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Benefits and Resources

Benefits and Resources

Old sailor in uniformThrough the Programs and Services Division at MDVA Veterans from all eras of conflict are connected to important benefits and resources earned through service. We recognize that while Veterans have made tremendous sacrifices for this country, families serve too and are eligible for many federal, state and local programs.

Veterans Benefits Services Disclosure

The Veterans Benefits Services Disclosure Notice was passed into law during the 2017 state legislative session, and is pursuant Minnesota Statute 197.6091

Beginning August 1, 2017, private and for-profit providers who assist Veterans with benefits services and claims are required to provide a disclosure notice and obtain a signature for all Veteran clients. The disclosure serves as a method to notify Veterans that they are able to receive Veterans benefits services at no cost from federally chartered Veterans Service Organizations, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and Minnesota County Veterans Service Officers.

Providers who fail to comply with section 197.6091 are subject to a civil penalty up to $1,000 for each violation. Civil penalties collected will be deposited in the Support Our Troops fund, which supports Veterans and families across the state. 


The Higher Education Veterans Program provides assistance to Veterans and eligible family members at public and private higher educational institutions across the state…| continue >>


Looking for employment is a daunting task. Frequently, a Veteran’s military training and experience does not easily translate to fit the requirements that a civilian company seeks. There are many resources offered by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) and other community organizations to assist Veterans through a job search...| continue >>

Health & Disability

MDVA is responsible for administering and highlighting a number of health and disability-related programs for Minnesota Veterans and their families. These include benefits and services in the areas of disability claims, outreach, dental, optical, special needs, homelessness prevention, and health information on issues like depleted uranium and hepatitis c....| continue >>

Veteran Suicide Prevention

Preventing Veteran suicide is a priority for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. Suicide has claimed more than 100 Minnesota Veteran lives per year during the past five years. As this rate continues to increase, especially among younger Veterans, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is collaborating with others to identify the root causes of Veteran suicide and create an innovative, cooperative way to reverse this trend. We are working toward zero Veteran deaths by suicide in Minnesota... | continue >>

Homelessness & Prevention

Ending Veteran homelessness is our moral imperative, a duty to those who have served us. We cannot rest while the brave men and women who served to protect our communities experience homelessness within them. Heading Home: Minnesota's Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness first developed in 2015, set the goal of ending homelessness, Veteran by Veteran, in Minnesota...| continue >>

Assistance & Families

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs works closely with our federal, state and community partners to link Veterans and their families with benefits they have earned. In addition to browsing the categories below, we encourage Veterans, military and families to contact their local County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) for personal assistance and more information on eligibility and application to any of these programs...| continue >>

State & Federal Resources

MDVA works with many organizations in order to best serve you, this state's Veterans. Through collaboration our goal is to offer the most complete support, care and advocacy network as possible...| continue >>

I Am a Veteran

We often hear what appears on the surface to be a simple question, What is a Veteran? Too often, we hear people talking and they equate Veteran status only to someone who has served in combat. Our youthful Veterans think they are too young to be a Veteran, even though they served or are currently serving in the military...| continue >>

Request a DD214

There are two ways to request a DD214 or military discharge papers. You can contact your County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) or call MDVA's main number at (651) 296-2562...| continue >>

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