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2014 Veterans Day Calendar - Friday, November 07, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

·        9:30 AM – Monroe – A Veterans Parade will be held from thePecanland Mall to the Chennault Military and Aviation Museum.  Immediately following the parade, an openingceremony will be held for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall which will be atthe museum from November 6th-11th. Please note that November 6th is reserved strictly forveterans and families of veterans as a private day.  The Memorial Wall will then be open to thepublic beginning November 7th. For more information, please call 318-362-5540.

·        10:00 AM – Leesville – The Central Louisiana Veterans Cemeterywill host a Veterans Day Ceremony.  Formore information, please call 337-238-6405.

·        10:00 AM – Shreveport - The Floyd L. Baxter Red River Detachment875 of the Marine Corps League in conjunction with the I&I Staff of BravoCo., 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment will conduct a Marine Corps BirthdayCake Cutting Ceremony.  The event will be held in the lobby of theOverton Brooks VAMC.  For moreinformation, please contact David Gavin at 318-218-2987.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

·        9:00 AM – Gretna – A Prayer Breakfast for Veterans will beheld at Regular Baptist Church Community Center.  For more information, please contact ElmoPeters at 504-619-4330.

·        9:00 AM – Welsh – A event will be held at Veterans Parkcommemorating the addition of 18 new names to the Veterans Memorial.  The event will be followed by a FlagRetirement Ceremony at the Welsh Museum sponsored by the Live Oak Chapter ofthe DAR, American Legion Post 283, and the VFW Post 9046 Martin and Shipp Post.

·        10:30 AM – Sulphur – The Sulphur Armed Forces Committee willbe hosting an event honoring Korean War veterans including a parade andpatriotic program to immediately follow. If you are a Korean War veteran interested in riding in the parade or ifyou would like more information, please call Donna Brown at 337-405-9539.

·        2:00 PM – Lafitte – There will be a Veterans’ Celebration atthe Town of Jean Lafitte Town Hall.  Theevent will include the recognition of the town’s six remaining WWII veterans aswell as the dedications of four new monuments in honor of fallen veterans.  For more information, please call 504-689-7801.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

·        10:30 AM – Plaucheville – A Veterans program of song and praisewill be held at the Plaucheville Veterans Memorial.

·        12:00 PM – DeRidder – The War Memorial Fund of SWLA will holdits 15th Annual Veterans Day Celebration at the East Beauregard HighSchool Football Stadium.  The event willfeature guest Brigadier General William B. Hickman as well as flyovers, livemusic, and complimentary food and drinks. For more information, please contact Jody Campbell at 337-348-6798.

·        1:30 PM – Port Allen – The annual Veterans Parade will be heldon Jefferson Ave.  The parade honorsveterans both past and present and all veterans can participate on the floatsfree of charge.  There will also be aspecial presentation at the end of the parade held at the West Baton RougeCourt House Veterans Memorial Wall.  Formore information, please contact Glenda Russ at 225-342-6686.

***Leading up to this event, the West Baton Rouge Convention andVisitors Bureau will coordinate a “Fill the Float” drive to gather item donationsfor our troops overseas.  For a list ofrequested items or more information, please visit the website at www.westbatonrouge.net.***

·        2:00 PM – Crowley – The City of Crowley will be holding aVeterans Day Program at the Rice Theater on Parkerson Avenue in downtownCrowley.

·        2:00 PM – Baker – The City of Baker will be hosting theirVeterans Day Ceremony on the lawn at Baker City Hall Park & VeteransPlaza.  Please call (225)778-0300 formore details.

·        2:00 PM – Gonzales – A parade honoring all veterans will beginon Irma Blvd.  Groups participating inthe parade include Ascension Parish Homeland Security, Vietnam VeteransAssociation, VFW, American Legion, ROTC, and other school groups.  For more information, please call225-485-7875.

·        2:00 PM – Shreveport – The State Fair will have its Veterans& Military Appreciation Day including a B-52 flyover and parade.  Immediately following the parade will be aceremony honoring our nation’s veterans at the Salvation Army Boys & GirlsClub.  For more information, pleasecontact Ken Epperson Sr. at (318) 226-6590.

Monday, November 10, 2014

·        10:00 AM – Lafitte – There will be a Veterans Celebration atthe Lafitte Senior Center.  For moreinformation, please call 504-689-4403.

·        1:15PM Stonewall North DeSotoMiddle School will hold a Veterans Day program including all students fromelementary through high school.  Theprogram will include a 21 gun salute and an 1800 square foot flag pull acrossthe football field during the national anthem. For more information, please call 318-925-4520.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (VETERANS DAY)

·        9:30 AM – Carencro – The City of Carencro will dedicate theCarencro Veterans Memorial in front of City Hall.  For more information, please contact Candiceat 337-896-8481.

·        9:30 AM – Jonesville – The American Legion Auxiliary Boyd-MannUnit 163 will present a Veterans Day program at Block High School.  For more information, please contact RuthKing at 318-339-9308.

·        10:00 AM – Alexandria – The Alexandria VA Health Care System andVeteran Service Organizations will host a celebration to honor America’sVeterans.  The celebration will befollowed by a parade and community picnic. All events will take place on the beautiful, historic grounds of theAlexandria VA.  For more information,please call Tyra Hoffman at 318-466-2542.

·        10:00 AM – Covington – American Legion Post 16 will conduct aceremony honoring our veterans at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center(Courthouse) located at 701 N. Columbia St.

