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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.

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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