Gov. Dayton greeted Minnesota veterans at the dedication of the Madelia Veterans Memorial.
Minnesotans have always found ways to serve. From the 435 men who volunteered to join the 1st Minnesota Infantry Regiment in 1861 and went on to fight at Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg, to the thousands who served in World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts, thousands of Minnesotans have bravely fought and died for our country.
To honor and remember the sacrifices of Minnesota veterans, Governor Mark Dayton helped dedicate the Madelia Veterans’ Memorial last Friday. The site commemorates the sacrifices of veterans in southwestern Minnesota – including 300 veterans from the Madelia-area.
This year, Governor Dayton and the Legislature also honored the sacrifices of Minnesota veterans – funding $23 million in new veteran initiatives.
• The largest amount – $18 million is going to complete the expansion of the Minneapolis Veterans’ Home. The improved facility will provide high-quality, skilled nursing services for veterans.
• They also provided $1 million to expand the Minnesota GI Bill to help all veterans get a great education after completing their service. Previously, this education benefit was only available to post-9/11 veterans.
• The Governor’s budget also includes an additional $2 million for county veteran service offices across Minnesota. This increased funding will help Minnesota veterans and their families access the benefits and services they have earned.
Minnesota service members and veterans sacrifice greatly for our country. Initiatives and memorials like these are important ways to say thank you.