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SF 2147

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/05/2019 04:23pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to military veterans; clarifying duties of commissioner of veterans affairs;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 196.05, subdivision 1.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 196.05, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

General duties.

The commissioner shall:

(1) act as the agent of a resident of the state having a claim against the United States for
benefits arising out of or by reason of service in the armed forces and prosecute the claim
without charge;

(2) act as custodian of veterans' bonus records;

(3) administer the laws relating to the providing of bronze flag holders at veterans' graves
for memorial purposes;

(4) administer the laws relating to recreational or rest camps for veterans so far as
applicable to state agencies;

(5) administer the state soldiers' assistance fund and veterans' relief fund and other funds
appropriated for the payment of bonuses or other benefits to veterans or for the rehabilitation
of veterans;

(6) cooperate with national, state, county, municipal, and private social agencies in
securing to veterans and their dependents the benefits provided by national, state, and county
laws, municipal ordinances, or public and private social agencies;

(7) provide necessary assistance where other adequate aid is not available to the dependent
family of a veteran while the veteran is hospitalized and after the veteran is released for as
long a period as is necessary as determined by the commissioner;

(8) cooperate with United States governmental agencies providing compensation,
pensions, insurance, or other benefits provided by federal law, by supplementing the benefits
prescribed therein, when conditions in an individual case make it necessary;

(9) assist dependent family members of military personnel who are called from reserve
status to extended federal active duty during a time of war or national emergency through
the state soldiers' assistance fund provided by section 197.03;

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(11) provide information, referral, and counseling services to those veterans who may
have suffered adverse health conditions as a result of possible exposure to chemical agents;

(12) in coordination with the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers,
develop a written disclosure statement for use by private providers of veterans benefits
services as required under section 197.6091. At a minimum, the written disclosure statement
shall include a signature line, contact information for the department, and a statement that
veterans benefits services are offered at no cost by federally chartered veterans service
organizations and by county veterans service officers.