Minnesota Veteran - January

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New Year, New Commissioner – Message from Commissioner Larry Herke

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Greetings, from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs! I am honored to have been selected as the incoming Commissioner of MDVA. I’ve been on the job a few weeks now, and I can already tell this is going to be an incredible experience. First and foremost, I would like to recognize my predecessor, Commissioner Larry Shellito, for his service to the state and nation over the past 40+ years. I am fully aware I have big shoes to fill! He has set a tremendous example of service; from his time as Commissioner of MDVA, to his service as Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, his work in the education field – and his service in the Army in Vietnam. I am thankful to be able to continue the important work he started, along with the tremendous team here at MDVA.


2018 Annual Report Available

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is proud to share our 2018 Annual Report!

Hard Copies of MDVA's 2018 Annual Report are available at the reception area at the Veterans Services Building located at 20 West 12th Street, St. Paul, MN 55155 or by emailing mdva.communications@state.mn.us


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Woman Veteran of the Year Award - Nominations Due Feb. 28

Women Veterans Initiative (WVI) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Minnesota Woman Veteran of the Year Award! WVI is proud to again sponsors this annual award. The nominations are due on February 28th.

Please consider nominating outstanding women Veterans for this recognition. The 2019 award will be presented as part of the 2019 MDVA Women Veterans Conference planned for Saturday, March 23, 2019 at YMCA Maplewood Community Center.


Legislative Updates

State and Federal Legislative updates are now available on MDVA’s Legislative Affairs webpage. On this page you can also see the status of this session's Veteran related legislation with our State Bill Tracker - updated throughout the week to provide you with the most up-to-date information. News updates and press releases from Minnesota Congressional Representatives are also available at our Congressional Corner. Sign up here to receive legislative updates via email.


Veterans Day on the Hill

This year's Veterans Day on the Hill rally will take place Wednesday, March 20. Veterans Day on the Hill is hosted by the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers, the Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force, and the United Veterans Legislative Council of Minnesota.

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2019 MDVA Women Veterans Conference

All ages, eras, transitioning military women are welcome to the 2019 MDVA Women Veterans Conference on March 23, from 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the YMCA Maplewood Community Center.

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