today when Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed August 30, 2017 to be Gabriel Jabbour Day across the state.

Jabbour received this honor for his many years of support to our state’s veterans.
Jabbour was honored at the monthly meeting of MN Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund (V4V) in Chaska, MN. Jabbour received his proclamation from Retired Major General Larry Shellito who currently serves as the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA).

Look at this article for the complete story:

http://www.swnewsmedia.com/lakeshore_weekly/news/local/veterans-make-excursion-to-big-island/article_3a6036ed-5d54-5390-937d-b6df207a5259.html 

V4V check presented

VFW V4V Board members Jerry Tews and Tom Tweet presented  a $15,000.00 grant  to Bridget Cronin, CEO/Board member, ARS Bellum Foundation for  “Springboard for the Arts” a curriculum that works with veterans and their families who are struggling with PTSD and related mental health problems due to their service time. This grant was awarded for this most excellent program for veterans and their families in need of help.

Sue Register representing the Hastings Veterans Home receiving a $25,000.00 check from the V4V Trust fund for assisting in the purchase of a new bus to transport veterans home members to their appointments.  Pictured with Ms Register is MN Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner, Larry Shellito, Board Members, Bill Cochrane, representing the MOPH and Jerry Tews, representing the VFW.

A grant for $20,000.00 was awarded to Vine.  The money for this grant will be used for older veterans their spouses and widows with wrap around services:  Transportation, peer mentoring and friendly visits, meals on wheels, caregiver support, adult day respite program and in home volunteer respites to name a few activities. They also include social activities, day trips throughout the state visiting tours, exhibitions, theaters etc

Middle River Veterans Outdoors Inc. A grant request for $5,000.00 was awarded. The primary objectives of this grant is to support the programs that provide outdoor recreation e.g. hunting and fishing activities at no cost to veterans that might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so because of age, physical, or financial issues.

 

LAKE DAY THANK YOU TO AREA VETERANS 

 

 

 

 

 

LAKE JEFFERSONAs his pontoon ride took off from the dock at Lake Jefferson Tuesday, a gentleman on board started singing “Anchors Aweigh.” A fitting tune given the passengers, a group of military veterans — some who served in the Navy — and their spouses gathering for a day at the lake.  The VINE Adult Community Center organized the veteran outing thanks in part to $20,000 worth of grant funding from the Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund. The money will be put toward social opportunities for veterans, with Tuesday being the first in a succession of planned outings.

Mary O’Sullivan, VINE’s education coordinator, said the organization has offered the day at the lake to members in the past. The grant prompted them to provide it to veterans.

“It’s socialization and it’s having the opportunity to enjoy Minnesota’s finest season at a lovely lake home,” O’Sullivan said of the day.

Mark and Jennifer Frost provided the lake home and boat. Before captaining the pontoon, Mark Frost said the day is meant to be a thank you to the veterans.

“I’m not a vet myself, but I love the idea that these people put their lives on the line and did something for us and we’ve been able to do something like this,” he said.

Fittingly, a couple of the Navy veterans were among the first on the boat. Arnie Ranum served between 1961 and 1966, and said he appreciated getting together with people who shared similar experiences.

“We’ve all got something in common,” he said. “We’ll probably share stories.”

The stories tend to get exaggerated over time, joked Dwain Petersen, the Navy veteran who started the song on the boat.

“The sea stories just get better every time they’re told,” he said. “They’re like fish stories.”

Petersen, who joined the Navy in 1952, said events like the day at the lake make him feel well taken care of as a veteran in the Mankato area.

Jim Amlie, an Army veteran, and wife, Beth, are no strangers to VINE. The Army vet goes to VINE’s respite care twice per week. The two live on a lake, but said they appreciated the chance to meet other families at Lake Jefferson.

They hoped the event could be offered in future years. O’Sullivan said she hopes the veterans lake day does become an annual affair with food and transportation covered by the grant.

Frost said his family certainly enjoys hosting. His father and two brothers all served in the military, but honoring other veterans as well is well worth it, he said. 

“You can’t say thanks enough to these folks,” Frost said of the group. “They’re great people.”

 

EveryThirdSaturday Inc: The grant for $20,000.00 to be used to establish programs for homeless veterans and their families which are not currently available in the Twin Cities area. They distribute necessary items e.g. clothing hygiene kits, sleeping bags, boots etc. to hundreds of homeless veterans. The objectives of this organization is to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of homeless veterans and their families. The Board was very impressed with this program that was presented to the Board and was approved for $20,000.00 The photos below is the gathering at EveryThirdThursday’s office for the presentation of the grant request of $20,000.00

 

2017 V4V News Releases for Grants

 

Awarded

V4V news release February 2017

V4V news release March 2017  

V4V news release April 2017

V4V news release June 2017

V4V news release Twins game attendants

V4V news release July 2017

 

2016 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded

V4V news release Twins game attendants

V4V news release October 2016

V4V news release Hastings Bus

2015 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded

V4V news release March 2015

V4V news release July 2015

2014 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded 

news release NW MN Transportation Program

V4V news release Allina Health

V4V news release 4 grants

V4V news release Ironwood Springs

V4V news release veterans Van

2013 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded

news release NW MN Transportation Program

V4V news release 01032013

V4V news release May 2013

V4V news release Military Museum grant

V4V news release over one million in grants

V4V news release September 2013 Salvation Army

V4V news release van grant to NW MN (1)

V4V news release veterans Van

2012 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded

V4V News Release 12172012

V4VNews release MACV grant

 

 

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