Commander Valtinson has appointed me, Bob Connor as Federal legislative Chair and Trent Dilks as State Legislative Chair. Congress is back in session in Washington D.C and the Minnesota Legislature is also in session. If you have internet access every Friday you can go to http://mn.gov/mdva/news/legislative-updates/ and get a summary of what went on in Veterans legislation that week.
Trent and I will frequently give updates through the Department Office communications to you. In the meantime we have two important events that all of you are invited to participate in if you have the time and funds to do so. From February 21-25, 2015 in Washington D.C. the DAV Midwinter Conference takes place and National Commander Ron Hope will address a joint session of the US Senate and US House Veterans Affairs Committees. Also on the morning of Wednesday February 25th from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. the Department will hold a breakfast inviting the Minnesota Senators and Representatives to meet and discuss Veteran Legislation at a location to be determined.
The second event is closer to home and takes place Wednesday March 4, 2015 beginning at 10:00 A.M. Since the State capitol is undergoing extensive renovation this event will be held at the St. Paul Armory located at 600 Cedar Street. It is sponsored by the Commanders Task Force and the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers. We urge all Chapters to try and send members to participate in this event. This is a way to show our lawmakers we take seriously Veterans legislation.
As of yet very few bills have gotten a hearing but your DAV Department will closely watch the schedules and be available to attend hearings and testify if needed. Please feel free to contact Trent at [email protected] or me at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns about legislation. If you don’t have e-mail contact the Department office and they will relay the message to us. Together we can work to fulfill the promise to take care of our Veterans.