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St. Cloud VA celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month 2018 with events honoring Vete

November 1, 2018

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. VA facilities in communities across the nation take time to offer a special recognition of the significance of the U.S. participation in the ‘war to end all wars’. For 99 of the past 100 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on November 11 in the Great War – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. As first declared by the President last year, this year November again marks a month of recognizing our Veterans and their families in service to our country and communities.

Now in its second year, National Veterans and Military Families Month features more than 300 events at VA hospitals, benefits offices and cemeteries across the country, including:

• senior leader visits to VA facilities
• open houses
• town halls
• benefits claims clinics
• volunteer recognitions
• homeless Veteran initiative events
• suicide prevention events
• community events
• flag planting tributes at national cemeteries

To celebrate Veterans and Military Families Month locally, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System and community partners are offering the following events honoring Veterans and their families throughout the month of November:

Health Care Enrollment Fair in Madison
Thursday, Nov. 1, 4-7 p.m.
Madison Public Library
401 6th Avenue, Madison MN
Military service is valuable to the nation, and in return VA health care enrollment can provide a lifetime of valuable benefits to eligible Veterans and their families. Veterans living near Madison are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for or learn more about VA health care benefits.

Introduction to Whole Health
Friday, Nov. 2, Noon-2 p.m.
St. Cloud VA, Bldg. 28, Rm. 67
Veterans are invited to explore an innovative approach to improving health and treating chronic pain using alternative and complementary therapies as part of a new Whole Health program. The concept of Whole Health is to teach Veterans that they have the power to take charge of their life and involves the teaching and learning of different ways of dealing with pain and stress management that ultimately improves health and wellness.

Veterans Town Hall Meeting in St. Cloud
Monday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
St. Cloud VA, Auditorium (Bldg. 8)
Veterans served by the St. Cloud VA Health Care System are invited to participate in a town hall meeting. The town hall meeting is a public forum focusing on improving VA health care services and programs.
 
Mental Health Recovery Outreach Group
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5-6 p.m.
Good Earth Co-Op
2010 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud
This informal group meeting provides an opportunity for Veterans to hear stories of hope and inspiration from fellow Veterans about their mental health recovery. VA staff will be present to answer questions and provide information about the comprehensive mental health treatment programs at the St. Cloud VA. Open to Veterans and family members.

Recovery Night
Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
St. Cloud VA, Bldg. 8 (Auditorium)
Recovery Night features a resource fair as well as several Veterans sharing their stories of hope, success, resilience and recovery.

Coffee Talk
Friday, Nov. 9, 2-3:30 p.m.
St. Cloud VA, Bldg. 4, Rm. 114
Learn how to most effectively use VA systems of care. If you can’t come in person, dial-in via telephone at: 800-767-1750, participant code 11242#.  All Veterans are welcome.

Veterans Day Parade & Social
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 1 p.m.
The parade, hosted by the City of St. Cloud, St. Cloud Metropolitan Veterans Council and the St. Cloud VA, will start at the St. Cloud Public Library and travel to River’s Edge Convention Center. After the parade, there will be a “Thank You” Open House for participants and parade attendees alike at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Please plan to attend!

Veterans Day Concert
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 4 p.m.
Ritsche Auditorium, St. Cloud State University
The SCSU Wind Ensemble and Men’s Choir will perform music of our military’s past and present, award-winning music written for film, and a special tribute to our nation’s Veterans.

Vietnam Veteran Recognition Ceremony
Monday, Nov. 12, 10:25-11:30 a.m.
Rocori High School gymnasium
534 5th St. N., Cold Spring MN
The purpose of the ceremony is to publicly thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families. All Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the Vietnam War period, from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location, are invited to participate. No distinction is made between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period.

Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony
Monday, Nov. 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
St. Cloud VA, Auditorium (Bldg. 8)
The St. Cloud Metropolitan Veterans Council is sponsoring a Veterans Day program at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. A reception follows. Veterans, their families and members of the public are invited to attend.

Health Care Enrollment Fair in Montevideo
Saturday, Nov. 17, Noon-3 p.m.
Montevideo National Guard Armory
711 S 17th Street, Montevideo MN
Military service is valuable to the nation, and in return VA health care enrollment can provide a lifetime of valuable benefits to eligible Veterans and their families.
Veterans living near Montevideo are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for or learn more about VA health care benefits.

Introduction to Whole Health
Monday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-Noon
St. Cloud VA, Bldg. 4, Room 114
The St. Cloud VA is beginning a new approach to improving health and treating chronic pain by offering alternative and complementary therapies as part of a new Whole Health program.

Health Care Enrollment Fair in Benson
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 3 to 6 p.m.
Benson VFW Post 1403
1135 Pacific Avenue, Benson MN
Military service is valuable to the nation, and in return VA health care enrollment can provide a lifetime of valuable benefits to eligible Veterans and their families. Veterans living near Benson are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for or learn more about VA health care benefits.

Effective Communication for Caregivers
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2:30-4 p.m.
St. Cloud VA, Bldg. 48, Rm. 204
Caregivers of Veterans are invited to attend a workshop designed to improve Caregiver communication skills with care partners, loved ones, service providers, and medical professionals. Space is limited! Registration required. Contact: Jess Behrends, Caregiver Support Coordinator (320) 252-1670 ext 7283 or Jessica.behrends@va.gov

“At VA, Veterans and their families are at the center of everything we do. Veterans and Military Families Month is an opportunity for us to honor the service of these patriots while educating communities about VA benefits and services and our commitment to customer service improvement,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.

The full list of national events for Veterans and Military Families month is available at this link.