Veterans Affairs

Sen. Kevin Cramer champions a bill to lower veteran suicides

WASHINGTON – On Suicide Prevention Day, North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer introduces a bill to build on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ suicide prevention efforts. It’s called the VA Zero Suicide Demonstration Project Act. The Zero Suicide model aims to eliminate suicide through improvements in our health care systems. A companion bill was introduced in the House this year. A…

Fargo VA Working to Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255, Veteran's Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)

FARGO, N.D. — They’re the people who put their lives on the line to serve our country. It’s not uncommon for veterans to take their own lives when they come back home. In order for Keith Huff to do his job in Iraq, he had to change the way he thought about life. “I had to accept my own death. That…

North Dakota VFW Honors Longfellow Elementary Teacher With Award

Sally Hamilton was given the title "teacher of the year"

  FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s VFW is recognizing one Fargo teacher for showing students the importance of patriotism. Sally Hamilton was given the VFW Teacher of the Year award. She is a first grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary. She was nominated for the award after she took her first grade class to the VA to hand out Valentine’s Day cards….

Fargo Veteran’s Affairs Offers Helping Hand to Homeless Veterans

they offered all kinds of resources to help people get off the streets

FARGO, ND — Fargo’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center is trying to lower the number of homeless veterans throughout the F-M area. They provided resources to many of them at their Homeless Veterans Stand Down event. Veterans don’t always have it easy when they come back from overseas. “They face a lot of complex reentry issues and often times, they keep that…

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…

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…