·        10:00 AM – LaPlace – The Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Homewill have its annual Veterans Day Parade starting at the Home Depot inLaPlace.  The parade will conclude at theVeterans Home in Reserve, LA at which time the formal program will begin.  The program will be followed by food as wellas music by Belle Guidry and Louisiana Lightnin’.  For more details, please contact MichelleColindres at 985-479-4080 ext 1029.

·        10:00 AM – Pineville – The Alexandria VA Medical Center willhost a Veterans Day program to be followed by a parade and hot dog picnic.  For more information, please contactVoluntary Service at 318-466-2540.

·        10:00 AM – Vinton – The Vinton Mayor’s Armed Forces Committeewill be dedicating their Fallen Soldier Battle Cross Memorial in front of CityHall.  For more information, please callDebbie at 337-526-3695.

·        11:00 AM – Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge Community College will behosting its Veterans Day program on its beautiful campus.  Please contact Anthony Thompson for moreinformation at 225-216-8007.

·        11:00 AM – Baton Rouge – The USS Kidd Veterans Museum, inpartnership with Secretary of State of State Tom Schedler and Louisiana’s OldState Capitol, will be hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony.  The keynote speaker for the event will beMajor General Glenn Curtis, Adjutant General of the Louisiana NationalGuard.  The event will be held at the OldState Capitol (100 North Blvd).  For moreinformation, please call 225-342-1942. 

·        11:00 AM – Breaux Bridge – American Legion Post 133 & VFW Post4215 will conduct memorial activities at the memorial on Berard Street.  There will be a gathering at the localVeterans Home immediately following.

·        11:00 AM – Marion – A Veterans program will be held at thecorner of Highway 33 and Highway 551 saluting all veterans and highlightingthose who served in Vietnam.  For moreinformation, please contact Ann Miller at 318-372-5405.

·        11:00 AM – New Orleans – The National World War II Museum, inconjunction with the Mayor’s Military Advisory Council, will host a VeteransDay Ceremony in the US Freedom Pavilion honoring all of our nation’sveterans.  The event is open to thepublic, and all veterans are invited to attend. Please call 504-528-1944 for more information.

·        12:00 PM – Abita Springs – VFW Post 8720 will conduct a ceremonyhonoring our veterans at the Abita Springs Cemetary.

·        1:30 PM – Lafitte – There will be a Veterans Celebration atLeo E. Kerner, Jr. Elementary School. For more information, please call 504-689-4136.

·        3:00PM – Plaquemine – The 7th Annual Iberville Salute toVeterans will be held at the Iberville Parish Veterans Memorial.  The event will include the Iberville Wall ofVeterans, special performances by the Iberville MSA Orchestra, and muchmore.  For more information, pleasecontact the Iberville Parish Tourism Office at 225-687-2642.

·        6:30PM – Gretna – The City of Gretna will be hosting its 2014Veterans Day Celebration at the Gretna Market, located at Huey P. Long Avenueand 4th Street.  Patrioticmusic will begin at 6:30 pm and the program will begin at 7:00 pm.  For more information or to RSVP, pleasecontact Linda Ray at 504-368-4918.

·        8:00AM – Denham Springs – Southside Jr. High will be hosting its annualVeterans Day program.  For moreinformation, please contact Joshua Martin at 225-664-4221.

 
VETERANS DAY FREEBIES - Friday, November 07, 2014

Check these out for Veterans Day, November 11, 2014. Identification of some typerequired for most. See highlighted note below.

Twonotes before jumping in:

·  Proof of Military Service: Mostcompanies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card(active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and EarningsStatement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, wearing youruniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legionand VFW), DD214, dischargepaperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies maygo by the honor system.

·  Participation: Always call ahead toverify locations, dates, times, and participation. Many of the companies listedare franchises, and may have different policies.

7- Eleven: Veterans, active members of the US military and theirimmediate families can stop by 7-Eleven on Veterans Day and get a free smallSlurpee drink. Just bring proof of current or former US military service toparticipating 7-11 stores.

ApplebeeRestaurants: The will again provide a meal at no cost for all militaryactive, retired and veterans. Proof of service is required in the form of aService Retired I.D. card or other such proof. For a restaurant near you go to www.applebees.com.

BarLouie, Free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Active duty military members andveterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholicbeverage. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service isrequired (source). Find a location nearyou.

BD’sMongolian Grill, Nov. 5-11,. 1/2 off Stir-fry with valid militaryID. Only at participating locations. Find the locationnearest you.

BEDBATH & BEYOND November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase.In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.

BigLots – 10% off your entire purchase. Offer available to active duty,Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, withvalid ID. Call ahead to verify.

BJ’sRestaurant: Free Lunch Entree or Free 1 Topping Mini Pizza at Dinner

buybuyBaby November9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military IDrequired at time of purchase.

Cabela’s. Cabela’sis giving their standard employee discount to all US military veterans, activeduty military, Guard/Reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel.Discount varies from 5% to 20%, depending on the item.

CaliforniaPizza Kitchen. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and activemilitary with valid ID or proof of service. Find a location near you.

Chammps. OnVeterans Day - All Veterans & Active Duty Military will receive a freeburger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger and The Kobe Burger).Please visit Champps Facebook page for more information.

Cheeseburgerin Paradise. Free meal from select menu withmilitary ID or proof of service. Beverages and gratuity not included. Find a location near you.

ChristmasTree Shops November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase.In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.

Chilis. Freeentree to Veterans and active duty military from 11am -5pm.

DELTASONIC TO HONOR VETERANS WITH FREE SUPER KISS CAR WASHES AND FREE OIL CHANGES ONTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11:  BUFFALO,ROCHESTER, SYRACUSE , NY; ERIE, PA; and CHICAGO, IL – Delta Sonic Car Wash, inan effort to honor the men and women who serve our country, is offering freeSuper Kiss Car Washes and free oil changes to all military veterans and activeservice men and women on Tuesday, November 11.  Customers simply need to tell the car washcashier or oil change technician that they are active or a veteran of the armedforces.

