(Montevideo MN-)  The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) was notified that none of Minnesota’s new State Veterans Homes projects (to be located in Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston) will receive federal funding this year. The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released the State Home Construction Grants FY2020 Conditional Approvals.

"While we are disappointed that none of our new homes’ projects secured critical federal support in this funding cycle, we recognize that Minnesota is competing with other states’ projects for the same pool of federal money," said MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke. "We remain committed to these projects and will continue to pursue these funding requests going forward."

Senator Andrew Lang of Olivia says because demand for grant funds exceeds available funding, the VA maintains a rolling project funding priority list. The list is updated annually and projects that do not receive funding remain on the list until they are funded, and Lang says Montevideo's project is now working it's way up the list...

...Representative Tim Miller says "It's disappointing but we will move forward.  I'm confident it will be funded in the near future.  Their application was second to none."