BEMIDJI — The Minnesota Legislature has handed a monthly bill that involves funding for the Bemidji Veterans Household with close to-unanimous bipartisan guidance.
Signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday, May 10, the invoice contains funding for 3 veterans homes across Minnesota in Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston.
“Veterans have been a top priority of mine in the Property, and it’s fantastic to see frustrating support for them in the legislature,” explained District 5A Rep. Matt Bliss.
The bill’s funding contains $26 million for the veterans properties, $16 million of which is established aside for furnishings and other additions to comprehensive the residences.
“I am the son, father and brother of veterans. I am a veteran,” reported District 2A Rep. Matt Grossell. “The sacrifice of veterans is deserving of every greenback we can provide.”
The Bemidji Veterans Residence,
which is now under construction
breaking floor in August 2021,
will property 72 veterans and is anticipated to open up in 2023.
“I am grateful our northern Minnesota veterans will be in a position to be taken care of in this outstanding new facility,” said District 5 Sen. Justin Eichorn. “Our veterans fought for our state and they should have to be honored.”
The invoice obtained bipartisan support, passing unanimously in the Senate and 122-1 in the Residence.
“This monthly bill makes excellent on our responsibility to protect and assist our veterans through and just after their assistance, and demonstrates that we can occur collectively in a bipartisan way to honor the sacrifices of our veterans and their households,” Walz said.
The relevance of bipartisan help was echoed by Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, who also reaffirmed the state’s dedication to veterans.
“The too much to handle bipartisan support this bill obtained demonstrates that our veterans are and will continue to be a priority at the Capitol,” Flanagan said.
The monthly bill was also supported by the Minnesota Office of Veterans Affairs, which has been managing the veterans residence assignments.
“This aid will allow us to continue serving those (who) have served,” said DVA Commissioner Larry Herke. “Minnesota’s far more than 304,000 veterans know that their voices were read and their service honored with the historic passing of the initial-ever Veterans Omnibus Bill.”
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