Minnesota Veteran - April

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Desk of the Commissioner - April

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Over the past year, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has publicized the groundbreaking and ongoing construction of our three new State Veterans Homes in Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston. However, equally important is the maintenance and updates to our five existing Veterans Homes. And no where is that more critical than the Hastings Veterans Home.

While MDVA has operated the Veterans Home there for more than 40 years, the buildings’ origins date back to 1902 when the site served as a state hospital for the mentally ill. Over the course of 100 years, more than a dozen separate buildings were constructed on the campus, and numerous renovations and updates have been completed. However, of the nine buildings on the campus, six are at or near the end of their useful life.


VA Approves New St. Cloud Vet Center Outstation

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to create a Vet Center Outstation in St. Cloud, providing confidential counseling for eligible Veterans and service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves and their families.

Vet Center Outstations are community-based satellites in leased spaces where at least one full-time counselor can provide services at no cost to the Veteran or service member. These convenient locations are equipped with rooms for individual and group counseling, a reception area, facilities, and staff break room. Services and staffing levels can adjust and expand as community demand increases. A Vet Center Outstation complements the 300 physical Vet Centers across the U.S., in every state and territory, providing individual, group, couples and family counseling, and referral services to other VA or community resources.


Earth Week

Earth week

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) celebrates Earth Week, April 18-22, a globally recognized week dedicated to increasing awareness and encouraging action that supports lowering our environmental footprint.

As Minnesota’s climate continues to change, we are seeing warmer temperatures, shorter winters, and more frequent and extreme precipitation events. In response, MDVA’s strategic plan includes being an exemplary steward of natural resources which also helps improve the quality of life for Veterans and MDVA staff and promotes fiscal responsibility, according to MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke. “MDVA’s sustainability initiatives are guided by Governor Walz’s Executive Order 19-27 and focus on reducing water and energy use, fossil fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions while increasing waste diversion and sustainable procurement. We are continually making progress toward these goals,” Commissioner Herke says.


Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Little Falls Receives Operational Excellence Award

Little Falls

The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Little Falls recently received the Operational Excellence Award from the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Little Falls State Veterans Cemetery is the only State Veterans Cemetery in the country to receive this recognition for federal fiscal year 2021. A big congrats to our team at Little Falls! 

“Thank you for this recognition. We perform an important duty and a fulfilling job,” said Erik Sogge, Cemetery Administrator. “I’m so proud to work with the team here. This achievement is even more meaningful during a year when we had the highest number of annual interments in our history and were dealing with the pandemic as well.”


Minnesota Veterans Homes leaders selected as ‘Healthcare Heroes’ by Business Journal

healthcare business journal award

In recognition of healthcare workers who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal has announced the 2022 Health Care Heroes.

MDVA is proud to share that three of the honorees are senior leaders at the Minnesota Veterans Homes:

  • Simone Hogan, Senior Director
  • Paula Newinski, Quality Director
  • Caroline Schauer, Clinical Director


Month of the Military Child

month of military child

In April, Minnesotans across the state celebrate the "Month of the Military Child.” In recognition of our military children, Governor Tim Walz would like to send a letter of gratitude to honor them. Veterans and Service Members can sign up for a letter to recognize the sacrifice and celebrate their children.



Support Our Troops License Plates Help Minnesota Veterans

Meet SOT Grant Recipient: Military Order of the Purple Heart


Did you know when you buy the “Support Our Troops” (SOT) License Plate, you are helping Minnesota Veterans and their families?

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) distributes funds raised by the sale of SOT license plates to numerous organizations that support Minnesota Veterans and their families. Learn more about the SOT grant program on our website.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) “Americanism” Program was awarded a $1,500 SOT/Veteran Service Organization (VSO) grant to purchase and distribute 50 MOPH community road signs to Minnesota cities and counties throughout the state.


National American Legion Commander Visits Luverne Veterans Home

American legion luverne visit

On Thursday, April 14 the National American Legion Commander Paul Dillard, from Texas made a stop at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne as part of his tour across the country. During his visit, Dillard and leaders from the American Legion Department of Minnesota met with Luverne Home leadership, toured the home and visited with hero Residents.

Photo courtesy of Tim Engstrom, Director of Communications - American Legion Department of Minnesota. 

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Minnesota Veterans Career Fair

Veterans career fair

The Minnesota Veterans Career Fair is Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at the Earl Brown Heritage Center from 2 – 6 p.m. Employers interested in having a booth and Veterans seeking work can find more information by clicking the link below. 


MDVA is Hiring

mdva is hiring

Interested in serving Veterans? Looking to make a difference in your community? Consider a career with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs! Roles in healthcare, nursing, facilities management and program management are featured below.
We proudly offer competitive pay, generous benefits as a State of MN employee, welcoming and supportive teams, and most importantly, meaningful careers.

To see full job posting and apply:
1. Go to https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/ and select your applicant type: External Applicants or Current Employees or Accessible Applicant Portal.
2. On the Careers landing page, enter the Job ID in the Search Jobs field. Click on the posting.
3. Select “Apply for Job” button. New users will need to create an applicant account to apply.