Minnesota Veteran - September

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Desk of the Commissioner - September

Commissioner Shellito

September has been a significant month for Veterans, not only in Minnesota, but nationwide. The passing of General John (Jack) Vessey was felt by Veterans nationwide. He enlisted in Minnesota as a Private, received a battlefield commission in WWII and rose to our highest military position, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS). As CJCS under President Reagan, he lifted our military up from the dark days following Vietnam to the undisputed strongest military in the world. A fond memory I have of Gen. Vessey, was when he visited my office prior to traveling to California.


Expiring Tax Credit

The Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone for service in 2012 will expire for most qualifying service members on October 15, 2016. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding Minnesota service members to take advantage of the refundable tax credit before it expires.


Military Pension Tax Deduction

Beginning in tax year 2016, taxpayers who receive certain types of military retirement pay (including pensions) may subtract that retirement pay from their taxable income.


Echoes of War

Echoes of War

Echoes of War asks Veterans and members of the general public to consider how Americans memorialize war and military service in public, and how that relates to the way war gets remembered through the personal stories and life experiences of Veterans. As part of this project, the Humanities Center will host an immersive training retreat for ten Discussion Leaders who will be equipped to host rich conversations in their own communities and lead two public discussion series in Fall 2016.


MDVA Grantees Announced

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the first recipients of the newly established Support our Troops (SOT) license plate fund competitive grant program.

  • Pets Loyal 2 Vets - $65,000 grant
  • Ars Bellum Foundation - $18,515 grant

Since 1993 MDVA has provided over 90 grants annually to Minnesota Veteran organizations. Historically these grants were awarded to legislatively directed organizations in Minnesota to assist Veterans and their families. This year, MDVA expanded the SOT grant program by offering a new competitive grant process which now allows additional organizations to apply for funding. The grants, ranging from $1,000 to $100,000, are focused on supporting and improving the lives of Veterans and their families.


Save the Date, Veterans Day 2016

Save the date, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs invites you to attend the official state of Minnesota Veterans Day event

Veterans Day Event Flyer

Veterans Day Event Submissions

In recognition of Veterans Day on Friday 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 >>

75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Flyer