Local Veterans Rally at the Capitol

March 12, 2018 07:36 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Nearly 1,000 veterans from across the state gathered in St. Paul Monday morning. 

As part of the annual “Veteran's Day on the Hill", military members met with lawmakers to rally behind key bills.


Dozens of the veterans were from southeastern Minnesota. This session, they would like to see a bill pass that would allow for a new Veterans Home to be built in Fillmore County.

“There are 30,000 veterans in southeastern Minnesota and we are over that distance from Hasting or the veterans homes up in the Cities and we need one down there for folks that don't have a place to go,” said Floyd Riester with the Rochester VFW.

If passed, the bill would add up to 140 new beds for veterans and their spouses at a cost of about $10, 000,000.

“It’s too expensive to go to a regular rest home,” said Les Shaunce, the First District Commander for American Legion in Albert Lea.

The United Veterans Legislative Council of Minnesota (UVLC), Minnesota Commanders Task Force (CTF) and the Association of County Veterans Service Officers (MACVSO) will focus on supporting the multiple legislation this session.

“We have to stay connected with our representatives to further the issues that we have as a veteran,” said Riester.

“My message to our state elected folks is ‘Take care of the people that have taken care of this country’,” said Nathan Pike, an Olmsted County Veteran’s Services Officer.


Hannah Tiede

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