DWU’s Schmaltz awarded Veteran of the Year
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
During a special Veterans Day luncheon Monday, Jenna Schmaltz, of Mitchell, a nursing student at Dakota Wesleyan University, was awarded Veteran of the Year.
Schmaltz, originally of Charlottesville, Va., and who serves in the Army Reserves, was nominated by VFW Post 2750. The Mitchell American Legion, VFW, and DAV combined on Veterans Day to award two Veteran of the Year Awards. Schmaltz was recognized for her service to the VFW. She led the fundraising efforts to help the VFW when its southern wall was damaged after the razing of the Longhorn Bar next door.
“The monies gained help the VFW to pay bills while they were closed, as well as other things,” said Hugh Holmes, of the Forty and Eight in Mitchell.
Schmaltz enlisted in 2007 in the Army Reserves and was deployed to Southern Afghanistan in 2010-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“I am honored to have received this award and I want to thank all of the volunteers who made my fundraising efforts successful,” Schmaltz said. “With the help of the community and the members of the VFW, we were able to help our financial situation. The VFW Post is not only a building, it stands for much more – support of all veterans, a place where locals can meet servicemen and always confide in a friend.”