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Rep. Bob Dettmer Participates in Veterans Day on the Hill

Monday, March 12, 2018

Saint Paul, MINN—On Monday, March 12, 2018, Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake, who chairs the House Veterans Affairs Division, spoke at a morning rally to celebrate Minnesota veterans. Veterans and their families from across the state gathered at the Capitol to show their support for our military and advocate for veterans priorities at the Legislature as part of Veterans Day on the Hill.

“Veterans Day on the Hill is about honoring Minnesota’s brave servicemen and women who selflessly serve our state, our nation and our citizens,” said Rep. Dettmer. “Supporting our veterans and active military is a priority we all share at the Capitol, and it’s wonderful to see everyone come together today to show their appreciation and support.”

Today in the House Veterans Affairs Division, they will be hearing four bills that will benefit Minnesota veterans including a bill authored by Rep. Dettmer to expand the property tax exclusion for surviving spouses of disabled veterans.

House Republicans have championed a number of veteran priorities at the Capitol in recent years. Initiatives signed into law since 2015 include:

  • Excluding all military retirement pay from state income tax
  • Allowing active duty military members and their families to bypass the one-year wait and immediately qualify for higher education grants and scholarships
  • Increasing funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs and state veterans homes
  • Making it easier for veteran-owned small businesses to get state government contracts
  • Establishing a Military Spouses and Families Day to honor Minnesota military families
  • Designating the Honor and Remember Flag as a symbol of the state’s commitment to fallen military members
  • Expanding the Minnesota GI Bill to include apprenticeship and on-the-job training benefits

“I will continue to champion the needs and priorities of our veterans’ community at the Capitol because they have sacrificed so much for us,” concluded Rep. Dettmer.