Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota

Happy Veteran’s Day from The Salvation Army

Added on Thursday, November 9, 2017

With Veteran’s Day approaching on Nov. 11, now is a great time to remember that your gifts to The Salvation Army fund critical programs that serve men and women in uniform.

The Salvation Army has been devoted to serving veterans since World War I (watch video). Today we operate a myriad of veteran-specific programs that provide hope and healing to hundreds in the Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota, and North Dakota. Programs include short and long-term housing, basic needs assistance, rehabilitation, counseling, and more.

A veteran named Ricky works in a Salvation Army kitchenThese programs helped a U.S. Army veteran named Ricky (pictured) get off of drugs and begin living a productive life again.

Not long ago, the 51-year-old from St. Paul said he was “ready to put a bullet in my head” after a lifetime of drug and alcohol abuse. He enrolled in treatment at the VA hospital in St. Cloud, Minn., where his counselor told him about a local Salvation Army transitional housing program for veterans. The program could provide him with up to two years of housing, plus three hot meals a day and unlimited access to Salvation Army caseworkers.

Ricky enrolled in the program and hasn’t looked back (read his full story).

“The Salvation Army saved me,” Ricky said. “Without a place to live, I would have gone right back to staying with my friends and getting high. The Salvation Army turned me into a different person.”

The Salvation Army is proud to offer these same types of services to legions of other veterans in Minnesota and North Dakota.

“Happy Veteran’s Day to the brave and selfless men and women who have given so much of themselves in order to protect our country and freedoms,” said Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division. “The Salvation Army salutes you.”

Poverty is an everyday battle. People experiencing poverty are not without hope – their lives are just harder than they should be. The Salvation Army is helping to make their lives a little easier, thanks to your gifts of time and money. Join us in the fight for good by giving online or donating at a red kettle, becoming a volunteer bell ringer, or recruiting your own army as a fundraiser on Learn more about how The Salvation Army fights poverty in your community.