Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 11/10/2016

November 10, 2016

Tribute to Minnesota Veterans
World War II Monument in D.C.

Dear Friends,

As another election season comes to a close, it is fitting that we celebrate the veterans who have fought for and defended out country and way of life.

This Friday we observe Veterans Day, a day to say thank you and honor all those who served honorably in the military. It's a day to show appreciation to the brave men and women who contributed to our national security. The people who serve this country come from all walks of life. They are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities.

As co-chair of the Military Veterans Caucus, I encourage everyone to take a moment to thank those who have served our nation in uniform.

Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Veterans Meetings throughout the Year

Every year, I make it a priority to support our veterans in their transition to civilian life. My staff is available to answer questions on benefits, insurance, loans, the Veterans Administration, health care and many other issues. Should you or a veteran you know need assistance, please visit my website page for veterans or call my office at (202) 225-2165.

AgriGrowth Council

AgriGrowth Council held its Annual Meeting and Conference in St. Paul on Thursday. AgriGrowth is a diverse, non-partisan organization that works to achieve the common goals of agribusiness, farmers and the service sectors that support them. The organization reflects the scope and strength of agriculture in Minnesota's economy.

Business Certification

The 7th Congressional District comprises about 40 percent of Minnesota and is home to many small businesses. There are thousands of small businesses in Minnesota that have less than 500 employees. At a recent meeting in Moorhead, the agenda focused on certifying businesses to bid for government contracts over $15,000. There are billions of dollars spent by federal, state and local governments for goods and services that "certified" small businesses can bid on. Veterans, women and minorities can receive additional help in these bids. Contact the Minnesota Small Business Development Center at 651-556-8427 for more information.

Maadaadizi Workforce Center Grand Opening

My staff assistant Jodi Dey attended the White Earth Nation’s Maadaadizi Workforce Center grand opening and open house on Thursday in Naytahwaush. The center was recently constructed and opened to the public. Its employment service program provides employment services to tribally enrolled members. Services are designed to increase financial independence and work toward self-sufficiency. Their trained job counselors provide assistance with job search activities, individualized employability assessments and employment plans, referrals to other agencies and resume writing.   

Join Your Community on Veterans Day

If you would like to attend an event or volunteer in your area for Veterans Day, please click the following for events happening all over Minnesota: MN Veterans Day


Social Security and Veterans Affairs Partnership Means Faster Disability Decisions for Veterans

The Social Security Administration announced the launch of a new Health IT initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs that enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities. Veterans will receive an expedited decision on Social Security disability claims, with faster turnaround time for them and their dependents. On Veterans Day, November 11, the eHealth Exchange will go live nationally to all Social Security disability case processing sites. To learn more about Health IT, please visit

This Week in American History

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization, focusing on service to veterans, service-members, and communities. The Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. On November 10-12, 1919, the first Legion convention convened in Minnesota. Today, membership stands at more than 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans, and produced many important programs for children and youth.

Spotted in the Seventh

Can YOU guess what was Spotted in the Seventh? Each week, the newsletter will feature a landmark or site somewhere in Western Minnesota. The first person to name the location wins! The location of the photo as well as the winner will be revealed in the next newsletter.

This week’s landmark is the only museum in the country entirely based on the oral histories of America’s Veterans…

Congratulations to Kathryn Monson of Gibbon for being the first to correctly identify our last location as the Zoo at the Alexander Ramsey Park in Redwood Falls!

Share your guess on our website –

“Past in the Present”
Cameron Van Der Puy (PRINSBURG)