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Desk of the Commissioner - May

Commissioner Herke new

Despite the ongoing presence of the coronavirus pandemic, the month of May at the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has proven very productive. This is another proof point that MDVA is here for Minnesota Veterans through good times and bad. And especially when times are tough, we are here to support those who have served and ensure Veterans receive the benefits they have earned.

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A Different Memorial Day...

Memorial Day

Across generations and across the centuries, Americans have answered the call to duty, and many paid the ultimate price. No greater sacrifice could ever be asked of an individual. The service of these Veterans has impacted the life of every single citizen of this great nation. It is for that sacrifice that we salute all our fallen comrades this Memorial Day.


Memorial Day Veteran Profile: WWII Veteran Roy Jorgenson

Fergus Falls Home Veteran

Remembered for a lifelong dedication to his country, family and community

Roy Jorgenson, a decorated WWII Veteran who was a gunner in D-Day, was a beloved Resident of the Minnesota Veterans Home - Fergus Falls who recently passed away at 99 years of age. Throughout his distinguished life, he modeled dedication to serving his country, family and community,

As the oldest of 10 boys and a teacher by the age of 21, Jorgenson learned leadership and service early on. It likely surprised no one when he immediately signed up for the Army Air Corps, now U.S. Air Force, after hearing of the attack on Pearl Harbor.


How do you care for your mental health and well-being?

In support of our work on the “Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans and their Families,” the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month.


Veterans' Virtual Career Fair

veterans career fair

Looking for work? Meet employers hiring now at this Virtual Veterans Career Fair. This event will focus on positions currently available in the healthcare industry in the Twin Cities. Join us to find out more about what employers have to offer, ask questions during the live event, and make connections to follow up with employer representatives following the event.

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MDVA COVID-19 Updates

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) remains committed to serving Minnesota Veterans and their families. We are following CDC, CMS and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidance. Changes in our operations continue to provide a safe environment for both the Veterans and families we serve and our employees.


Legislative Updates


The Minnesota Legislature adjourned for the year after shifting to a remote operation. Committee hearings were held remotely and floor sessions were held while practicing social distancing guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, this includes most members voting remotely from St. Paul or their home. A special session in June is likely and the Legislative Office for MDVA will continue to monitor and provide updates as warranted. Related updates will be posted to the Legislative Affairs main page as they are available, or you can sign up here for email updates.

Celebrating Minnesota Veterans Homes Week

Minnesota Veterans Home Week

Each year, and especially this year, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) recognized the staff at our five State Veterans Homes during what is nationally known as Skilled Nursing Care Week. MDVA celebrated Minnesota Veterans Home Week with an array of activities, food and fun.


Federal VA Extends Benefits to Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans

Starting this year, the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs has extended benefits to offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans. Previously herbicide exposure benefits for contact with chemicals such as Agent Orange could only be claimed by Veterans who served on the ground. In this new benefits scope, Blue Water Navy Veterans who served as far as 12 nautical miles offshore of Vietnam, as well as those that served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone could potentially claim benefits.