A wounded Minnesota soldier is being recognized with a very special gift. Justin Utecht was given the keys to a house in Minnetonka on Friday. “It’s absolutely gorgeous in there,” Utecht said. “For a single guy it’s pretty good.” U.S. Bank, Freedom Alliance and Five Brothers Default Management Solutions partnered together to donate the home as a kickoff to Veterans Day weekend. Utecht served in Iraq from 2006 to 2008, and has struggled adjusting to life back at home due to post-traumatic stress disorder and migraines.
Two army recruiters were injured Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a vehicle in a parking lot across from Rosedale Mall. The vehicle kept going, dragging one of the men under the car then fled the scene, according to authorities.
The Navy is preparing for its newest attack submarine to join the fleet. The USS Minnesota will be commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday.
Matthew Gilbert is September’s Veteran of the Month!
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A program that gives teens a firsthand military experience is coping with budget cuts due to sequestration, the automatic federal spending cuts. The U.S. Sea Cadets Twin Cities squadron teaches responsibility, dedication, even boot camp-type training drills.
Among those testifying in Washington Wednesday on ways to hire more military veterans was the chairman of Xcel Energy.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen is teaming up with the Professional Bull Riders to further his Homes for Wounded Warriors project. Allen established the charity in 2009 to provide handicapped-accessible homes and remodels for wounded soldiers. Allen has also owned three bulls in the PBR tour since last year, and he will unite his two passions starting in August at a Built Ford Tough series event in Oklahoma.
Hundreds of mourners paid their final respects on Friday to a proud Army officer and devoted husband and dad. At 38, Lt. Col. Mark Weber was on the fast track for a successful military career. But the story of his unexpected journey would reach far beyond the halls of the Pentagon. “He was a scholar. He was just a joy to be around, very inspirational,” says Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, spokesperson for the Minnesota National Guard.
A Minnesota soldier has new ride and some piece of mind. He got the car as part of a national program to say thank you for military service. The white Pontiac was wrapped like a present — a gift a few days before Flag Day for specialist Paul Wagner and his family.
At the height of his military career in 2010, Lt. Col. Mark Weber was forced to face a different kind of life and death battle. He was diagnosed with cancer and given just months to live. “Doctors have told me they can’t understand how I’m still alive. I have damage to my liver that is incomprehensible,” Weber said. That was November of last year, just before Weber’s book was self-published. “Tell My Sons: A Father’s Last Letters” sold 10,000 copies in three months.
On Monday, our nation will take time to remember those who’ve lost their lives while serving our country. Memorial Day ceremonies and parades are scheduled throughout Minnesota. One of the largest was at Fort Snelling Cemetery, where thousands attended Monday morning’s event. Many noted that, to be at Fort Snelling on Memorial Day served as a reminder that the holiday isn’t about taking the day off from work, setting up a picnic or firing up the BBQ. It’s a day to honor the military members who’ve lost their lives while serving.
A Memorial Day salute to our veterans….on the Smack Down
There are many meaningful ways in Minnesota to remember those who have died in military service.
Jennifer Norris joins Chad to discuss violence against women in the military.