UPDATED: Vets package signed into law

The Minnesota House passed a funding bill for several Veterans programs around the state, including $26.8 million to finish three new Minnesota veterans homes in Bemidji, Montevideo and Preston.

The package also included continued service bonuses for post-9/11 veterans, funding increases for county veterans services offices, and grants to vet organizations.

The vote was a near-unanimous 121 to 1. International Falls Representative Rob Ecklund says the bipartisan measure will put 6.5 million dollars toward ending veterans’ homelessness.

Lawmakers believe it is the first time a veterans program package passed the legislature as a stand-alone bill.

Gov. Walz signed the bill into law on Tuesday

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