For 99 of the past 100 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country on November 11 in the Great War. At first known as Armistice Day, and then, in 1954 it was changed to Veterans Day. First declared by the President last year, this November again marks a month of recognizing our Veterans and their families in service to our country and communities. 2018 being its second year, National Veterans and Military Families Month features more than 300 events at VA hospitals, benefits offices and cemeteries across the country! Here are a few of the events happening locally this month with the St. Cloud VA.


Mental Health Recovery Outreach Group

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5-6 p.m.

Good Earth Co-Op

2010 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud

This informal group meeting provides an opportunity for Veterans to hear stories of hope and inspiration from fellow Veterans about their mental health recovery. VA staff will be present to answer questions and provide information about the comprehensive mental health treatment programs at the St. Cloud VA. Open to Veterans and family members.


Recovery Night

Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

St. Cloud VA, Bldg. 8 (Auditorium)

Recovery Night features a resource fair as well as several Veterans sharing their stories of hope, success, resilience and recovery.


Coffee Talk

Friday, Nov. 9, 2-3:30 p.m.

St. Cloud VA, Bldg. 4, Rm. 114

Learn how to most effectively use VA systems of care. If you can’t come in person, dial-in via telephone at: 800-767-1750, participant code 11242#.  All Veterans are welcome.

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Veterans Day Parade & Social

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 1 p.m.

The parade, hosted by the City of St. Cloud, St. Cloud Metropolitan Veterans Council and the St. Cloud VA, will start at the St. Cloud Public Library and travel to River’s Edge Convention Center. After the parade, there will be a “Thank You” Open House for participants and parade attendees alike at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Please plan to attend!


Veterans Day Concert

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 4 p.m.

Ritsche Auditorium, St. Cloud State University

The SCSU Wind Ensemble and Men’s Choir will perform music of our military’s past and present, award-winning music written for film, and a special tribute to our nation’s Veterans.


Vietnam Veteran Recognition Ceremony

Monday, Nov. 12, 10:25-11:30 a.m.

Rocori High School gymnasium

534 5th St. N., Cold Spring MN

The purpose of the ceremony is to publicly thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families. All Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the Vietnam War period, from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location, are invited to participate. No distinction is made between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period.


Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony

Monday, Nov. 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

St. Cloud VA, Auditorium (Bldg. 8)

The St. Cloud Metropolitan Veterans Council is sponsoring a Veterans Day program at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. A reception follows. Veterans, their families and members of the public are invited to attend.


Introduction to Whole Health

Monday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-Noon

St. Cloud VA, Bldg. 4, Room 114

The St. Cloud VA is beginning a new approach to improving health and treating chronic pain by offering alternative and complementary therapies as part of a new Whole Health program.


Effective Communication for Caregivers

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2:30-4 p.m.

St. Cloud VA, Bldg. 48, Rm. 204

Caregivers of Veterans are invited to attend a workshop designed to improve Caregiver communication skills with care partners, loved ones, service providers, and medical professionals. Space is limited! Registration required. Contact: Jess Behrends, Caregiver Support Coordinator (320) 252-1670 ext 7283 or


Thank you veterans and veteran families for your service to our country and community. This month we celebrate you!


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