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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).

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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 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.”



Thanks for your interest in how Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund (V4V) is supporting veterans and their families. Visit this spot for monthly updates on grant awards and other V4V news.

2017 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded

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2016 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded

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V4V news release October 2016

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2015 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded

V4V news release March 2015

V4V news release July 2015

2014 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded 

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2013 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded

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V4V news release May 2013

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2012 V4V News Releases for Grants Awarded

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