Denny’s: Getfree all you can eat pancakes at Denny’s. Call your local Denny’s.

DollarGeneral. 10% discount on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offergood for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, &immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or byasking an employe. Also good online, use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY. More info.

FaceValues Discount Health & Beauty November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% offyour entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time ofpurchase.

FamousDave’s. Participating locations (see their website), are offeringdifferent meal deals for current or retired military on Veterans Day.

FoodLion. 12% off all groceries (some exclusions) for Active &Retired Military Personnel with military ID and MVP card.  More info.

Fox& Hound and Bailey’s Sports Bar. Veterans and Active Duty Militarywill receive a free item from the 7 under $7 menu. Active military ID, retireecard, or other proof of service required. Fox and Hound Bar& Grill | Locations | Find A Location Near You

FreeCar wash. Thousands of car washes around thecountry are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day,. Find a list at Grace for Veterans, which helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes.

GoldenCorral (Hours vary by location!): Military Appreciation - GoldenCorral restaurants will host their Military Appreciation with a meal at no costfor all military active, retired and veterans. No proof is required to enjoythis buffet meal. Guests of veterans will have to pay the regular meal price.No take outs. For more information refer to http://goldencorral.com/military/faq.asp. If you have questions, can contact their CorporateHeadquarters at Golden Corral Corporation, 5151 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC27612 919-781-9310. Headquarters says “You will need to contact the locationyou are planning to attend to find out their specific hours as some of thelocations are making adjustments to accommodate the veterans.” 

Gracefor Vets: Offers Free Carwash. The Grace for Vets Program honors allveterans and military personnel by giving them a free carwash. The program hascarwashes participating in all 50 states and includes 467 carwash companiesrepresenting 1,181 carwash locations. For more information and to findparticipating carwashes, visit the Grace for Vets website.

GreatClips: On Monday, Nov. 11, customers who come in for a service canget a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can alsoreceive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemableuntil Dec. 31.

HomeDepot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel,reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discountoff their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchasesof up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depotstores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO DesignCenter(R) locations. The 10% military discount isavailable everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. HomeDepot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. Youcan also find Home Depot discounts online.

Hooters: FreeMeal. Hooter's is serving 10 Free Hot wings to military veterans all day onVeterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel.Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and militaryveterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchaserequired. For more information, visit,www.HootersVeteransDay.com.

Hy-Vee,Free Breakfast. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all Hy-Veesupermarkets with in-store dining. Please call ahead to verify participation,and bring proof of service.

JCPenny: Veterans,active duty and family members receive an extra 20% off in stores Nov. 6-11with coupon.

Jos.A. Bank Specials: Veterans Day Sale- 1 Day Only! JoS. A. Bank Veterans Day Sale Orders.

Knott's Berry Farms: Annual tribute to the Military, pastand present. FREE admission for Veterans or current serving military personneland one guest with proper I.D. presented at turnstile. The eligible person mustbe present. Dependent I.D.s will not be accepted. Plus purchase up to sixadditional tickets for just $19.00 each! Tickets can be purchased at Knott's.Check out Knott's Berry Farms Website: http://www.knotts.com/public/admission/prices/deals.cfm

KrispyKreme: Free doughnut and small coffee. Available only atparticipating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees& veterans on. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme isparticipating.

LittleCaesars Pizza. US Military and vets get a free order of Crazy Bread, withproof of military status/service. Call your local Little Caesars to make surethey are participating in this deal.

LoneStar Steakhouse. (update): All veterans and active duty military will receivea FREE entrée from the Stars & Stripes Menu. ID required, please call aheadfor verification.

LongHorn Steakhouse. Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage forVeterans and active-duty military members. Visit their site to find a location nearyou.

Lowe’sMilitary Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve,honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate familymembers a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during theVeterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock and special orderpurchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid militaryID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previoussales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offersthis discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans.However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. Youcan also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.

Max& Erma’s. Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offeringmilitary members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, whichincludes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate chipcookies. Locations.

McCormick& Schmick's: Complimentary Lunch or Dinner. The McCormick & Schmick'sVeterans Appreciation Event on, is offered at participating restaurants toveterans defined as a person who served in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navyor Coast Guard. Verification of service is required (retired ID card or DD214).McCormick & Schmick's highly encourage reservations for the VeteransAppreciation Event as tables fill up quickly for this event each year. You caneasily make their reservations online through the restaurant's website at www.McCormickandSchmicks.com.

MassageEnvy: ParticipatingMassage Envy locations in the Washington DC, Maryland, and northern Virginiaregion are offering a complimentary 1-hour massage to active military,veterans and spouses on Monday, Nov. 11.

Menchie’s Free FrozenYogurt On Veterans Day, Veterans and active duty personnel get afree 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.

NationalParks: National Parks will offer fee-free days to ALL visitors atmore than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Visit one ofyour national parks on Veterans Day, and you won't be charged an entrance fee.And making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners arejoining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own specialoffers.

OliveGarden: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal onVeterans Day. With proof of service, choose from a special menu withbreadsticks and a choice of soup or salad.

OnThe Border. “Sizzling Salute to Veterans” promotion. Mention thisspecial, and On the Border will donate 15% of your purchase to Carry the Load, a non-profit military organization. Veterans and Servicemembers with ID who dine at On The Border will receive a certificate for a freeentree (up to $10) valid at corporate locations only. Find a location nearyou.

