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MDVA Wins 2015 Tekne Award

Posted on November 20, 2015 at 7:49 AM
Tags: General, Outreach, Technology

Tekne AwardThe Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) won the 2015 Tekne award for best “Collaboration for Community Impact” with their campaign to end Veteran homelessness.

This section “recognizes a collaboration or partnership that demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence in delivering an innovation to Minnesota while meeting an unmet community need.” This unmet need was the more than 300 homeless Veterans in Minnesota that now have been identified and are transitioning into a place to call home.

Green Light a Vet

Posted on November 11, 2015 at 2:33 PM
Author: Blake Rondeau - MDVA Tags: General, Outreach

GreenlightAVetThis Veterans Day there was a new movement established to recognize Veterans, but just as importantly, recognize those who support our Veterans; it is called, Greenlight A Vet.

What is Greenlight A Vet? America’s Veterans are some of our Nation’s bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our Veterans by changing one light to green.

War Memorials

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 2:04 PM
Tags: General

Jack Rice
Guest Writer

Korean-War-MemorialSo who do war memorials represent anyway?  What are we supposed to think when we look at them?  Or is it just about waving the flag and pounding our chests? 
He was born in 1911 so that makes him one hundred and three years old.  How is that even possible?  More than double my age.  What can he remember?  Will he understand me?  And its not as if he has led this quiet sedate life without trauma.  Far from it.  As I walk into the room to sit down with this man, he immediately sits up taller in his chair and stares me straight in the face with a look that seems to say, I know who I am and where I come from.


Posted on June 01, 2015 at 9:47 AM
Author: Annie McCahery - MDVA Tags: General

PetsLoyal2VetspicPetsLoyal2Vets is a Veteran-run, nonprofit, outreach organization which connects therapy and companion dogs with U.S. military Veterans suffering from service related traumas.

PetsLoyal2Vets says that their mission is, “to connect disabled Minnesota Military Veterans diagnosed and treated for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), or physical assault traumas with specially trained companion, therapy, and psychiatric service dogs.” The organization partners with supporting animal shelters, breeders, and rescue organizations at no cost to the Veteran.

Redesigning Processes to Build a Safer Place to Live and Work

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM
Tags: Health Care, Silver Bay Veterans Home, General

From the Minnesota Office of Continuous Improvement April Newsletter


The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has reduced employee and resident safety incidents at its Silver Bay Veterans Home, thanks in large part to a number of recently implemented process improvements. Employees at the Silver Bay home used Kaizen, Lean, and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) processes to guide their improvement efforts. By creating and redesigning various standards, review processes, and programs they are building the home into a safer place to live and work.

Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad – Honoring the Fallen for 35 Years

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 9:02 AM
Author: Annie McCahery - MDVA Tags: Women Veterans, General

Fort-Snelling-Memorial-Rifle-Squad-2Commander Terri Winter is the first female commander of the almost entirely male Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad. She was elected unanimously by her squad. Though she describes the feeling of her election as “absolutely incredible,” Winter does not deny that there have been difficulties.  She had not realized how groundbreaking her election was for future generations until her phone started ringing off the hook, “After breaking that glass ceiling, I am just starting to see the struggles that our daughters, nieces, and granddaughters will have to struggle with.”

HUD, VA, and USICH Announce 33% Drop in Veteran Homelessness Since 2010

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 7:26 AM
Tags: General

From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today released a new national estimate of Veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless Veterans in America, a decline of 33 percent (or 24,837 people) since 2010. This includes a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of Veterans sleeping on the street.

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. 

A Woodshop for Veterans

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM
Author: Jacob Franklin - MDVA Tags: Hastings Veterans Home, Employment, General, Programs

Hastings Veterans Home Woodshop 

Upon entering the Hastings Veterans Home woodshop, one is greeted with the strong aroma of freshly cut wood accompanied with the consistent clamor of men hard at work. Mike Kriel, the Woodshop Coordinator, steps proudly into the room and states with a smile, “Welcome to my playground.”

70th Anniversary of D-Day

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 8:51 AM
Author: Jacob Franklin - MDVA Tags: General, Events


June 6th marked the 70th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, commonly referred to as “D-Day.” On June 6th 1944, the Allied forces launched the largest seaborne invasion in history. Nearly 24,000 Allied troops stormed the coast of France shortly after midnight, risking their lives to begin the invasion of German-occupied Western Europe. The operation greatly contributed to an Allied victory in the war, and remains crucially important to our nations’ history.

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