Twenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. “I was thinking, ‘There’s a good chance I could die out here.’ And I obviously came really close,” Weida said. He struggled with what to do with his life when he came home, but now he has a plan to help himself, and veterans just like him. Derek loved everything about the military, especially the brothers and sisters he made as part of the 82nd Airborne Division.
From 2006 to 2007 Mike Simon served in Iraq. His life changed forever when he was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, suffering a major head injury. After the blast, Mike’s wife Marno noticed a change in her husband. “He was able to call home once a week for about twenty minutes, started making really odd comments,” Marno said.
The number of homeless veterans dropped nearly 53 percent from 2009 to 2012.
A new building has been built near the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis to help military ad veterans’ families in their time of need.
Larry Shellito has been confirmed by Minnesota’s Senate as state Veterans Affairs commissioner.