OutbackSteakhouse: As an expression of Outback Steakhouse's appreciation to ourCountry's veterans and active duty military*, a free Bloomin' Onion and CocaCola will be available to them at every Outback in the country. Learn more.Please visit www.outback.com for locations.

Paciugo Gelato Caffe Paciugo will thank our nation’sveterans and troops on Veterans Day with a free 12 oz Gelatte. Military guestswill need to provide proof of military service.

RedLobster. Free Appetizer on Veterans Day with military ID or proof ofservice. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers. Find a location near you.

RedRobin. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for allRed Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is alsopartnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Find a location nearyou.

Pirate’sDinner Adventure: November 8th-11th, Veterans and Active Military are free.One free admission per paid admission. Valid at CA locations only. Call 866439-2469 to make reservation, and mention “Veterans Free”.

Shoney’s Offers Free All-American Burger Shoney’ssays ‘Thank You’ to America’s heroes by bffering Shoney’s All-American Burgerto All Veterans and Active Duty Military Members on Veterans Day.

Sizzler: Veteransand Military can show proof of service get a free 6oz Steak Entree with thepurchase of a second one.

SportsAuthority – 15% off all purchases.All Veterans and Military personnel please stop by your local Sports Authoritystore to receive 15% OFF YOUR ENTIER PURCHASE!

SportClips – Veterans Day. Sport Clips offers a Heroes discount which includes activeand retired military. Please call ahead to verify participation. Find a location nearyou.

SteveMadden. We’d like to salute our heroes by doubling our everydaymilitary discount of 15% to 30% OFF for Veteran’s Day ONLY. Valid with a formof Military identification (past or present) in Steve Madden stores only (notvalid online). *Full priced merchandise only. Find a store near you.

Subway(notall stores participate – call ahead):  Free Six Inch Sub - Select Subway locations offer a FREE sixinch sub to military veterans on Veteran's Day. However, Subway restaurants arefranchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.

TexasCorral. Free entrée (dine-in only). Offer available to all activeduty members and veterans with ID. Note: All Texas Corral locations alsoregularly offer a 50% discount to active duty police officers, firemen andmilitary personnel dining in.

TexasRoadhouse: Free lunch. Offer varies by location; our local TexasRoadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations mayvary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant formore information.

T.G.I.Friday's - Free Lunch: Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wearuniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof ofservice. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old orcurrent military ID. More details on TGIFridays.com.

TheOlive Garden, Free entrée. Offer goodfor veterans and active duty military, during regular business hours. Chosefrom a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choiceof soup or salad. Off er good in US and Canada, proof of service required. More info.

Travel Centers of America Free Meal OnVeterans Day, all CDL drivers who are Military Veterans eat FREE atparticipating full-service restaurants with proof of service. Must presentvalid ID.

Tucanos BrazilianGrill All active duty, reserve and retired military and veteransreceive a complimentary Churrasco meal. Also, get 10-percent off the entirebill for veterans and troops who dine with their families, from Friday, Nov. 8through Veteran’s Day.

TwinPeaks Free entrée for service men and women (up to $10). Good forveterans and active service personnel with valid ID or proof of service. Dinein only; gratuity not included. Locations

UnoChicago Grill. Free individual pizza or entréewith the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available forall active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Find a location nearyou.

VeteransDay in Virginia: A list of Veterans Day Events and Memorials in the state ofVirginia is available on the Vacation in Virginia website. Hotels,bed-and-breakfasts, and inns across Virginia are offering special rates,reductions and promotions for Veterans Day. National Parks and National ParkService sites are also free to all visitors on Veterans Day in Virginia.

Cost Plus World Market November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% offyour entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time ofpurchase.

 
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS UNVEILS SITE PLAN FOR NELA VETERANS CEMETERY IN RAYVILLE - Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) unveiled today the site plan for the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery to be located in Rayville. The site plan was developed by Meyer Engineering, LTD which was previously awarded the contract for architectural and engineering services for this project. LDVA also announced the groundbreaking event for the cemetery which will be held on Thursday, November 6 at 12:00 noon. 

“I am thrilled to unveil the site plan for LDVA's newest Veterans cemetery and to announce the groundbreaking event for this long awaited project,” says David LaCerte, secretary of LDVA. "Thanks to the hard work of countless individuals and the generosity of the Franklin family, the Veterans of Northeast Louisiana can look forward to a beautiful final resting place worthy of their noble service to our nation."

A grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the amount of $7,328,600 will fund 100% of the costs to develop the initial phase of the cemetery which will be located on property donated by the Franklin family of Rayville. The site plan reveals a circular design with expansive green space and lush landscaping featuring local flora. A double driveway will host the Avenue of Flags and, when traveling to the right into the property, will lead to the Administrative Building Welcome Center. Continuing further to the right will be the burial areas featuring 400 columbaria niches, 168 cremains gravesites, 754 preplaced crypts and a scatter garden. Beyond that will be the assembly area and committal shelter where interment services will be held. The center of the circle will be home to a carillon bell tower and walking paths for visitors. 

The Franklin family of Rayville donated 50 acres to be used as a Veterans cemetery. The family have long supported this project thanks to a legacy of patriotism and community support. George B. Franklin enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force when he was just 17 years old so that he could serve his country during World War II. He was a belly gunner on B17 bombers and flew 35 missions over Germany. 

This newest cemetery location is planned to provide for the needs of the approximately 35,000 Veterans and their families who reside in and around Northeast Louisiana. The property is located near I-20 off Hwy 425/137 and will span approximately 50 acres, 22 of which will be developed in this first phase of construction.

