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Desk of the Commissioner - October

Commissioner Shellito

One of the key activities that has occurred this year on the Capitol lawn has been the addition of the Military Family Tribute. This tribute was dedicated in June and has received many positive comments on how well it fits in with the other memorials on the Capitol grounds. I recently gave a brief tour of our memorials to an individual involved with Veterans all across the nation. He was in awe of Minnesota’s tributes to our Veterans of all eras. The purpose of his visit to Minnesota was to lay the groundwork of the development of a national level book with a section tailored to each state’s role on the Vietnam War.




War Memorials

Jack Rice
Guest Writer

Korean War Memorial

So 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.




Upper Post Veterans Community Ribbon Cutting


On 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.




Save the Date, Veterans Day 2015

Save the date, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs invites you to attend the Official State of Minnesota Veterans Day event.


Veterans Day Event Submissions

In recognition of Veterans Day on Tuesday Nov. 11, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is compiling a list of Veterans Day events around the state. Community organizers statewide are encouraged to submit event information to MDVA by Oct. 30 to be included on our website, social media, and distributed to media throughout Minnesota.

Submit your community event online >>