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Minnesota National Guard
Wounded Soldier breaks ground for new home with help

Sgt Marcus Kuboy, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry broke ground for his new home with Homes For Our Troops, dignitaries, Minnesota business leaders, National Guard Soldiers, friends and family April 28 in Woodbury, Minn.

Sgt Marcus Kuboy never asked for anything in return for his service He knew of the dangers of war So when he sustained serious injuries to his legs, and broke his back, left arm and jaw when his truck hit an improvised explosive device, he didn't view it as anything extraordinary He assessed life before the blast and life after the blast, then picked up and got on with it all

Sgt Kuboy has gone through an initial nine months of recovery, eight surgeries and a amputation-threatening bone infection Through it all, he's continued to move forward in his recovery with a Soldier's perseverance

That kind of perseverance was something that resonated with Homes For Our Troops, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to assisting severely injured and disabled servicemen and women and their immediate families Homes for Our Troops worked with contractors to break ground on a new home for Sgt Kuboy

To pay for the house , Homes for Our Troops partnered with Minnesota credit unions, who raised funds to service the project Additionally, Homes for Our Troops is building the specially-adapted homem in the St Paul area in the months leading up to the 2008 Republican National Convention, slated for Sept 1-4 A parallel home project is taking place in Denver, the site of the August Democratic National Convention

Several dignitaries, including Governor Pawlenty, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito and 34th Infantry Division Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash were all in attendance for the groundbreaking ceremony

By Sgt Joe Roos, 34th Infantry Division Public Affairs
April 24, 2008
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Posted: 2018-05-22  10:16 AM
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"It was an honor to be part of this humbling and moving tribute to our Vietnam veterans," said Col. Stephen Schemenauer. "The traveling Vietnam Wall is a powerful display, and this event provided an opportunity to meet, and thank, service members from WWII to present-day conflicts. Regardless of their branch of service, or the era or conflict in which they served, we all share a common bond."

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Posted: 2018-05-21  03:51 PM
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"Early coordination with the units across four states combined with exceptional unit leadership and motivated Soldiers helped us to quickly build the task force when we closed on Fort Irwin," said Lt. Col. Kevin O'Brien, Task Force Commander. "I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and teamwork of task force Soldiers. This was an outstanding training opportunity that challenged every Soldier to grow as individuals and units daily."

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Posted: 2018-05-17  09:57 AM
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Month of the Military Child recognizes contributions of military kids

Posted: 2018-04-07  01:54 PM
Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.- The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the contributions and sacrifices military children make so their family members can serve. An estimated 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by the deployment of a parent.

"Military children bear a lot while their family members serve," said Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. "It is up to us to support these resilient kids and help to lessen their burden."

An event to honor military kids in Minnesota will take place April 13, 2018, at the Mall of America rotunda from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities will include appearances by the Teddy Bear Band and meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters.

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