Minnesota Veteran - March

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Desk of the Commissioner - March

Commissioner Herke new

March 29 marks Vietnam Veterans Day. In Minnesota, we are proud to recognize more than 110,000 Vietnam-era Veterans, the largest group of Veterans among our total of 312,000. Vietnam-era Veterans served between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975.

While the Minnesota Legislature designated this special day of recognition in 2008, the National Vietnam War Veterans Day was enacted in 2017. Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.


Womens History Month

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The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is pleased to recognize March as National Women’s History Month and in celebration, share a message from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs along with profiles on three Minnesota Women Veterans.

*Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Fergus Falls Veterans Home Welcomes New Administrator

jonathan stone

Jonathan Stone joined the Fergus Falls Veterans Home as Administrator on March 10. Jonathan comes to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs from the Good Samaritan Society Home in Blackduck, Minnesota. He has worked in healthcare for 14 years, most of that time with the Good Samaritan Society. Jonathan started his career as a CNA, earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, and become an administrator in 2011.

Welcome, Jonathan, to MDVA and the Minnesota Veterans Homes.

Minnesota Veterans Homes Receive the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award

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The Minnesota Veterans Homes four skilled nursing facilities in Fergus Falls, Luverne, Minneapolis and Silver Bay have all been recognized with the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award!

By qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award, the Minnesota Veterans Homes have satisfied the rigorous demand of scoring in the top 15% of the nation across a 12-month average. The Minnesota Veterans Homes have received this recognition for the past four years starting in 2018.

Congratulations and thank you to the staff of the Minnesota Veterans Homes!



Expected to End Soon: Financial Assistance for Veterans Impacted by COVID-19

covid 19 grants

Based on current demand, MDVA expects funding for the COVID-19 Financial Relief Grants to end soon. Please reach out to your CVSO now if you have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Once the funding has been exhausted we will not process any applications received after the close date.

MDVA COVID-19 Grants >>

Legislative Update


Visit our Legislative Affairs page for the most recent:

You can also see the status of this session's Veteran related legislation with our State Bill Tracker - updated throughout the week to provide you with the most up-to-date information.
News updates and press releases from Minnesota.

Updates will be provided throughout the session on the Legislative Affairs page.

MDVA Legislative Updates >>

MDVA COVID-19 Update

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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.


Additional Resources for COVID-19 >>