MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The events of Sept. 11 inspired many Americans to serve their country by joining the armed forces.

On Wednesday night, Minnesota veterans were recognized at the 25th Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony.

WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman, a Gulf War vet, was the emcee at the event.

The Minnesota Humanities Center honored young veterans who not only responded to the call of service to country, but who are continuing their call outside of uniform, by serving their communities.

Twenty-five veterans under the age of 40 were honored.

From working with the homeless, to helping veteran business owners, this group of veterans is committed to contributing to society.

Gov. Mark Dayton presented the awards. He said it’s an honor to salute the patriotism and heroism they displayed on the battlefield and in the community.

“These are 25 Minnesota heroes, American heroes, who served with distinction in Iraq or Afghanistan,” Dayton said.

The awardees do not want people to ignore what many veterans go through — PTSD, brain injury, loss of limb and suicide. They want people to know the vast majority of our veterans are heroic, and are always looking for a new mission to serve our country.


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