Military Family Day: DCTC Welcomes Ryan Schmidt

Story of inspiration, perseverance and overcoming PTSD

Dakota County Technical College Military Family Day
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dakota Room

Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome!

Speaker Ryan Schmidt | 12 – 1 p.m.

Note: Ryan Schmidt needed to cancel his presentation for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, due to a family emergency. DCTC Student Life hopes to reschedule Ryan’s presentation on campus.

Join us to hear Ryan’s inspiring story of his military service and perseverance to overcome the obstacles he faced in his life after his service, due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ryan is a retired Sergeant and U.S. Army recon sniper. He served in Afghanistan (2004-2005) and Iraq (2006-2008), and experienced combat injuries. Ryan has physical injuries, as well as chronic and severe PTSD. Ryan also served as a Corrections Officer for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department. He is a former member of a world-wide biker organization; current owner/sole proprietor of Consummate Warrior LLC; and a veteran’s advocacy consultant/public speaker.

Veterans Resources Open House | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Meet and Greet – Stop by the Veterans Club table to take a quiz about Veterans Day and get a free “Support our Troops” yellow ribbon pin! Also, meet representatives from the Veterans club and learn more about how you can get involved. The Veterans Club will be hosting a social on November 18 at 1 p.m. in the Student Life Center. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend! Contact:;
  • DCTC Photons Club Raffle for Holiday Portrait Sessions – The Photons Club will be selling raffle tickets for a Holiday Portrait session! You can purchase a session for $25 or enter a raffle for $5 at their booth on Military Family Day. Three raffle winners will be selected.
  • Medical Assistant program collecting items for deployed troops – The Medical Assistant program is collecting items to ship to troops overseas. Please donate any of the following items: Travel size toothpaste, shampoo, etc; Ramen noodles, Little Debbie’s snacks, gum, health/fitness/auto magazines, hard candy, sunflower seeds or jerky. They will also be making Support our Troops Survival Bracelets to raise funds for shipping the items to troops. Suggested donation for the bracelets is $5. Contact:
  • Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community Network
  • Veterans Resource Center
  • Workforce Center
  • Workforce Center
  • Family Assistance Center
  • DCTC Veterans Services
  • Veterans Services Office

Lions Club Meeting | 1:15 p.m.
The Lions Club is supporting the Rosemount Community food shelf by collecting non-perishable food items. If you bring in a food item donation and stay for the Lions Club meeting free appetizers will be provided! Contact:

For more information about Military Family Day activities, contact:
  • Anna Voight
    Assistant Director of Student Life