Veterans Day

Dear Friends,

I will be in the honor guard Friday as we visit Eastwood Senior Living for Veterans Day festivities. It will be nice meeting with local veterans and thanking them for their service.

Times sure have changed compared with when I returned to civilian life after my stint in the Navy. Today’s technology allows veterans to go online to learn about programs and services that are available to them. I want to share a few helpful links and ask people to pass this information along to veterans who may benefit from them. Please take a moment to assist someone who may need a hand with this.

LinkVet, the Veterans Linkage Line for Minnesota veterans, makes it easier for veterans and their families to find services and ensure immediate crisis intervention. During business hours, trained staff from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs 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. For more information on LinkVet, click here or call 1-888-546-5838.

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. For eligibility requirements and financial assistance information, click here or call 651-642-0567.

Email Newsletters
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs now offers e-mail lists to keep you informed of veteran issues in Minnesota. To sign up for the newsletters, click here or call 1-888-546-5838.

Veterans survey
The Minnesota Dept. of Veterans Affairs is seeking input through a survey called “Serving You Better.” The goal is to gain a new understanding for how our veterans use MDVA’s services and programs and to help better serve veterans and their families. Veterans, current service members and families are encouraged to participate. To take the survey, click here and click on the “Serving You Better Survey” button in the upper-left portion of the page.


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