Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Also known as:
Veterans Affairs Department
Function: The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ensuring that Minnesota's veterans, their dependents and survivors receive the full measure of benefits and services to which they are entitled. The Department provides emergency funding for food and shelter; higher education counseling and financial assistance; referral for counseling services; employment services; assistance with the filing and processing of federal claims and pension; and the support of non-profit, independent programs designed to serve veterans.
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) was created by the 1943 state legislature at the height of World War II to consolidate the services provided to the increasing number of returning soldeiers. The Minnesota Veterans Homes came under the jurisdiction of MDVA in 2007 when Governor Pawlenty merged the Minnesota Veterans Homes Board with the agency.
Commissioner term, 4 years or pleasure of governor. Current commissioner: Major General Larry Shellito (1/13/2011- present).
MDVA Commissioners from Present to Past
Larry Shellito, January 2011 to Present
Michael Pugliese, April 2010 to January 2011
Clark Dyrud, March 2005 to April 2010
Jeffery L. Olson, January 2001 to December 2004
Bernard R. Melter, January 1991 to January 2001
William Gregg, July 1983 to January 1991
James Main, March 1982 to July 1983
Charles Pinkham, January 1981 to February 1982
Donald M. Miller, January 1979 to October, 1980
Russell Green, March 1975 to January 1979
Elmer Childress, April 1971 to January 1975
Herbert Anderson, December 1969 to February 1971
Alcuin Loehr, February 1965 to April 1969
Robert G. Hansen, July 1961 to September 1964
Wilbur Lindholm, July 1959 to April 1961
Lyle Kinvig, April 1957 to May 1959
William Revier, July 1943 to March 1957
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