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Preventing the Tragedy of Veteran Suicide

While we Veterans proudly serve our country, the impact of that service can be long-lasting and possibly debilitating. Sadly, military service can also result in the ultimate sacrifice of a life lost.

Not all those deaths occur due to hostile action. We know that Veterans may struggle with mental health issues such as depression, moral injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This may contribute to Veterans who lose their mental health battle through suicide.

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Minnesota Remembers the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

9-11 flyover

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, the 9/11 Global War on Terrorism Task Force, and the Minnesota Military Museum marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at a special event September 11 at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. This special event memorialized the events of that day and honored those impacted. This event focused on bringing the community together through a message of hope, unity and resilience.

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(Story written by Sgt. Sebastian Nemec & Sgt. Bob Brown, Minnesota National Guard)

3rd Annual Minnesota Veteran Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day, Oct. 2

Minnesota loses more than 100 Veterans per year to suicide. This is a tragedy that is preventable and must be stopped.

Mark your calendar for the 3rd annual Minnesota Veteran Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 2. The event will be held in St. Cloud’s Wilson Park and will also be livestreamed on the MDVA Facebook page.

- Join St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis to hear about his personal connection to Veteran suicide
- Learn how to identify Veterans at risk
- Receive resources to help combat the tragedy of Veteran suicide

The in-person event begins at 11 a.m. with resources available and the in-person and livestreamed program will begin at 11:30 a.m. 

Latino Heritage Month

Latino Heritage Month

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) proudly recognizes Latino Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 to celebrate the history, achievements, contributions, and diversity of the Latino community.

As shared in Governor Walz’s 2021 Proclamation, September 15 marks the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which this year celebrate their Bicentenary of Independence. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.


Three Communities, Three Veterans Homes, Three Events to Remember

August was a busy and eventful month for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. Hundreds of guests turned out to celebrate the groundbreaking of new Veterans Homes on August 9 in Preston, August 23 in Montevideo and August 26 in Bemidji.

These three Minnesota cities, filled with dedicated citizens who have been working for more than a decade to secure funding to build Veterans Homes to serve those who served us, turned out to joyfully commemorate these milestone groundbreakings.


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Meet SOT Grant Recipient: Every Third Saturday

Every third saturday

Every Third Saturday was awarded a $50,000 SOT grant to provide case management assistance to Veterans and their families who were either currently in crisis or who had made recent positive changes in their life, such as exiting homelessness, or completing a mental health or a substance abuse program.


MDVA Returns to the Minnesota State Fair

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The Great Minnesota Get Back Together was an opportunity for MDVA to connect with Veterans and their families. Military Appreciation Day was held Tuesday, August 31 and featured a live program with Governor Tim Walz, Senator Amy Klobuchar, MG Shawn Manke and MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke. Dan Patch Park also hosted Military and Veteran organizations sharing information with visitors and a live recording of the Minnesota Military Radio program. And throughout the 12-day event, MDVA staffed an information booth in the Education Building.

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