Minnesota Veteran - November

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Desk of the Commissioner - November

Commissioner Shellito

November has proven to be an exceptional month this year. Most significant was the Veterans Day celebration held in Inver Grove Heights. This event is the official State Veterans Day site and the event was the best attended I have seen for many years. The morning breakfast was great, the speakers were insightful, and the inclusion of elementary school youth singing the service songs and reading essays about Veterans made the day truly special. They all added a unique dimension to the importance and contributions our Veterans have made in the defense of our country. In short, I was very proud of what I experienced that day.




MDVA Wins 2015 Tekne Award


The 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.




Minnesota Veterans Day Event 2015


Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 was a tribute to all Veterans, those still serving throughout OIF/OEF operations to those who have served in America’s past wars: those remembering the 25th anniversary of the start of the Gulf War, 40th anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War, 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, and the 97th remembrance of the ending of the First World War.

There is a lot to remember and a lot more to be thankful for. These brave men and women have served their country in times of need not to be recognized one day out of the year, but to have the opportunity to enjoy every day in a free country with friends and family.



Photos From the Event>>


Greenlight a Vet


This 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.




Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Save the Date

Hosted by the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and the Fort Snelling National Cemetery Memorial Rifle Squad, the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day program will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at the Cedar Street Armory.