Minnesota Veteran: April Edition

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Desk of the Commissioner - April

Commissioner Shellito

April is the “Month of the Military Child.”  The focus is on the impact of extensive deployments placed on our military families.  While the focus is on the child, I want to focus specifically on the spouse.

Ever since 9/11/01 Minnesota has sent its sons and daughters to all corners of the world.  Minnesotans have responded through such avenues as the Beyond the Yellow Programs, random acts of kindness, and genuine concern.  The families have been resilient and collectively supported one another also during the trying times of deployments.

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Minnesota Celebrates Month of the Military Child


In April Minnesotans come together to honor and recognize the children of those who serve, past and present. Military-connected youth throughout the state will be recognized for the sacrifices they make while a parent serves in the Armed Forces. 

"I'm proud of our tradition here in Minnesota, as well as the concept behind this program which recognizes the sacrifices and service of our military children. Let's come together to honor these children this month. I guarantee it will impact them more than you ever realize, for years to come," said Larry Shellito, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Governor Dayton has proclaimed April as Month of the Military Child in the State of Minnesota and as a special recognition military children and children of Veterans can be registered to receive a letter of thanks from the Governor.



Save the Date: Veterans Career Fair July 9

Save the date for the 8th Annual Veterans Career Fair – the largest Veterans career fair in Minnesota. Veterans looking for a job, or interested in exploring new careers or educational opportunities can attend this event at no cost. The event will be held July 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center.