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Durbin Keeney of Duluth listens Monday as Gov. Tim Pawlenty presents an award to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. Kenney directs the council's efforts across northern Minnesota. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Minnesota honors homeless veterans program

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ST. PAUL -- Veterans are homeless in larger numbers than other Minnesotans, and Durbin Keeney does not like that.

"These are the ones who raise their right hands..." Durbin said Monday, when the state honored the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. "They are willing to come home in a body bag, but not willing to come home homeless."

Keeney directs the council's Duluth-based region that serves 38 counties across northern Minnesota.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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