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Book of 2017: Let’s Write a Good One



by Larry Zimmerman

Happy New Year everyone! We wish you a terrific 2017 filled with happiness and good fortune.

Brad Paisley once said, “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”

Let’s ensure that our 2017 book is not left blank! Let’s write a good one!

Our 2016 book was full of projects, accomplishments and stories. During 2016 we honored over 1,000 Korean War Veterans, we helped Vietnam War Veterans celebrate the tenth anniversary of the dedication of their memorial, participated in numerous welcome home and outreach events, and opened the doors to a new state-of-the-art veteran’s home. We partnered with the Department of the Military to create South Dakota Joining Forces; an initiative to grow community support for veterans, service members and their families. We improved veteran’s preference status, provided numerous training programs for our county and tribal veteran’s service officers, assisted incarcerated veterans, served on committees for Veterans Courts and increased the number of nursing home beds at the State Veterans Home. In addition, our staff worked closely with veterans to secure over $170 Million in compensation and pension benefits for veterans.

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