Tragedy spurred hope-filled mission

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Photo submitted Mark Underwood, Kenton Bergen and Mark Rinke, known as the Rock on Brothers of Sound or the Robos, will entertain crowds at an Aug. 12 dance and dinner fundraiser open to all in honor of veterans. Rinke is donating the event space at 11175 225th Street East, Lakeville, and catered food with proceeds going to benefit The Mission Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans. The event is free for veterans. Non-veterans are asked to make a freewill offering.

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Mark Underwood, Kenton Bergen and Mark Rinke, known as the Rock on Brothers of Sound or the Robos, will entertain crowds at an Aug. 12 dance and dinner fundraiser open to all in honor of veterans. Rinke is donating the event space at 11175 225th Street East, Lakeville, and catered food with proceeds going to benefit The Mission Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans. The event is free for veterans. Non-veterans are asked to make a freewill offering.

Night of fun that benefits veterans planned in Lakeville

“Suicide doesn’t end the pain, it just spreads it around,” said Mary Bergerson, widow of a U.S. Army veteran who took his life in September 2005.

“Suicide doesn’t end the pain, it just spreads it around,” said Mary Bergerson, widow of a U.S. Army veteran who took his life in September 2005.

At the time, Bergerson was still grappling with the loss of her mom’s death from cancer, her step-children were removed from her care because she was not their biological parent and then her brother died nine months after her husband Doug Bergerson’s suicide.

At first depression clung to her, and for a while she even contemplated ending her own life, but she instead determined to honor Doug’s life by turning her grief into hope for others who have made sacrifice in serving others.

She founded The Mission Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, a problem Doug struggled with for years after he retired from 12 years of active duty, including serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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