MDVA is currently hiring for a Communications/Public Relations Student Worker

MDVA is currently hiring for a Communications/Public Relations Student Worker. This short-term student worker position helps the MDVA Communications team to write articles and produce content for external communications including the blog and social media, and special events for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs communications office, with responsibilities in the following areas:

– Assist with the development and updating of media lists and other databases
– Write department newsletters
– Assist with social networking, social media and blogging
– Assist with marketing and branding campaigns

Hours are flexible to meet the needs of student’s schedule within core business hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Click here to read more about the position, and to apply through the State of Minnesota Careers site:

Former POW recalls more than 1,300 days in captivity, beginning just days after Pearl Harbor

Former POW recalls more than 1,300 days in captivity, beginning just days after Pearl Harbor

Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. For retired Commander Jack Schwartz, that seems to be the case.

The 22-year Navy veteran spent 1,367 days in captivity as a prisoner of war during World War II. And he’s about to turn 103 years old April 28.

For Schwartz, it all started just three days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 10, 1941, he was a Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade stationed in Guam as a Civil Engineer responsible for the water supply, roads, the breakwater and some construction.

“We only had 100 Marines on the island – about 400 of us total, to include those who worked at the Naval hospital,” Schwartz said. “And there were about 4-5,000 Japanese Soldiers. They sank one of our ships, a mine sweeper, and nine sailors were killed.”

IMAGE: A young Jack Schwartz in uniform.“We didn’t put up much of a fight.”

Schwartz said he was held by the Japanese there in Guam for about 30 days.

“There was plenty of food on Guam, but they deliberately starved us to make us weak,” he said.

After 30 days, they were transported by ship – all 400 U.S. POWs to include Schwartz – to Shikoku Island in Japan. They stayed there for about eight months, in some old barracks left over from the Japanese war with Russia, before being moved again.

The next place Schwartz was sent to was Kawasaki, between Tokyo and Yokohama. There were already POW camps and prisoners there when Schwartz arrived to include U.S. service members captured in the Philippines and from U.S. ships.

More than 300 prisoners were there, but just a few were officers, he said.

“I was the senior U.S. officer there so they put me in charge of the camp,” Schwartz said. “As a prisoner, I had absolutely no authority to do anything, but if anything went wrong it was my fault.”

“Every month or two I got a beating by the Japanese guards – nothing too serious – just to show me they’re in charge.”

After two years, Schwartz said he was sent back to Shikoku Island to the same POW camp he was at previously.

“This was a camp for officers – not just U.S., but English and Dutch. This was where the Japanese would invite the Red Cross to show how nice the conditions were,” Schwartz said.

IMAGE: Jack Schwartz holds his shadow box with his medalsSchwartz would be separated, segregated and moved several times before the Japanese finally surrendered to the Allies on Aug. 14, 1945.

“The day the war with Japan was over, a Japanese officer lined us up outside and told us hostilities have ceased,” Schwartz said. “And he and the other Japanese officers and guards just walked away.”

They made a big sign in white paint on the roof that read POW. After a couple of weeks, a U.S. B-29 bomber spotted us, and a few hours later they started dropping parachutes full of food.

“Naturally we all started stuffing ourselves and got sick.”

Upon release – after being held POW for 3.75 years – Schwartz made the decision he would not end his career with the Navy and instead, he continued to serve for another 18 years.

The CalTech graduate – who was born in San Francisco but moved to Hollywood with his parents at an early age – would eventually retire from the Navy with honors and distinction and move to Hanford, California in 1962.

He then worked for 18 years as Hanford’s Public Works director and city engineer before retiring a second time.

Schwartz said he now receives his medical care from the VA Central California Health Care System.

“I still remember my first doctor there at the VA, Dr. Ron Naggar. And Dr. Ivance Pugoy is one of my current doctors,” Schwartz said. “You get a feeling they actually care. They make you feel like you are not just a name. You are a person. They do an excellent job for all the POWs,” he said.

About the Author: Cameron Porter is the public affairs officer at VA Central California Health Care System. He is a retired Army command sergeant major and career public affairs professional with 24 years experience

Chapter officers

Cmdrs and Adjutants
   Don’t forget that your newest Election @ Finance reports have to be at National and the Department Office by the LAST DAY in APRIL, also don’t forget about doing your chapter IRS 990-N FORM. If it isn’t at both places by 30 April 2018, it will affect your Chapter Rebate and also the amount of votes at the National Convention in Seattle
   There are ( NO ) exceptions
        If you haven’t sent to the Dept Office yet, please get working on it ASAP
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As of 4/26/2018  on National Headquarters website-
Chapter ID Chapter Name Election Finance Form 990 Life Verification
0005-MN-2 Nels Wold
0008-MN-2 Clayton Carmichael
0056-MN-2 Duluth
0194-MN-2 McComas-Lunde
0268-MN-2 Twin City
0308-MN-2 St Cloud
0745-MN-2 Robert C. Ellsworth
0807-MN-2 Prairie Land Defenders
0987-MN-2 Northern Suburban Metro Area
1977-MN-2 Red Wing
5555-MN-2 Winona
7110-MN-2 Lloyd – Swenson

steel-head fishing trip on the Baptism river on Saturday May 5th -Wounded Warriors United-Minnesota

 looking for 8 combat Veterans for a one day guided steel-head fishing trip on the Baptism river on Saturday May 5th at 0900. The location is about an hour and a half north of Duluth on Hwy 61. We will provide everything unless you would like to bring your own gear.
looking for 4 Veterans for a small ice fishing trip in Dawson MN. The date is FEB 16-18. We will stay in a hotel the night of the 16 and fish the 17-18 and come back the night of the 18th. We will be sleeping in the fish houses on the 17th. There are 2 Ice Castle houses and can sleep 3 each comfortably.
I am also looking for 2 more veterans for a snow goose hunt in March in South Dakota. We will travel down (transportation provided) March 1st and hunt the 2-4, then come home the night of the 4th.
We also have more events planned throughout the year, and when we get our website up there will be a list of events and applications for these events, but for now contact me at 2183901699 and I will explain more.
All expenses are covered. We can and will provide shotguns, ammo, fishing poles, tackle, clothing, etc. if desired. Keep in mind we are a non-profit, so funds are very limited and a lot comes from donations and my own pocket. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 218 390 1699 and I will be happy to answer any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you
Logan Shiflett with Wounded Warriors United-Minnesota.

MN Veteran Outdoor Programs: Ely Fishing Trip-Applications Due April 13

MN Veteran Outdoor Programs: Ely Fishing Trip

Applications Due April 13

April 13, 2018

Ely Fishing TripThe Minnesota Veteran Outdoor Programs Ely Fishing Trip will take place May 21 – 24.

Applications must be received by April 13.

Space is limited, applications will be place in the general lottery. All applicants will be notified by mail after April 13 as to their selection.

The trip will be held Monday May 21 through Thursday May 24.

Questions concerning this trip should be directed to Dennis Eerie at (320) 380-4569, Denny Houg at (320) 492-1357, or by email at