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Desk of the Commissioner - May


Guest Column by Interim Commissioner Brad Lindsay

Omnibus Bill Becomes Tradition

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is pleased to announce that for a second year in a row, the Minnesota Legislature passed a Veterans and Military Affairs omnibus bill, and Governor Tim Walz signed it into law on May 15, 2023.

“For the dedication and sacrifice our military members and Veterans give to our state and country, they deserve our highest support,” said Governor Walz. “By expanding service bonuses, investing in Veterans Homes and the health of our service members, and moving Minnesota closer to ending Veterans homelessness, this bill will improve the lives of Veterans and service members across the state. With nearly unanimous support from the legislature, this bill shows that Minnesotans deeply care about their Veterans, and we will continue to show up for them at the Capitol.”


Preventing Veteran Suicide Through Support, Education

Veterans Crisis Line

Minnesota loses approximately 100 Veterans each year to suicide. MDVA is working to end this tragedy.

In a recent interview with Minnesota Military Radio, Kristi Charles shared information on MDVA’s suicide prevention initiatives. Charles is the Veteran Suicide Prevention Coordinator for MDVA and served in a similar role with the Minnesota National Guard. She has a special expertise in human development, family life and education – and has a passion for helping Veterans live healthy and thriving lives.


Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries to Host Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day

To commemorate Memorial Day, MDVA will host special ceremonies at each of the three State Veterans Cemeteries in Duluth, Little Falls and Preston on Sunday, May 28 at 2 p.m. MDVA encourages members of the community to attend a Memorial Day event to honor and remember service members in Minnesota who made the ultimate sacrifice and show support for the families left behind. 

“Join us at one of our Cemeteries as we honor our fallen heroes. It is because of their service that we have the very rights and freedoms we do today,” said Brad Lindsay, MDVA Interim Commissioner. “All gave some, some gave all.”

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Celebrating Our Staff

MN Veterans Home Week

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is grateful to our more than 1,500 employees who have chosen a career serving those who have served. The month of May offers an opportunity to recognize all of our staff through several special weeks.

“We offer special thanks to our employees for caring for our 600 Residents and their families in our five – and soon to be eight – State Veterans Homes,” said MDVA Interim Commissioner Brad Lindsay. “From our Administrators to our front-line staff, we know that they all believe that working at a Veterans Home is truly an honor. The staff takes such pride in their work.”


‘Boots on the Ground’ Donates to Fergus Falls Veterans Home

FF Donation

Continuing a tradition of support that dates to 2014, the Boots on the Ground organization gave a generous donation to the Minnesota Veterans Home - Fergus Falls in April.

The $24,000 donation will provide the Home’s 80 Residents with in-Home salon haircuts, bingo game sponsorships, the Resident Arts Program, electric razors and a new/installed Yamaha T50 hp motor for the Veterans Home pontoon. In addition, the funds will be used to purchase and store firearms off-site that will support future hunting trips for the Residents and to purchase video monitors that can allow Residents isolated in their rooms due to illness to participate virtually in on-site entertainment and activities.


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs proudly recognizes May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We celebrate this diverse community representing a long history in our state and bringing a cultural richness that includes over 40 different nationalities. Governor Tim Walz shares the 2023 proclamation here.

In Minnesota, there are approximately 2,400 Veterans who identify as Asian. The state is home to one of the largest communities of Hmong people in the United States. And, community members include men who fought in the Special Guerrilla Units that supported American troops in the Secret War in Laos as well as families greatly impacted by the Secret War. 


Silver Bay Veterans Home Excels in Quality Surveys

Silver Bay

The Minnesota Veterans Home - Silver Bay has achieved a trifecta that is unheard of in the long-term care industry: zero deficiencies on three quality surveys in a row!

Skilled Nursing Facilities like the Silver Bay Veterans Homes are inspected – referred to as “surveyed” – at least annually to ensure quality of Resident care. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) completes annual surveys on behalf of the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). And because the Home serves Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also completes an annual survey. The MDH annual surveys were completed in March 2022 and March 2023; the recent VA survey took place in March 2023.


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.