LDVA currently operates three other Veterans cemeteries: Northwest LA Veterans Cemetery located in Keithville just south of Shreveport; Central LA Veterans Cemetery located just outside Fort Polk in Leesville; and Southeast LA Veterans Cemetery located adjacent to Louisiana National Guard Camp Villere in Slidell.

 
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES 100% VA FUNDING SECURED FOR NORTHEAST LA VETERANS - Monday, September 22, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced today that it has received official notification of a grant funding award from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the amount of $7,328,600 for the establishment of a Louisiana State Veterans Cemetery in Rayville.  Thegrant will fund 100% of the initial costs to develop the cemetery which will be located on property donated by the Franklin family of Rayville.

“I am extremely gratified to announce that funding has been secured from VA for our state’s newest Veterans cemetery to be located in Rayville,” states David LaCerte , secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  “After many years of planning, I am grateful to everyone who has supported the plan for this Veterans cemetery and am pleased that it is now becoming a reality.”

Meyer Engineering, LTD has been awarded the contract for architectural and engineering services for this project.  Construction on the site is set to begin by November, 2014 and is scheduled for completion by Spring 2016, weather permitting.

This newest cemetery location is planned to provide for the needs of the approximately 35,000 Veterans and their families who reside in and around Northeast Louisiana. The property is located near I-20 off of Hwy425/137 and will span approximately 50 acres.

The grant will fund construction of a main entrance, an administration building, a maintenance facility, roads, an assembly area, a committal shelter, preplaced crypts, cremains burial gravesites, memorial and scatter burial areas, columbariam, landscaping, a memorial walkway, and supporting infrastructure.  Initial construction will develop approximately 22 acres and will include 754 preplaced crypts; 168 cremains gravesites; and 400 columbariam niches.

LDVA currently operates three other Veterans cemeteries:Northwest LA Veterans Cemetery located in Keithville just south of Shreveport; Central LA Veterans Cemetery located just outside Fort Polk in Leesville; and Southeast LA Veterans Cemetery located adjacent to Louisiana National Guard Camp Villere in Slidell. 

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SECRETARY LACERTE INVITES VETERANS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM - Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) today announced a September schedule of town hall meetings with LDVA Secretary David LaCerte to be held across the state.  The purpose of these meetings is to allow Louisiana Veterans to share experiences they have had with the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system including VA clinics,hospitals, and mental health services.

"VA's new secretary Robert McDonald recently announced that all VA medical centers are required to host one town hall meeting in their community before the end of September ," says Secretary LaCerte. "As Secretary of LDVA and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I am pleased that VA officials are finally engaging Veterans in a two-way conversation.  On the state level, I will continue to meet personally with Louisiana Veterans so that I can learn about the issues they are facing and will continue to push my federal counterparts to start giving Veterans the care they deserve."

Secretary LaCerte met in July with Veterans in Bossier City,Monroe, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Houma, Leesville, Alexandria, Colfax and Shreveport.  In August, the Secretary met with local Veterans in Ponchatoula, Abbeville, Rayne, and Slidell.  The final August town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, August 28 in Jackson at 6:00 p.m. at the Louisiana Veterans Home(4739 Hwy 10 in Jackson, La.  Telephone:  Representative Havard, 225-634-7470).  Today's announcement extends the town hall meeting schedule into September in order to allow more Veterans to participate in their local area.  Additional meetings for the month of October will be forthcoming.

LDVA will compile the information Veterans share at the town hall meetings and will share findings with local, state, and federal elected officials as well as key staff at VA in hopes of influencing positive change and increased transparency. 

The September schedule of meetings is as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Jefferson at the Jefferson Parish Council Chambers (1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Jefferson, La. 70123.  Telephone:  Senator Appel, 504-838-5550)
  • Wednesday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. in Larose at VFW Post 8538 (2322 VFW Avenue, Larose, La., 70373.  Telephone:  Representative Gisclair, 985-798-7707)
  • Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. in Belle Chasse at Belle Chasse Middle School (13476 LA 23, Belle Chasse, La. 70037.  Telephone:  Representative Leopold, 504-393-5649)

The mission of LDVA is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s veterans and families with regard to healthcare, education, disability benefits, long-term care and burial honors. For more information about LDVA programs and services or to find the LDVA parish service office nearest you, please call toll free 1-877-GEAUX-VA (1-877-432-8982) or visit www.vetaffairs.la.gov .


 
Letter in Support of Fort Polk Progress - Monday, August 18, 2014

Secretary LaCerte's letter in support of Fort Polk Progress.

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Governor Jindal issues Proclamation to Honor Purple Heart Day - Thursday, August 07, 2014
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SECRETARY LACERTE INVITES VETERANS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) today announced an August schedule of town hall meetings with LDVA Secretary David LaCerte to be held across the state.  The purpose of these meetings is to allow Louisiana Veterans to share experiences they have had with the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system including VA clinics,hospitals, and mental health services.

"VA's new secretary Robert McDonald recently announced that all VA medical centers are required to host one town hall meeting in their community before the end of September ," says Secretary LaCerte. "As Secretary of LDVA and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I am pleased that VA officials are finally engaging Veterans in a two-way conversation.  On the state level, I will continue to meet personally with Louisiana Veterans so that I can learn about the issues they are facing and will continue to push my federal counterparts to start giving Veterans the care they deserve."

Secretary LaCerte met previously with Veterans in Bossier City, Monroe, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Houma, Leesville, Alexandria, Colfax and Shreveport.  Today's announcement extends the town hall meeting schedule into August in order to allow more Veterans to participate in their local area.  Additional meetings for the month of September will be forthcoming.

