The Department of Minnesota advocates for legislation either through its internal resolution process before bringing the matter to the Capitol or through the Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force, which is nine congressionally chartered veterans service organizations working together on behalf of all North Star State veterans. The nine organizations are The American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America.
The CTF was largely responsible for the Veterans Restorative Justice Act nearing the finish line in the summer of 2020, with a great deal of help from American Legion members calling their senators. Legion members deserve kudos for their efforts. It is expected to be signed by the governor this month.
Where do we stand this coming session? The CTF legislative agenda for 2021 can be downloaded here:
• Chairman Robert Hart
• Lyle Foltz
• Randy Olson
• Deon Ford
Department staff also are involved in legislative efforts:
• Adjutant Mike Maxa
• Director of Communications Tim Engstrom