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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.

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 - March

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 8:46 AM
Tags: Commissioner, Outreach

Commissioner Shellito 2015Ending Veteran homelessness has been a major focus area for MDVA. On the national level, nearly 500 cities and states have made a commitment to end Veteran homelessness. Minnesota is no exception: Governor Dayton and his Administration committed to this goal as part of Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. In addition, 10 Mayors from around the state have also pledged to end Veteran homelessness this year.

Ending Veteran Homelessness: We can, and so we must

Posted on October 03, 2014 at 2:01 PM
Author: Eric Grumdahl- MDVA Tags: Outreach, Programs

The State of Minnesota, Governor Dayton, and the Mayors of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud, Burnsville and Albert Lea have joined the Federal government and over 200 other communities across the country in committing to end Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

Five weeks ago, I joined the team within State government charged with helping us deliver on these commitments, as Special Advisor on Ending Veteran Homelessness based at MDVA with the Minnesota Office to Prevent and End Homelessness. I come to this role after serving as Policy Director for the U. S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the Federal agency charged with coordinating the Federal response on homelessness and working in partnership with communities across the country to prevent and end homelessness. In my previous role, I served as USICH’s liaison with the Department of Veteran Affairs and as policy lead on efforts to end homelessness among Veterans and youth. I am delighted to bring the perspectives and experiences of my time in Washington back to my home state, and to join dedicated people at MDVA, throughout government, and in nonprofit organizations and communities across the state focused on ending Veteran homelessness.

Groundbreaking for Homeless Veteran Housing

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Tags: Benefits, Outreach, Families, Events

Homeless Veteran Housing CeremonyCommonBond Communities, the Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing, recently held a ceremonial groundbreaking event for new Fort Snelling development project. On May 29 the organization invited distinguished guests to celebrate the restoration and construction of a new affordable housing community for Veterans and their families experiencing homelessness. The development project will transform five historic structures into 58 new apartments on the Fort Snelling Upper Post.

November is Native American Heritage Month

Posted on November 04, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Tags: Outreach

Kari Anderson

Since 1915 Native American Heritage has been publicly recognized.  Since the turn of the century November has been declared Native American Heritage Month.  It is important to recognize the rich heritage and contributions of Native Americans to the service to our Nations military. 

In 2007 Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council to create an outreach program to ensure Native American Veterans are provided professional assistance and advocacy.  The Tribal Veteran Service Officer (TVSO) Division has worked since its beginning to provide services including Representation to the Federal VA and the submission of local and State benefits applications on behalf of Native Americans throughout the State of Minnesota.


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