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Salute to Idaho Veterans

The eighth annual “Salute to Idaho Veterans” is a free event honoring local Veterans and current Armed Services personnel. The “Salute” features a meet and greet, flag ceremony, Posting of the Colors, a guest speaker, luncheon, slide show, free portrait photos for the Veterans, and a complimentary gift. This year’s guest speaker is Leslie Chapman of Idaho Falls. During four tours in Vietnam as a Top Secret Recon Team Leader in Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam, Chapman was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star for Valor, five Bronze Stars, five Air Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, six Purple Hearts, and other service awards. Chapman also spent four years with the Special Forces Group in Panama, fought in the invasion of Grenada in 1983, and helped train the Contras in Honduras. He retired from the Army in 1987 after 21 years of dedicated service.

The Salute is a prelude to the longstanding traditions that local Veterans Service Organizations have carried out each year on November 11, and is Farm Bureau’s way of saying “thank you” to our local Veterans and current Armed Services personnel for their service to our country. The Salute will be held at Farm Bureau’s 275 Tierra Vista Drive location in Pocatello on Friday, November 9, from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM. For more information, please contact Peggy Sorensen at (208) 239-4201 or psorensen@idfbins.com

Farm Bureau Insurance honors the brave Idahoans who served the United States of America and helped preserve our liberties. The "Salute" is a prelude to the longstanding traditions that local Veterans Service Organizations have carried out each year on November 11th. It's also our way of saying "thank you" to our Pocatello-area veterans for their service to our country.

Congratulations to the winners of our Eighth Annual Veterans Day Essay contest!

In honor of Veterans Day, Farm Bureau Insurance is proud to announce the 2018 Veterans Day Essay Contest. Idaho students with family members who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces are invited to participate. This is a great opportunity for young people to put in their own words the impact that their family member’s military service has made in their lives.

Congratulations to the winners of our Veterans Day Essay contest!

Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company of Idaho was proud to have Caldwell native Dan Eismann as our guest speaker at the 2017 Salute to Idaho Veterans. The Honorable Dan Eismann graduated in 1965 from Vallivue High School near Caldwell, Idaho. He enrolled at the University of Idaho, but left in 1967 to enlist in the United States Army. He served two consecutive tours of duty in Vietnam where, as a crew chief/door gunner on a Huey gunship, he was awarded two purple hearts for being wounded in combat and three medals for heroism.

After being honorably discharged, he returned to the University of Idaho where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. After practicing law for ten years, he was appointed as the Magistrate Judge in Owyhee County, where he served for 8½ years.

In May 1995, he was appointed as a district judge in Ada County. Convinced that there must be a more effective way to deal with the burgeoning drug problem, he worked to set up a drug court in Ada County, which began receiving participants in February 1999. Justice Eismann presided over that drug court until just prior to taking office as a Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. The Ada County Drug Court has proved effective in reducing recidivism and getting addicts off drugs so that they can restore their lives, rebuild their family relationships, and become productive members of the community. Beginning in 1998, he also served as the Administrative District Judge for the Fourth Judicial District, consisting of Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties.

In 2000, the people of Idaho elected Justice Eismann to the Idaho Supreme Court where he began serving on January 2, 2001. He served as chair of the statewide Drug Court and Mental Health Court Coordinating Committee from its beginning, and has served on and chaired various other Supreme Court committees. He is a member and past-president of the Boise Chapter of the Inns of Court and has served on the boards of the Idaho State Bar Lawyers Assistance Program, which provides assistance to lawyers with substance abuse or mental health problems, and of the Idaho Law Foundation. He also served as co-chair of Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence, served on the Criminal Justice Commission, and served as a member of the Law Advisory Council for the University of Idaho College of Law. Justice Eismann served as Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court from August 1, 2007, to July 31, 2011, and while Chief Justice he also served on the Board of Directors for the Conference of Chief Justices. Justice Eismann retired from the Supreme Court on August 31, 2017, after serving almost 31 years in the Idaho judiciary.

In 2003, Justice Eismann received the Spirit of Freedom Award from Senator Mike Crapo; in 2009, he was inducted into the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Stanley M. Goldstein Hall of Fame for his “preeminent contribution to the drug court field”; and in 2013, he received the Faith, Family, and Freedom Award at the God and Country Festival of the Treasure Valley.



The Honorable Dan Eismann speaks at the 2017 Salute to Idaho Veterans.

The Honorable Dan Eismann speaks at the 2017 Salute to Idaho Veterans.


The Honorable Dan Eismann cuts the Salute to Idaho Veterans ceremonial cake.

The Honorable Dan Eismann cuts the Salute to Idaho Veterans ceremonial cake.

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