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Returning veterans to be honored at McLeod County Fair Aug. 23

Military personnel returning from deployment will receive special recognition at the 2015 McLeod County Fair.
Cassandra Carrigan, assistant McLeod County Veterans Services officer, gave the County Board an update on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program at its meeting Tuesday morning.
Carrigan reviewed the program’s activities since it was inaugurated by official proclamation at the 2014 county fair. The program is designed to provide veterans with access to services after they return from active service.
Carrigan said that returning service members will be honored at the McLeod County Fair Sunday, Aug. 23, in the grandstand before the demolition derby that day. The veterans will receive free admission to the fair, courtesy of the fair board, and also will receive gift bags “as a ‘thank you’ and a welcome home.”
Carrigan said many businesses and individuals have already donated items to be included in the gift bags.
“We’ve had offers to include gas cards or restaurant gift certificates,” said Carrigan. She added that donations are still welcome.
Commissioner Ron Shimanski asked how many returning veterans are being honored, and Carrigan said between 10 and 20 “that we are tracking.”

For more, see the July 8 print edition of The Chronicle.