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Forum staff reports, Published June 28 2013

Cramer forms veterans advisory board

BISMARCK – Rep. Kevin Cramer has announced his formation of a veterans advisory board, a group of North Dakota veterans organization leaders who will provide guidance on issues facing former and retired service members.

The board’s first meeting, Aug. 5 in Bismarck, will address issues including VA disability claims, proposed medical treatment fee increases, suicide prevention, sexual assault and programs for newly retired service members.

Members of the board are:

• Brenda Bergsrud, women and minority veterans coordinator and benefits specialist with the North Dakota Department of Veteran Affairs

• John Hanson, Air Force veteran, former member of the North Dakota Army National Guard, and state commander for the North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars

• Rusty Ouart, former member of the North Dakota National Guard and recipient of a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Iraq

• Warren Tobin, department adjutant of the Disabled American Veterans and 20-year veteran of the Air Force.

• Lonnie Wangen, a 27-year member of the North Dakota National Guard and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom