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MACV and the 21st Annual StandDown

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Tags: Events

Taylor Stephens
MDVA

MACV StandDown

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) helps positively motivated Veterans and their families who are affected by homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless. MACV accomplishes its mission by providing services directly or in collaboration with other service agencies. MACV coordinates these services through their three regional offices in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Mankato. Their structured assistance program assists Veterans to once again become productive members of society while also learning that their service is greatly appreciated by all. More than 25,000 Veterans seek assistance from MACV each year. Some Veterans have trouble re-integrating into society once they come back from war, so MACV is there to assist them in doing just that. Their programs are set up to meet the needs for chemical dependency treatment, mental health treatment, crisis intervention during emotional or physical distress, life skills training, educational services, family support services, transportation, money management training, re-establishment of social skills, training to increase basic life skills, and skills to obtain and retain permanent housing.



Come Fly With Us – the Story Two Extraordinary Women Veterans

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Tags: Events

Come Fly With UsTaylor Stephens
MDVA

On Monday, July 15 the Minnesota Historical Society put on an inspiring event at the 133 Airlift Wing in St. Paul. The event was planned as a presentation from two extraordinary women about their unique and amazing flying careers in the Air Force. However, one of the speakers, World War II pilot Betty Strohfus, was unable to attend. Air Force Maj. Tammy Barlette gave the presentation solo and spoke about her career while also giving insights into Betty’s. The event started off with Andrea Kajer from the Minnesota Historical Society introducing the two women and talking a little about their backgrounds.



Veterans Employment Representatives

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Tags: Employment

ElizabethOgaardIn May 2013, Elizabeth Ogaard was finally ready to pursue her career goal of becoming an event planner. She had to put this goal on hold for several years due to a military deployment to Iraq in 2008, followed by active duty orders here in Minnesota, and then another deployment to Kuwait in 2012. During the reintegration training, which all reserve component military members must complete following deployments, Elizabeth was reminded to go to the Minnesota WorkForce Center to file for unemployment. She admits that she was hesitant to go to the “unemployment office,” initially but is glad she did because that led her to Mark Mann and Dave Wold, her Veteran Employment Representatives.  She said that as soon as the Unemployment Representative learned that she was a Veteran he told her about the Veteran Networking Group held every Thursday at the Brooklyn Park WorkForce Center.



More than 1,000 Attend Vets Career Fair

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM
Tags: Employment

This post originally appeared on the MinnesotaWorks.net blog

More than 1,000 former and current members of the U.S. military connected with employers at the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair held in Brooklyn Center on Tuesday.

VetsCareerFair2013Crowd

Veterans met with approximately 130 businesses with current job openings. There were a wide variety of businesses represented with job vacancies in diverse fields. Exhibitors included private companies, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, service providers and government agencies. Recruiters accepted resumes and directed job seekers to channels for applying for job vacancies.



Veterans Play Project

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Tags: Events

Taylor Stephens
MDVA

Calling all Veterans! The Veterans Play Project is pleased to invite you to audition for a new play they are making, based on the experiences of Minnesota military Veterans. All Veterans from all branches, backgrounds, abilities, and age are invited. No performing experience required, and no need to prepare anything, just show up and they’ll keep it easy.



Why Hire a Veteran?

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Tags: Employment

WhyHireAVeteranIt's no secret Governor Dayton proclaimed July as “Hire a Veteran Month,” yet many employers may be asking themselves why they should hire a Veteran. It is true that Veterans receive training and experience that can be translated to civilian occupations; but perhaps of greater value are the life lessons the Veteran experiences while in the military. Military training not only creates Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, it transforms young men and women into responsible adults ready to fill Minnesota’s talent pipeline.

It begins with a commitment. As young as 17, these men and women commit to put service before themselves. Very quickly they learn about responsibility, accountability and being part of a team. They learn basic things that employers are looking for, such as completing a job to the desired standard and showing up on time. If you doubt this, ask a Veteran how long it took for them to learn not to be late! A Veteran returns from duty with leadership skills, technical training, safety training, crisis management skills and the ability to make tough decisions under pressure. Additionally, the average 24-year old Veteran has done all or most of the following:




Tips to Prepare for the Veterans Career Fair on July 16

Posted on July 03, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Tags: Employment, Events

HireMNVetsBadgeThis year's Veterans Career Fair is coming up on July 16.

To make the most of any job or career fair, it's best to begin preparing yourself, your resume, and your personal sales pitch well in advance of the event.

Success begins with a plan. Here are some handy preparation tips and a timeline that will help you be razor-sharp and ready on the day of the Veterans Career Fair.



July Proclaimed "Hire a Veteran Month"

Posted on July 02, 2013 at 3:33 PM
Tags: Employment, Events

HireAVetereranMOAGovernor Dayton has proclaimed July as “Hire a Veteran Month” in Minnesota. This unique proclamation is intended to create awareness of the talent and character employers will find when they hire Veterans. 

Minnesota is home to more than 370,000 Veterans, and over 60,000 Minnesotans have served on active duty since 9/11. These men and women understand commitment and accomplishing goals. They are mature and have the dedicated work ethic most employers seek.



Minnesota GI Bill Expansion

Posted on July 01, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Tags: Higher Education, Programs, Legislation

Taylor Stephens
MDVA

MN GI Bill billboard

Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota State Legislature voted to expand the Minnesota GI Bill to include more Veterans. Previously only Veterans who served after September 11, 2001 were eligible for the Minnesota GI Bill, which supplements other Veteran education programs. Now, under the new law any Veteran under age of 62 who has served honorably in any branch of the armed forces during any time period may be eligible. 

“This is important because the program will now assist the Veterans who need it the most,” said David Bellefeuille, director of the Higher Education Veterans Programs for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.  Many pre-9/11 Veterans have either used all their federal education benefits, or they have expired. The enhancements to this program will now assist all Minnesotan Veterans with long-term employment opportunities. The plan starts with education and financial assistance to help Veterans, who have served and sacrificed for this country, achieve their goals.



Desk of the Commissioner - July

Posted on July 01, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Tags: Commissioner

Commissioner ShellitoWith the legislative session over and summer weather arriving, the activities in the office have been much quieter . . . still busy . . . but quieter!!

The end of the budget year of the biennium is complete and has kept us focused . . . not only on what was completed but also in preparation for the bonding cycle. Key activities include working with State and Federal leadership on the future of our Veterans Homes in Minnesota as well as positioning the Department for the future in the areas of technology, personnel, and, most importantly, better ways to meet the needs of Minnesota Veterans.



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