Oliva to speak at Veterans Day program
On Monday, Nov. 11, the annual Veterans Day program will be held at the Gettysburg School Gymnasium beginning at 10:30 a.m. The program is sponsored by the Gettysburg VFW Post 8530 and the American Legion Post 135. Parking will be available on the south side of the building at the school. The program will be followed by a potluck at the American Legion at 11:30.
The featured speaker at this year’s event is Steve Oliva. Oliva is a United States Navy Veteran with two deployments to the Persian Gulf. He has served as a Veterans Field Officer for the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs since 2004. In his role as field officer, Oliva covers 17 counties and one reservation in northeast South Dakota. As field officer, he assists county and tribal veterans service officers in securing benefits for our veterans and their dependents. In addition, Oliva conducts outreach and community informational programs, as well as assists with yellow ribbon events.
Oliva is a Nationally Accredited Representatives for American Legion – American Ex-Prisoners of War, Inc., Blinded Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of Purple Heart, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, SD Dept. of Veterans Affairs, The Retired Enlisted Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S, and Vietnam Veterans of America.
When not assisting veterans, Oliva can be found enjoying the outdoors while fishing, hunting and snorkeling. He even finds time to enjoy grandparenting and is known to spoil his granddaughters.