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Trolling for the Troops

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Tags: Events

Beth Kocian


The 3rd Annual Trolling for the Troops event held June 6-7 was a huge success. Veterans and some of Minnesota’s best anglers spent a day on the water enjoying one of this state’s consummate pastimes – fishing.

The event kicked off June 6 at Camp Ripley, Minn. with a welcome, meet and greet and a wonderful steak dinner for all participants. Trolling for the Troops pairs disabled Veterans and recently deployed soldiers with some of the best anglers in the Midwest for a day of fishing on Mille Lacs or the Mississippi River.

Minnesota Veterans Cemetery - Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Tags: Events, State Veterans Cemetery

StateVeteransCemeteryMemorialDayOn Sunday May 26th, the State Veterans Cemetery hosted their annual Memorial Day Service sponsored by the Minnesota State Veterans Memorial Association. The event had a great turnout with 1,200 people in attendance. The ceremony began with a musical piece from the Richfield Symphonic Band and was officially started by the traditional Parade of Flags. The parade colors  were carried by representatives from different Veterans organizations.

2013 State Legislative Update

Mike McElhiney
Legislative Director, MDVA

MN FlagOnce again another budget year has come to an end - but not without challenges.  The Legislature literally finished their work in the eleventh hour - minutes before midnight on May 20 – and achieved much in order to keep Minnesota moving ahead. It was a strong year for Veterans.  Initiatives that were necessary and supported by the Governor and the legislature was able to put the final linchpin in several Veterans initiatives.  Governor Dayton delivered a budget that invests in Minnesota Veterans, ensuring they receive the education, opportunities, and benefits they earned through their service.

Veteran-Related Highlights:
» Minneapolis Veterans Home. The budget includes $18.9 million in the bonding bill to complete Phase 3 of the Minneapolis Veterans Home replacement project. With this state funding, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to leverage $35.2 million in federal funds through a compflagetitive grant process and will provide high-quality skilled nursing services for Minnesota’s Veterans. 

» Expansion of the Minnesota GI Bill. With an additional $1 million investment, the Minnesota GI Bill program will expand to include all generations of veterans – not just those serving on or after 9/11. This expansion will help ensure all Minnesota veterans have access to the education and training they need to get good-paying jobs.

» One-on-One Help for Veterans. The budget provides $2 million in increased grant funding for County Veteran Services Offices, which help veterans and their families obtain the benefits and services they earned through military service.

Minnesota County Veterans Service Officers

Posted on June 05, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Tags: Programs, General, Claims, Benefits

Have you tapped into your personal cornucopia of Veteran federal benefits? These are benefits that you’ve earned for your military service.

Your Minnesota County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) is the first person you should contact to find out if you or your family is qualified for local, state and federal Veterans' benefits. CVSOs work with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Service Organizations to make sure you get all the Veteran benefits you are eligible for.

Desk of the Commissioner - June

Posted on June 05, 2013 at 8:36 AM
Tags: Commissioner

Commissioner Shellito.jpgThis month I will focus on the “Thank You’s” that are past due to our Veteran Leadership across the great state of Minnesota!

First…to all those who worked hard to insure that Memorial Day was focused on its true purpose… honoring our fallen heroes. The ceremonies, media interactions, and expressions of our caring and honor were focused on the day’s true meaning. Thank you for your hard work and detailed planning.

Second…I want to thank our Commanders’ Task Force for their leadership this past legislative session. Collectively the Commanders forged a solid legislative agenda; monitored it consistently; and in the final hours worked both within and outside our agency to insure their goals were properly vetted, with the key goal of seeing the completion of the Minneapolis Veterans Home properly funded.

Donations Help Assist Our Student Veterans

Posted on June 04, 2013 at 8:16 AM
Tags: Higher Education

Tony Tengwall
MDVA Higher Education Veterans Program, Southeast Regional Coordinator

Higher Ed Picture

When Minnesota’s Veterans return from deployment, they are greeted with a wider support network than any of their brothers or sisters from other generations before them could ever imagine. Even with so much assistance available, it can still be difficult to make ends meet, especially when attempting to further their education. There are many education benefits available, but often students have a hard time making ends meet while they juggle their studies with their jobs and their families. The Hiawatha Valley Yellow Ribbon (BYR) Committee saw this as an opportunity to show their gratitude.


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