Adjutant's Updates

MDVA Commissioner Herke Update (Distance Learning Grant)

MDVA COVID Distance Learning Support Grant

Veterans Home conducting COVID testing

September is National Preparedness Month

Resources for more information

 While working during COVID-19 continues to be challenging, our mission gives us strength:

“Serving Minnesota Veterans, their dependents and survivors by connecting them with the federal and state care and benefits they have earned.”

Minnesota Veterans have sacrificed for us. Now it is our turn. We are doing honorable work, caring for those who were willing, and sometimes did, put their lives on the line.

The MDVA team appreciates your support.

MDVA COVID Distance Learning Support Grant

To assist Minnesota Veterans impacted by distance learning expenses, MDVA recently introduced the COVID-19 Distance Learning Support Grant. The purpose of the COVID-19 K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant is to mitigate the negative financial impact a family experiences by implementing their school district’s distance learning or hybrid learning plans by providing a one-time grant in the amount of $3,000.

Applicants for the COVID-19 K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant must demonstrate a negative financial impact on or after August 1, 2020. A closing date for the K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant will depend on the availability of funding, but not later than June 30, 2021.

For more information, visit the MDVA website at MinnesotaVeteran.org/COVIDRelief.

Veterans Home conducting COVID testing

The Minnesota Veterans Homes (MVH) follow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 testing requirements for long-term care facilities. All CMS-certified facilities across the country must comply with a new requirement for mass testing of Residents and staff.

CMS criteria to implement mass testing of includes active COVID-19 cases at a facility and a Community Case Rate (calculated by CMS). Based on these criteria, our Veterans Homes are conducting mass testing of Residents and staff. I appreciate the support and cooperation of everyone as we meet this new requirement to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

September is National Preparedness Month

While COVID-19 is the focus in Minnesota, we need only watch the news to see that natural disasters are impacting others. Wildfires out west or hurricanes in the south are causing destruction.

It’s important to be ready for any type of disaster. September is National Preparedness Month which reminds us to think about how we would respond and to create a plan with our family. Visit ready.gov for more information.

Resources for more information

  • Minnesota Department of Health website: health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/
  • Minnesota Department of Health Hotline: 651-201-3920
  • FAQs for State of Minnesota Employees: gov/bereadymn
  • Veterans seeking healthcare: Call FIRST if feeling ill:
    • Minneapolis: 612-467-1100
    • Fargo: 701-239-3700 extension 2319
    • St. Cloud VA HCS number is 320-252-1670 or 800-247-1739
    • Sioux Falls: 605-336-3230 or 605-336-5001

Thank you for your support of Minnesota Veterans!

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