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Governor Dayton's Veterans Day Address

Posted on November 14, 2011 at 10:02 AM
Categories: Veterans, Jobs

On Friday, Governor Dayton delivered the keynote address at the State of Minnesota Veterans Day Program and proclaimed Veterans Day in Minnesota, recognizing and appreciating all that has been given and sacrificed by America's Veterans in order to ensure that all Americans enjoy the blessings of freedom and liberty.

Governor Dayton told hundreds of veterans that the best way to show thanks to returning solders and veterans is to give them a job, according to Minnesota Public Radio .

Gov. Dayton said Americans owe a great debt to these men and women who sacrificed so much for their country.

But he said a lot of soldiers are coming back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to find a dearth of jobs at home.

"Here in Minnesota, the unemployment among Minnesota veterans is by some counts more than double the state average," said Dayton. "There's something terribly wrong when women and men who have served their country have returned home and find their only opening for them is the unemployment line."

Dayton said the best anti-poverty program for a veteran is a job.


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Dayton Proposal Expands Support for Minnesota Veterans

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM
Categories: Veterans, Jobs

Today, Governor Dayton proposed expanding the Minnesota GI Bill to provide thousands of Veterans access to new job training.

In a highly-competitive job market, Veterans often need additional education and skills training to reenter the workforce. This need for continued educational development is not limited to recent Veterans and by expanding the Minnesota GI Bill; Governor Dayton will make sure all Veterans have access to the job skills they need to be successful in today’s economy.

Every year, thousands of Minnesotans dutifully and nobly serve their state and nation as members of the armed forces. Governor Mark Dayton believes it is our state’s duty to ensure these men and women have the support they need to succeed when they return home.  In the next legislative session, Governor Dayton and the Legislature have an opportunity to work together on behalf of these Veterans and all Minnesotans.

Governor Dayton has outlined two initiatives that he will ask the Legislature to support:

Expand the GI Bill: Currently the MN GI Bill applies only to Veterans who served after 9/11 and the families of deceased or qualifying disabled Veterans. Governor Dayton’s proposal would expand the qualifications so that all Minnesota Veterans can access the training they need to get good jobs. 


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Governor Dayton proclaims Veterans Day

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 8:39 AM
Categories: Veterans

Governor Dayton has proclaimed Friday, November 11, 2011, Veterans Day in Minnesota, recognizing and appreciating all that has been given and sacrificed by America's Veterans in order to ensure that all Americans enjoy the blessings of freedom and liberty.

Many Minnesotans have paid the supreme sacrifice in defense of the freedom and liberty that we enjoy every day and which people around the world long for.

Although the debt we owe to America’s Veterans can never be fully repaid, Veterans Day marks a time to gratefully recognize and appreciate all that has been given and sacrificed by those Americans and Minnesotans who dedicated their lives to defending our country and its principles.

To view the proclamation, click here.


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Minnesota receives $1.18 million transit grant for veterans and military families

Posted on November 09, 2011 at 4:43 PM
Categories: Transportation, Veterans

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today that it received a $1.18 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to help improve transportation options and mobility for Minnesota’s veterans, service members, their families and other Minnesota residents.

“It is very appropriate that we acknowledge this grant two days before Veterans Day,” said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. “This will help us expand needed transportation services for our veterans and their families. The application was a collaborative project and we greatly appreciate the work of all of our partners.”

The grant is from the USDOT Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative Capital Grants Program.

To read the full news release, click here.


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Governor Dayton proclaims Minnesotans Salute Veterans and Diversity Week

Posted on November 08, 2011 at 3:50 PM
Categories: Veterans

Governor Dayton has proclaimed this week, November 7-11, 2011, as Minnesotans Salute Veterans and Diversity Week — encouraging schools, businesses, individuals, state and local governments, and local community providers to work together to promote awareness of the many contributions of Veterans and the value of diversity in our communities.

Veterans make significant contributions to Minnesota and the United States. The active and selfless participation of members of all races, genders, creeds, and national origins in the United States Army and Armed Forces contributes to the strength of our nation and makes Minnesota a better place to live.

Governor Dayton honors the achievements and sacrifice of Minnesota's veterans and recognizes the strength that diversity adds to our armed forces and our state.

To view the proclamation, click here.


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