LDVA will compile the information Veterans share at the town hall meetings and will share findings with local, state, and federal elected officials as well as key staff at VA in hopes of influencing positive change and increased transparency. 

The August schedule of meetings is as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Ponchatoula at the Ponchatoula Community Center (300 North 5th Street, Ponchatoula, La.  Telephone:  Representative Pugh, 985-386-7844)
  • Thursday, August 14 at 9:00 a.m. in Abbeville at the Vermilion Parish Library (405 E. Victor, Abbeville, La.  Telephone: Senator Perry, 337-643-6425 or 337-517-7313)
  • Thursday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Rayne at the Ballroom (401 Gossen Park Drive, Rayne, La.  Telephone:  Senator Perry, 337-643-6425 or 337-517-7313)
  • Tuesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Slidell at the Slidell City Hall Meeting Room (2055 Second Street, Slidell, La.  Telephone:  225-219-5000)
  • Wednesday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Reserve at the Southeast LA Veterans Home (4080 W. Airline Hwy, Reserve, La.  Telephone:  985-479-4080)
  • Wednesday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Luling at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center (274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling, La.  Telephone:  Senator Smith, 985-764-9122)
  • Thursday, August 28 in Jackson at the Louisiana Veterans Home (4739 Hwy 10 in Jackson, La.  Telephone:  Representative Havard, 225-634-7470)

The mission of LDVA is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s veterans and families with regard to healthcare, education, disability benefits, long-term care and burial honors. For more information about LDVA programs and services or to find the LDVA parish service office nearest you, please call toll free 1-877-GEAUX-VA (1-877-432-8982) or visit www.vetaffairs.la.gov .

 
SECRETARY LACERTE INVITES VETERANS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) todayannounced a July schedule of town hall meetings with LDVA Secretary DavidLaCerte to be held across the state.  The purpose of these meetings is toallow Louisiana Veterans to share experiences they have had with the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system including VA clinics,hospitals, and mental health services.

"As Secretary of Louisiana Department of VeteransAffairs and a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, I am extremely frustrated bythe lack of transparency from federal VA regarding their current healthcarecrisis," says Secretary LaCerte.  "VA officials need to engageVeterans in a two-way conversation and seek real solutions to theseproblems.  On the state level, I will continue to meet personally withLouisiana Veterans so that I can learn about the issues they are facing andwill continue to push my federal counterparts to start giving Veterans the carethey deserve."

Secretary LaCerte met earlier in July with Veterans inBossier City, Monroe, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles and Lafayette. Today's announcement expands the July town hall meeting schedule in order toallow more Veterans to participate in their local area.  Additionalmeetings for the month of August will be forthcoming.

LDVA will compile the information Veterans share at the townhall meetings and will share findings with local, state, and federal electedofficials as well as key staff at VA in hopes of influencing positive changeand increased transparency. 

The July schedule of meetings is as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Regional Military Museum in Houma (1154 Barrow Street, Houma, LA  70360.  Telephone:  985-873-8200)
  • Wednesday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. at VFW Post 3106 in Leesville (205 East Harriet Street, Leesville, LA  71446.  Telephone:  337-238-0041)
  • Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. at VFW Post 1736 in Alexandria (701 Veterans Drive, Alexandria, LA  71303.  Telephone:  318-448-9271)
  • Thursday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m. at the Colfax Town Hall in Colfax (1290 Main Street, Colfax, LA  71417.  Telephone:  Representative Brown, 318-627-5153)
  • Thursday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. at Winnfield Funeral Home in Shreveport (3701 Hollywood Avenue, Shreveport, LA  71109.  Telephone:  Representative Barbara Norton, 318-632-5887)

The mission of LDVA is to provide comprehensive care andquality service to Louisiana’s veterans and families with regard to healthcare, education, disability benefits, long-term care and burial honors. For more information about LDVA programs and services or to find the LDVAparish service office nearest you, please call toll free 1-877-GEAUX-VA(1-877-432-8982) or visit www.vetaffairs.la.gov.



 
LDVA ONE STEP CLOSER TO SECURING NORTHEAST LOUISIANA VETERANS CEMETERY - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On December 18, 2013 the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced that it is one step closer to securing a Veterans cemetery in Northeast Louisiana with the selection of Meyer Engineering, LTD to provide architectural and engineering services for theproject planned for location in Rayville. Meyer Engineering, which was selected this week by the Louisiana Architectural Review Board, currently serves as the architectural and engineering firm for LDVA's Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidellwhich is slated to open in Spring 2014.

"I am pleased to learn that Meyer Engineering was selected to lead the planning and design for the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery project," says Rodney Alexander, former Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  "The team at Meyer has done outstanding work on the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery and I know they will give their all to provide the Veterans of Northeast Louisiana with a cemetery worthy their service and sacrifice."

On October 1, 2013, LDVA announced that it had received a letter of intent, from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stating its plans to provide grant funds to establish the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville.   Pending approval by Congress of VA's 2014 budget, this grant will fund 100% of the initial costs to develop the cemetery which will be located on property donated by the Franklin family of Rayville.

This newest cemetery location is planned to provide for the needs of the approximately 35,000 Veterans and their families who reside in and around Northeast Louisiana. The property is located near I-20 off of Hwy 425/137 and will span approximately 50 acres.

LDVA currently operates two other Veterans cemeteries, Northwest LA Veterans Cemetery located in Keithville just south of Shreveport and Central LA Veterans Cemetery located just outside Fort Polk in Leesville.  A third cemetery location, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, is currently under construction with an anticipated opening in Spring of 2014.

The mission of LDVA is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s veterans and families with regard to healthcare, education, disability benefits, long-term care and burial honors. 

