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Desk of the Commissioner - December

Posted on December 07, 2014 at 1:28 PM
Tags: Commissioner

Commissioner ShellitoDecember 7, 1941, is a day in which our nation reflects on the catastrophic impact of being attacked and forced into war.  December 7 has always been a day of remembrance.  This year it is taken on a personal tone.  In mid-November, my wife and I chose to take our daughters, son-in-law, and three grandchildren on a winter holiday to Hawaii. We stayed in Honolulu to enjoy a week’s worth of sunshine and relaxation. Having been there before, we also wanted to show our grandchildren the sites of the island. It was our visit to Pearl Harbor that I wish to focus this message.


Devoted Volunteers Awarded the President’s “Lifetime Volunteer Call to Service” Award

Posted on December 04, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Tags: Commissioner, Events

Presidential Award

Today Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito presented Reverend Richard L. Jenkins, Sr., and Mrs. Vivian Jenkins Nelsen with the President’s Lifetime Volunteer Call to Service Award. This award is a national honor in recognition of over 20,000 hours each of volunteer service to America.


Desk of the Commissioner - November

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Tags: Families, Commissioner, Women Veterans, Families

Commissioner ShellitoVeterans Day is the day we pay special tribute to all Veterans who served this great nation.  This became clear to me as my wife and I took our grandsons, ages 10 and 8, to Washington D.C.  We visited most of the ‘must see’ sights but most importantly the Veteran Memorials and Arlington Cemetery.  Walking the grounds of Arlington clearly magnified the sacrifices made and the importance of honoring our Veterans.



Desk of the Commissioner - October

Posted on October 03, 2014 at 1:58 PM
Tags: Commissioner, Families

Commissioner ShellitoWith fall upon us, and the elections fast approaching, we are busily getting ready for the next legislative session here in St. Paul.  Much has happened these past few months, especially receiving the federal matching dollars which enables us to complete the Minneapolis Veterans Home campus renovations.  Also, several of our senior leaders, Michael Gallucci and Reggie Worlds, have moved on. Michael has retired and has moved to Florida while Reggie has accepted a position with Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development in Mankato.  Both are doing well and are excited about the opportunities they have in their new roles. This agency values the service they provided and know they will continue to serve Veterans in all their endeavors. 


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


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.  



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.


Desk of the Commissioner - June

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 9:23 AM
Tags: Commissioner

Commissioner ShellitoAs a Department we continue our mission of supporting Veterans and their families and this is done in part by building awareness in our communities of the sacrifice many of our state heroes have made.  This month commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day and I can’t help but reflect on the sacrifices our troops made during that war. Probably the most recent, mind imprinting, reflection on this most significant day was the opening portion of the movie “Saving Pvt. Ryan.” 


Desk of the Commissioner - May

Posted on May 05, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Tags: Commissioner

Commissioner ShellitoMay 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.



Desk of the Commissioner - April

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Tags: Commissioner

Commissioner ShellitoApril is the “Month of the Military Child.”  The focus is on the impact of extensive deployments placed on our military families.  While the focus is on the child, I want to focus specifically on the spouse.

Ever since 9/11/01 Minnesota has sent its sons and daughters to all corners of the world.  Minnesotans have responded through such avenues as the Beyond the Yellow Programs, random acts of kindness, and genuine concern.  The families have been resilient and collectively supported one another also during the trying times of deployments.



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