Minn. vets groups make case for construction money

  • Article by: KYLE POTTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 19, 2013 - 9:42 PM
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rshacklefordApr. 19, 1312:08 PM

The construction workers in yellow vests will be at the Capitol soon to lobby for jobs. They were there for the billionaire Wilf and the millionaire football players. I'm certain they will be there for veterans who actually put their lives on the line.

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jd55604Apr. 19, 1312:54 PM

Why can't they use the same intensive care facilities that the rest of us have to use?

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elmore1Apr. 20, 13 8:04 AM

This seems like a much better investment than giving the U more money. Real jobs that actually produce something that we can see and vets can use.

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furguson11Apr. 20, 13 9:24 AM

When I was in Winnipeg last fall they were admitting regular nursing home clients into the Vet Center because they didn't have that many vets yet. No wars I guess.

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traderbillApr. 20, 13 4:03 PM

In response to JD5604: they are VETS and deserve it. As for spending $54 million, what about Gov. Dayton's plan to spend $50 million on additions to the Children's Museum? How about the state having to put up $56 million a year to 'prop up' three pension funds operating at absurd return assumptions of 8%??? We aren't doing enough for our Vets..especially with a Congress, and possibly a state legislature with only a handful having done any service. I do not consider their jobs and the salary and benefits they receive 'service.' Do you?

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jd55604Apr. 22, 13 2:00 PM

traderbill, I'm not sure about the other spending you talk about but it sure sounds like you support socialized medicine. Government's intended role is to preserve freedom not to dole out free money to people or groups that it feels are deserving.

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Marina29Apr. 24, 13 1:30 PM

The Minneapolis Veterans Home was originally built to provide a residence for aging Civil War veterans in the late 1880s. The veterans that live there now are from WWII, Korea, Vietnam. Disabled veterans from more recent conflicts often have missing limbs, and so the need for a full service care facility for veterans has not been eliminated. The article fails to mention that MN also operates and maintains Veterans Homes at Fergus Falls, Silver Bay, Hastings and Luverne. Legislators have also proposed new veterans homes at several locations, some of which could use existing facilities (repurposed) at Brainerd and Willmar.

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