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Desk of the Commissioner - November

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 2:29 PM
Tags: Events, Commissioner

Commissioner Shellito 2015November has proven to be an exceptional month this year. Most significant was the Veterans Day celebration held in Inver Grove Heights. This event is the official State Veterans Day site and the event was the best attended I have seen for many years. The morning breakfast was great, the speakers were insightful, and the inclusion of elementary school youth singing the service songs and reading essays about Veterans made the day truly special. They all added a unique dimension to the importance and contributions our Veterans have made in the defense of our country. In short, I was very proud of what I experienced that day.

Minnesota Veterans Day Event 2015

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 2:47 PM
Author: Blake Rondeau - MDVA Tags: Events

Veterans Day photoVeterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 was a tribute to all Veterans, those still serving throughout OIF/OEF operations to those who have served in America’s past wars: those remembering the 25th anniversary of the start of the Gulf War, 40th anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War, 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, and the 97th remembrance of the ending of the First World War.

There is a lot to remember and a lot more to be thankful for. These brave men and women have served their country in times of need not to be recognized one day out of the year, but to have the opportunity to enjoy every day in a free country with friends and family.

Upper Post Veterans Community Ribbon Cutting

Posted on October 09, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Tags: Events, Families, Outreach

CommonBond-Studio-resizedOn Friday, Oct. 2, CommonBond Communities held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Upper Post affordable-housing community for homeless Veterans at Fort Snelling. Five historic structures were transformed into 58 units of affordable housing. This new housing opportunity features studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments along with support services for homeless Veterans and their families.

The ceremony included remarks from Deidre Schmidt, President and CEO of CommonBond Communities, Mary Tingerthal, Commissioner of Minnesota Housing, Warren Hanson, President and CEO of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund/MN Equity Fund, Tom Wiffler, COO of UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans, Dave St. Peter, President of the Minnesota Twins, Patrick Kelly, Executive Director of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen, and Residents and Veterans Austin Poons and Judy Ganino. 

Desk of the Commissioner - July

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 8:58 AM
Tags: Commissioner, State Veterans Cemetery, Events

July was an active month beginning with Honoring Veteran Day at Target Field.  As guests of the Minnesota Twins, the nine Veteran Service Organizations in Minnesota were asked to have their leadership occupy the various positions on the field. With the bases covered, the sidelines were filled with military re-enactors in full wool uniforms, currently serving military and the National Guard unfolding the American flag for the national anthem.  To top it off, a flyover by World War II era planes brought the stadium to its feet.  It was an environment that excited all.  One could sense the pride of all the Veterans assembled, whether they were on the field or in the stands. I personally want to thank the Minnesota Twins organization for their inclusion of our Veterans as a part of their Fourth of July celebration, and in particular honoring the Veterans who served this great country.

Photo by  Staff Sgt. Patrick Loch, Minnesota National Guard.

Photo by Tech Sgt. Paul Santikko. 

Desk of the Commissioner - May

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 2:20 PM
Tags: Commissioner, Families, Events

Commissioner Shellito 2015Memorial Day is fast approaching and I have been given the special honor of delivering the keynote address at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery Memorial Day event. The Fort Snelling remembrance has always been a key event within Minnesota.  As I prepare my comments, I am filled with a flood of memories, both good and sad. From my experiences while deployed to Vietnam as a young Infantryman – to my responsibility as Adjutant General in deploying young men and women to Afghanistan and Iraq, I am reminded that Minnesota is truly blessed to have a generation of citizen-soldiers willing to answer our nation’s call to service.

An Inside Look at the MDVA Women Veterans and Gold Star Families Programs

Posted on May 04, 2015 at 10:29 AM
Author: Annie McCahery - MDVA Tags: Families, Women Veterans, Programs, Benefits, Events

Minnesota National Guard Veteran, Ashley Laganiere, recently became the Gold Star Family and Women Veterans Program Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

The mission of the Minnesota Women Veterans Program is to ensure women Veterans have equal access to federal and state benefits and services. The program responds to gender specific needs of women Veterans and ensures that women Veterans are treated with dignity and respect. It is also geared towards offering the appropriate benefits and services needed for women, primarily in healthcare.

Minnesota Month of the Military Child 2015

Posted on April 13, 2015 at 8:12 AM
Tags: Events, Families


In April, Minnesotans across the state celebrate the “Month of the Military Child.” It is estimated that over 15,000 children in Minnesota have been affected by a parent’s deployment. In recognition of their sacrifice, we take the time to celebrate children of Service Members and Veterans during this month. This celebration was created by former Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger in 1986 to highlight the important role that military-connected youth play.

As Governor Dayton declared April 2015 to be the “Month of the Military Child,” there are a number of opportunities for children of Service Members and Veterans in Minnesota to be recognized.

Desk of the Commissioner - April

Posted on April 08, 2015 at 9:06 AM
Tags: Commissioner, Events, Families

Commissioner Shellito 2015The Minnesota Military Family Tribute (MMFT) is nearing completion on the State’s Capitol Mall here in St. Paul. This project, which is a special tribute dedicated to the families of members of our military past and present, has been over three years from conception, fundraising, design, and construction.  A brainchild of Bill and Teri Popp, this tribute recognizes all those behind the scenes - the spouses, children, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and all others who, through emotional ties, were there with their loved one as they were away from home in service to their country.

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.

Veterans Day, a Day of Celebration

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Tags: Events

Veterans Day 2014

The snow and Minnesota winter weather didn’t stop a crowd of nearly 500 Minnesotans from attending the State of Minnesota Veterans Day Program to honor and celebrate generations of Minnesota’s Veterans. The event was held Nov. 11, 2014 at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights.

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