Minnesota Veteran - August

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Desk of the Commissioner - August

Commissioner Herke new

Going back to school is certainly different this year. From kindergarteners to college kids, students of all ages are going to learn new skills in adaptability, flexibility and technology in addition to their core subjects.

But it’s not just the kids who must adapt. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted adults in all walks of life, and Veterans are certainly among those who may be reassessing their careers and the need for education. The impact of COVID-19 on the economy has resulted in temporary or permanent job loss for thousands of Minnesota’s Veterans. Whether its employment assistance, education support, or a grant to assist with finances, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is here for our Veterans.



Martin County dedicates Cobra 327 Helicopter

Cobra 327

After four years of effort, hard work and dedication, the Martin County Veterans Memorial Committee has restored Cobra 327 to its former glory. This internationally famous helicopter is now on public display at the Martin County Veteran Memorial Park as a reminder of the dedication of our Veterans of county, state, country and our allies who have served in our Armed Forces.



COVID-19 Grants generate interest from thousands

More than 5,300 Minnesota Veterans have applied for COVID-19 grants since the application period opened April 6. Online and radio ads combined with word of mouth from County Veterans Service Officers (CVSOs) have created a high level of awareness and lots of interest.


Sustainability initiatives reduce MDVA’s environmental footprint in 2019

Agency Scorecards

Sustainability goals were established for all State of Minnesota agencies as part of a statewide commitment to reduce Minnesota’s environmental footprint when Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 19-27 in 2019. These goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water, energy, and fuel consumption; and increasing solid waste diversion and the procurement of sustainable goods and services.


MDVA COVID-19 Updates

Mask Up MN

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.