Minnesota Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Minnesota Military and Veterans Benefits: Minnesota offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including short term financial assistance for Veterans and Surviving Spouses, compensation for state active duty, special license plates, and education benefits for Minnesota Veterans, Service members and eligible Family members. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Minnesota Tax Exemption for Active Duty Military Pay: Minnesota resident Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces may subtract federally taxable active duty military pay when determining their Minnesota tax. Who is eligible for Minnesota Tax Exemption for Active Duty Military Pay? This subtraction may be claimed by:

  • Members serving in the U.S. or U.N. Armed Forces who receive active-duty military pay that are subject to federal tax under U.S. Code Title 10.

  • You are employed for the full-time administration of the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs under Minnesota Statute 190.08, subdivision 3. If you are not paid under M.S. 190.08, subdivision 3, you do not qualify for this subtraction.

  • You serve in the Minnesota National Guard and Reserves, and you receive federally taxable active-duty pay for services or compensation for training and meetings under U.S. Code, titles 10 and 32. Examples include:

    • Active Duty Special Work (ADSW) or Active Duty Operational Support (ADOS)

    • Natural disaster emergency response, missing persons searches, and airport security duty

    • Called to state active service (by executive order or similar measure) in aid of state civil authority or in case of actual or threatened public disaster, war, riot, tumult, breach of the peace, or resistance of process

    • Re-enlistment bonuses

    • National Guard and Reserves duties, annual training, and drill weekends including training and meetings inside or outside of Minnesota

    • Compensation for serving while assigned to Active Guard Reserves (AGR) under U.S. Code, title 32

Learn more about Minnesota Tax Deduction for Active Duty Military Pay

Minnesota Tax Debt Relief for Deceased Active Duty Military: Minnesota provides tax relief to the Family of any Service member who dies while on active duty in the U.S. or United Nations Armed Forces. Under state law:

  • The Service member's income will not be taxed in the year of their death

  • Any unpaid tax debts or penalties from prior years they were on active duty will be forgiven

  • Their heirs may request a refund of income tax the Service member paid while on active duty, refund claims must be filed within seven years of when the member's return was filed, or when the tax was paid or collected.

Learn more about Minnesota Tax Debt Relief for Deceased Active Duty Military

Minnesota Income Tax Subtraction for Retired Military Pay: Minnesota will allow taxpayers to subtract certain military retired pay (including pensions) when calculating Minnesota taxable income and Minnesota alternative minimum taxable income.
Who is eligible for the Minnesota Income Tax Subtraction for Retired Military Pay?
To qualify for this subtraction, the retirement pay must be taxable on the federal return, and for:

  • Service in the active component of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Retired pay for service in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces.

To claim the subtraction, you must file a Minnesota Department of revenue, Schedule M1M, Income Additions and Subtractions. Taxpayers who claim this subtraction may not claim the nonrefundable credit for past military service.

Learn more about the Minnesota Income Tax Subtraction for Retired Military Pay

Minnesota State Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

If you are a retired Service member and receive disability benefits from the VA, see IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about Minnesota State Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay

Minnesota State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid toyoung child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Learn more about Minnesota State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Minnesota State Tax Subtraction: Surviving Spouses my subtract SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP payments from their Minnesota taxable income, including payments to a former Spouse as part of a court order.

To qualify for this subtraction, the survivor benefit must be taxable on their federal return.

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Minnesota State Tax Subtraction

Minnesota Tax Credit for Military Service in Combat Zone: Service members who served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area may be eligible for a tax credit based on the number of months served. Service members may qualify to receive this credit even if they had no income or owed no tax.solider with a dog

The credit is based on the number of full and/or partial months served. Service members will receive $120 in tax credit for each month served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area.
Minnesota Department of Revenue Fact Sheet 5a – Military – Subtractions, Credits and Extensions

To claim the credit, complete Minnesota Form M99, Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone, for the time period served in a combat zone or qualifying hazardous duty area and file within 3½ years from the original due date of the tax return.
Who is eligible for Minnesota Tax Credit for Military Service in Combat Zone? To receive this tax credit Service members must meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Minnesota resident

  • Served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area

  • Received combat pay, which was excluded from federal gross income.

Minnesota Department of Revenue, Income Tax Fact Sheet 5a

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Minnesota Tax Credit for Military Service in Combat Zone Filing Statute of Limitations Suspended During a period of Disability: The 3½ year statute of limitations to claim a refund is suspended for the period a Service member has a financial disability. A financial disability is if a Service member or Veteran cannot manage their financial affairs due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment.

Service members or Veterans must provide documentation of the disability when filing a return or when the Minnesota Department of Revenue requests it. Documentation may include an explanation of the situation and a statement from a health care professional.

Learn more about the Minnesota Tax Credit for Military Service in Combat Zone Filing Statute of Limitations Suspended During a period of Disability

Minnesota Tax Credit for Past Military Service: If you are a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, you may qualify for a tax credit of up to $750 for your past service.

