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U.S. Navy Veteran
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.