Minnesota Veteran - October

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Desk of the Commissioner - October

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’ve learned the importance of supporting one another through partnerships and relationships. MDVA alone cannot serve Minnesota Veterans. It is through our connections with others that together we can ensure Minnesota Veterans and their families receive the benefits they have earned.



MDVA Grants Help Minnesota Veterans in Need During Pandemic

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In June 2020, Minnesota Veteran Jeff Sommerfield received a phone call from his employer informing him his position had been terminated due to "unforeseeable business circumstances related to COVID-19.” This caught him completely off guard, leaving him worried about his financial future. After being employed for the last 40 plus years, Sommerfield knew he needed to do something. He soon learned of grant money available through the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA).



NEW: COVID-19 Distance Learning Support Grant

MDVA is now offering a COVID-19 K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant in the amount of $3,000 to help mitigate the negative financial impact a family experiences by implementing their school district’s distance learning or hybrid learning plans by providing a one-time grant.

Applicants for the COVID-19 K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant must demonstrate a negative financial impact on or after August 1, 2020. A closing date for the K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant will depend on the availability of funding, but not later than June 30, 2021.


Veterans Day Virtual Program 2020

For the past 15 years, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has hosted a live Veterans Day event, typically held at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights, MN, with sponsorship by the Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force and supported by state and local partners. This year, in accordance with state-wide limitations on large group gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding an in-person event. Instead, we will be producing a 30-minute video to honor our state’s Veterans on this cherished day. The video will be available on MDVA’s website starting Veterans Day at MinnesotaVeteran.org.


MDVA COVID-19 Updates

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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.