Raleigh Named 2022 Notable Military Veteran Executive

Raleigh Named 2022 Notable Military Veteran Executive

TCB’s 2022 Notable Military Veteran Executives have transferred leadership skills they developed serving our country to civilian jobs in industries ranging from fitness, food, and construction to government, technology, finance, and law. The 25 individuals have served our country in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and National Guard; some are still active members of the National Guard or military reserves. They also lend their time and expertise to organizations that support fellow veterans and service members.

“I am honored to be included in this great group of fellow veterans. The discipline we learned, and the dedication we bring to our communities, are part of the servant leadership that is the hallmark of our great country. Veteran. Servant. Leader. We live it every day.” stated Donald Raleigh.

In their announcement of this list of Notables, Twin Cities Business Magazine (tcbmag.com/notable/donald-raleigh) wrote, “In 2002, Donald Raleigh formed Evolve Systems in St. Paul with his wife, Marnie Ochs-Raleigh, to serve the small to mid-sized Minnesota business community with digital services. In addition to Evolve Systems, Raleigh also founded Evolve Payment, a merchant services agency that prioritizes bringing ethics and trust back into merchant processing.

After identifying a unique gap in the market, he created and developed AdaptrPay, software that gives merchants control over their customer data and addresses the risks associated with transferring processors. Raleigh served eight years of active duty in the Army, as a guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and as a presidential guard for Ronald Reagan. Today, he’s an active member of the veteran community, including the VFW (Veterans of Foreign War), and is a lifetime member and color guard at his local Lino Lakes American Legion Chapter.”

Donald Raleigh is running for election in House District 32B which covers the cities of Lexington and the southern half of Blaine, Minnesota. Raleigh is currently serving in his first term representing Blaine, Lexington, Circle Pines, Centerville, Lino Lakes, and Hugo.

Rep. Raleigh speaks at Veteran’s Bill Signing

Rep. Raleigh speaks at Veteran’s Bill Signing

The new law helps to end and prevent veteran homelessness, further fund veterans homes and cemeteries and provides bonuses to those who served.

Rep Raleigh addresses the issue of veteran’s suicide.

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.