The Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota has established the Donor Connect Program to connect veterans and their families in need of used durable medical equipment with medical equipment donors. The goal of the program is to build better lives for all Minnesota veterans and/or family members.
I had a wonderful conversation yesterday with a representative from the American Red Cross who mistakenly had been telling people the Donor Connect Program accepted hospital beds. Just as a gentle reminder due to sanitary reasons Donor Connect is unable to accept hospital beds, commodes and personal care items as donations. I am always happy to give references for these types of items however! Yesterday I also was in contact with a Home Health Aid Training Center in Minneapolis who may be looking for a few electric hospital beds and other items for training of their staff. If you know of organizations in your area that are in need of personal care items (unopened adult incontinence items, diabetic supplies, liquid nutrition supplies etc.) please let me know so I can follow-up with them to see if I can use them as sources for people calling with them for donations.
I have received a number of responses from my requests for scooter batteries and have decided to hold off on requesting them at this point until I am able to track how many possible donations would require a new battery.
If you know of anyone who may benefit from the information in this email or donation list please feel free to share it or my contact information with them.
St. Cloud VA HSC
Subject: For Veterans, Guards, Reserves, Spouses of ALL branches of service
This event is for ALL branches of service. Please pass along to anyone else that you can think of. If you would like to have a resource table, please email Doug Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s hard to believe we are already into the second full week of August. Before long we will be dealing with that S stuff and I’m not referring about sunshine unfortunately. With the changing in seasons I am anticipating an increased need for mobility equipment such as scooters so Veterans and their families can safely ambulate with poorer weather which will increase the demand on vehicle lifts to transport these items.
I wanted to thank everyone who helped with the extra request sent out last week for a more specialized electric wheelchair for a Veteran suffering from Windswept Deformity even with DAV National Conference going on I was overwhelmed with offers, emails, calls and information from many people. I am happy to say as of Friday a wheelchair was found and pick-up arrangements were being made.
There is still a notable request for a handicapped vehicle, if anyone has information or another organization that may be able to assist this Veteran please let me know so I can pass the information along.
Our requested items list is starting to grow, which is not due to the lack of equipment but a noted increase in requests from all over the state due to an up-tic of equipment placements. Thank you CVSO Offices and BTYR for referring Veterans and their families to me!
Yesterday I received a call from the Scott County VSO office at 10:49am about a wife of a Veteran interested in donating a scooter and it was placed with a Veteran pending pick-up by 12:57pm. There have been 13 equipment placements just since July 25th and many connections made through referring Veterans to the DAV Chapters/Members who run their own programs if they are geographically closer to the requestor.
If you know of anyone who could benefit from the information listed in this email or know someone who would like to be added to the mailing list please feel free to forward it to them or have them get in touch with me to be added to the mailing list.
Have a phenomenal day!
- Stephanie Zeimetz
- St. Cloud VA HSC
- Donor Connect
Chapter 28 MN Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Olmsted County Veterans Services invites Women Veterans of Southern Minnesota to celebrate, laugh, learn, and enjoy the company of other Women Veterans! See PDF below for additional info.
First 100 Women Veteran registrants get a free T-shirt. Please include your shirt size with RSVP.
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.: Happy hour, appetizers, mingling
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
7 – 9 p.m.: Guest Speakers including Allison Gill
Canadian Honker Events at Kahler Apache
1517 16th ST SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Don’t forget to check-out our new Calendar of Events page.
We are reaching out to pass along our sponsorship information for our upcoming Disabled American Veterans of MN Annual Golf Classic on June 14 at “The Wilds” in Prior Lake. If you could push this information out to your BYRN networks it would be greatly appreciated. This event is one of our main contributors to filling a gap in veteran transportation to and from VA medical appointments. We are growing and expanding our reach across the state in order to reach more veterans. This would not be possible without the support of this event. Thank you for all you do in our MN communities to improve the lives of our veterans, service members, and their families.
All Veterans Career Fair for Veterans, National Guard and Reserve, and their Families
What: A free hiring event for Veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and spouses.
When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: 6155 Earle Brown Drive Minneapolis, MN 55430
There will be information on Job Opportunities, Continuing Education Opportunities, Business Ownership Opportunities. Please see attached PDF flyer for more information.
If anyone wants or knows of veterans who are interested in tickets for tomorrow (Friday, July 22) nights Lynx game, we still have tickets available. Just email with your request and I will get you the details!
Dave Wentzel email@example.com
Associate Executive Director – DAV Foundation