Minnesota Veteran - July

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Desk of the Commissioner - July

Commissioner Herke new

“Veterans are people, too.”

This is one of the favorite expressions of MDVA Deputy Commissioner Brad Lindsay. It is a good reminder that while serving our country is the common experience among all Veterans, we are also a diverse group of people that represent all facets of society, all genders, races, creeds, colors, origins, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. We all have different skills and talents, a variety of personalities, and enjoy a wide range of activities or hobbies.

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July is Hire a Veteran Month!

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Diversity among Veterans is a strength to employers. We recognize July as “Hire a Veteran Month” in Minnesota. Our diverse training and experience provide myriad employers with a talented and enthusiastic workforce. Veterans can be found in Fortune 500 boardrooms and sole proprietor small businesses and every business in between.


MDVA’s sustainability efforts are helping feed its community and reduce food waste

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In Minnesota, food waste is 20 percent of our trash and at the same time, roughly 10 percent of our residents do not have consistent access to enough food. Additionally, food insecurity has recently increased because of COVID-19’s economic impact. In support of its communities and advancing sustainability, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is working with local partners to help keep food on the plates of our neighbors and out of the landfills.



Veterans Virtual Resource Fair

Join in Thursday, July 16 from 1 - 3 p.m. for a special Veterans Virtual Resource Fair! Learn about resources, services, and benefits provided by multiple state agencies available to Minnesota's Veterans, National Guard and Reserves, transitioning service members, and their families. Visit the virtual booths to learn about apprenticeships, entrepreneurship, healthcare and more.

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MDVA Celebrated National Therapeutic Recreation Week

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During National Therapeutic Recreation Week, which was July 5 - 11 we recognized the impact our recreation therapy provider team has in helping restore and elevate the physical, mental and social well-being of our Residents.




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.