The vets, some yawning, others clutching packs of cigarettes, trickle into a sun-splashed room for morning meditation. Some survived war long ago, others have fresh memories of combat.
Waiting times at the two Veterans Affairs medical centers in Minnesota are considerably lower than the worst trouble spots in the VA system, new audit data released Monday show. The average wait time for a patient seeking primary care for the first time is 28 days at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and 25 days at the St. Cloud center, the data show. But the waits are much shorter for established patients who are already in the VA system — three days at Minneapolis and two days at St. Cloud.
Military veterans and their families struggling with homelessness will have access to some affordable housing at Fort Snelling. A new development project, which started Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony, will turn five historic buildings into apartments on the Fort Snelling upper post.
There is increasing pressure on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. A new report from the VA’s inspector general says hundreds of veterans are awaiting care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. The average wait time is almost four months for a first appointment.
Thousands of Minnesota veterans return home from combat duty every year. But when they get here, it’s sometimes tough to get a job. That’s only one of the struggles veterans face. Finding a job, getting health care services, fighting homelessness.
It’s been 50 years since the end of the Vietnam War. For the veterans, recognition is a long time coming. Thousands of them were honored at the Minnesota State Fair Monday.
Among those testifying in Washington Wednesday on ways to hire more military veterans was the chairman of Xcel Energy.
Four decades is a long time to wait for a welcome home greeting. But that’s exactly what happened to the nation’s 6 million Vietnam-era veterans.
State lawmakers want to give Minnesota businesses tax credits for hiring veterans.
The Fisher House in Minneapolis is called “a home, away from home” for families of wounded military members and veterans.
Jobs are hard to find for many Americans, but it can be even more difficult for veterans coming home from war. That’s why one local organization, Resource, is committed to training and placing veterans in green jobs.