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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
To the editor: Veterans Day is Tuesday, a day for Americans to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. But this entire week is dedicated to making sure future generations understand what our veterans’ selfless sacrifices mean to all of us. This week (Nov. 9-15) is “National Veterans Awareness Week,” as declared by a United States Senate resolution which passed in 2001. The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans. It is good to know today’s children will grow up with a solid understanding of what service members provide for us. But, remember, education starts in the home so please make a point of relaying the message to young family members this week. This also is a good time to check out programs and service available to veterans through the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies. Feel free to share this info with anyone you feel could benefit, or even take a minute to assist friends/family who may need a helping hand. LinkVet LinkVet, the Veterans Linkage Line for Minnesota veterans, makes it easier for veterans and their families to find services and ensure immediate crisis intervention. During business hours, trained staff from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs will provide information on veterans’ benefits, healthcare, education, and reintegration. The line will roll to Crisis Connection counselors for 24-hour, seven days a week coverage (including holidays) for immediate crisis intervention and psychological counseling. For more information on LinkVet, log on to or call 1-888-546-5838. Minnesota GI Bill The Minnesota GI Bill program provides postsecondary educational assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans, and to the children and spouses of deceased or severely disabled Minnesota Veterans. For eligibility requirements and financial assistance information, log on to or call 651-642-0567. E-mail Newsletters The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs now offers e-mail lists to keep you informed of veteran issues in Minnesota. To sign up for the newsletters, log on to or call 1-888-546-5838. Sincerely, Dean Urdahl State Representative
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