Education Education Assistance -
The State Soldier's Assistance Program (SSAP) provides educational benefits in the form of a one-time grant to veterans who
have exhausted their federal benefits, and to war orphans of veterans who died as a result of a service connected injury or
Minnesota GI Bill
The Minnesota GI Bill program provides postsecondary educational assistance to eligible
Minnesota veterans, and to the children and spouses of deceased or severely disabled Minnesota Veterans.
The State Soldier's Assistance Program provides cash assistance in the form of shelter payments (rent
and mortgage), utilities, and personal needs (dental and optical) grants to veterans who are unable to work as a result of
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) offers the LinkVet call center provided by trained staff. During business
hours, MDVA staff will provide information on veterans’ benefits, healthcare, education, and reintegration. The line
will roll to Crisis Connection counselors for 24-hour, seven days a week coverage (including holidays) for immediate crisis
intervention and psychological counseling.
Military Funeral Honors
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) and the Minnesota Army National Guard (ARNG) Military Funeral Honors Coordinator
are committed to ensuring veterans receive proper military funeral honors to commemorate their service to the Nation and to
assist Veterans Service Organizations in their efforts to provide these honors. A stipend is available to VSO who meet the
State Veterans Cemetery
The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery is located in Little Falls, MN
Tribal Veteran Service Officer (TVSO)
MDVA Tribal Veterans Services Officer initiative began two years ago with the cooperation of Governmental and Tribal agencies,
the Governors office, legislators and Native American Nations. The purpose of the TVSO program is to provide services to a
targeted group of traditionally under-served individuals located on Minnesota's Native American Reservations.
Historically, Native Americans serve in the military at a higher
than average rate per capita and yet received benefits at a lower percentage rate. Working with veterans in areas such as
Red Lake and Grand Portage, MDVA staff recognized a need for culturally connected service representatives, leading to the
development of this program.
With most of the hiring process
completed, training MDVA’s new team members is a priority! Immediately upon employment a TVSO begins a comprehensive
training schedule beginning with basic training. Their initial training includes a full overview of veterans benefits, in-depth
training on compensation and pension, information providing solid points of contacts for veterans benefits and direct- on-the-job
training with experienced senior claims representatives. A second session of advanced basic training is offered to ensure
TVSOs have the required veterans benefits knowledge and skills.
veterans are already using this service at a steady rate and MDVA’s Claims, Outreach, Fargo and Central Office Divisions
are working with this new initiative to ensure its success.
The mission of the Veterans Homes is to oversee and guarantee
high-quality health care for veterans and dependents in its care. This commitment is demonstrated by:
(1) Targeting services to veterans with
(2) Supporting research and education in geriatrics and long-term care.
Providing a therapeutic environment that encourages resident independence, respects individuality and promotes self-worth
and well being. (4) Continuous evaluation of care and services
to be responsive to changing needs.
(5) Managing the Veterans Homes with honesty, integrity, and
(6) Recognizing employees for their contributions.
Working cooperatively with the medical communities.
Veterans Preference in Employment
Minnesota Veterans Preference Act (VPA) grants most veterans a limited preference over non-veterans in hiring and promotion
for most Minnesota public employment positions. The Minnesota VPA Statutes apply to Minnesota public employment, “civil
service laws, charter provisions, ordinances, rules or regulations of a county, city , town, school district, or other municipality
or political subdivision of this state.”
Women Veterans Program
The mission of the Minnesota Women Veterans
program is to ensure women veterans have equitable access to federal and state benefits and services. The program ensures
response to the gender specific needs of women veterans and that women veterans are treated with dignity and respect.