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Post News:

Commanders Notes:

It’s that time of year when its harvest time, hunting season, and getting ready for that next season
that I won’t name. I personally love this time of year since it’s cooler after the long hot summer. We
recently had our VFW summer picnic at Finstad’s Campground. If you didn’t make it I would like you
to know that there were plenty of leftovers that everyone was able to take home. A good time was
had by all. We did do one piece of business where we authorized $500 for the Hawaii Fire Disaster
Relief Fund which will be matched by National VFW up to a certain amount.
I recently attended a Brown County Veterans Council Meeting (Sept. 21st) and picked up some info
that I will try to pass on to you at our October meeting. Also, I will be attending a VFW District 2 (Sept.
30th) meeting in Jordan that may also have some info to pass along. Both of these meetings are
quarterly and anyone interested may attend to see what is going on or being discussed.
On November 11th we observe Veterans Day and will have our Post 1648 Raffle Drawing at the New
Ulm American Legion Post 132 Club Room. I plan on attending the New Ulm Veterans Day Program
and hope to see many of you there. The exact location is not yet known, but I'm certain it will be
publicized in the newspapers and on the radio. I believe there will also be a program at MVL on the
8th. Since Veterans Day falls on a Saturday I suspect the program in New Ulm will be on Friday the
If any members would like to get some of our Veterans Day Raffle tickets to buy or sell, contact Tom
Flatau or myself and we will try to get them to you. If you know or suspect of any veteran or their
family members that are experiencing a hardship please let them know that there is help for them
either from us or the Brown County Veterans Service Office. We will try to help and they need not be
a VFW member. Our monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, even-numbered months at the Sleepy Eye Servicemans Club and odd-numbered months at the New Ulm
Legion Club. Meetings start at 7:00 PM and I would love to see more of you show up. It’s your Post.
Tom Roesch
Commander VFW Post 1648

Important information from the Veteran's Administration

Are you eligible for PACT Act benefits? While VA began to process these claims on Jan. 1, 2023, applicants should apply now to maximize benefit payments. For any PACT Act claims received by Aug. 10, 2023, VBA may issue benefit payments back to Aug. 10, 2022. Learn how to file a disability claim to secure your full benefits! Here is a link to a YouTube video from the VA that provides more information about the PACT Act:

VA reaches 1 million in military exposure screenings

Here's a link to some additional information from the American Legion:

Protect Your Benefits from Poaching Scams

Pension Poaching is a financial scam that targets Veterans, service members, and their families with the goal of profiting from VA Pension benefits. Scammers approach Veterans who meet the age,

disability, or income requirements to receive monthly pension payments. Protect yourself and your family by learning to identify and avoid fraudulent practices. Here's a link to information from the VA:

The VA's Top 10 List of Veteran's Resources for 2022

Follow this link for information on free National Park Passes, discounts, VA life insurance, and other veteran-oriented programs:

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 – Monthly post-meeting at the Sleepy Eye Serviceman's Club


Wednesday, 8 November 2023 – Monthly post-meeting at the New Ulm American Legion Hall

Saturday, 11 November 2023 – 4 PM Veteran's Day & Raffle Drawing at the New Ulm American Legion

Wednesday, 13 December 2023 – Monthly post-meeting at the Sleepy Eye Serviceman's Club

All Post Meetings start at 7 PM.

Welcoming New Members

James Hulke

Mike Schuman - Transfer

Steve Tyler - Transfer

Schell’s Brewery Tribute to Veterans
   - Saturday, November 11th
   - Arrive at brewery by 10:45 a.m.
   - New Ulm Battery Firing at 11 a.m.
   - There will be a military uniform

     display and a map for you to mark   

     the locations where you served.
Tour the new Army Field Mainten
ance Shop
   - Tuesday, November 21st
   - 2100 Palmer Ave, New Ulm

   - (opposite Menards roundabout)
   - Tour the facility

   - Followed by briefing on Army

      missions & equipment repaired.
- RSVP to CVSO Office at 507-233-6636.

Post Leadership:

Commander: Tom Roesch

1st Vice Commander: Tom Edwards

2nd Vice Commander: Denis Warta

Adjutant: Avery Wils

Quartermaster: Tom Flatau

Chaplain: Leon Treml

Service Office: John Schotzko

Judge Advocate: Dave Borchert

Trustees: Lyle Zobel

Joe Stevens

Leon Treml

Brown County Veteran’s  Services:

Greg Peterson

John Schotzko

14 South State Street

New Ulm, MN



Don Nazarenus

John Gareis


Your VFW Supports Your Community

Here is where some of the money has gone in the last three months that Post 1648 has raised through various fund-raising activities:
   • Dept of Minnesota VFW Hospital and Recreation Fund: $60.00
   • Vets on the Water: $100.00
   • New Ulm Fire Dept Dance Tickets: $20.00
   • Minnesota VFW Commander's project: $200.00
   • Minnesota VFW Hawaiian Fire Relief: $500.00


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