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Veterans Take the Hill

Posted on April 02, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Tags: Events

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Minnesota Veterans took to Minnesota’s Capitol Hill in St. Paul on Tuesday, March 12 in an effort to lobby for important issues presented on the 2013 Minnesota legislative agenda.

Veterans Day on the Hill is a yearly initiative sponsored by the Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force, the United Veterans Legislative Council and the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers. This unified event is an effort to bring all Veterans together and meet with their legislative representatives to ask for support on initiatives that impact Minnesota Veterans and their families.

Governor Dayton“You answered the call. Your nation’s need asked you for your services and asked you to risk your lives. In support of our country, freedoms and principles you answered the call. You were willing to take that enormous risk. For that, we are eternally in your debt and we owe you our eternal gratitude,” said Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to a group of Veterans gathered in the Capitol Rotunda.

In his speech, Governor Dayton pledged $1 million to expand the Minnesota GI Bill; $1 million to County Veterans Service office grants, money to fund a sustaining funeral honor guard, continued funding of the Gold Star Program, funding for a Veterans cemetery in Fillmore County, $5 million in health care improvements and money dedicated to continue the renovation of the Minneapolis Veterans Home.
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Lee Ulferts“I also said I would support the removal of state taxation on Veteran’s service and retirement pensions as another way of saying to those of you who served that we respect your dedication and devotion to patriotism,” said Dayton.

During the event, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito read a proclamation signed by Governor Dayton announcing March 12, 2013 as Veterans Service Organizations Auxiliary Members Day. The proclamation honored Veterans Service Organizations Auxiliaries throughout Minnesota who have donated time and millions of dollars in donations to assist Veterans, families and their communities.
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