Coon Rapids veteran earns honor from Timberwolves

A Coon Rapids resident was honored on-court for her military service at the Nov. 1 Minnesota Timberwolves’ National Basketball Association game versus Oklahoma City.

Linsey Williams

Linsey Williams

The game’s Hero in the Making was Spec. Linsey Williams, a member of the Minnesota National Guard.

In 2010 at the age of 20, Williams enlisted in the U.S. Army as a broadcast journalist. She deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation New Dawn in 2011.

She currently is a member of the Bloomington-based 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

As part of the Timberwolves’ Operation: Minnesota Heroes month, the team will honor and recognize Minnesota troops at their families with on-court elements, events and grants.

As a Hero in the Making recipient, Williams received a personalized Timberwolves jersey and a Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund grant.

At each home game in November, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation is honoring soldiers for their service as Heroes in the Making.

Throughout the month, the foundation is also honoring Gold Star Families – a family that has lost a loved one while in active duty in the Armed Forces.

The foundation will present two $5,000 grants to organizations that support Minnesota military troops and their families. Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and BFW Charities are the November grant recipients.

Rebuilding Together brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners, particularly older adults, individuals living with disabilities, families with children and active and retired members of the armed services.

BFW Charities provides medical grants to veterans through its veteran pain management program. Its 2013 “Helping 100 Vets in 100 Days” hopes to change the lives of 100 military veterans in Minnesota by providing free treatment of service-connected disabilities.

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