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Veterans Services Subject of High-Profile Committee Hearing

Senator Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids), chair of the Minnesota Senate’s State Departments and Veterans Finance Division, led a hearing on Wednesday focused on improving veterans services in the state. Senators heard bills focused on veterans homes, interim housing for Minnesota veterans, and a piece of legislation on badly needed mental health services for veterans, authored by Senator Saxhaug himself. The Division also heard an informational presentation from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) on the progress of veteran home construction and funding.

Veterans Bills that Did Not Pass

Purple Heart Driver’s License Designation Minnesotans who have earned a Purple Heart would be able to show their recognition every time they display their driver’s license or state identification card if this legislation becomes law. The proposal would add an optional Purple Heart designation license to those documents and would also permit free daily or […] Read more

Free Hunting Permits for Veterans’ Home Residents

Legislation to permit any veterans’ home resident to hunt and take antlerless deer using a firearm or muzzleloader without a permit is making its way through the legislature. A person could help the veteran, but the assistant must not shoot the deer. STATUS: The bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature. (S.F. 1020) NEXT IN VETERANS: […] Read more

Veterans Funding

There is a substantial $17 million in new investments for Minnesota’s veterans to help care for our veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs is given greater authority to distribute grant dollars from the Support Our Troops Fund to organizations that improve the lives of veterans and their families. STATUS: The bill is awaiting the Governor’s […] Read more

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Veterans

Veterans Funding There is a substantial $17 million in new investments for Minnesota’s veterans to help care for our veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs is given greater authority to distribute grant dollars from the Support Our Troops Fund to organizations that improve the lives of veterans and their families. STATUS: The bill was signed […] Read more