Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force approves 2024 legislative priorities

By Tim Engstrom
The American Legion Department of Minnesota participates in the legislative efforts of the Minnesota Commanders’ Task Force with other congressionally chartered veterans organizations. The CTF met Nov. 14 at Federal Cartridge in Anoka to approve its 2024 legislative priorities.

The download of the Minnesota CTF 2024 legislative priorities can be found at the CTF website and at the American Legion Department of Minnesota website.

The CTF comprises eight congressionally chartered veterans service organizations: American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jewish War Veterans, American Veterans (Amvets), Marine Corps League, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Military Order of the Purple Heart.

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs works hand in hand with the CTF. Gov. Tim Walz visits the CTF once a quarter. The next CTF meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Veterans Service Building in St. Paul.

In summary, the items on their platform are:

• Pass a clean Veterans Omnibus Bill

• Modernize the Homestead Market Value Exclusion

• Amend a law to help our CVSO’s receive important documents

• Waive license fees on hunting, trapping and fishing for all veterans

• For Gold Star spouses, fix a property-tax oversight and eliminate vehicle-registration fees

• Give property-tax relief for veterans organizations

• Allow counties to appropriate funding for Veterans Day

• Allocate proceeds from military and veteran license plates to the Support Our Troops License Plate Grant Fund

• Approve license plates for the Jewish War Veterans

• Approve license plates indicating military retirees

• Work with the MDVA to update the Personal Needs Allowance