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Hi, this is state Representative Matt Bliss. As someone who served in the Navy and comes from a family with a deep history of service, from my 7 uncles who served in WW1, of which only 6 returned to my father who enlisted right here in Bemidji, only days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor to my brother who served in Viet Nam. I’ll always fight to make sure our veterans are taken care of and receive the support they deserve.
As vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, I am proud of the accomplishments during my first two years in office.
We secured, $12.4 million in state funding for a new veterans home in Bemidji. This will finally put care within reach for northern Minnesota veterans who have been underserved for too long.
A number of bills I authored to help veterans were enacted. One cracked down on predatory lending practices targeting vulnerable veterans and their spouses. Another provided funding for homeless veterans.
We may never be able to fully repay our immense debt to our veterans, but that won’t stop me from trying.
I am State Representative Matt Bliss and I am asking for your vote on November 6th.