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      Supporting Minnesota Veterans and Families

      Posted on July 05, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Minnesota is home to nearly 400,000 veterans and Governor Mark Dayton is committed to honoring the service and sacrifice of each one. This year, the Governor and the DFL legislature focused on increasing access to:

      • Jobs and education
      • Safe, secure housing
      • Meaningful community support

      Access to Jobs and Education

      Governor Dayton’s budget increases access to good job opportunities and affordable education to help our veterans successfully transition into civilian life. To help Minnesota veterans find employment, the new budget includes new tax credits to encourage businesses to hire disabled or unemployed veterans. And to better support small businesses owned by veterans, legislation passed that allows local governments to offer bid preferences to veteran-owned businesses.

      The new state budget also helps veterans interested in getting additional education. Improvements to the Minnesota GI Bill will help all veterans and the families of those killed in the line of duty attend colleges and universities.

      Safe, secure housing

      A 2009 study confirmed that Minnesota has hundreds of homeless veterans. The Governor’s budget increases funding for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MCAV) to ensure that Minnesota veterans have access to safe and secure housing. The MCAV assists homeless veterans and those in danger of becoming homeless.

      Veterans’ homes are critical to addressing homelessness as well. The budget allocates $20.4 million to create 93 permanent rental housing units for veterans who have experienced homelessness. Additionally, it funds improvements for the Minneapolis, Fergus Falls, Silver Bay, and Luverne veterans’ homes.

      Meaningful community support

      Our returning veterans deserve meaningful resources and support as they reintegrate into their communities. The new state budget increases funding for the County Veterans Service Officers , who serve as advocates for veterans seeking veteran benefits and services.

      And to better support military families, the budget includes new funding for the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, which coordinates community resources and support for Minnesota veterans, service members, and their families.

      All Minnesotans are proud of the men and women who serve our country. The budget passed by Governor Dayton and the DFL legislature honors their service. In the future, Governor Dayton and will continue supporting our veterans and helping them be successful after returning home.