Veterans of Foreign Wars
Lake Minnetonka VFW Post 5919
PO Box 513
Excelsior, Mn. 55331

email:vfw5919@yahoo.com

Some still serve!
Welcome to our world, home of veterans,
on mission  for God and Country!
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Who Are We ?
Veterans still proud to wear the uniform and bonded to preserve
camaraderie.
Now united in strength to support all veterans and the Lake
Minnetonka community
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What We Do?
Provide care, benefits and support to veterans/families across the
street and around the world.
Provide programs and services to Lake Minnetonka community that
fosters patriotism.
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FORTITUDE & LOYALTY
This website is:
Dedicated to those who were vigilant so we
could rest,
Who gave everything that we may thrive,
Who are silent that we may breathe free.
We honor you, veterans of USA.

This VFW Post is:
Politically incorrect. We say Merry Christmas,
God bless America, we salute our flag and
give thanks to our troops and first
responders.  If this offends you, leave this
website ASAP.

In God we trust.
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Veteran News
"Not for themselves,
but for their country"
          Trump signs executive order to combat veteran suicide
President Trump has signed an Executive Order on “Supporting Our Veterans During
Their Transition from Uniformed Service to Civilian Life.”   The Executive Order directs
the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to:
   Within 60 days, develop and submit a Joint Action Plan to provide “seamless
access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for transitioning
uniformed service members in the year” following military service; and
    Within 180 days, update the President on the implementation of the Joint Action
Plan and outline further reforms to increase veterans’ access to mental health
services.

The status report will include the progress of reforms implemented through the Joint
Action Plan and any additional reforms that could help further address problems that
obstruct veterans’ access to mental health treatment resources.

Veterans in their first year after service are particularly vulnerable to mental health
risks but often do not receive adequate care.
•        Most veterans’ experience in uniform increases their resilience and broadens
the skills they bring to the civilian workforce.
•        Unfortunately, in some cases within the first year following transition, some
veterans can have difficulties reintegrating into normal life after their military
experiences and some tragically take their own lives.
•        Only 50 percent of returning service members who need mental health
treatment seek it, and only about half of those who receive treatment receive
adequate care, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration.
•        The suicide rate among veterans in the first year after their service is twice the
average among veterans.

Veterans 3 to 12 months out of military service are 3 times more likely to commit
suicide than their active duty compatriots, while those up to 3 months out of service
were 2.5 times as likely, according to a study from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Approximately 18.5 percent of veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from
post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.