Minnesota Veteran - March

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Recognizing Minnesota’s Vietnam Veterans

On March 29, the nation will recognize Vietnam Veterans Day to thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 designates every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a fitting choice for a day honoring Vietnam Veterans. It was chosen to be observed in perpetuity because March 29, 1973, was the day that the United States Military Assistance Command-Vietnam was disestablished and also the day that the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam. In addition, on and around this same day, Hanoi released the last of its acknowledged prisoners of war.


Celebrating Women’s History Month

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The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is proud to recognize March as Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s contributions to the growth and strength of our nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways.

Women of every race, class and ethnic background have played and continue to play a critical economic, cultural and social role in every sphere of life and constitute a significant portion of the labor and volunteer labor forces; charitable, philanthropic, and cultural institutions; and major, progressive social change movements.


MDVA Receives Pillars of Excellence Award

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Congratulations to the MDVA Veteran Homelessness team on receiving the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs! This award recognizes outstanding state programs that support Veterans within their states. This is MDVA’s fourth Pillars of Excellence award since 2018.

“This is the highest honor our department can receive,” said MDVA Deputy Commissioner Brad Lindsay. “It is a credit to the fine staff on our Veteran Homelessness team who have worked tirelessly on new initiatives to eliminate Veteran homelessness in Minnesota.”


Minnesota State Veterans Home - Fergus Falls Receives $30,000 Donation from Veterans Home R&R

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The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) - Fergus Falls Veterans Home is honored to accept a generous donation of $30,000 from Veterans Home R&R (Rest & Relaxation) to be used for recreational programming at its campus. A check was presented to Fergus Falls Veterans Home leadership team members on Monday, February 13, 2023.

To date, the Home’s Recreation Fund has committed to using this donation for the purchase of goods and services related to its Resident Arts program, courtyard/outdoor furniture, Stars and Stripes Parade/25th Anniversary celebration, a Touch2Play computer and other items that help Veterans engage with other Veterans and the community in which they live. This engagement, in turn, creates a strong sense of camaraderie and shared social experiences behind and beyond the Home’s doors.


Operation Iraqi Freedom 20th Anniversary

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March 20, 2023, marked the 20-year anniversary of the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). MDVA honors and remembers the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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April - Month of the Military Child

In April, Minnesotans across the state will 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.

Starting April 1, letters can be requested by visiting MinnesotaVeteran.org/Militarychild.

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MDVA is Hiring

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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.