Taking care of our veterans remains a priority of the DFL. This year, the Senate passed a bipartisan Military and Veterans Affairs budget that contains $128 million in new funding for existing and new services for veterans and active-duty service members. With this budget, we are making a commitment to our veterans’ health, healthcare, and wellbeing.
Top priorities of both the legislature and the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs include eliminating veteran homelessness and providing mental health services. A new working group will assess the quality of care provided at the state’s domiciliary homes to ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care. We have expanded eligibility for veteran bonuses and GI Bill benefits, as well as increased GI Bill educational assistance award amounts. Finally, the budget provides grant funding to organizations such as Camp Bliss, Veterans on the Lake, Every Third Saturday, Meals on Wheels, and the Veterans Resilience Project to provide direct services and community to veterans.