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Minnesota Veteran: September Edition

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We Want your Feedback!

Survey

Now that the new Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website is up and running, we want to know if it is meeting your needs. Please click the link below, and follow to a brief survey to let us know how we're doing.

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Carlson School of Management Offers MBA Support for Veterans

Charles Altman
U.S. Navy Veteran

The Military Veterans Initiative at the Carlson School of Management is led by Charles Altman, a retired U.S. Navy commander who dedicated nearly three decades to military service. Altman knows too well the difficulty of transitioning from active duty to civilian life.

With nearly 300,000 Veterans transitioning from active military service to civilian life in the United States each year, there is vast potential for strong leaders to enter the workforce. However, I have personally seen many service members and Veterans struggle to obtain a position equal to their experience and education, while others can’t find a job at all. When you walk out of one professional life and into another, it’s cold. The Carlson School wants to extend a warm welcome for these Veterans, and ease the transition to a new career.

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Desk of the Commissioner - September

Commissioner Shellito

Another exciting announcement; MDVA has been selected as recipient of the 2013 Board of Governor’s Emmy Award. This award was submitted in partnership with the Minnesota National Guard and Twin Cities Public Television for a body of work that spans more than six years. For MDVA this included the documentary programs “Home & Hope” and “Home for Heroes.” MDVA, along with the Minnesota National Guard and TPT, will be recognized with the "Governor's Award for Community and Broadcast Partnership” at the Midwest Emmy awards gala in late September.

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Invest in Minnesota's Veterans

Hire MN Veterans

“Hire Minnesota’s Veterans”…  Perhaps you saw this campaign highlighted on a billboard while driving through the Twin Cities, read about it in the paper, or caught it on the evening news. Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed July “Hire a Veteran Month” to create awareness among Minnesotans of the tremendous talent pool that exists among the Veteran population right here in Minnesota. Even though July and “Hire a Veteran Month” have come to a close, the opportunity and the need for Minnesota companies to invest in Veterans remains great.

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Veterans Have Transportation Options in Hubbard County

Taylor Stephens
MDVA

For Veterans in Hubbard County looking for a way to get to their medical appointments, they need look no further. The Hubbard County Veterans Services Office and the Heartland Express transit program have teamed up to create a Veterans Transportation Service. This service allows Veterans without transportation to get to and from their VA medical appointments. This service is free and available to all Hubbard County Veterans unless they qualify for travel reimbursement from the VA. In that case the county requires Veterans to turn that funding into their driver or the county. The transportation will take the Veterans to any medical appointments within the area, including dental appointments.

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DAV Community Heroes Award

MikeDAV

A member of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) team recently received the “Community Heroes Award” from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) of Minnesota.  The recipient, Mike McElhiney, is a combat-wounded Army Veteran with more than 21 years of service. The award was presented at the DAV event which recognized and celebrated the Twin Cities’ Community of Heroes. The DAV recognized McElhiney for his service alongside two community business leaders.

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