DAV Crow Wing County Chapter # 22

Welcome! to the Disabled American Veterans CrowWing County Chapter 22


                                     Crow Wing County Chapter 22

                                                          P.O. Box 85
                                            Brainerd, MN 56401

                        Commander: Dave Meyer

                       Adjutant: Tim Brastrup

       Meeting: 3rd Thursday of the Month - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
                                     VFW Post 1647
                                     South 6th St
                                      Brainerd MN 56401


                            The only handout a Veteran needs

             are other Veterans reaching out to help them.

 Crow Wing County Chapter # 22 is a community based Veterans Service Organization helping disabled, non-disabled veterans and families in the greater Brainerd Lakes Area. The chapter donates funds and provides assistance to worthy causes that directly affect the health and welfare of our nations military veterans. Chapter 22 and Auxiliary meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at the VFW Clubrooms in Brainerd MN. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. We welcome all service connected disabled veterans in Crow Wing/Cass county to join us.          ________________________________________________



          View the below articles on the NEWS and ACTIVITIES Page 


                                       Chapter 22 Monthly Meeting Minutes

 Minutes for April 15, 2021

                  meeting have been posted   

CHAPTER MEETING FOR May will be held at The Brainerd VFW Club on May 20,2021 at 7pm





                                                           THE CHAPTER MEETING MINUTES can be found on the

                                                                          Chapter 22 Webpage







July 21, 2016

Brainerd VFW, Brainerd, MN

                                                             LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

 The weekly and yearly legislative updates from the MN Dept. of Veterans Affairs can be found by clicking on to their link below: 

                                        LIST OF LEGISLATIVE UPDATES 


                                       MN DEPT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS



All current DAV Chapter 22 members who have an E-Mail address on file with the Chapter 22 webmaster will receive the weekly update by

 chapter E-Mail

                       CHAPTER 22 DAV CREW REPRESENTS AT THE


Michael Rawlings & Don Alrichter




Chapter 22 DAV members Don Alrichter and Michael Rawlings, Marine Veterans

and lifetime members of the DAV, recently competed in the World Erg Challenge (WEC)

sponsored by Concept 2. The WEC is a month long competition in which each team

completes as many meters as they can collectively between 12:00 a.m. March 15 and

11:59 p.m. April 15h.

Don Alrichter placed 1


among the 4,397 rowers and 359 teams with a total of

3,086,913 meters. Rawlings finished 7


with a total of 1,283,260 meters. The Crew

finished 1st in the 2-5 members category with a total of 4,370,173 meters. They placed

1st in the Medical Facility Category and finished 1st and 2


in the Adaptive Category.

They had the highest average meters per person with 2,185,087 meters.

  The Team has been competing since 2016 with multiple World Titles. Alrichter is one

of the elite long distance rowers with close to 50 million meters rowed since 2016.

DAV Chapter 22 in Brainerd, MN was generous enough to donate a Concept 2

Ergometer to start the team.


   Congratulations to DAV Crow Wing County Chapter 22                                     Adjutant Tim Brastrup.

At the State DAV awards ceremony in Rochester, MN on Friday night May 4, 2018. PDC Saddoris and State Adjutant Whitehead announced that Crow Wing County Chapter 22 Adjutant Tim Brastrup had been selected as the chapter adjutant for the year of 2018.

A very well deserved recognition for the many years of dedicated service Tim has given to Chapter 22 as Commander, Adjutant, Treasurer, and interim Chaplin.
Tim has been involved with all the volunteer areas the chapter covers plus Color/Honor guard, clothing drives, maintenance of donated wheelchairs. 

                                                 MINNESOTA MILITARY RADIO


                          MINNESOTA MILITARY RADIO   website:  http://minnesotamilitaryradiohour.com

                         Listen Saturdays, 9am to 10am on KVBR 1340 AM Radio in Brainerd


  State officers for 2019-2020 

  •  , CHAPLIN
  •  , Treasurer
  • Trent Dirks. ADJUTANT

Keep checking http://www.davmn.org/ for updated news and events. 

