Minnesota Veteran - September

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Desk of the Commissioner - September

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Allowing Veterans to enjoy time at ‘the lake’

As another beautiful Minnesota summer winds down, many of us reflect on our memories of going “up north” or spending time at “the lake.” The land of 10,000 lakes certainly provides ample opportunities for outdoor enjoyment.

I was reminded of the peace and healing that can come from time near and on the water during a recent visit to Veterans on the Lake Resort in Ely. I joined State Rep. Rob Ecklund, St. Louis County Commissioner Paul McDonald, and Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board representatives Jason Metsa and Chris Ismil to learn more about this hidden gem.


Everyone Has a Role in Veteran Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention

Minnesota loses more than 100 Veterans a year to suicide. This is a tragedy that the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is committed to ending.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time for people, organizations and communities to join their voices to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, and healing is possible. Everyone has a role to play to save lives and create healthy and strong individuals, families and communities. We can come together to reduce factors that increase the risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior, and increase the factors that help strengthen, support and protect people from suicide.


Organizations Serving Veterans Encouraged to Apply for Grants


The application period is now open for the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs “SOT Grants.” The grants are available to qualified organizations that support Minnesota Veterans. The grant application period is open September 12 through October 7, 2022. SOT grant applications may be submitted any time during this period.

MDVA launched the Support Our Troops (SOT) grant program in 2016. The grants are financed from sales of the Minnesota "Support Our Troops" License Plates. Minnesota organizations with programs designed to “support and improve the lives of Veterans and their families” may apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.

The SOT grant application is available on the MDVA website at MinnesotaVeteran.org/Grants
during the open grant cycle. Detailed instructions for how to apply are outlined in the application.

Interested organizations may also sign-up here to receive alerts for future grant applications periods.


It’s National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) proudly recognizes National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, which celebrates the contributions, heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

As shared by Gov. Walz in his 2022 Proclamation of Latino Heritage Month, September 15 marks the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence September 16 and Chile on September 18.


Future Veterans Homes Begin Hiring Process

homes hiring

While Minnesota’s three new Veterans Homes won’t open until mid-2023, employee recruitment has already begun.

The critical role of Nursing Home Administrator will be the first position filled, according to Kari Bautch, New Homes Human Resources Director. The job postings for this role at the Preston and Bemidji Homes have already been announced on the Minnesota Careers website, and the job posting for the role at the Montevideo Home will be announced at the end of September.


4th annual Minnesota Veteran Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day

Veteran suicide

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 4th annual Minnesota Veteran Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day on Saturday, October 1. The event will be held the Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake in Marine on St. Croix.

  • Join State Rep. Bob Dettmer and MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke to hear how the State of Minnesota is addressing this issue
  • Learn how to identify Veterans at risk
  • Receive resources to help combat the tragedy of Veteran suicide

The program begins at 10 a.m. with coffee, donuts and resources available starting at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact SuicidePrevention.MDVA@state.mn.us.


Save the Date: Veterans Day 2022

Veterans Day

Join us on Friday, November 11 at the Inver Grove Heights Veterans Memorial Community Center as we celebrate and honor our Veterans!

  • Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.
  • Program: 10 a.m.
  • Livestream will be available if you prefer to watch from home - information will be posted on our website soon.

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Post 9/11 Veteran Service Bonus Available

post 9-11

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has a long history of awarding service bonuses to Minnesota Veterans who served in America’s wars. Starting in 1919 after World War I, through World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and now the Global War on Terrorism. MDVA recognizes the sacrifices and courage Minnesotans took to defend our country.

The 2022 Legislature passed and Governor Walz signed the first-ever Veterans Omnibus Bill that included funding for a service bonus payable to eligible Veterans who served from 9/11/01 to 8/30/21. MDVA is honored to facilitate this program for eligible Veterans, currently serving service members, or Veterans' beneficiaries.

The application period began on July 7, 2022. The last day to apply is June 30, 2024, unless the funds have been exhausted by then.


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.