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About MMAF

Visionary Lead Founder

Eugene C. Sit
(1938-2008)

There is no more noble service than to serve in defense of our country’s freedom. We, as citizens of Minnesota, should recognize and appreciate such noble service and sacrifice by the men and women in our military fighting the war on terrorism.

Thousands of Minnesota military personnel have served or are serving now in combat zones since the start of the Afghan War. These Minnesotans bravely serve our nation, and their dedication often has a price. So many have been wounded or killed in action and federal death benefits and disability benefits are low. Even soldiers fortunate enough to return alive and uninjured carry the burden of the mental stress of combat for the rest of their lives. Our Minnesota military personnel and their families deserve our appreciation and our help in meeting their needs, including financial needs, as they make sacrifices on our behalf.


MMAF is a volunteer-run organization that is bipartisan and non-governmental. It is an initiative by the citizens of Minnesota for the military personnel of Minnesota. We simply want to give Minnesotans an easy way to say “thank you” to our family, friends and neighbors who are serving our country. We invite all Minnesotans to join us in raising funds to fulfill the mission of MMAF.

Chair

Roger J. Sit

There is no more noble service than to serve in defense of our country’s freedom. We, as citizens of Minnesota, should recognize and appreciate such noble service and sacrifice by the men and women in our military fighting the war on terrorism.

Thousands of Minnesota military personnel have served or are serving now in combat zones since the start of the Afghan War. These Minnesotans bravely serve our nation, and their dedication often has a price. So many have been wounded or killed in action and federal death benefits and disability benefits are low. Even soldiers fortunate enough to return alive and uninjured carry the burden of the mental stress of combat for the rest of their lives. Our Minnesota military personnel and their families deserve our appreciation and our help in meeting their needs, including financial needs, as they make sacrifices on our behalf.

MMAF is a volunteer-run organization that is bipartisan and non-governmental. It is an initiative by the citizens of Minnesota for the military personnel of Minnesota. We simply want to give Minnesotans an easy way to say “thank you” to our family, friends and neighbors who are serving our country. We invite all Minnesotans to join us in raising funds to fulfill the mission of MMAF.

Co-Founders

Michael Gorman

There is no more noble service than to serve in defense of our country’s freedom. We, as citizens of Minnesota, should recognize and appreciate such noble service and sacrifice by the men and women in our military fighting the war on terrorism.

Skip Krawczyk

There is no more noble service than to serve in defense of our country’s freedom. We, as citizens of Minnesota, should recognize and appreciate such noble service and sacrifice by the men and women in our military fighting the war on terrorism.

Gen. Denny Schulstad

There is no more noble service than to serve in defense of our country’s freedom. We, as citizens of Minnesota, should recognize and appreciate such noble service and sacrifice by the men and women in our military fighting the war on terrorism.

The nonprofit and nonpartisan Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF) is a statewide fundraising initiative that shows our troops how much we appreciate and respect their efforts by providing cash grants to all service members deployed in combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and to the families of service members who are killed in combat.

MMAF has raised over $16 million, making it the nation’s largest-ever statewide fundraiser of its kind. MMAF has provided over $9.5 million in grants to more than 15,500 recipients.

In order to provide grants to every eligible service member, it will take the generous contributions of as many caring Minnesota citizens as possible. Thousands already have participated. Please join us in saying "thanks."

Board of Overseers

Al Annexstad
Donald E. Benson
Burt Cohen
William Cooper
Mark Davis
Linda Garrett
Michael Gorman
Joan Anderson Growe
Skip Krawczyk
Scott Litman
Whitney MacMillan
Dan Mallin
Nancy McCabe
Roger McCabe
Dale Olseth
Larry Perlman
Clinton Schroeder
Dennis Schulstad
Roger Sit
Ralph Strangis
Emily Anne Tuttle
Wheelock Whitney
Barry Winslow


Steering Committee

Scott Adams
Al Annexstad
Donald E. Benson
Cheri Ford
Claudine Galloway
Michael Gorman
David Jensen
Skip Krawczyk
Scott Litman
Dan Mallin
Nancy McCabe
Roger McCabe
Jim McQuillan
Dennis Schulstad
Roger Sit
John Wernz
Barry Winslow


Executive Director

Kelly Boston

Project Director

Joe Bennek