Minnesota Veteran: May Edition

Minnesota Veteran - May Edition

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Minnesota Military Radio is Live Memorial Day

Tune in to Minnesota Military Radio live from 6 – 9.a.m. on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130  Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) for a special three hour show featuring Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Director of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System Patrick Kelly, Senator Amy Klobuchar, the Minnesota National Guard 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, and multiple Veterans Service Organizations.

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Desk of the Commissioner - May

Commissioner Shellito

May has traditionally been an active month for the Veterans’ community. Memorial Day has always been sacred to the Veterans and the activities will be plentiful. I encourage everyone to take time this Memorial Day to honor the fallen. It is a somber day in many ways, but we, as a nation, must assuredly take the time to honor the fallen and their families and also reflect on the personal sacrifices made by many to ensure that our great nation is safe and secure.

As we honor the Veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we also must continue our mission here at the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, which is serving Minnesota Veterans and their families. Part of that mission is helping Veterans secure meaningful employment.



Memorial Day Events

Across the state, Minnesotans are preparing to observe Memorial Day and honor those who have died in military service to the nation. In remembrance and celebration of these individuals, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is sponsoring events throughout Minnesota at the State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls and at the five Minnesota Veterans Homes.

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Memorial Day Proclamation

Native American Veterans Plaque Ceremony


On May 22, 2014 Tribal Leaders, Governor Dayton and Commissioner Larry Shellito spoke at plaque ceremony honoring American Indian Veterans. A memorial plaque which was placed in the Court of Honor on the State Capitol grounds will now serve as a permanent memorial to American Indian Veterans who have served in peacetime and in war.

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Drive Home Your Support This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner. Go beyond moments of reflection and remembrance for those who have served our country and purchase a “Support Our Troops” license plate for your vehicle. With a minimum annual contribution of $30, each SOT license plate helps fund important direct services to Veterans, mili­tary members and their families across the state. To purchase a Support Our Troops license plate for your current vehicle, or as a gift for a friend or family member, visit your local DMV or call (651) 4TROOPS.  You can also get them for your next new or used vehicle directly from the deal­ership!

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Minnesota's Largest Veteran Career Fair


If you are a Veteran and looking for a job, or interested in exploring new careers or education opportunities, come to the largest Veterans career fair in Minnesota.




Hamline University Veteran Wins Prestigious English Department and Journalism Awards

Don Allen

Saint Paul, Minn. - In May 2014, Hamline University celebrated the achievements of their students in the areas of English, Journalism and Communications. Veteran Don Allen, a student at Hamline University and the president of the Hamline University Veterans Affairs Student Organization has been awarded two prestigious awards as a result of his written work. 

The first award is the Earl E. Craven Prize in Journalism award for a student who is a staff member of a campus publication who has raised the standards of campus journalism. The second award to Allen was the Eliza A. Drew Prize in Communications for Best Editorial, “Hoodlum Manifesto of the Achievement Gap,” which was Allen’s take on the current fail in public education for K-12 students.