 
LDVA ANNOUNCES OVER $1 BILLION IN VA COMPENSATION AND PENSION BENEFITS PAID TO LOUSIANA VETERANS - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On May 8, 2014 the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced that Louisiana's 315,342 Veterans received $1,016,206,000 in VA compensation and pension benefits payments last year, according to the latest data released from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) VA data was issued to report national statistics including total veteran populations,federal dollars received in the form of compensation and pension, education benefits and more.

“I am so pleased to learn that our Louisiana Veterans have successfully secured over 1 billion dollars in VA benefits,” says Rodney Alexander, former Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  “Compensation and pension benefits are particularly important because they go directly into the pockets of the men and women who earned them through their honorable service to our country.”

LDVA maintains offices across Louisiana, ensuring that Veterans and their family members have local access to the assistance they need in obtaining the federal benefits they earned through their military service.  These offices operate in partnership with local parish governments which provide office space and basic utilities as well as at least 25% of the costs to staff each office. 

Each year, VA releases data outlining a breakdown of the number of veterans located in each state and the amount and types of benefits veterans have received.  Compensation and pension benefits are paid directly to veterans while other benefits, such as education benefits, are paid by VA to certified higher learning institutions.  In FY12, the Louisiana veteran population was reported at 319,349 with $873,881,000 secured in compensation and pension benefits.  In FY13, Louisiana veteran stook advantage of $120,767,000.00 in education benefits, up significantly over FY12 education benefits of $109,907,000.00. 

The mission of LDVA is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s veterans and families with regard to healthcare, education, disability benefits, long-term care and burial honors. 

 
GOVERNOR JINDAL APPOINTS DAVID LACERTE AS NEW LDVA SECRETARY - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Governor Bobby Jindal appointed David LaCerte to serve asSecretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) upon theresignation of Rodney Alexander.
Governor Jindal said, “I am sorry to see Secretary Alexander step down from hispost. Rodney has dedicated his life to public service. He has served our statewith honor and integrity, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of David LaCerte to head theLouisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. David already has a proven trackrecord of tireless service for the LDVA. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitudeto our veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our country. It isimportant that we have a leader in place that understands the needs of ourmilitary men and women and their families. David is that leader, and I lookforward to continuing to work with him.”

Former Deputy Secretary David LaCerte said, “Rodney has been a strong advocatefor our veterans and I am very sorry to see him go.  I am excited to buildon our momentum from recent years and make a great Louisiana Department ofVeterans Affairs even better for our veterans, service members, and theirfamilies.”

The appointment of David LaCerte as Secretary of the Louisiana Department ofVeterans Affairs is effective immediately.

David LaCerte Bio

David LaCerte was appointed Deputy Secretary and ExecutiveCounsel of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in June of 2010. AsDeputy Secretary, LaCerte served as the department’s Chief of Staff, ExecutiveCounsel, and Legislative Liaison.

Prior to joining LDVA, LaCerte served in the Marine Corpsinfantry in the First Marine Division. Under the command of General JamesMattis, he led the first Marines into Afghanistan and Pakistan only weeks after9/11, helping to drive the Taliban from Kandahar and establish several forwardoperating bases in hostile territory. He has led over 100 combat patrols andmissions in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and also served as a member ofinterrogation teams for high value Al Qaeda targets.

He graduated with honors from Nicholls State University, earninga B.S. in business. He also holds a J.D. and B.C.L. from LSU’s Paul M. HebertLaw Center and studied international law and European Union law at UniversitéJean Moulin Lyon III in Lyon, France. LaCerte is licensed to practice law inall Louisiana state and federal courts, as well as the United States Court ofVeteran’s Appeals in Washington, D.C.

He currently resides in Saint Gabriel with his wife, Mandy, ahigh school principal, and his daughter, Ava.

 
LDVA SECRETARY LACERTE INVITES VETERANS TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On June 20, 2014 The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced a schedule of townhall meetings with LDVA Secretary David LaCerte to be held across the state.  The purpose ofthese meetings is to allow Louisiana Veterans to share experiences they havehad with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare systemincluding VA clinics, hospitals, and mental health services.

"As Secretary of Louisiana Department of VeteransAffairs and a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, I am deeply disturbed by thegrowing allegations of mismanagement and even fraudulent behavior at VA mentaland physical health facilities," says Secretary LaCerte.  "While LDVA does not operate any ofthese facilities, we hope we can help influence our federal counterparts bymaking sure Louisiana Veterans' voices are heard and by keeping the pressure onto make sure these serious issues are not swept under the rug." 

LDVA will compile the information Veterans share at thetownhall meetings and will share findings with local, state, and federal electedofficials as well as key staff at VA in hopes of influencing positive changeand increased transparency.  The scheduleof meetings is as follows:

  • Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Northeast LA Veterans Home in Monroe (6700 Hwy 165 North, Monroe, LA, 71203)
  • Tuesday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. at American Legion Post 38 in Baton Rouge (151 S. Wooddale Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA  70806)
  • Wednesday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m. at VFW Post 8973 in New Orleans (531 Lyons Street, New Orleans, LA 70115)
  • Thursday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m. at VFW Post 2130 in Lake Charles (1900 Country Club Road, Lake Charles, LA 70605)
  • Thursday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. at South Regional Library in Lafayette in conjunction with Acadiana Veterans Coalition meeting.  (6101 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503)

The mission of LDVA is to provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s veterans and families with regard to healthcare, education, disability benefits, long-term care and burial honors.

 
Commemorative Book for Korean Veterans - Friday, April 04, 2014

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs is distributing  special books to those veterans who served in the Korean conflict.

