For more information contact: Chad Urdahl 651-296-5520
I hope you will join me in taking time to thank a veteran for their service as we observe Veterans Day this Saturday.
Programs will be taking place throughout the state this week, including Paynesville (9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Friday at the Paynesville High School Auditorium) and St. Cloud (1:30 p.m. Saturday in Building 8 at the St. Cloud VA, veterans, their families and the public are invited). I hope you are able to attend and show your support.
As someone who has personally served our great state and nation in the military for decades, veterans are a top priority of mine at the Legislature. A number of bills I authored this year to support veterans became law. They include:
From a more general standpoint, the new state budget we implemented provides a $1.449 million operational funding increase for Veterans Affairs Department programs and services. Here is a look at some other important veterans-related bills which passed into law this year:
Those accomplishments are on top of the historic progress we made in the 2015-16 biennium to assist veterans. The crowning achievement of those bills is a new law which exempts military retirement pay from being taxed. That very beneficial provision became effective for the 2017 tax filing year, making our state a more welcoming place for veterans.
On a final note, here is a link to some discounts and freebies businesses are offering veterans this weekend if you are able to take advantage yourself or want to treat someone who has served.