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North Dakota Veterans Gather at West Fargo VFW for 98th State Convention

The quartermaster general wants more veterans to get involved

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Veterans from across North Dakota are in West Fargo for the VFW State Convention. The convention includes socials and dinners, but also matters of business. There are administration and committee meetings to talk about plans and legislation that advocate for veterans. The VFW helps veterans work through the red tape at the VA and get claims filed….

Gov. Burgum Signs Immediate Changes To Medical Marijuana Program

Twelve conditions were added to the list of debilitating medical conditions including cancer

BISMARCK, ND — Some big changes have been implemented in North Dakota’s medical marijuana program. Twelve conditions were added to the list of debilitating medical conditions including cancer. A veteran receiving treatment from a federal VA entity may submit a copy of their medical records instead of getting a written certificate. Physician assistants can now complete a written certification. Those changes…

CNN: GOP Senate Candidates Rep. Kevin Cramer and Corey Stewart Sought Support of Anti-Gay Group

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two Republican Senate nominees sought and received the support of an anti-LGBT group that links homosexuality to pedophilia and defends conversion therapy. North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer and Virginia’s Corey Stewart who both won the Republican nomination in their respective states on Tuesday, filled out a “Senate Candidate Survey” for the group Public Advocate of the United States. The survey asks…

Fargo VA Hospital Allows Veterans to Show Off Their Artistic Talents

It was a part of the second annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival

FARGO, N.D. — Patients at the Fargo VA showed off their artistic skills at the second annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival. More than 50 pieces of artwork were on display including oil paintings, wood carvings and photography. Three professional judges critiqued each of the entries for composition, style and theme. The festival allows veterans a unique opportunity to express their…

Children of Vietnam Vets say Agent Orange Impacts Generations

Veterans and their children shared their stories at a town hall meeting at Elks Lodge in Fargo

FARGO, ND — Tears were shed at a town hall meeting in Fargo about the life changing effects of Agent Orange. Many children of Vietnam veterans spoke about how exposure to the chemical impacts multiple generations. Families of survivors are still looking for answers more than four decades after the Vietnam War. “So it was straight Agent Orange that I…

President Trump Signs Law for Major Reform at VA Hospitals

It also protects those who uncover misconduct and wrongdoing in the agency

NATIONAL — President Trump signed a bill into law that begins major reform at VA Hospitals across the country. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act gives VA leadership more power when it comes to firing employees at any level who are not up to standards. It also protects those who uncover misconduct and wrongdoing in the…

People “Walk and Roll” In Support of Veterans

This is the seventh annual VA2K Walk and Roll event for veterans

FARGO, ND — The Fargo community came out to support area veterans in need. The VA hosted the seventh annual VA2K Walk and Roll. The VA2K Walk is a national event that takes place at VA locations all across the country. In spite of the weather, turnout was high. “This year’s event has been significant,” said Rachel Mustachia of the…

Veterans Show Off Artwork at Fargo’s Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Veterans presented various works they've made through art therepy to help treat their post-traumatic stress

FARGO, N.D. — Post-traumatic stress disorder is all too common among veterans, but one way to ease some of the pain is through art therapy. Some local veterans who use this method showed off their best work at the Fargo VA Medical Center. More than 40 artists submitted about 70 pieces of artwork for this exhibition. The pieces fall under…

North Dakota Senators Address Veterans’ Issues

Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp visited the West Fargo VFW for their Mid-Winter Conference

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Both North Dakota senators were in West Fargo speaking to veterans at a VFW post for their mid–winter conference. There are multiple issues facing veterans these days including budget cuts, homelessness and unemployment, but Senator John Hoeven said North Dakota has made significant progress with veterans’ access to healthcare. “The VA healthcare system that exists here…