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There’s an opportunity to support veterans locally and statewide in Stillwater this weekend.

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) will host the Turkey Jam Music Festival 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Minnesota Army National Guard Stillwater Readiness Center, located at 350 Maryknoll Drive N. in Stillwater.

All proceeds from the event go to the MACV to help end Veteran homelessness in Minnesota.

In addition to the six bands performing at the event, there will be a silent auction as well as food and beverages available for purchase.

The silent auction includes autographed jerseys from Vikings greats like Joe Kapp, Tommy Kramer and Kirk Cousins as well as several items signed by Twins players. A finish line photograph of Olympian and Afton native Jesse Diggins will also be auctioned off. For those who aren’t as interested in sports, other auction items include art prints, jewelry, gift cards and baskets of items from St. Croix Valley businesses.

Lift Bridge beer and root beer as well as water and mixed drinks will be available for purchase. A full meal will also be available for $5. There is a $10 donation to enter the event. Children under age 12 are free.

Neal Loidolt, President and CEO of MACV, said it’s the event’s third year in Stillwater, organized with community partners. The proceeds support three MACV programs, primarily housing assistance for veterans as well as employment and legal assistance.

Loidolt said many veterans become homeless as a result of loss of income. Last year, 68% of veterans said they had a physical disability, chemical addiction or mental illness. These issues can make it difficult for veterans to maintain a job, he said, which can lead to homelessness. MACV’s housing assistance program connects veterans with housing in their community, he said.

“Housing first and then we can help you sustain the amount of your next rent,” Loidolt said. “That consumes the majority of our resources.”

Loidolt added the Turkey Jam Music Festival is an opportunity for local residents to support local veterans. All proceeds from the event directly benefit veterans, Loidolt said.

“We believe strongly that local solutions are the best solutions,” he said. “Communities helping their own is the way to do it.”

Contact Kim Schneider at kim.schneider@ecm-inc.com

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