As the state’s primary source of Veteran resources, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has become a go-to source for Veteran news and information. Our team is constantly striving to provide Veterans with the resources they need to make informed decisions. The MDVA legislative team has created a series of tools meant to be an informative and educational resource for staying up-to-date on the constantly changing Veteran-specific laws and policies. These tools are evolving from month to month, and will continue to be improved, as we work toward the goal of better serving our heroes. Below is a short summary of the tools we currently offer.
On Wednesday July 9, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) hosted Minnesota’s 8th annual Veterans Career Fair at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. As the largest Veterans career fair in Minnesota, this event was made possible through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and various corporate sponsors and service providers.
Upon entering the Hastings Veterans Home woodshop, one is greeted with the strong aroma of freshly cut wood accompanied with the consistent clamor of men hard at work. Mike Kriel, the Woodshop Coordinator, steps proudly into the room and states with a smile, “Welcome to my playground.”
CommonBond Communities, the Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing, recently held a ceremonial groundbreaking event for new Fort Snelling development project. On May 29 the organization invited distinguished guests to celebrate the restoration and construction of a new affordable housing community for Veterans and their families experiencing homelessness. The development project will transform five historic structures into 58 new apartments on the Fort Snelling Upper Post.
Due to recent legislative action, military Veterans will now have increased eligibility to apply for Minnesota state police positions. Governor Dayton signed a new bill into law on May 16, which changed the Veteran requirements needed to apply to civilian police forces. The new law reduces the years of military law enforcement experience needed to qualify to take the police reciprocity exam. Now Veterans with four years of active duty experience in law enforcement or Veterans who hold a two-year college degree with a minimum of two years of military law enforcement experience may qualify to take the exam.
June 6th marked the 70th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, commonly referred to as “D-Day.” On June 6th 1944, the Allied forces launched the largest seaborne invasion in history. Nearly 24,000 Allied troops stormed the coast of France shortly after midnight, risking their lives to begin the invasion of German-occupied Western Europe. The operation greatly contributed to an Allied victory in the war, and remains crucially important to our nations’ history.
Saint Paul, Minn. - In May 2014, Hamline University celebrated the achievements of their students in the areas of English, Journalism and Communications. Veteran Don Allen, a student at Hamline University and the president of the Hamline University Veterans Affairs Student Organization has been awarded two prestigious awards as a result of his written work.
The first award is the Earl E. Craven Prize in Journalism award for a student who is a staff member of a campus publication who has raised the standards of campus journalism. The second award to Allen was the Eliza A. Drew Prize in Communications for Best Editorial, “Hoodlum Manifesto of the Achievement Gap,” which was Allen’s take on the current fail in public education for K-12 students.
May has traditionally been an active month for the Veterans’ community. Memorial Day has always been sacred to the Veterans and the activities will be plentiful. I encourage everyone to take time this Memorial Day to honor the fallen. It is a somber day in many ways, but we, as a nation, must assuredly take the time to honor the fallen and their families and also reflect on the personal sacrifices made by many to ensure that our great nation is safe and secure.