Registration open 28 July 2016 Golf Tournament

Majestic Oaks

The Vessey Chapter’s 17th Annual Fundraiser and Golf Tournament raises funds to support our military service members and their families through Military Appreciation events, Wounded Warrior efforts and soldier support efforts here and abroad. Our 17th


Annual event is an opportunity for soldiers and civilians to golf side by side while supporting these great causes.

We all take for granted the things that deserve our gratitude, join us in memory and support of our military personal. Please contact me personally on how you can participate on this special day by attending, sponsoring or a simple donation.

Thank you,
Jocelyn Cookson
2016 Golf Chair


Memorial Day 2016

Free Admission to FlyOver America with Military id!

FlyOver America – Memorial Day Information Sheet

FlyOver America is a flight simulation ride that brings guests on a breathtaking, aerial tour of some of the greatest landmarks and regions throughout the United States in virtual flight technology. The attraction is a fully immersive experience including wind, mist and even scents while soaring across some of America’s most spectacular sights.

Military Appreciaiton Nights with the Saints & USAA

USAA is partnering with the St. Paul Saints to sponsor two Military Appreciation Nights in 2016 (26 May and 5 Jul).

Flyer 2016 Voucher for Military Appreciation Nightswith voucher is needed to claim up to 6 – free tickets for the game on 26 May.

Tickets will be available for the game on 26 May at the St. Paul Saints Ticket Office, and you must have valid Military or Retiree ID Card.Please be sure to get tickets in advance; first come – first served and the 1,000 tickets set aside for military members and veterans will go fast.

I truly appreciate the opportunity to support the Minnesota Military Community and thanks!



Mike Evans, MSG, USA (Ret)
Military Affairs Representative | Field Operations – Central
Military Affairs | Enterprise Strategy & Marketing | USAA

Act now!

Ask your Minnesota state senator (especially Sen Skoe – Tax Chair) to defer to the house language from HF 848 for the omnibus tax bill which provides a subtraction for military retirement pay. The primary purpose of this bill is to bring military retirees to Minnesota for a second career. Wisconsin, which has had a similar provision, has brought an additional $50 million in second career income to the state this year and more than $390 million in taxes since its inception. Very little of these funds would have been collected by the state without the military retiree tax subtraction because most states don’t tax military retirement income and the retirees move to those locations. The House language is below:

Military retirement pay. Allows a new income tax subtraction for individuals who receive military retirement pay. The subtraction equals $1,000 for each year or portion of a year of active service, up to a maximum of twenty years of service. The subtraction would apply to retirement pay for service in the active and reserve components of the military, and for survivor benefit plan payments. The subtraction is not limited to the amount of military retirement pay received. In the case of married spouses who file jointly, each spouse can claim this subtraction. The subtraction would not be allowed to individuals who choose instead to claim the existing income tax credit for military retirees.

Thank you , let’s act now.

Don Kerr

General John W. Vessey Jr Chapter
Association of the United States Army

Senator Rod Skoe
Capitol Office
95 University Avenue W.
Minnesota Senate Bldg., Room 3211
St. Paul, MN 55155
I’d like to ask your support in adding or supporting language in this bill (HF 848) to support a subtraction for military retirement pay. Military service members would give Minnesota strong consideration as a home for Retired Active Duty service members starting their second career.The benefit to Minnesotans is a place for Retired Service Members to call home for a second career (Active Duty) and Retired Service Members who are retired from all employment to stay in Minnesota. It keeps dollars in Minnesota vs moving out of state and makes Minnesota a strong consideration for retired military.Wisconsin has approved a similar bill which was directly tied to a $50M increase in second career income to the state this year and more than $390 million in taxes since its inception.

Thank you for your time,

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