Minnesota Veteran - June

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Desk of the Commissioner - June

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It’s hard to believe that seven years ago, Minnesota did not have an organized effort to ensure that those who have served our country would have a safe place to call home once they completed their term of service to their country.

Since then, I am proud that the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has collaborated with a number of community partners to help effectively end Veteran homelessness in 85 of Minnesota’s 87 counties. The most recent was St. Louis County, where on June 16 we recognized this latest community to achieve the effective end of Veteran homelessness in their local area. This achievement contributes toward the total of almost 3,000 Veterans who had been homeless and have been housed since 2014.


June is Pride Month

June Pride Month

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) recognizes June as Pride Month to commemorate the struggle for civil rights and celebrate the impact of LGBTQIA+ individuals around the world.

As shared by Gov. Walz in his 2022 Proclamation of Pride Month, this year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising against police brutality toward the LGBTQIA+ communities and the ninth anniversary of Minnesota legalizing same-sex marriage by legislative vote. He stated that this is a time to recommit ourselves to creating a state where our LGBTQIA+ community members are safe and thriving.


PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD Month

June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is committed to serving Veterans who suffer from this mental health issue. PTSD can develop at any age, is influenced by several factors, and is especially common among Veterans. Symptoms include upsetting memories, feeling on edge, or trouble sleeping after a traumatic event. If these symptoms persist for more than a few months, you may have PTSD.


St. Louis County Continuum of Care Achieves the Effective end of Veteran Homelessness

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On June 16 at the Duluth Civic Center, Gov. Tim Walz joined Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Commissioner Larry Herke, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and other Federal, State, County and Local leaders – along with an enthusiastic audience of Veterans supporters -- to celebrate a major milestone: the effective end to Veteran homelessness in the St. Louis County Continuum of Care (CoC). This geographic area in the northeastern corner of the state is comprised of 27 cities, including Duluth, the county seat.


Fergus Falls Veterans Home Dedicates New Greenhouse

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After six years in the making, the vision of having an on-site greenhouse at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls has become a reality.

On June 14, the Veterans Home held a dedication event to recognize the monetary support and advocacy of so many in the community who stood behind this project. The program included a welcome from Home Administrator Jonathan Stone and remarks from MDVA Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Healthcare Douglas Hughes, Public Affairs Director Gary Harris, Jr., retired Public Affairs Director Deanna Mounts, and Veteran Resident Gary Wigdahl. The Greenhouse Blessing was provided by Chaplain Paul Hohncke and music during the program was sung by local artist Dennis Johnson. A ceremonial ribbon cutting concluded the event.


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.