Minnesota Veteran - April

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Desk of the Commissioner - April


Guest Column by Interim Commissioner Brad Lindsay

Quality is Job #1

Minnesota Veterans and their families deserve the highest quality of care. And the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is committed to delivering on that.

I’m proud of the quality recognitions we have earned in both MDVA’s Healthcare and Programs & Services Divisions. And you don’t have to just take our word for it. MDVA’s quality is assessed by numerous state and federal agencies.

We’ve compiled our quality information on our website. There you’ll find numerous examples of commitment to quality.


History Never Dies: Reuniting Military Mementos with One Veteran’s Survivors

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Serving Minnesota Veterans and their families. That’s the mission of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA). We deliver on that promise in many ways.

Sometimes, it means ensuring that Veterans and their dependents receive the healthcare, educational and employment benefits they have earned. Sometimes, it means we find positive housing outcomes for Veterans experiencing homelessness. And sometimes it means we reunite a part of military history with descendants of Veterans who passed decades ago. Such was the story for the family of Sgt. Clifford Peter Olsen, U.S. Air Force, one of nine crewmen lost on a B-14 in 1945 and declared missing in action (MIA).


Serving Minnesota Veterans for 100 years


In 1923, Warren Harding was the U.S. President, the first baseball game was played at Yankee Stadium, and Time magazine published its inaugural issue. And on April 21, 1923, the Minnesota State Soldiers Assistance Program (SSAP) was established to serve Minnesota Veterans.

One hundred years later, Minnesota Veterans can still count on SSAP in times of need. Tens of thousands of former service members and their families have found help over the decades. The program was established in response to the needs of Veterans returning home from World War I. Early on, SSAP provided basic assistance with medical treatment and for the general maintenance of disabled Veterans.


Celebrating Earth Day 2023

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The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) celebrates Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2023. Earth Day is a globally recognized observance dedicated to increasing awareness and encouraging action that supports lowering our environmental footprint.

As Minnesota’s climate continues to change and we see warmer temperatures, shorter winters and more frequent and extreme precipitation events, MDVA remains committed to sustainability and conserving resources. Our sustainability commitment enhances care and services to Minnesota’s Veterans and their families while reducing environmental impacts and costs.


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault awareness

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual international observance occurring each April.
Its goals are to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to educate communities as well as individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

SAAM is recognized by state, national and community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses and other entities as a public health, human rights and social justice issue. Events and activities during the month of April help to reinforce the need for prevention efforts.


Veterans Career Fair - May 3

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All Veterans, current service members, their spouses and Gold Star families are invited to this year's 17th annual career fair event!

Are you looking for a higher salary and a great career? Work for an employer that recognizes and appreciates your military service and the value you bring to the team!

The Veterans Career Fair features:

  • Nearly 100 Veteran-friendly employers onsite
  • Complimentary LinkedIn photography station available for job seekers
  • Have your resume reviewed and brush up on your interviewing skills with a mock interview
  • Service providers offering assistance for Veterans and their families
  • There is no cost for job seekers to attend and registration is not required
  • Job seeker attendees are eligible to register for one of 50 Minnesota DNR gift cards ($100 value)

More Information >>

Month of the Military Child

In April, Minnesotans across the state celebrate "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.

Register >>

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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.