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Southeast Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery on Schedule for Completion

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 8:17 AM
Author: Annie McCahery - MDVA Tags: State Veterans Cemetery

Preston-Cemetery-275pxConstruction for the Southeast Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery is nearly complete. The expected completion for the Cemetery is scheduled for fall 2015. Since construction began in October, 2013, much of the Cemetery has been successfully finished while the rest is well on its way. According to Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries Director, David P. Swantek, to date 80 percent of the overall project is already done. General earthwork, roadways, and installation of utilities and pre-placed crypts for casket burials has been completed. Cemetery buildings, final site work, irrigation system installation, and landscaping are all that remain.



Minnesota Veterans Cemetery - Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Tags: Events, State Veterans Cemetery

StateVeteransCemeteryMemorialDayOn Sunday May 26th, the State Veterans Cemetery hosted their annual Memorial Day Service sponsored by the Minnesota State Veterans Memorial Association. The event had a great turnout with 1,200 people in attendance. The ceremony began with a musical piece from the Richfield Symphonic Band and was officially started by the traditional Parade of Flags. The parade colors  were carried by representatives from different Veterans organizations.


2013 State Legislative Update


Mike McElhiney
Legislative Director, MDVA

MN FlagOnce again another budget year has come to an end - but not without challenges.  The Legislature literally finished their work in the eleventh hour - minutes before midnight on May 20 – and achieved much in order to keep Minnesota moving ahead. It was a strong year for Veterans.  Initiatives that were necessary and supported by the Governor and the legislature was able to put the final linchpin in several Veterans initiatives.  Governor Dayton delivered a budget that invests in Minnesota Veterans, ensuring they receive the education, opportunities, and benefits they earned through their service.

Veteran-Related Highlights:
» Minneapolis Veterans Home. The budget includes $18.9 million in the bonding bill to complete Phase 3 of the Minneapolis Veterans Home replacement project. With this state funding, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to leverage $35.2 million in federal funds through a compflagetitive grant process and will provide high-quality skilled nursing services for Minnesota’s Veterans. 

» Expansion of the Minnesota GI Bill. With an additional $1 million investment, the Minnesota GI Bill program will expand to include all generations of veterans – not just those serving on or after 9/11. This expansion will help ensure all Minnesota veterans have access to the education and training they need to get good-paying jobs.

» One-on-One Help for Veterans. The budget provides $2 million in increased grant funding for County Veteran Services Offices, which help veterans and their families obtain the benefits and services they earned through military service.



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