How to Find and Access Minnesota Veterans Benefits

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How to Find and Access Minnesota Veterans Benefits

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide array of benefits for those who have served.

Veterans benefits are not only for veterans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that the families of veterans serve as well. Veterans benefits are provided at no cost from federally chartered Veterans Service Organizations, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, and Minnesota County Service Officers.

Veterans benefits are there to take care of those who fought for our freedoms. Minnesota Veterans benefits are aligned with the federal government's laws that protect our soldiers once they come home.

Benefits for Veterans in Minnesota

Minnesota Veterans have a wide array of programs they can take advantage of.

Minnesota veterans’ benefits include the following:

Education BenefitsThe GI Bill guarantees that all veterans who have served will be able to pursue an education following their service. Veterans who have "served honorably" in any branch of the armed forces or the Minnesota National Guard have the right to receive educational benefits. Available benefits can be up to $3000/academic year for full-time students and up to $500/semester for part-time students. There is also a monthly housing allowance. Veterans must reapply for funds each year. Surviving spouses and dependents of veterans are also eligible for this benefit.
Employment BenefitsThe Veterans Administration will assist vets with various job placement programs. The State of Minnesota offers a variety of employment assistance including hiring preferences for both disabled veterans and able-bodied veterans in both public and private-sector businesses. They also receive priority services in Minnesota Workforce Centers. These services include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with resumes and cover letters
  • Guidance in general job search
  • Information on licensing, certifications, and apprenticeships in Minnesota
  • Job referrals
  • Referrals to other veteran services in the state of Minnesota.
Unemployment BenefitsVeterans who are newly separated from the service can file for unemployment based upon their active duty service. Unemployed Veterans who have recently separated from active duty are eligible for Minnesota unemployment benefits as long as they are honorably discharged, and physical residents of the state of Minnesota.
Short Term Financial AssistanceThe Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs offers short-term financial assistance through their Subsistence program. The subsistence program offers assistance with rent or mortgage payments, current utility bills, and insurance premiums for veterans and their dependents. This benefit is designed to assist veterans for up to six months when they are prevented from working their normal occupation. This includes veterans who suffer a temporary disability, or a permanent disability and are waiting for the VA pension or social security to kick in.
Homelessness PreventionCurrent Veterans programs are focusing on preventing homelessness in the veteran population. Minnesota Veterans Affairs helps veterans by assuring landlords that they will be paid if they rent to veterans. This is a crucial link to giving veterans an opportunity to find and rent quality housing. It all starts with the Minnesota Homeless Veterans Registry.
Home LoansThe GI Bill and VA loan programs give priority to veterans in obtaining home loans. VA home loans are available for as little as $0 down. As long as you have served 90 consecutive days during wartime, 181 days of active service during peacetime, 6 years of service in the National Guard or Reserves, or are the spouse of a service member who died in the line of duty or due to a disability suffered while serving.
Veterans Health InsuranceOne of the best Veterans Benefits is their health insurance. Through the Veterans Administration, you have access to:

Benefits for Disabled VeteransThere is a wide range of programs available for disabled veterans. These include but are not limited to:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Special needs medical care
  • Job training
  • Rehabilitation
  • Accelerated Social Security Disability access
Veterans PensionAs a veteran of military service, you are entitled to collect a pension if you meet certain eligibility requirements. You only need to meet one of these requirements:

  • Age 65 or older with no income or limited income
  • You have a total and permanent disability
  • You are a patient who is receiving skilled nursing care in a nursing home
  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
Veteran Death and Burial BenefitsUpon the death of a veteran, the VA will provide burial benefits. The surviving spouse listed with the Veterans Administration will automatically receive a set amount to pay for the plot, funeral costs, and transportation of the remains to the cemetery. As long as the veteran was honorably discharged from service, the military will provide an honor guard at the funeral service.

How to Access Veterans Benefits by Yourself

Accessing Veterans Benefits in Minnesota can be both time-consuming and tedious.

  1. Either in person or online, request a copy of your DD214 from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA). The DD214 is your proof of military service.
  2. Go to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and put in an application for each of the resources you are interested in.
  3. Follow up frequently to get information about your application as this can take months to process.
  4. Go to the MDVA health and disability department and put in your application for health insurance.
  5. If you are having trouble accessing the MDVA, you can contact the Department of Veterans Administration at a federal level. This can take even longer than the state level.
  6. If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, go to the Minnesota Veterans Homeless Registry and register your information. This department is usually pretty quick to respond.
  7. For VA home loans, go to a mortgage company and apply for a VA home loan.
  8. For VA death and burial benefits, a funeral director will usually help you start the process.

Next Steps for Veterans Benefits if You Can’t Do It on Your Own

If you are having trouble accessing Veterans Benefits in Minnesota, you can try going back to the MDVA for assistance.

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