Friday Digest: Aug. 11

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Friday Digest: Aug. 11, 2023

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Work at MDVA


Fergus Falls




Silver Bay

Minnesota Military Radio - Tune in this Weekend

Minnesota MIlitary Radio

For over 12 years, the award-winning Minnesota Military Radio (MMR) has been the forum for retelling the stories of Minnesota’s heroes. Vietnam Veteran and volunteer host Tom Lyons shares these stories which are carried on 65 broadcasting stations throughout the state of Minnesota in an effort to preserve the stories of our Veterans and keep listeners up to date on things happening at MDVA and in our Veteran Community here in Minnesota.

Coming up this week we are recorded live from the 14th Annual Minnesota Military Family Foundation Golf Classic. We discuss the Minnesota Military Family Foundation with three board members, learn about Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, meet our event host Bunker Hills Golf Club (Coon Rapids, MN) and discuss the MMFF with Sponsor Anderson Engineering of Minnesota LLC.



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Bemidji Veterans Home Career Fair, Aug. 16

Bemidji Job Fair

Stop at the Bemidji Veterans Home career fair on Wednesday, August 16 to learn why it’s so great to work for the State!

This is a wonderful time for you or someone you know to consider joining our team. In preparation for the Home’s opening this fall, there are a wide range of job choices being offered. From nursing/nursing assistant, housekeeping and food service roles to maintenance, groundskeeping and life enrichment positions, there’s no better time to find a meaningful career serving those who have served!


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Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Redwood Falls Dedication Ceremony, Aug. 19

Redwood Falls

You're invited to join the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs for the dedication ceremony of the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Redwood Falls.

This ceremony commemorates more than a decade of advocacy and planning to create a dignified, respectful final resting place for Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.


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Job Opportunity - Deputy Veterans Service Officer

This position will be located on-site at the Government Center in Elk River, MN.

The Deputy Veterans Service Officer is responsible for assisting with the administration, planning, coordination and management of the overall operations, programs, activities, and services to Veterans. Provides direct assistance to Veterans and their dependents by providing counseling with respect to benefits available, and ensures eligible parties receive benefits for which entitlement exists, at County, State and Federal levels. In the absence of the VSO, serves as the alternate.


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Military Action Group Meeting, Aug. 21

The Military Action Group (MAG) is a collaborative body of individuals who advocate for improved policies and practices that benefit Veterans in the state of Minnesota, principally through legislation. The MAG operates as a “think tank” for ideas that - because of the group’s non-partisan approach and independence from established Veteran organizations - seek to provide innovative legislative and advocacy approaches to those who shape policy for Veterans.

The next MAG meeting will be Aug. 21 2023, from 9 to 10 a.m.

State Office Building
Room 300N
100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
St Paul, MN 55155

Remote Option:  
Monday, Aug. 21 , 9 – 10 a.m.
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 256-907-1047 PIN: ‪539 427 734#

MACV’s Summer Salute, Aug. 22

MACV Summer Salute Flyer

Join MACV at CHS Field in St. Paul for their Summer Salute, a one-day event dedicated to providing comprehensive support services and resources for homeless or at-risk Veterans.

The vision is to create a centralized location where Veterans can easily access assistance needed to address their immediate challenges, focusing on a path towards stability and self-sufficiency.

Services on-site will include:

  • Meals
  • Haircuts
  • VA Benefits
  • Legal Clinic
  • Health Checkups
  • Public Benefits
  • Employers
  • Housing Support

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Mental Health First Aid Training Online, Aug. 23

Learn how to support your friends, family, and neighbors. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults.

You’ll build skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to those who are struggling. You’ll also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.

  • Wednesday, August 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Mental Health First Aid Training Flyer

Montevideo Job Fair, Aug. 24

Job Fair Flyer

The Montevideo Veterans Home is happy to host its first local career fair! Join us on Thursday, August 24 anytime between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at our temporary community office located at 202 North 1st Street in Montevideo.

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Vietnam Era Veterans Wanted for Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Vietnam Veterans leaving Vietnam, the
Minnesota National Guard is seeking 300 Vietnam Veterans to participate in a march
during the State Fair's Military Appreciation Day on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. Each
Vietnam Veteran will receive one (1) complimentary ticket for the day.


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Vietnam Era Veterans Wanted

Therapeutic Services for Veterans at Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Sept. 7

Equine Therapy

Nature's Edge Therapy Center will provide a safe, comfortable space in which Veterans can connect, engage and participate in therapeutic activities utilizing horticulture and farm animals.

  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 21, 28 from 1 - 3:30 p.m.

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The PACT Act and Your VA Benefits

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange and other toxic substances.

The PACT Act adds to the list of health conditions the VA assumes (or “presumes”) are caused by exposure to these substances. This law helps provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.




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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line's number—988 then Press 1—helps make it easier to remember and share the number to access help in times of need.

Veterans can use this option by dialing 988 and pressing 1 to contact the Veterans Crisis Line. Veterans may still reach the Veterans Crisis Line with the previous phone number—1-800-273-8255 and Press 1—by text (838255), and through chat at

Post-9/11 Veterans Service Bonus

Minnesota Veterans who served sometime between September 11, 2001, and August 30, 2021 may be eligible for a Post-9/11 Service Bonus. More than 17,000 Minnesota Veterans who served in the Global War on Terrorism have already received bonuses totaling $18.5 million in recognition of their service.

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is distributing nearly $25 million in bonuses. As of late November, $18.5 million has been awarded. Eligible Veterans are paid on a first-come, first-served basis, so Veterans should apply today before the funds are gone.

To apply, visit

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Post 9/11 Service Bonus Flyer

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