                             DAV Auxiliary Chapter 22  Information




DAV Auxiliary Chapter 22  Information and Meeting Minutes can be found on the News and Activities page



                                                    The Bulletin Board

       The Old Glory Run has again been cancelled for yr 2021




 Yes No       /       /   
Street address: Last 4 of your Social Security #: Home phone #:   
(          )   
P.O. box: City: State: ZIP Code:   
I understand that lunch is provided on the day of the event   Yes Do you receive care from the St. Cloud VA? Yes/No

If you answered no, which VA do you currently receive care at? I understand that Registration will be limited to a specific number of participants.
Event you are registering to participate in: 
(Each Veteran may only choose one event to participate it )   
 Badminton Weightlifting Horseshoes Billiards/Pool 1 Mile    Rowing
REMINDER: Registration is limited to a specific number of participants.   
What division of your event will you be participating in (Circle One)  
                                                                                            Wheelchair or  Ambulatory?     
Name of emergency contact: Relationship: Home phone no.: Work phone no.:   
(          ) (          )   
I understand that I am willingly participating in this event at my own risk.   
Veteran’s signature Date  



We will be playing 8 ball, following the World Pool-Billiard association rules and regulations 
1 mile Walk/Run

There will be a mile course around the new walking path that the Veteran will walk/run the course for time. 


Each match will consist of 1 game played against an opponent, the winner moves on to the next round.
Competition will be single elimination, so once you lose a match, you are out of the competition.
There will be a singles ambulatory and a singles wheel-chair division. There will be no separation of gender.
Scoring System
All games will be played to 21 points or 15 minutes in length, whichever comes first.
Every time there is a serve, there is a point scored.
The side winning a rally adds a point to its score.
At 20 all, the side which gains a 2 point lead first, wins the game.
At 29 all, the side scoring the 30th point, wins that game.
Singles and Serving
At the beginning of the game (0-0) and when the server’s score is even, the server serves from the right service court. When the server’s score is odd, the server serves from the left service court.
If the server wins a rally, the server scores a point and then serves again from the alternate service court.
If the receiver wins a rally, the receiver scores a point and becomes the new server. They serve from the appropriate service court – left if their score is odd, and right if it is even.
Weight lifting

Competitors will be bench pressing a barbell  with weight plates on each side.  Competitors will do 3 lifts reaching their maximum weight. Spotters will be on both sides of the barbell and in the middle to support the weight if the competitor cannot finish the lift. Divisions are separated by age and wheelchair/ambulatory. 

Rowing will be done on a stationary rowing machine. Veterans will Row 1000 meters for time.
Horse Shoes
A coin is tossed to decide who starts and thereafter the player to pitch first alternates with the end. The first player throws both horseshoes at the opposite stake one after the other. The second player then does the same thing. The score for the end is then calculated and the players play the next end by reversing direction and throwing at the other stake.
  Any horseshoe that is leaning against the stake is called a “leaner” will gain two points.  Any horseshoe that completely surrounds the stake is called a "ringer" and scores three points unless cancelled out by an opponent’s ringer.  If there is some doubt as to whether or not a horseshoe qualifies as a ringer, a straight edge should be placed against the open end of the horseshoe. If straight edge doesn't touch the stake, a ringer is scored. For such a simple game the scoring can seem complicated because of the way that ringers are cancelled out. To simplify this, the various options are listed below:
1. If no ringers are thrown, the nearest horseshoe to the stake counts one point.
2. If both players throw a single ringer each, the ringers are cancelled out and the nearest of the other two horseshoes scores one point. 
3. Should both players score two ringers each, they cancel each other out and no points are scored. 
4. If one player manages one ringer but the other player pitches two ringers, three points are scored.
5. If a single ringer has been scored that player wins three points plus an extra point if that player's other horseshoe is the closest of the remaining three. 
6. Finally, if a player achieves two ringers and the other player manages none, six points are scored.

The first team to reach 21 points wins the game or whoever has the most points at the end of the 15 minute time limit will win the game.
Note - shoes that lean against the stake are not counted nearer than any other shoe that touches the stake.

Contact Leah with any questions at 320-252-1670 Ext. 6180



                                                  OLD GLORY RUN

       The 8th annual Old Glory Run was held in Cold Spring, MN on Saturday May 16, 2015 

  The race has played a significant role in providing funds raised through this event to the MN Disabled American Veterans organization.  Proceeds of this event are used by the DAV of MN Foundation and have provided for new vans used by the DAV to transport area veterans in need of transportation to and from their VA medical appointments at the local VA Medical Centers . 


