Dakota Midday: Operation Black Hills Cabin Speaker

Nov 10, 2016

Retired Air Force Major Bob Liebman is one of the presenters at Saturday's Operation Black Hills Cabin, an event hosted by the Black Hills Veterans Writers Group. Liebman and other post-9/11 veterans will share stories about their military service during this special Veteran's Day weekend event. The public is welcome to attend. A reception is being held prior to Saturday's event at 9:00 a.m. at the Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Liebman was a weapons systems specialist on the B-1B.

Colonel Karen Lloyd (U.S. Army), director of the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project, talks about collecting war stories this Veterans Day and how volunteers in South Dakota can participate.

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Ron Capps served in the Army and Army Reserve for 25 years and is also a retired Foreign Service officer for the Department of State. He served both branches in some of the world’s deadliest places: wartime Kosovo, Darfur, Chad, Afghanistan and Iraq. The horrors of what he witnessed and his inability to stop the death and bloodshed inflicted him with shakes, panic attacks and severe depression.

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The director of the VA Health Care System in Sioux Falls says South Dakota doesn’t have the wait list problems plaguing other veterans hospitals nationwide.

The Veterans Affairs inspector general believes the scandal is systemic. Federal reports show workers at some VA locations around the country lied about treatment for veterans and falsified records to reflect shorter wait times than veterans encountered.

Sioux Falls VA Health Care System Director Darwin Goodspeed says that didn’t happen – and isn’t happening – in his hospital.

Tax breaks for disabled vets

Oct 30, 2012
Courtesy DAV


Time is running out for disabled veterans to file applications to receive a break on their property taxes – and the yearly savings can be substantial.

The South Dakota State Revenue Department is reminding disabled veterans that they have until November 1 to apply for a partial exemption on property taxes.

Department spokesperson Michael Houdyshell says military veterans who are one-hundred percent disabled due to service-related injuries are eligible.