Past department commander Bill Lilledahl Obituary


Lilledahl, William Clinton 87, of Coon Rapids, MN, was called home to our Lord on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Born November 22, 1930 in Minneapolis, to Anna and Anker Lilledahl. Survived by his wife of 51 years Patricia Lilledahl; daughters Kathleen (Bob) Porter, Pamela (David) Scott; sons Joe, Timothy, Daniel, Robert and Richard (Lori) Lilledahl; beloved Papa to many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, sons Jon, Jordan, Jay and Michael, and grandson Jason. He was a decorated Korean War Veteran who proudly served many years as Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and most recently as Minnesota Commander for the Purple Heart. His bravery in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, making him part of the Chosin Few, was one of his most proud moments as a soldier. He was a well respected electrician who finished his career at Parsons. He was a Veteran whose bravery served on the front lines, and who is kind, selfless, loving heart served the front lines of our family. He will be golfing and riding free in his Dude Ranch in the sky until we meet again.

Memorial services will be held at Fort Snelling Chapel on November 30, 10-12.

Published on November 11, 2018

Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service (VAVS) Program

The Military Order of the Purple Heart’s Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service (VAVS) Program is in effect throughout the VA medical center system. VAVS operates the largest volunteer program in the Federal Government, supplementing staff and resources in all areas of patient care and support. Volunteers supplement essential personnel, equipment, facilities and programs for the direct and indirect care, treatment and welfare of veteran patients. Military Order of the Purple Heart VAVS volunteers participate in the VA’s program and provide an invaluable service to other veterans and their families. The official VAVS Handbook is available for download below and on the downloads page to provide guidance to the Department and Chapter members involved in the Service. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the National VAVS Director or call Willie Pargo
Officer in the VA hospital, second floor
MOPH Office
Minneapolis VA medical center

Officer access to the National Website

Commanders & Adjutants

By virtue of the office that you hold, you have officer access to the National Website.  Just request a log on and password.  You will be able to access your rosters and mailing labels as well as all publications and Forms.

The National web site address is

American Muscle for American Heroes (Custom Dodge Challenger Giveaway) For a Purple Heart Recipients

 Congratulations to retired Marine Cpl. Steven Diaz on winning the #NexenTire Purple Heart Foundation custom #Dodge Challenger!!

Your sacrifices while serving this country were massive, and the work you’ve done to support fellow veterans following your injuries has been nothing short of amazing. 

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‘American Muscle for American Heroes’ Honors Purple Heart Recipients


To honor veterans who have been wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Nexen Tire is giving away a custom 2018 Dodge Challenger R/T 392 Scat Pack built by Kenny Pfitzer of Zero to 60 Designs as part of its “American Muscle for American Heros” program.

The Nexen Purple Heart Challenger is set to make its debut at the 2018 SEMA Show held in Las Vegas later this month. Build highlights include Eibach front and rear sway bars, a MagnaFlow cat-back exhaust system, ORACLE Lighting custom headlights, SolarGard window tint, and a VIS Racing carbon fiber hood, front bumper, deck lid and splitters complimented by a PPG custom paint job. To complete the look, the Challenger sits on a set of SAVINI wheels wrapped in Nexen Roadian HP Street Sport All-Season Radial Tires.

Parts for the custom Challenger | Photography courtesy of Nexen Tire

“We are honored to have the opportunity to give back to a deserving veteran as part of our American Muscle for American Heroes program,” said Kyle Roberts, senior director of marketing at Nexen Tire.

“Purple Heart recipients have displayed unbelievable courage in the line of duty, and we are humbled by their bravery and contributions as veterans. This program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to these heroes for securing our safety.”

The custom creation is built upon a 2018 Challenger R/T 392 Scat Pack

Nominees will be collected over the next 11 weeks. According to Nexen, the nomination process allows submissions to be made on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #NEXENHero to nominate a Purple Heart recipient or family member. The nomination process requires a story, a picture, and the hashtag. Nexen Tire will also have a nomination form on its website for those who choose not to make a submission via social media.

“As a Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient, I am extremely proud to be working with Nexen Tire and their American Muscle for American Heroes program,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry.

“I am confident the Purple Heart Foundation will find a very deserving veteran to receive this amazing custom Nexen Tire Purple Heart Dodge Challenger.”

For more information and official giveaway rules, see Nexen Tire. 

Veterans Get COLA Increase

It’s official!  Starting December 2018, veterans who receive VA disability compensation and/or pension will see the largest Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase in six years.  Because of the large increase, some veterans will see almost a $100 increase in their monthly checks.

On October 11, 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced an increase of 2.8 percent for their beneficiaries, which in turn, in most cases, applies to VA compensation increases.

Under current law, annual cost-of-living increases are automatic for Social Security benefits, meaning the executive branch of Government can enact them without intervention from Congress. Certain other federal benefits, such as military retiree payments, are also automatically boosted by that decision.

But the SSA announcement also functions as the baseline for a host of other federal benefits calculations.  Some, such as VA compensation and pension require approval and reauthorization.