      DAV Crow Wing County Chapter22 Color Guard Members:  Mike Williams, Larry Christiansen, Tim Brastrup, Bob Jones and Commander Dave Meyer.


Tim Brastrup, Larry Christiansen, and Mike Williams, Congratulate a Veteran runner/walker at the finish line.


 Runners at the starting line.



                                       OLD GLORY RUN

       The 7th annual Old Glory Run was held in Cold Spring, MN on Saturday May 17, 2014.



                    DAV Crow Wing County Chapter 22 Color Guard Members with National Commander

                Joseph W. Johnston.



  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                    OLD GLORY RUN

  The 6th annual Old Glory Run was held in Cold Spring, MN on Saturday May 18, 2013. This event was first organized by local Cold Spring/St. Cloud area volunteers Curt and Pam Karls in 2007.  The race has played a significant role in providing funds raised through this event to the MN Disabled American Veterans organization.  Proceeds of this event are used by the DAV of MN Foundation and have provided for new vans used by the DAV to transport area veterans in need of transportation to and from their VA medical appointments at the local VA Medical Centers .

Pictured are members of DAV Crow Wing Co Chapter 22 Color Guard and the 2013-14 DAV of MN Department Commander Rob Hartley, 2012-13 Department Commander Bob Erickson and Staff from State DAV office.



  Wheel chair veterans and their attendants cross the finish line and receive medals from

 Dean Ascheman  DAV Foundation Chairman and State DAV Chaplin Donald Nesheim

                                                        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                                       New  DAV Van

The New (used) DAV Van for transporting Veterans to the Brainerd VA Clinic (CBOC). Outreach is up to a 50 mile radius from Brainerd. Contact the Brainerd CBOC for ride information.Brainerd VA  Outpatient Clinic
  722 NW 7th Street
 Brainerd, MN 56401
 Phone:             (218) 855-1115      


          DAV Crow Wing County Chapter 22 Clothing Drive

On Going Clothing Drive 

Disabled American Veterans Clothing Drive:  Please support your local Chapter 22 of the Disabled American Veterans.  We are taking new and used clothing in our  clothing drive to raise funds. If you have clothing items left over from garage sales why not donate them to the DAV of Crow Wing County. All funds obtained from our clothing drive are used primarily for the disabled veterans, veterans, and veterans families in Crow Wing County and at the St Cloud VA Hospital. 

The chapter now have easy access drop off bins located at the following locations.
   VFW of Brainerd, left of the parking lot entrance to the club. The Baxter Liquor Store by Mills GM and the Pine River American Legion.
                   Look for the bright green bins              





 Agent Orange UPDATE

St. Cloud VA Crew rows to victory, and to better health!
The St. Cloud VA Crew (indoor rowing team) recently participated in the Concept 2 World Erg Challenge and we are proud to announce their achievements!
The Challenge is a month long competition from March 15 to April 15.  Over 4,000 people from 347 teams rowed and skied a total of 437,817,224 meters. 
In the Top Ten Team category for teams with 2 to 5 members, the St. Cloud VA Crew rowed 1,276,720 meters, placing them in the 8th position!
Within the Top Ten Adaptive Men category Michael J. Rawlings of the St. Cloud VA Crew rowed 751,236 meters, placing him in first place. Don Altrichter of the St. Cloud VA Crew rowed 466,677 meters, placing second overall!
In the Medical Facility Category the St. Cloud VA Crew placed third overall. In the Individual Board in the Medical Facility Category Rawlings and Altrichter placed first and second overall.
Congratulations to all team members who participated, including Michael J. Rawlings, Team Captain. Don Altrichter, Benjamin Weyers, Christopher Boucher, and Roger Talbot. 
The St. Cloud VA Crew is looking for interested parties who enjoy rowing and would like to contribute their meters to a winning team. The St. Cloud VA Crew, in its first year of competition took First Place in the Fall Challenge and now a Third Place in the World Challenge. June 21st beings a new competitive competition and we are excited to get more Veterans involved in our teams success and our chances against teams all over the world.


Sept 14, 2011


 Agent Orange updates
How to obtain your DD-214 online.

 date: October 13, 2009



   or 100% SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED  VETERANS. Click on  News and Activities  

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, offset of pay for disability-based compensation

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