2014 Veterans' Voices Award
This September 11th the Minnesota Humanities Center will again honor Minnesota Veterans who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with the 2014 Veterans’ Voices Award. The Humanities Center invites anyone to nominate candidates who fall into two nomination categories: On the Rise (40 and under) or Legacy (41 and over).
Awards will be presented at the second annual Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony being held at the Humanities Center on the east side of St. Paul on September 11, 2014. This award recognizes Minnesotans who served honorably, are thriving, and are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. These former and current military service members make exceptional, positive contributions that improve the lives of people across Minnesota.
2014 Veterans' Voices Awardees
Muriel Alexander-Alvarez, Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard, Waubun
Donald Allen, Army, Columbia Heights
Ted Daley, Army, Eagan
Ron Fagen, Army, Granite Falls
Brockton Hunter, Army, Minneapolis
Jerry Kyser, Army, Roseville
Thomas Lyons, Air Force and Air National Guard, Plymouth
Jerry Newton, Army, Coon Rapids
Thomas Plunkett, Army, St. Paul
Dennis Schulstad, Air Force, Edina
On the Rise
Cortney Amundson, Air Force, New Prague
Trevor Berg, Army National Guard, Newfolden
Martin Caraway, U.S. Marine Corps, Renville
Louis Goldstein, Army Reserve, Hutchinson
Scott Hanson, Army National Guard and Air Force National Guard, Brooklyn Park
Brian Hare, Army, Woodbury
Christopher Hinton, Navy, Waseca
Aaron Heusinkveld, Army National Guard, St. Cloud
Richard Leonard, Army National Guard, Woodbury
Mike Lotzer, Army National Guard, Apple Valley
Dina Lubben, Army National Guard, Lakefield
Amber Manke, Army National Guard, Cottage Grove
Jason McNamara, Army, Mankato
Kristin Nord, Air National Guard, Buffalo
Brian Ophus, Army National Guard. Bemidji
Alex Schueller. U.S. Marine Corps, Eagan
Sean Staum, U.S. Marine Corps and Army National Guard, Inver Grove Heights
John Swenson, Navy, Windom
Evan Tsai, U.S. Marine Corps, Minneapolis
Dave Wentzel, Army National Guard, Mankato
2014 Veterans' Voices Month Law
Minnesota is the first state to designate an entire month to honoring Veterans. The Minnesota Humanities Center worked with Minnesota Veterans, Representative Jerry Newton (D-District 37A), Representative Bob Dettmer (R-District 39A), and Senator John A. Hoffman (D-District 36) to write a bill designating October as Veterans’ Voices Month
(HF 2812). After passing both Houses by unanimous
vote, Governor Mark Dayton signed Veterans’ Voices Month
into law on May 16, 2014. This law will not only honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Minnesota Veterans, but will also educate all Minnesotans by sharing and studying Veterans’ experiences. Minnesota Veterans will be encouraged to share their stories through art, essays, and poetry in an effort to assist the public in understanding this unique military culture.
Always Lost: A Meditation on War
Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographs and literary meditations on the nature of war, Always Lost: A Meditation on War brings home the personal and collective costs of war and honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Exhibit dates and locations for Always Lost: A Meditation on War will be announced soon. Please check back for additional details or sign up for our newsletter to receive regular updates on tour details and related events.
Telling: Minnesota is the twelfth original production of The Telling Project. Like all of its predecessors, Telling: Minnesota has been created through an intensive process of interviews with veterans and their family members, scripting from these interviews, performance training, and rehearsal. The individuals on stage are Minnesota military veterans performing their own stories of service. A facilitated discussion led by Ryan Schmidt and a reception hosted by Carleton College will follow the performance. Veteran actors include: Angie R. Batica, Ken Plant, J.A. Moad, Ted John, Vince Undis, and Stu O Rawling.
Fall 2014 performance dates and locations coming soon. Check back for more details.
2013 Veterans' Voices Awardees
The Minnesota Humanities Center is pleased to announce the 25 awardees for the Veterans' Voices Award. The 25 recipients were awarded on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Minnesota Humanities Center.
Letter of Recognition - Senator Al Franken
Letter of Recognition - Senator Amy Klobuchar
25 Veterans' Voices Press Release, September 17, 2013
25 Veterans' Voices Press Release, July 24, 2013
25 Veterans' Voices Biographies
Why They Were Nominated
Veterans' Voices in the Media