Last week, St. James was visited by a group of veterans interests representatives to discuss the needs of vets in our area. Representatives from the National Guard, the DAV, the VA, veteran affairs groups and staff members from Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office met at the St. James Armory. The veterans interest group toured Minnesota on a speaking tour and met with other representatives throughout the state. The group offered updates on programs they were working on, including legislative updates for veteran benefits, including a new bill passing that credits military medical training for veterans looking to get education for work in paramedic training or medical schooling, allowing MN GI bill to pay for certification and testing expenses, veterans having access to attorneys to help with legal needs, faster medical care for veterans at the VA, and steps are being taken to investigate if there is a link between health issues and veterans being exposed to trash burn pits during deployment overseas, and if so what should be done to handle the effects of exposure. Veterans GI bills also will not be capped at 15 years and they can pursue education any time during their lives, and deployed reservists will also get the same benefits as deployed enlisted servicemen. The panel also discussed the ongoing process of building new military cemeteries, especially the Duluth military cemetery project, and plans for Redwood Falls.

The veterans interest group toured Minnesota on a speaking tour and met with other representatives throughout the state. The group offered updates on programs they were working on, including legislative updates for veteran benefits, including a new bill passing that credits military medical training for veterans looking to get education for work in paramedic training or medical schooling, allowing MN GI bill to pay for certification and testing expenses, veterans having access to attorneys to help with legal needs, faster medical care for veterans at the VA, and steps are being taken to investigate if there is a link between health issues and veterans being exposed to trash burn pits during deployment overseas, and if so what should be done to handle the effects of exposure. Veterans GI bills also will not be capped at 15 years and they can pursue education any time during their lives, and deployed reservists will also get the same benefits as deployed enlisted servicemen. The panel also discussed the ongoing process of building new military cemeteries, especially the Duluth military cemetery project, and plans for Redwood Falls.

The panel also discussed the ongoing process of building new military cemeteries, especially the Duluth military cemetery project, and plans for Redwood Falls.

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