Gov. Walz appoints Brad Lindsay to be commissioner of veterans affairs

By Tim Engstrom

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz today announced the appointment of Brad Lindsay to serve as commissioner of Veterans Affairs. Lindsay has been serving as temporary commissioner since September.

“As a U.S. Army veteran with extensive experience serving Minnesota’s veterans and their families, I’m proud to appoint Brad Lindsay to this important role,” said Walz. “As a veterans affairs leader, he has worked tirelessly to end veteran homelessness, strengthen our Minnesota Veterans Homes & Cemeteries and connect Minnesota’s veterans to the services and benefits they have earned.”

Lindsay is an active member of New Prague American Legion Post 45 and was a member of Faribault Post 43 prior to 2022. He has been a member of the Legion since 2009.

Lindsay had served as interim commissioner since Commissioner Larry Herke retired Sept. 12. Prior, he was the deputy commissioner of programs and services.

The commissioner of veterans affairs is responsible for serving the state’s 300,000 veterans and their families. He also represents Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs at hearings before the Minnesota Legislature and United States Congress and maintains close working relationships with the veterans service organizations of Minnesota.