Sammons Financial donates $20,000 for South Dakota VA program


The donation will be used to purchase needed tools to construct handmade, dignified caskets and urns for qualified veterans.   Contributed photo

The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs' "Veterans Honored Internment" project has received a $20,000 donation from Sammons Financial Group.

The donation will be used to purchase tools to construct handmade, dignified caskets and urns for qualified veterans. According to the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs, the project is supported by donations and has resulted in the making of about 50 caskets and 50 urns each year. 

“We are honored to support our veterans and the Veterans Honored Interment project,” Sammons Senior Vice President Tim Reuer said in a statement.  “VHI is a remarkable organization, and this is a great way to show respect for those who have served our country and their families.”

Over the past two years, Sammons has been recognized for its support of active military members, with two of its employees, Greg Bonzagni and Steve Bishop, receiving the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The award is given to supervisors and bosses who support employees serving in the National Guard with flexible work schedules, granting time off prior to or after deployment to spend with families, and granting leaves of absence.

Sammons Financial Group includes Midland National Life. Midland National was founded in 1906 as Dakota National and changed its name to Midland National in 1925. 

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