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Thanks Minnesota - May 2017

01-May-2017 Dear Friends of Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund,

As we approach Memorial Day, we are reminded of the sacrifices our service members make for our freedom. And many have made the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget them, or the sacrifices they – and their families – have made for our country.

To date, Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund has awarded:
  • $500 grants to 16,086 Minnesota service members who served honorably in a combat zone without injury.
  • $2,000 grants to 485 Purple Heart recipients and 210 of those Purple Heart recipients received a second grant of up to $8,000 based on the severity of their injuries.
  • $5,000 grants to 64 families of the fallen.

Consider the following:
  • Right now, there are nearly 8,400 Americans deployed in Afghanistan and more than 5,500 in Syria. Nearly 200,000 U.S. military personnel are stationed in more than 170 countries worldwide.

  • Since 9/11, more than 43,000 Minnesotans have served in a combat zone. This includes National Guard, Reserves, and regular active duty.

  • The Minnesota National Guard currently has 380 personnel deployed to multiple locations in support of the global war on terrorism.  And next year, at least 240 National Guard Soldiers are scheduled to deploy. And given the current uncertainty around the globe, it’s likely this number could dramatically increase.

Therefore, our mission continues. We support Minnesota military members and their families. We owe a great debt to those who carry the burden for the rest of us in this country. And we must connect, uphold and honor these selfless men and women.

We want to thank all those who helped make our annual fundraising dinner, which took place on May 4 a huge success. Nearly 450 guests attended to show support for Minnesota’s service members and hear co-keynote addresses from retired Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Carol Freerks and retired Army Sergeant Thomas Block. Efforts from the evening raised more than $450,000.

As the main annual fundraising event for MMAF, we appreciate the individuals and corporate sponsors who gave so generously. One hundred percent of funds raised at the dinner went directly to our Minnesota troops and their families via MMAF, as event expenses were underwritten by the main sponsor, Sit Investment Associates.

If you wish to make a donation, you may do so here.

From all of us at MMAF, thank you for your continued support of our Minnesota service members!