"Korea Reborn: A Grateful National Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth" is available for free to Korean War Veterans as a gift of gratitude from the Korean Government. 

The book is printed in the United States and paid for by the South Korean government. 

If you are a Korean veteran or family member of a Korean veteran and are interesting in obtaining a copy, 
please email veteran@la.gov 

If you would like to view the book online, please visit http://www.remembermyservice.com/Downloads/Korea-Reborn-Book-Preview.pdf 



 
Governor Jindal declares March 29, 2014 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in Louisiana - Saturday, March 29, 2014

Governor Jindal has declared Saturday, March 29, 2014 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in the State of Louisiana. 


 
LDVA PARTNERS WITH ACADIAN AMBULANCE TO HIRE VETERANS - Thursday, March 20, 2014
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2014

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS PARTNERS WITH ACADIAN AMBULANCE, ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO GARNER SUPPORT FROM LOUISIANA EMPLOYERS FOR HIRING VETERANS

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced today a new initiative to secure support from Louisiana employers to hire Veterans, service members and military dependents.  This initiative seeks to streamline efforts to connect Veterans with employment opportunities with a goal of lowering unemployment rates among the Louisiana Veteran population.  

"With the U.S. Department of Defense proposing massive cuts to troop levels, we can expect the number of Veterans seeking civilian employment opportunities to rise sharply in the near future," says Rodney Alexander, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  "By partnering with companies like Acadian Ambulance that actively support hiring Veterans, we hope to connect more of our former service members with career opportunities for themselves and their families."

“Acadian Ambulance was founded in 1971 by employing medics returning from Vietnam.  The incredible training and work ethic of these veterans set the foundation for our company.  We are pleased to join the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in this initiative.  Acadian has a tremendous need for employees to fuel the growth in all of our divisions and we actively recruit veterans because they make phenomenal employees,” said Richard Zuschlag, chairman and CEO of Acadian Ambulance Service and Acadian Companies.

The new LDVA initiative will take a three-tiered approach to connecting Louisiana Veterans with job opportunities.  First, LDVA will actively seek statements of support from Louisiana employers that are willing to establish goals for hiring Veterans.  LDVA will establish a database of companies committed to recruiting and hiring Veterans and their family members and will promote these corporate pledges across the state.

Secondly, LDVA will provide assistance to employers as they seek to connect with Veteran job seekers including sharing of state resources, outreach efforts, recruiting event coordination and promotion, and more.  Finally, LDVA will work with Louisiana Veterans and their families to educate them on high demand careers within the state and will seek to connect them with educational programs and benefits as well as on the job training opportunities to develop skill-sets in these high demand areas.

"The values and leadership skills our Veterans developed during their military careers make them excellent candidates for companies that seek to employ persons with demonstrated skills and solid work ethics," says Secretary Alexander.  "I am passionate about supporting our Veterans and I am proud to partner with more companies like Acadian Ambulance as we bolster employment opportunities for the brave men and women who served our country with honor."

Since 1971, Acadian has provided the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade, the company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian's six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.

For more information on jobs available through Acadian Ambulance, please visit www.acadian.com/military

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LDVA ANNOUNCES PREPARATIONS FOR TROPICAL STORM KAREN - Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced today actions it is taking to prepare for Tropical Storm Karen which is expected to make landfall this weekend with a projected path that could impact the eastern portion of Louisiana. LDVA is projecting possible impact to its Louisiana parish veterans service offices located in the southeast portion of the state as well as to the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home in Reserve.

"On the heels of the Governor's emergency declaration, LDVA is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Karen and is taking several steps to secure the facilities at greatest risk should this storm strike southeast Louisiana," says Rodney Alexander, secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  "While we remain cautiously optimistic that Tropical Storm Karen will not have a significant impact on Louisiana, we are taking the threat seriously and are making all the necessary plans to ensure our Veterans and staff are secure."

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Home located in Reserve will provide shelter-in-place to all 150 resident Veterans. A limited emergency generator is on-site and ready for use to supply power to essential operations should the facility experience a loss of electrical power.  Additional supplies of medications, food and medical supplies have been secured and are in place at the facility. 

At this time, all LDVA Parish Veterans Service Offices will remain open and will operate on their normal schedules.  No other LDVA programs or services are expected to be impacted at this time.

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LDVA ANNOUNCES VA PLANS TO FUND GRANT APPLICATION FOR NORTHEAST LA VETERANS CEMETERY IN RAYVILLE - Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced today that it has received a letter of intent, sent overnight prior to the Federal government shut-down, from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stating it plans to provide grant funds to establish the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville.   Pending approval by Congress of VA's 2014 budget, this grant will fund 100% of the initial costs to develop the cemetery which will be located on property donated by the Franklin family of Rayville.

“I am extremely gratified to announce we are one step closer to securing grand funding for our state’s newest Veterans cemetery,” states Rodney Alexander, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. “After many years of planning, I am grateful to everyone who has supported this project and am pleased that VA has announced their support as well.”

This newest cemetery location is planned to provide for the needs of the approximately 35,000 Veterans and their families who reside in and around Northeast Louisiana. The property is located near I-20 off of Hwy 425/137 and will span approximately 50 acres.

LDVA currently operates two other Veterans cemeteries, Northwest LA Veterans Cemetery located in Keithville just south of Shreveport and Central LA Veterans Cemetery located just outside Fort Polk in Leesville.  A third cemetery location, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, is currently under construction with an anticipated opening in early 2014.

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Governor Jindal issues Proclamation to Honor Purple Heart Day - Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Governor Jindal Appoints Rodney Alexander as Secretary of LDVA - Wednesday, August 07, 2013