As we respond to COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) remains committed to serving Minnesota Veterans and their families. We are following CDC, CMS and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidance. Changes in our operations continue to provide a safe environment for both the Veterans and families we serve and our employees.
Minnesota Veterans Homes
For updated information on how the Minnesota Veterans Homes are responding COVID-19 and the most up to date policies in place, please visit our COVID-19 Veterans Homes page
Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries
Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries remain open for visitors seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset. Visitors should practice social distancing. For updated information on how the Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries are responding COVID-19, as well as updated policies, please visit our COVID-19 State Veterans Cemeteries page
Financial Assistance for Veterans
On March 26, 2020, the Minnesota State Legislature voted to fund a special appropriation to assist Veterans who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 Specific Programs have been activated specifically in response to mitigate the economic effects COVID-19 is having on our Veterans and their families. Learn more at MinnesotaVeteran.org/COVIDRelief
MDVA is hiring! The needs of Minnesota Veterans do not diminish during this time, and MDVA needs staff to serve and care for our Veterans. We have a significant need for Certified Nursing Assistants and Resident Assistants in our Veterans Homes.
Working for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is a rewarding career with great State of Minnesota Benefits. For more information on current job openings, visit our Work for MDVA webpage.
GI Bill Payments to Veteran Students
Veterans who are currently enrolled in higher education programs will continue to receive GI Bill payments as they transition from on-site instruction to online instruction. This provision was included in new legislation signed into law by President Trump in March.
Effective April 13, MDVA transitioned all staff from both its St. Paul and Fargo Veterans Claims Offices to teleworking. To comply with Governor Walz’s Stay at Home order, MDVA had already moved most Programs & Services and Central Office staff to remote work last month. All staff phones are rolled over to Agency cell phones and all systems are accessible online.
Most Veteran claims that MDVA represents are based on work initiated by a County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) who had been submitting a majority of documentation via the U.S. Mail. To provide an alternative, we have created an online document submission portal for use by both CVSOs and Veterans. For more information, contact Director Ron Quade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 press 1 for the Veterans Crisis Line, or text to 838255, or chat online 24/7/365