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Vietnam Veteran Commemoration

Rep. Phillips's birth father, U.S. Army Capt. Artie Pfeffer, was killed in Vietnam in 1969 when Dean was just six months old. Serving in Congress more than 50 years later, Rep. Phillips is committed to honoring his memory and the sacrifice of millions of Americans who have served in uniform, along with their families. As part of that, he's partnering with the Vietnam War Commemoration program to pay tribute to Vietnam-era veterans in our community. If you served during the Vietnam War, or have a friend or family member who served, click the link below to nominate them for an official commemoration:


Nominated Vietnam-era veterans - or a surviving family member - living in Minnesota's Third Congressional District will be honored with a commemorative lapel pin and certificate of special recognition as a small token of our nation’s gratitude. Click the red button above to nominate the veteran in your life, and we will reach out when there’s a commemoration ceremony planned in your neck of the woods. 

As a Gold Star Son, Rep. Phillips feels immeasurable gratitude to our veterans and their families, and knows that active service-members, veterans, and their families struggle to navigate both the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) bureaucracy in order to obtain their benefits. No matter when or where you served, bureaucracy should never be a barrier to care. If you or somebody you know is being treated unfairly by a federal agency, or just not getting an answer from one, click here to learn how we can help.

Commemoration Ceremonies:

Bloomington, MN
May 31, 2022 | Bloomington Civic Plaza

Rep. Phillips honored Vietnam-era veterans Carl (Les) Fordahl Jr., Donald Alman, Duane Brinkman, Michael Dardis, Dave Handy, Larry Hvinden, Gerald (Jerry) Martin, Edward Schuenke, Bill Middeke, Thomas Sawyer, and Jim Sorum.