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A Message from Minneapolis VA Director

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Consistent with our VA ICARE Values, we are all champions of solidarity, diversity, and inclusion. It’s in our mission to stand against intolerance in all its forms.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Over the past many months, and even last week in our community, we’ve witnessed the heartbreaking killings of Americans by civil authorities, with the most recent notable events occurring in Brooklyn Center. Unfortunately, these tragedies are not new or unique. The most recent event occurred in our state and in our community. These events are sad and unsettling for many of us, especially among members of our African American community, including members of our own Minneapolis VA Team and our Veterans.

Consistent with our VA ICARE Values, we are all champions of solidarity, diversity, and inclusion. It’s in our mission to stand against intolerance in all its forms. We have called upon the employees of the Minneapolis VAHCS to serve as an example of how we can be better, to lead in diversity and inclusion and support each other and the communities in which we live. We ask that they continue to represent their best for our Veterans, for each other, and for our community.

Taking care of Veterans is a mission we take very seriously, and we are justifiably proud of the work we have done during these unprecedented times. We have earned the trust and support of our Veterans and will continue to take all possible steps to maintain this trust. We don’t take this for granted and understand that it must be earned and renewed daily.

As communities call for change, civil unrest has emerged across the country, including here in our community. Our VA Police partners are monitoring all MVACHS sites and surrounding areas to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and Veterans.

As a reminder, if you are in any way struggling with stress, emotions, or concerns surrounding the ongoing civil unrest in our communities, COVID-19 response, or any other matters, please contact your VA provider and seek out other needed support services through the VA or through existing community support services.

Minneapolis VA Chaplain Services
Minneapolis VA Mental Health Services

Patrick J. Kelly, FACHE
Director, Minneapolis VA Health Care System

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