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Moon Rises Over Minnesota

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM
Tags: Women Veterans, Veterans Service Organizations

Peggy Moon will be first woman commander of the Department; Klinkner new chaplain.

Peggy Moon, St. Joseph, was elected Department Commander of the Minnesota American Legion at the recent Department Convention in Rochester.  Commander Peggy Moon

Moon, 62, a Vietnam Era Veteran, defeated Mike Schaffer of Fulda by a vote of 491 to 278. Moon becomes the first woman commander in the state’s history.

Another contested election developed at the convention when it was determined that the Department’s constitution would not allow Department Chaplain Richard Wog to succeed himself. Wog was the only candidate for the position.



Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:25 PM
Tags: Events, Legislation, Commissioner

Minnesotans from across the state recently nominated Veterans for making outstanding contributions to their communities. These actively engaged former and current military service members are recognized for going above and beyond to make exceptional, positive contributions that improve the lives of people across Minnesota.

From a host of nominees, 10 “Legacy” Veterans—a new 2014 award category— and 20 “On the Rise” Veterans received honors at the Minnesota Humanities Center's Veterans' Voices Award Ceremony on September 11, 2014. Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Larry Shellito, briefly addressed the awardees and their guests at the ceremony.

Veteran Voices Ceremony Awardees


Veterans - Talk With Legislators, be the Speaker of the House and Voice your Opinion

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM
Tags: Events, Legislation

From the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services

Fairgoers are invited to meet and greet legislators and weigh in on hot political topics during their visit to the House of Representatives booth at the state fair.

Take a “selfie,” a “twofie” or a formal portrait to post on social media as you grab the gavel and stand behind a replica of the House speaker’s desk. Complete with flags and the Abraham Lincoln portrait, the display gives you a feel for what it is like to stand in this position of power. Be sure to find out the fascinating history behind the portrait.



Vettes for Vets

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM
Tags: Minneapolis Veterans Home, Events, Minnesota Veterans Homes

Vettes for Vets visited the Minneapolis Veterans Homes Sunday, August 17.

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Desk of the Commissioner - August

Posted on August 08, 2014 at 8:47 AM
Tags: Commissioner

Commissioner ShellitoFor this month’s article I have decided to take a more serious tone as to the role we all played in caring for our Veterans. First of all, I congratulate the Veterans Service Organizations for successful conferences and their continuing work in caring for Veterans. In some cases, the attendance was lighter than desired, but the leadership ensured the organization continued going in the right direction.

I am extremely proud to play a small part in making Minnesota a better place for all Veterans.  And, as always, I am especially grateful to the auxiliaries for their work.  I have always considered them to be the rock upon which many organizations are built.

When talking about leadership, I often use the analogy of a book that I have read. The title of the book was “The Red Badge of Courage.” The story was about a young man during the Civil War.  During a battle he became frightened and ran.  In doing so, he fell hitting his head on a rock which caused it to bleed.  As the story goes he got connected to another unit and when they saw the blood stained bandage on his head they assumed he had been in battle.   Since they were fearful, they looked to him as a leader.  The story builds on how others trust in him helped him to overcome his fears and move on to be the leader they had envisioned.  



New Program Offers Free Hotel Accommodations for Military Veterans Searching for Jobs in Minnesota

Posted on August 06, 2014 at 9:48 AM
Author: Jacob Franklin - MDVA Tags: Programs, Employment

On July 8 Hilton Hotels in Minnesota joined three other states in a new program that provides accommodations to Veterans searching for jobs outside of their residential area. Hilton Worldwide and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) have partnered with the state of Minnesota to assist military Veterans with finding fulfilling jobs. The HHonors Military program was designed to give back to military service personnel through providing HHonors points to eligible transitioning service members, Veterans, and military spouses. By becoming a HHonors Military member, Veterans will receive a 100,000 point donation to their account. These points can be redeemed to support travel expenses related to job-search activities.



New Measures to Honor Our Veterans

Posted on August 06, 2014 at 9:47 AM
Tags: Legislation

As another legislation session comes to a close, several new measures to honor our Veterans have been achieved.  On July 16, Governor Dayton invited the public to a ceremonial signing of a new bill passed in the last session to fund construction of a Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial in the Capitol Area. The memorial will honor all Hmong-Lao Veterans of the war in Laos who were allied with the American forces during the Vietnam War. State leaders designed $450,000 to complete the design and construction of the new memorial. This appropriation is only available after at least $90,000 has been committed to the project from non-state sources.

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Veteran Legislative Resources

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM
Tags: Legislation

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.



Minnesota Veterans Career Fair 2014

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM
Author: Jacob Franklin - MDVA Tags: Employment, General, Events

Career Fair 2On 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. 



Desk of the Commissioner - July

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Tags: Commissioner, Families

Commissioner ShellitoI recently had the privilege of being a speaker at the inaugural dedication of what is to become the Minnesota Military Family Tribute (MMFT). This tribute is the brainchild of Bill and Teri Popp, strong supporters of Veterans in the State of Minnesota. Most people in the metro area know of Bill through his strong support of the Minnesota Military Family Foundation. His emphasis on the military, specifically the deployed service member and the needs of their family, have been a priority for him since the war on terror began.


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