Minnesota State Veteran's Benefits

The state of Minnesota provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Minnesota Veteran Housing Programs

Homeless Veterans' Initiative
The Minnesota homeless veterans' initiative and rehabilitation services assist veterans and their families in their attempts to regain self-sufficiency.

Minnesota Veterans' Homes

Minnesota Veterans' Homes are located in Fergus Falls, Hastings, Luverne, Minneapolis and Silver Bay.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

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Minnesota Employment Benefits

MN Veterans Preference Act
MN Veterans Preference Act (VPA) grants veterans a limited preference over non-veterans in hiring and promotion for MN public employment and also provides protection against unfair dismissals and demotions. VPA grants veterans the right to a hearing, prior to dismissal.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

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Minnesota Education Benefits

One-Time Educational Grants
Educational benefits are provided 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 disease.

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Other Minnesota State Veteran Benefits

Services Program
The Department of Veterans Affairs Services Program provides claims representation and fiduciary guardianship services.

Veterans Claims Advocacy
Staff at our Veterans Claims Offices, located at Fort Snelling and at Fargo/Moorhead, act as advocates for veterans and their dependents who are trying to get their benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA). The staff will assist and represent veterans, their dependents, and survivors with applications for compensation, pension, home loans, educational, and medical treatment. The offices also provide environmental hazards information and assistance (Agent Orange issues, for example). See your County Veterans Service Officer to request this representation.

Guardianship Division
Our Guardianship Division provides financial case management services to incompetent veterans, their dependents, and survivors, who may be vulnerable to exploitation by others or by their own inabilities to manage their funds.

Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery
The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery provides dignified burial services to Minnesota veterans and their eligible dependents and survivors. It is located 7 miles north of Little Falls, on the banks of the Mississippi River, and is managed and maintained by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Discharge Certificates
Veterans' benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. If you do not have a copy of your DD 214, contact your County Veterans Service Officer for assistance in obtaining it. If you have a copy of your DD 214 it is recommended that it be recorded in your county courthouse, or at the very least be sure to keep it in a safe place and inform a family member or trusted individual of its location.

Bronze Star Grave Markers
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs offers bronze stars to mark the grave site of any veteran buried in the state, where permitted. Bronze Star Markers are available through your local county veterans service officer.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Services website for contact information and benefits assistance.

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