DAV Crow Wing County Chapter # 22

Welcome! to the Disabled American Veterans CrowWing County Chapter 22


                                     Crow Wing County Chapter 22

                                                          P.O. Box 85
                                            Brainerd, MN 56401

                        Commander: Dave Meyer

                       Adjutant: Tim Brastrup

       Meeting: 3rd Thursday of the Month - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
                                     VFW Post 1647
                                     South 6th St
                                      Brainerd MN 56401


                            The only handout a Veteran needs

             are other Veterans reaching out to help them.

 Crow Wing County Chapter # 22 is a community based Veterans Service Organization helping disabled, non-disabled veterans and families in the greater Brainerd Lakes Area. The chapter donates funds and provides assistance to worthy causes that directly affect the health and welfare of our nations military veterans. Chapter 22 and Auxiliary meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at the VFW Clubrooms in Brainerd MN. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. We welcome all service connected disabled veterans in Crow Wing/Cass county to join us.          ________________________________________________



          View the below articles on the NEWS and ACTIVITIES Page 


                                       Chapter 22 Monthly Meeting Minutes



                                                           THE CHAPTER MEETING MINUTES can be found on the

Chapter 22 Webpage







July 21, 2016

Brainerd VFW, Brainerd, MN

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  State officers for 2017-2018 

  • Ron Haugen, 3rd Junior Vice Commander
  • Wayne Patras, 4th Junior Vice Commander
  • Judge Advocate Van Karg, Hutchinson Chapter 37
  • Walter James, Chaplain

Keep checking http://www.davmn.org/ for updated news and events. 




DAV Crow Wing County Chapter 22 donated a Concept 2, model D, indoor rowing machine to the St. Cloud VA Health Care System to start a competitive indoor rowing team and encourage Veterans to improve their fitness and overall health with rowing.

The team originated in September in time for the Concept 2 Fall Challenge. With 395 teams and 4,645 participants in the challenge, the team took first place nationally in the “Medical Facility” Category.

Team members Brad Thom, VSO at St. Cloud VAMC; Michael J Rawlings, Team Captain and Senior-Vice Commander of DAV Chapter 22; and Leah Egan, Recreation Therapist, were part of the six-member team. James M. Kampsen was instrumental in getting the machine approved and placed, currently in the fitness clinic at the St. Cloud VA.

The St. Cloud VA Crew is looking for interested staff and Veterans to join the team for upcoming Challenges and the World Championships coming up in the spring. 15319287_1356679694366656_1782871110552206453_n

All interested should contact Leah Egan, (320) 252-1670, ext. 6180, leah.egan@va.gov, to get signed up for the Holiday Challenge.

Pictured left to right: Brad Thom, Veterans Service Officer, St. Cloud VAHCS; Michael J. Rawlings, Crew Team Captain and Senior Vice Commander DAV Crow Wing County Chapter 22; Leah Egan, Recreation Therapist, St. Cloud VAHCS; and James M. Kampsen, Chief of Voluntary Services, St. Cloud VAHCS. Not pictured: Team members William Goodmanson and Chad Scheltens

                             DAV Auxiliary Chapter 22  Information




DAV Auxiliary Chapter 22  Information and Meeting Minutes can be found on the News and Activities page



                                                    The Bulletin Board


                                   Current news and events for ALL Veterans



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Street address: Last 4 of your Social Security #: Home phone #:   
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P.O. box: City: State: ZIP Code:   
I understand that lunch is provided on the day of the event   Yes Do you receive care from the St. Cloud VA? Yes/No

If you answered no, which VA do you currently receive care at? I understand that Registration will be limited to a specific number of participants.
Event you are registering to participate in: 
(Each Veteran may only choose one event to participate it )   
 Badminton Weightlifting Horseshoes Billiards/Pool 1 Mile    Rowing
REMINDER: Registration is limited to a specific number of participants.   
What division of your event will you be participating in (Circle One)  
                                                                                            Wheelchair or  Ambulatory?     
Name of emergency contact: Relationship: Home phone no.: Work phone no.:   
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I understand that I am willingly participating in this event at my own risk.   
Veteran’s signature Date  



We will be playing 8 ball, following the World Pool-Billiard association rules and regulations 
1 mile Walk/Run

There will be a mile course around the new walking path that the Veteran will walk/run the course for time. 


Each match will consist of 1 game played against an opponent, the winner moves on to the next round.
Competition will be single elimination, so once you lose a match, you are out of the competition.
There will be a singles ambulatory and a singles wheel-chair division. There will be no separation of gender.
Scoring System
All games will be played to 21 points or 15 minutes in length, whichever comes first.
Every time there is a serve, there is a point scored.
The side winning a rally adds a point to its score.
At 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first, wins the game.
At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point, wins that game.
Singles and Serving
At the beginning of the game (0-0) and when the server’s score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When the server’s score is odd, the server serves from the left service court.
If the server wins a rally, the server scores a point and then serves again from the alternate service court.
If the receiver wins a rally, the receiver scores a point and becomes the new server. They serve from the appropriate service court – left if their score is odd, and right if it is even.
Weight lifting

Competitors will be bench pressing a barbell  with weight plates on each side.  Competitors will do 3 lifts reaching their maximum weight. Spotters will be on both sides of the barbell and in the middle to support the weight if the competitor cannot finish the lift. Divisions are separated by age and wheelchair/ambulatory. 

Rowing will be done on a stationary rowing machine. Veterans will Row 1000 meters for time.
Horse Shoes
A coin is tossed to decide who starts and thereafter the player to pitch first alternates with the end. The first player throws both horseshoes at the opposite stake one after the other. The second player then does the same thing. The score for the end is then calculated and the players play the next end by reversing direction and throwing at the other stake.
  Any horseshoe that is leaning against the stake is called a “leaner” will gain two points.  Any horseshoe that completely surrounds the stake is called a "ringer" and scores three points unless cancelled out by an opponent’s ringer.  If there is some doubt as to whether or not a horseshoe qualifies as a ringer, a straight edge should be placed against the open end of the horseshoe. If straight edge doesn't touch the stake, a ringer is scored. For such a simple game the scoring can seem complicated because of the way that ringers are cancelled out. To simplify this, the various options are listed below:
1. If no ringers are thrown, the nearest horseshoe to the stake counts one point.
2. If both players throw a single ringer each, the ringers are cancelled out and the nearest of the other two horseshoes scores one point. 
3. Should both players score two ringers each, they cancel each other out and no points are scored. 
4. If one player manages one ringer but the other player pitches two ringers, three points are scored.
5. If a single ringer has been scored that player wins three points plus an extra point if that player's other horseshoe is the closest of the remaining three. 
6. Finally, if a player achieves two ringers and the other player manages none, six points are scored.

The first team to reach 21 points wins the game or whoever has the most points at the end of the 15 minute time limit will win the game.
Note - shoes that lean against the stake are not counted nearer than any other shoe that touches the stake.

Contact Leah with any questions at 320-252-1670 Ext. 6180

    Re-Printed from the State Bill Tracker (Updated June 17, 2015)

2016 Minnesota Legislative Session Recap – Veterans-Related Legislation



Ch. 189, HF 2749


The Omnibus Supplemental Budget bill included 12 provisions of interest to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, including $845,000 worth of funding that will directly or indirectly benefit Veterans and their dependents through programs or studies, a major tax benefit to retired Veterans residing in the state, and policy initiatives including changes to the Veterans Preference Statute, Veteran-Owned small businesses, and a provision allowing for the creation of a Medal of Honor Memorial on the Capitol Grounds.

Military Pension Tax Subtraction

Included in the Supplemental Budget bill was the provision of a new income tax subtraction for military retirement pay. The new language amends Minnesota Statutes Chapter 290 which covers Income Taxes, specifically that Section defining items which shall be subtracted from federal taxable income. The language reads as follows:

"…to the extent included in federal taxable income, compensation received from a pension or other retirement pay from the federal government for service in the military, as computed under United States Code, title 10, sections 1401 to 1414, 1447 to 1455, and 12733."

Individuals, estates and trusts eligible for this subtraction from taxable income may include:

• Members of active components of the armed forces who have performed the required years of qualifying service

• Members of a reserve component, the National Guard, Army National Guard or Air National guard who have performed or were credited for the required years of qualifying service

• Eligible combat-related disabled uniformed services retirees

• Members retired under 10 U.S.C. Chapter 61 - Retirement or Separation for Physical Disability

• Individuals, including Surviving Spouses and/or Dependent Children, eligible for the federal Survivor Benefit Plan

The new subtraction for pension or other military retirement pay is effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.

Appropriations and Programming

Also included in this Omnibus bill are the following items of interest to Veterans:

• $50,000 (onetime appropriation) for AMPERS Veterans Voices programming (Public Broadcasting)

• $95,000 (onetime) for Veterans Voices (Minnesota Humanities Center)

• $100,000 (onetime) in rent subsidies for Veterans at Cottages of Anoka

2016 Minnesota Legislative Session Recap – Veterans-Related Legislation


• $200,000 (onetime) for "State Soldiers Assistance: Grants for Housing & Health Assistance"

• $150,000 (onetime) for Veterans Mental Health Study - Requires the Commissioner to study, quantify and describe unmet mental health needs among veterans

• $250,000 (onetime) for "Disabled Veterans Interim Housing Study" - Requires the Commissioner to study the feasibility of partnering with a non-profit organization to provide interim housing for disabled veterans.

• Minor changes to Veterans driver’s license designation language – allow for pictorial or symbol ("V") designation on DL’s

• Inclusion of Veteran-owned business in Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Board

• Changes to state procurement contracts to certified Veteran-owned small businesses (Businesses which are majority-owned and operated by Veterans).


"The commissioner may award a contract for goods, services, or construction directly to a veteran-owned small business without going through a competitive solicitation process up to a total contract award value, including extension options, of $25,000."

• Language allowing MDVA to solicit donations for the Medal of Honor Memorial on the Capitol grounds.

• Character development education curriculum in elementary, middle and high school programs incorporating the history and values of Medal of Honor recipients.


Changes to Veterans Preference

The following modifications were made to the Veterans Preference Act, Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 197.46:

• Increased parity in Veterans employed by county, home rule charter or statutory city, town, school district, or other municipality or political subdivision and state-employed Veterans

• Hearing request changed from 60 to 30 days to request a hearing to contest a notice of dismissal

• Inclusion of the selection of an arbitrator from the MN Bureau of Mediation Services in place of a three-person panel. Important for those locations where no civil service board or commission or merit system authority exists

• The creation of a probationary period following initial hire (where Veteran is not eligible for Vets Preference protections) in ‘non-state government’ political subdivisions

• Language defining who pays costs and attorney’s fees

"For disputes heard by a civil service board, commission or merit system authority, or an arbitrator, the governmental subdivisions shall bear all costs associated with the hearing but not including attorney fees for attorneys representing the veteran. If the veteran prevails in a dispute heard by a civil service board, commission or merit system authority, or an arbitrator and the

2016 Minnesota Legislative Session Recap – Veterans-Related Legislation


hearing reverses the level of the alleged incompetency or misconduct requiring discharge, the governmental subdivision shall pay the veteran's reasonable attorney fees."

Ch. 90, HF3252

Bill allowing certain military members, Veterans and their spouses to have the experience requirement for real estate broker’s license waived, if the licenses were cancelled due to their service.


  Re-Printed from the Federal Update for March 19 – April 1, 2016

Military Records/DD-214 Update Available Online It's official; DD-214s are NOW Online. Please pass on to other vets. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online: http://vetrecs.archives.gov or try http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records. This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files. Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time. [Source: Vet Council - St Johns Cnty FL | Michael Rothfeld | March15, 2016 ++]

Veteran ID Card Update Obtainment Options On July 20, 2015, the president signed into law the Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015. This act allows Veterans to apply for an identification card directly from VA. The VA identification card will allow Veterans to demonstrate proof of service for discounts at private restaurants and businesses. It should be noted that the identification card is different from a Veteran Health Identification card or a DoD Uniformed Services or retiree ID card. As such, the VA identification cards cannot be used as proof of eligibility to any federal benefits and does not grant access to military installations. When available, Veterans will be able to request an ID card from VA for a fee. VA is currently making plans to implement the new law in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible while protecting Veterans’ personal information. We estimate that VA will be able implement the program in 2017. The cost of each card has not yet been determined. In the meantime, Veterans who would like an identification card that displays their military service do not have to wait until VA implements the new law. You have several options: · You can access and print a free Veterans identification card through the joint VA/DoD web portal, eBenefits. This paper identification card serves as proof of honorable service in the Uniformed Services, as defined in laws about the Department of Defense (DoD). Veterans can get a free eBenefits account by going to https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage . · Your driver’s license or state identification card can carry a Veteran designation. This option is currently available in 49 states, along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. We expect the 50th state, Washington, to offer this service in August 2017. Veterans wanting more information should contact their state department of motor vehicles or state department of Veterans affairs at http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm · Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can obtain a free Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC). For more information, please go to http://www.va.gov/HEALTHBENEFITS/vhic/index.asp . · Veterans who have retired from military service can receive an identification card from DoD. For information on obtaining or renewing such a card, please contact your nearest DoD identification card facility. You can find the location of these facilities through this link: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/appj/site [Source: VAntage Point | March 24, 2016 ++]





                                                  OLD GLORY RUN

       The 8th annual Old Glory Run was held in Cold Spring, MN on Saturday May 16, 2015 

  The race has played a significant role in providing funds raised through this event to the MN Disabled American Veterans organization.  Proceeds of this event are used by the DAV of MN Foundation and have provided for new vans used by the DAV to transport area veterans in need of transportation to and from their VA medical appointments at the local VA Medical Centers . 


      DAV Crow Wing County Chapter22 Color Guard Members:  Mike Williams, Larry Christiansen, Tim Brastrup, Bob Jones and Commander Dave Meyer.


Tim Brastrup, Larry Christiansen, and Mike Williams, Congratulate a Veteran runner/walker at the finish line.


 Runners at the starting line.



                                       OLD GLORY RUN

       The 7th annual Old Glory Run was held in Cold Spring, MN on Saturday May 17, 2014.



                    DAV Crow Wing County Chapter 22 Color Guard Members with National Commander

                Joseph W. Johnston.



  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                    OLD GLORY RUN

  The 6th annual Old Glory Run was held in Cold Spring, MN on Saturday May 18, 2013. This event was first organized by local Cold Spring/St. Cloud area volunteers Curt and Pam Karls in 2007.  The race has played a significant role in providing funds raised through this event to the MN Disabled American Veterans organization.  Proceeds of this event are used by the DAV of MN Foundation and have provided for new vans used by the DAV to transport area veterans in need of transportation to and from their VA medical appointments at the local VA Medical Centers .

Pictured are members of DAV Crow Wing Co Chapter 22 Color Guard and the 2013-14 DAV of MN Department Commander Rob Hartley, 2012-13 Department Commander Bob Erickson and Staff from State DAV office.



  Wheel chair veterans and their attendants cross the finish line and receive medals from

 Dean Ascheman  DAV Foundation Chairman and State DAV Chaplin Donald Nesheim

                                                        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                       New  DAV Van

The New (used) DAV Van for transporting Veterans to the Brainerd VA Clinic (CBOC). Outreach is up to a 50 mile radius from Brainerd. Contact the Brainerd CBOC for ride information.Brainerd VA  Outpatient Clinic
  722 NW 7th Street
 Brainerd, MN 56401
 Phone:             (218) 855-1115      


          DAV Crow Wing County Chapter 22 Clothing Drive

On Going Clothing Drive 

Disabled American Veterans Clothing Drive:  Please support your local Chapter 22 of the Disabled American Veterans.  We are taking new and used clothing in our  clothing drive to raise funds. If you have clothing items left over from garage sales why not donate them to the DAV of Crow Wing County. All funds obtained from our clothing drive are used primarily for the disabled veterans, veterans, and veterans families in Crow Wing County and at the St Cloud VA Hospital. 

The chapter now have easy access drop off bins located at the following locations.
   VFW of Brainerd, left of the parking lot entrance to the club. The Baxter Liquor Store by Mills GM and the Pine River American Legion.
                   Look for the bright green bins              





 Agent Orange UPDATE

St. Cloud VA Crew rows to victory, and to better health!
The St. Cloud VA Crew (indoor rowing team) recently participated in the Concept 2 World Erg Challenge and we are proud to announce their achievements!
The Challenge is a month long competition from March 15 to April 15.  Over 4,000 people from 347 teams rowed and skied a total of 437,817,224 meters. 
In the Top Ten Team category for teams with 2 to 5 members, the St. Cloud VA Crew rowed 1,276,720 meters, placing them in the 8th position!
Within the Top Ten Adaptive Men category Michael J. Rawlings of the St. Cloud VA Crew rowed 751,236 meters, placing him in first place. Don Altrichter of the St. Cloud VA Crew rowed 466,677 meters, placing second overall!
In the Medical Facility Category the St. Cloud VA Crew placed third overall. In the Individual Board in the Medical Facility Category Rawlings and Altrichter placed first and second overall.
Congratulations to all team members who participated, including Michael J. Rawlings, Team Captain. Don Altrichter, Benjamin Weyers, Christopher Boucher, and Roger Talbot. 
The St. Cloud VA Crew is looking for interested parties who enjoy rowing and would like to contribute their meters to a winning team. The St. Cloud VA Crew, in its first year of competition took First Place in the Fall Challenge and now a Third Place in the World Challenge. June 21st beings a new competitive competition and we are excited to get more Veterans involved in our teams success and our chances against teams all over the world.


Sept 14, 2011


 Agent Orange updates
How to obtain your DD-214 online.

 date: October 13, 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, offset of pay for disability-based compensation

Click on to  News and Activities    for updated information



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