Minnesota Veteran - October

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Desk of the Commissioner - October

Commissioner Shellito

This Veterans Day will be the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended that terrible war. Our ‘Official’ Veterans Day Program will be held again at the Inver Grove Heights Veterans Memorial Community Center beginning with a free breakfast being served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prior to the start of the program at 10 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Nancy O’Brien Wagner, author of ‘Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O’Brien.’ The author has captured her aunt’s experiences during the war. Also on display will be the Minnesota Military Museum’s 30 foot ‘WWI America.’ This mural was recently completed by local Veteran David Geister who was inspired by the larger century-old painting at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City. There will also be artifacts from WWI as well as the POW/MIA hot air balloon on display courtesy of Freedom Flight, Inc. (weather permitting)


Veterans Day Event Submission Deadline Nov. 1

In recognition of Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is compiling a list of Veterans Day events around the state. Community organizers statewide are encouraged to submit event information to MDVA by Nov. 1 to be included on our website, social media, and distributed to media throughout Minnesota.

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Official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Event

Join us for the Official State of Minnesota Veterans Day Ceremony Sunday, November 11 at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights.

This year’s program will have a special focus on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI. This year’s program will conclude with the nation-wide Tolling of the Bell at 11 a.m. In remembrance of those who served and sacrificed, Americans across the nation will ring bells at exactly the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

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MDVA’s Support Our Troops (SOT) Grant Program Application Closes Oct. 26

Minnesota organizations with programs designed to support and improve the lives of Veterans and their families may now apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 through MDVA’s Support Our Troops (SOT) grants program.

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Unique Partnership Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Veterans Across Minnesota

Minnesota Service CORE is celebrating a decade of supporting Minnesota Veterans and strengthening military families. CORE, which stands for counseling and case management, outreach, referral and education, is dedicated to strengthening service members, Veterans and their families by providing access to care for mental and behavioral health, employment, housing and financial counseling. The CORE program is a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS).

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