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Veterans honored during Veterans Awareness Week

Minot State University’s Veterans Center will recognize veterans during Veterans Awareness Week (Nov. 3-10). The center is bringing in speakers and representatives from veteran agencies and service organizations to share information with student-veterans.

“The Veterans Center is proud to coordinate Veterans Awareness Week to bring an awareness of, and appreciation for, the sacrifices our current and past armed services members made,” said Andy Heitkamp, Veterans Center director. “These sacrifices allow everyone to enjoy freedom in our everyday lives.”

Activities, on second floor of the Student Center unless designated otherwise, include:

  • Monday (Nov. 3), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Carol Crabbe, American Legion Auxiliary; Susan Ogurek, N.D. Job Service; and Mac McLeod, Minot Area Homeless Coalition.
  • Monday (Nov.3), 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Brenda Bergsrud, North Dakota Veterans Administration women and minority veterans coordinator, will speak about veteran federal and state benefits with specifics geared toward women and minorities in the Jones Room.
  • Tuesday (Nov. 4), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Erik Wall and Brandon Carrigan, N.D. National Guard.
  • Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Dale Braun, Disabled American Veterans and Ward County Veterans Service Office.
  • Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Janet Angell, Minot Vet Center.
  • Nov. 6, 1:30-3:30 p.m. — Kirsten Hanson and Amy Gunkelman, Veterans Administration in Fargo, will present “PTSD Training: helping student veterans with Post Traumatic Stress and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries Achieve Academic Success” in the Westlie Room. Hanson and Gunkelman will collaborate with Evelyn Klimpel, disability services coordinator.
  • Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Skip Gjerde, AMvets representative.
  • Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Kelli Weiand, military outreach specialist.
  • Nov. 10, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Nathan Paul Good Iron, Vietnam vet, will present “4 Generations of Warriors” in the Conference Center. In conjunction with Native American Celebration, Good Iron will speak on post-traumatic stress disorder and family tragedy.

For questions, contact Heitkamp at 858-4002 or

Published: 10/30/14

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