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A to Z Directory

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Annual & One Time Benefits

Financial Assistance
Dental Care
Optical Care
Emergency Hospitalization
Special Needs Grant 


MN Food Help Line

Benefit Expiration Dates
Did you know that many of your VA benefits have an expiration date? If not you are not alone, most veterans aren't aware of their benefits, let alone that many of them can expire. Although these deadlines are generally set in stone, the VA has provisions to waive them if you have a legitimate reason for not applying before the given deadlines. These may include health and disability issues. However the VA will not waive a time limit for not knowing the deadline for your benefits. Veterans' Benefits Expiration Dates (pdf) 

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is united to bring Service members all the way home | Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Books & Newsletters

What Every Veteran Should Know
Afterburner Archive

Burial & Memorial

Bronze Star Grave Flag Markers
Burial Allowances (pdf)
Burial Flags
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery
Monetary Burial Benefits Regulation Change

Child Care

Surge Support Child Care Services for Families


Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library


Dependent & Survivor Education (Chapter 35)
Education (GI Bill) l Phone 1.888.442.4551 
Education Surviving Spouse /Dependent Education Benefit
Eligibility and Application for the Dependents and Survivors Educational Assistance Program (DEAP, Chapter 35) 
Higher Education Veterans Programs Regional Coordinators
Minnesota Army National Guard Education Office Contact Information
Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program
Minnesota DVA War Orphans Education Assistance
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Programs
Minnesota Schools and Training Programs Approved for VA Education Benefits 
MDVA Surviving Spouse/Dependent Education Benefit (MN)
Resources for Educators and Parents
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP, Chapter 32)


City of Saint Paul Employment Website
MN Vet Employment Representatives
Ramsey County Job Opportunities
State of MN Careers
The Federal Government Official Job Site
The MN Veterans Preference Act
Veterans Employment Center
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)


Defense Finance & Accounting Service
Financial Assistance - State Soldiers Association
Financial Help - Displaced Homeowners Housing Grant
Life Insurance
My Pay




Potential Fraud Alert: Gift Card

Health Care & Medical Benefits

Dental insurance for veterans enrolled in VA Medical Center

Veterans Affairs Affordable Care Act
For information about VA health care and the Affordable Care Act, VA encourages Veterans and family members to visit the new website.

VA Health Benefits
Information about applying for VA benefits, cost of care, access health benefits, determine cost of care.

On June 15, 2009, VA amended its regulations to expand enrollment of certain Veterans with higher income. Under this new provision, VA is enrolling Priority Group 8 Veterans whose income does not exceed the new VA National Income Thresholds. This change does not open enrollment to all Priority 8 Veterans. calculator

VA Health Care & the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage to all Americans, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination | Frequently Asked Questions

VA Medical Care (Inpatient & Outpatient)
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.3 million Veterans each year.

VA Medical Center Co-pay Information

VA Medical Center Priority Groups Tables

VA Medical Center Temporary ID Cards (pdf)

VA Public Health
Information about military exposures, diseases & conditions, health & wellness, studies & data and patient treatment.

Medical and dental programs for active duty service members and retirees of the seven uniformed services, their family members, survivors and others who are registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

Health care benefits program for eligible spouses or widows.

Urgent Care for Veterans with Mental Health Issues
Veterans currently residing in Ramsey, Dakota or Washington Counties have a new resource. You no longer need to feel your only option is to take a veteran experiencing a mental health crisis to a hospital emergency room.

Minnesota Veterans Homes
Oversees health care in 5 facilities (throughout Minnesota), keeping in mind the special needs of veterans.

My HealtheVet
VA's new online gateway to veteran health benefits and services with access to trusted health information, links to Federal and VA benefits and resources, personal health journal and online VA prescription refills.

Chemical Dependency Treatment

Home Loan Guarantee

Obtain your Certificates of Eligibility online
Home Loan Guaranty Program


Habitat for Humanity
Help for Homeless Veterans (pdf)
Home Depot Foundation
MN Housing Veteran Services

Hunger Solutions | Minnesota Food Helpline, a statewide, toll-free number that provides information and resources to Minnesotans at risk of hunger and those that serve them.
More Information (pdf) l  Website

Lawn & Landscape Services

Green Care for Troops

License Plates

Support Our Troops License Plates

Missing in Action (MIA), Killed in Action (KIA), or Prisoner of War (POW)

Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
Library of Congress - Vietnam-Era POW/MIA Database
Minnesota Won't Forget POW/MIA
National League of Families
P.O.W. Network

OEF/OIF/OND Veterans

Returning Services Members (OEF/OIF/OND)
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Recreation Opportunities for Veterans

Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC)
Free National Park Pass for Disabled Veterans
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Military Golf Course Guide
Disabled Veterans Rest Camp
Veterans on the Lake

Retired Military

Air Force Retiree Services
Marine Corps Retirement Services
Coast Guard Retirement Services

Service Records | National Archives
Request military service records, research using military records, replace lost medals & awards.


Free Tax Preparation Sites in MN
Market Value Exclusion on Homestead Property of Disabled Veterans
Minnesota Revenue Members of the Military
Special Tax Considerations for Veterans

Veteran Service Organizations

Disabled American Veterans | DAV

Federal Veterans Benefits | United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Information about eligibility, health care, benefits, burial & memorials.

State Veterans Benefits | Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) 
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs helps to connect  MN Veterans, their dependents and eligible survivors with important benefits and resources that they have earned through their military service.  Eligibility guidelines vary by benefit.  Applicants must apply through their County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) | Complete State Benefits & Programs Listing

The American Legion | The American Legion | The American Legion Mobile Apps

VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars | VFW

Branches | U.S. Army | U.S. Navy | U.S. Marine Corps | U.S. Coast Guard | U.S. Air Force | U.S. Merchant Marines | Department of Defense | Minnesota Contacts | Veteran Service Organizations

Veteran's Health Concerns

Camp Lejune Water Contamination
TBI - Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Vietnam Veterans

Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam
VA Agent Orange Review - Newsletter Archive

World War II Veterans

Honor Flight Twin Cities

Wounded Warriors

National Resource Directory
Hearts of Valor
Wounded Warrior Project
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund