Dayton pitches plan to counter high joblessness among veterans

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 10, 2011 - 4:43 PM
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Slider451Nov. 10, 11 1:12 PM

It's a good idea. One challenge is getting the word out to institutions that interact with veterans; not just veterans groups like VFW, Legion, and the VA but state employment agencies, occupational therapy and rehabilitation centers. And, of course, schools.

ldinmnNov. 10, 11 1:29 PM

The GOP will vote NO, because their number one goal is to keep the economy bad so Obama doesn't get re-elected. They don't care who suffers in the process.

pinelakelindNov. 10, 11 1:48 PM

Thank you, Governor Dayton for taking the lead on this! We owe this to all our Veterans! They fought for us- we should stand up for all of them!

privateeyeNov. 10, 11 2:33 PM

It doesn't matter if he comes up with a plan to help puppies and cute kids, the GOP will never allow him to do anything that could be construed as a positive or helpful. I think I hear a Republican denouncing the plan now.

oglethorpieNov. 10, 11 3:19 PM

I'm a veteran and I think this is a bad idea because it's not the role of the state government, it's the role of the federal government. I bet the posters who think it's a good idea aren't even veterans. Redundant feel-good programs like this are the reason we're broke.

Marina29Nov. 10, 11 4:09 PM

Institutions that interact with veterans have a pretty efficient communications network. This includes The state employees that are on college campuses, and the state-operated DEED offices, which have counselors specifically trained and assigned to work with Veterans. The County Veterans Services Officers are very informed on programs available to veterans, and the MN Department of Veterans Affairs has a communications network.

jo1glexNov. 10, 11 4:19 PM

I have an idea to help Veterans. Stop sending them into pointless foreign military adventures for domestic electoral advantage and crony profits more than anything else, and then tossing them aside like used-up husks when they return. I think that would help a lot.

minnelusaNov. 10, 11 4:36 PM

oglethorpie---"Redundant (?) feel-good programs like this are the reason we're broke." For the readers benefit please explain more in detail what your statement meant. I can't make head nor tails of it and what it has to do with the State treasury.

badcopNov. 10, 11 8:00 PM

Let's see... the $1000 a semester will be enough to cover the books...

rds1449Nov. 11, 11 9:42 AM

Back in the 70's and early 80's Minnesota offered free tuition to Vietnam veterans at the state vocational schools. At the time I was working in the trucking business for a company that was going broke because of deregulation. I had a family and a house payment. I was a Vietnam vet with only a HS diploma and no trade. So I used the free tuition program and it changed my life. I would have never been able to afford the education without it. Because of that I have been able to provide for my family very well the last thirty years. I believe all the veterans deserve the same chance I got. Thank you governor for showing your support for the states veterans. Now if the all those so called GOP patriots would do the same.

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