The new law helps to end and prevent veteran homelessness, further fund veterans homes and cemeteries and provides bonuses to those who served.
Today Governor Tim Walz signed the historic, standalone, veterans bill that was passed with incredible bipartisan support in the House and Senate in Minnesota.
“This is the work we came here to do.” said State Representative Donald Raleigh. “It is this type of bipartisan work that helps our veterans living in Minnesota.”
The new Veterans Law includes:
- $5.4 million that will fund a grant to provide assistance to veterans and former service members and their families who are homeless or in danger of homelessness.
- $1.7 million annually to fund temporary housing options for vets experiencing homelessness and to increase outreach activities to end homelessness.
- $10.3 million in fiscal year 2022 and $16.5 million in 2023 for the design, construction, furnishing, and equipping of new veterans homes to support vets in Bemidji, Montevideo, and Preston, Minnesota.
- Nearly $25 million in fiscal year 2023 to fund service bonuses to post 9/11 era vets and Gold Star families.
“I am proud of the work we put into this bill, and I am looking to the future and what we can do next for our community.” said Raleigh. “I am turning my attending to veteran’s suicide and helping to prevent these tragedies. This bill is a good model for us to use, and I am committed to helping my sisters and brothers who served to get the help and support they need.”
First Steps for Veterans or Helping a Veteran
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, press 1.
The Veterans Crisis Line is the world’s largest provider of crisis call, text, and chat services, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It serves more than 650,000 calls every year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Users also may text to 838255 or chat online to receive confidential crisis intervention and support.