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Rep. Bob Dettmer Attends Room Dedication for Wallace R. Schmidt, a Vietnam Veteran with Local Ties

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Saint Paul, MINN—On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, attended a ceremony at the Minneapolis Veterans Home to dedicate a room to Wallace “Skip”  R. Schmidt, a Vietnam Veteran who was injured during the war and took his own life four years later due to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. His sister, Diane Finnemann, who resides in Forest Lake, also attended the ceremony. Diane played a big role in providing the background information on her brother, Skip for the Minneapolis Veterans Home project which brings to light the sacrifices made by those who served in the Vietnam War.

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Rep. Bob Dettmer, Diane Finnemann, and former State Senator Dan Skogen at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. The three were also instrumental in getting legislation signed into law in 2008 to designate March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day in Minnesota.

Photo courtesy of Rep. Bob Dettmer