Minnesota Veteran - September

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Desk of the Commissioner - September

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The month of September brings a focus on our State Veterans Cemeteries and memorial services and programs offered by MDVA.

While the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) provides many meaningful programs and services to support our Veterans, one of the most significant is providing a dignified and respectful final resting place for Veterans and eligible family members when they pass. Indeed, for many Veterans, this is the most important benefit they will request to commemorate their service to our country.

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Minnesota Veterans Cemetery - Duluth Dedication Ceremony, Sept. 21

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The Dedication Ceremony for the new Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Duluth will take place Saturday, Sept. 21. A pre-event concert will begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 2 p.m.

**There will not be general onsite parking at the Cemetery for this event. Parking will be held off site near the Duluth International Airport on the corner of Air Base Road and Stebner Road (4888 Air Base Road, Duluth, MN, 55811). Buses will be on site to shuttle guests to and from the Cemetery for the program. Parking at the Cemetery will be available to guests with mobility concerns. Please contact the Cemetery Staff at 218-520-0120 for further information.**

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MN Veterans Home - Minneapolis host 7th Annual State Fair Event for Residents

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On Friday, August 23, the Minnesota Veterans Home - Minneapolis hosted their 7th annual State Fair event for Residents, their families and community members. The sunny afternoon gave Residents a chance to experience the “Great MVH Get Together” outside with their loved ones.


National Cemetery Operational Excellence Award

Preston Award

Earlier this month the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery - Preston was awarded the "National Cemetery Operational Excellence Award." The award was presented by Mr. Glenn Powers, Deputy Under Secretary for Field Programs and Cemetery Operations, National Cemetery Administration.

This award follows a recent NCA National Cemetery Compliance Review that resulted in a score of 98 percent, among the highest scores in the nation. The compliance review examines 93 standards to ensure the best possible experience for families of Veterans interred at the cemeteries.

Gold Star Families

MDVA is a source of support and comfort to Gold Star Families those families who have lost a loved one in military service. While nothing can erase a family's pain when losing a loved one, to ease a family's burden, we offer the Gold Star Family program to honor the legacy of every fallen Minnesota hero. MDVA addresses the needs of these families through a unique set of Gold Star Family services that include support, benefits, and resources. Because unresolved issues and questions can surface months or years after a family's loss, MDVA Gold Star Family services are available for as long as needed. 

For more information on the Gold Star Family Program, contact LinkVet at 1-888-LinkVet or via email.

MDVA Employee Wins County Veteran Service Officer Award


Congratulations to MDVA's Jennell Stai who received the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers Award on Monday, Sept. 9 at the association’s annual conference. Jennell was recognized for her support of County Veterans Service Officers as they strive to provide the best possible service to the Veterans they serve.

The award was presented to Jennell by Greg Peterson, president of the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers, as the association concluded the first full day of their annual training and networking conference held in Brainerd.


National Adult Day Services Week

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The Adult Day Services staff are essential members at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. The “Vets Club” is a program so valued by Veterans, spouses, families and caregivers. The Adult Day Services team is known for demonstrating caring, dignity and respect while helping Veterans find friends, enjoy meaningful activities and learn new skills.

Thank you to the Adult Day Services team for creating a program for our Veterans.

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2019 Veterans Legislation - Session Summary

As new laws from this year's legislative session begin to be enforced, take a look at what was accomplished for the Veteran community during the legislative session.

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