Minnesota Veteran - June

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Desk of the Commissioner - June

Commissioner Shellito

As we enter the all elusive Minnesota summer season, there’s been a number of activities that have occurred. Most recently, I had the opportunity to be the Memorial Day speaker in Pelican Rapids. This was special for me because when I was a young lad, I spent summer ‘vacations’ in the Pelican Rapids area. The Memorial Day ceremony was well attended and I got reacquainted with a number of people from my early childhood years. Thank you Pelican Rapids Veterans for a job well done! 


New Painting Dedicated to Marine Corps Unveiled at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery

North of Little Falls, the Veteran’s Historic Art Monument welcomed the fourth of five paintings to its installation at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery – Little Falls. Minnesota artist Charles Kapsner strives to honor each military service through his art by depicting the history and contributions made by men and women who serve our country. 


little falls cemetery paintings

2018 Women Veterans Conference

The 2018 Women Veterans Conference was held on May 26, in Plymouth, Minn. Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Pat Foote was the keynote speaker at the event. There was a variety of informative breakout sessions including VA Healthcare/VA Benefits, yoga and holistic therapy. Catherine “Kay” Bauer was selected as the 2018 Minnesota Woman Veteran of the Year.

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MDVA Receives Outstanding Member Award

homelessness award

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) held their Annual Conference the last week of May in Washington, D.C. The Conference focuses heavily on ending Veteran homelessness and improving communities across the United States. This year’s NCHV conference ended with a surprise when the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) was presented with the Outstanding Member Award. MDVA was unaware that they were nominated for this award, which made it even more significant to accept. “This honor is awarded to an NCHV member organization whose programs, partnerships, and people combine to create extraordinary results.” This year’s award was in recognition of MDVA’s leadership in building alliances to help end Veteran homelessness in Minnesota and across the country.


Minnesota Remembers Vietnam Event - June 21-24 at the Minnesota State Capitol

TPT is proud to host The Wall That Heals.This unique event is designed to honor the incredible people met throughout the process, the powerful stories that have been shared, the healing conversations, and the strong communities that have made the initiative so meaningful and special. Join once again to remember, honor, understand and heal.

The Wall That Heals will be open 24-7 starting at 9 a.m. June 21st through 3 p.m. June 24th. This brand-new traveling, ¾-scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. Paper and pencils will be available to make rubbings of engraved names.

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