Minnesota, Minnesota Department Of Veterans Affairs, Bob Heart discussed on Justice & Drew
I'm your host, Tom Lyons. We've been speaking with Bob Heart. Who's the department legislative chairman of the American Legion, and we've been talking about the American legions efforts hand in hand with the commander's task Force, which is made up of the ninth federally chartered veteran service organizations here in Minnesota. And Bob. One of the things we talk about is all the legislative priorities that the commander stands for, sets up. And, of course, Veterans Day on the hill be coming up in a couple of months, but one of the things that you're over there talking to our elected officials about his toe. Fully fund, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs each year. Yes, I did. You know, there's the there are about 300,000 veterans in the state of Minnesota, half of which are 65 older than the others. Air from a mixed collection of conflict over the years was older guys is what I call him the draft year of volunteers and the ones that came later. We're mostly volunteers, but they were engaged in so many issues around the horn. But the important thing about the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs I encourage everybody to go to their website, Minnesota veterans dot or g'kar and see this scope of the work that they do because it's it's actually critical to the entire state. And there's just so many things almost two million to talk about here. But that website they could look at the annual report that was just recently released and it gives you all the numbers all the information a person would need to get a real grasp. On how effective our Department of vengeance appear sincere in Minnesota. Very good, sir. And I know you wanted to talk about Veterans Day care service today as well. Well, I think that's an important piece of legislation is Senate file zeros there. Wait eight by Lang and House files Year 093 by Lipper. But basically this would they had adult day care and what basically allows people to live in their homes, but they they need. You need somebody to look over and watch over him during the day, just like any other day care service, But it's for adults and with the Cupid thing. They basically had to kind of shut that down for now. And what we'd like to see you simply have that program restored. Um, you know, because you know it's a better quality of life than what they're doing now, as I understand it is they're making phone calls And maybe the occasional, um Come online dubs visit, but that's not the same and s so anyway. I certainly encourage people to support the legislation as relates to a better in state care again. It's a better quality of life to me and put it in that's home or being sent into assisted living somewhere. Very good, sir. And I know another topic that true like to talk about is trying to reduce the cost of hunting, trapping and fishing lessons for our disabled veterans. Well, I talk. I lied. E. I think it's worth talking about because I think it's misunderstood. There are a lot of people Minnesota is about outdoors. People wouldn't live here. It wasn't but we have a lot of disabled that we're talking about people that, um you know, have mobility issues in a number of issues. What they're asking for is people with disabilities, especially 100 paradigm and maybe even a size 50%. T O either forgive their honey license so that they could be taken on trips. The only there are volunteers that will take these guys out for fishing trips are hunting trips and give him that Minnesota experience and this is something that might bind cost the state nothing. There's no real right up here. These are people that if they weren't given this for free, they're not people that are already buying hunting licenses, not like they're not going to buy the license they bought the year before. They're simply going to have an opportunity to go out and say, just be with the boys and have that honey, you're fishing experience, which otherwise they wouldn't be able to have. It's that simple. Bob. We've got about a minute left. But how can our listeners and rank and file veterans support the American Legion legislative initiatives? Well, you know what way struggle with that For a long time. We would send our guys to the hearing public hearings with their caps, and we'd fill the room, and that was the way we made our presence known. But don't But things have changed now. So what we're asking our members to do are written refining this program. But we want to bring themselves up to date on the priorities and pry on progress by reading the monthly publication a Legionnaire because the Legionnaire is getting more and more involved in spreading the word becoming more and more Advocacy publication. They also need to watch for action alerts from the department or there are from the district with specific actions is needed on different issues and third and most important is they should contact our local representative and senator on Golightly insist that they support the bill that may be coming to the floor. Remember. I didn't tell people remember the legislative support for veterans community in general terms, they'll support us. We really don't have adversaries. Some issues that really about cost, But our proposals are not mammoth budget busting, enter in initiatives and a number of America cost saving measures. So again, sometimes their quality of life issues that keep veterans and their families from moving to more veteran friendly states. So the last thing I'd say about that is that it's critical that they always be polite, respectful and not poison the well. So anyway, that unless you have something else about that, but that's the way I feel that they need to be involved. It's all about staying engaged. Very good, sir. I want to thank you for taking time to talk to us today. And for all of the effort you put in with the American Legion toe support other veterans. So thanks for joining us, Bob. Thank you..