To determine the amount of the credit, complete the worksheet Minnesota Schedule M1C, Other Nonrefundable Credits. For a part-year resident of Minnesota or a nonresident, Veterans may still qualify for the credit based on the percentage of their income taxable to Minnesota. When completing the worksheet for Schedule M1C, use the percentage of Minnesota income from Minnesota Schedule M1NR, Nonresidents/Part-Year.
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Who is eligible for Minnesota Tax Credit for Past Military Service? Veterans may qualify if their federal adjusted gross income is less than $37,500, have separated from military service before the end of the year, and one of the following is true:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 20 years

  • Have a service-connected disability rating of 100% total and permanent (as rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA)), or

  • Were honorably discharged and receive a pension or other retirement pay for service in the U.S. Armed Forces

Note: Veterans may not claim this credit if they claim a subtraction for military retired pay.

Learn more about Minnesota Tax Credit for Past Military Service

Minnesota Market Value Exclusion on Homestead Property of Disabled Veterans, Primary Family Caregivers and Surviving Spouses: Minnesota offers a market value exclusion program for Veterans, Surviving Spouses and qualifying primary Family caregiver for a Veteran. This program reduces the market value of homesteads for tax purposes, which may reduce property tax. This program provides two different levels of market value exclusions:

  • $150,000 exclusion for:

    • For Veterans with 70% to 100% service-connected disability, not permanent or total

    • For qualifying primary Family caregiver for a Veteran with 70% to 100% service-connected disability, not permanent or total

  • $300,000 exclusion for:

    • For Veterans with a total 100% and permanent service-connected disability

    • For a Surviving Spouse receiving Dependency Indemnity Compensation

    • For a Surviving Spouse of a Veteran with a total 100% and permanent service-connected disability

    • For a qualifying primary Family caregiver for a Veteran with 70% to 100% service-connected disability, not permanent or total

Who is eligible for Minnesota Market Value Exclusion on Homestead Property of Disabled Veterans, Primary Family Caregivers and Surviving Spouses?

Veterans may qualify if they :

  • Are honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Have a service-connected disability rating of 70% or higher

  • Own and occupy a homestead property on December 1

Surviving Spouses may qualify if the:

  • Veteran has a 100% permanent and total disability rating (may still qualify if Veteran died after December 31, 2011, but did not receive the exclusion before dying), or

  • Surviving Spouse receives Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, or

  • Veteran had a service-connected death while in active service.

Surviving Spouses may apply within two years of the death of the Service member. In all cases, Surviving Spouses qualify for $300,000 of market value exclusion until they remarry, transfer or dispose of the property. The Spouse can have a onetime sale of the property and still qualify for the exclusion.

Primary Family Caregivers must meet the following requirements:

  • Own and occupy a homestead property by December 1.

The Veteran that the Primary Family Caregiver cares for cannot also own homestead property in Minnesota.

Applicants must apply at their County Assessor's office by December 15 to qualify for taxes payable in the next year. The property must already be receiving a Minnesota Department of Revenue, Homestead Classification. Applications are available at the County Assessor's Office, at a Veteran's Service Office, or by download.
Minnesota Homestead Exclusion for a Veteran with a Disability Application
Minnesota Homestead Exclusion for a Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who was Permanently Disabled or a Service Member Who Died While in Active Service
Minnesota Homestead Exclusion for a Primary Family Caregiver of a Veteran with a Disability
Minnesota County Government Directory

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Programs: The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA), Higher Education Veterans Programs helps connect Veterans with educational benefits and resources to succeed in college. The programs supports Veterans, current Service members and their Families at Minnesota's colleges and universities by providing on-site comprehensive information about benefits and resources as well as supporting the unique needs of these students.

This program provides staff at Minnesota colleges and universities to help identify and remove barriers to Veterans' enrollment and access to benefits, and to create and manage campus Veterans resource centers.

Higher Education Veterans Program Coordinators help schools establish "Veteran friendly" policies and procedures and can help with:

  • Payment extensions while waiting for educational benefits

  • Military transfer credit

  • Veteran resident status

  • Options for withdrawal from classes due to deployment

For more information call 800-456-8519, or 800-627-3529 (TT), or +1-651-556-0596 (international).
Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Program Coordinators Directory
Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Program Brochure

Learn more about Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Programs

Minnesota Veteran Education Assistance: Minnesota Veteran Education Assistance is a one-time $750 grant for tuition to Veterans who have exhausted their GI Bill benefits, to assist them in completing a bachelor's degree. This grant is paid directly to the institution or may be reimbursed to Veteran upon verification that tuition has been paid.
Who is eligible for Minnesota Veteran Education Assistance? To be eligible, the Veteran must meet the following criteria:

  • Minnesota resident for six months immediately before entry and at time of entry into the U.S. Armed Forces, and

  • A U.S. citizen and a current resident of Minnesota

  • The Veteran must have completely exhausted their VA educational benefits within the eligibility period that their benefits were available. Veterans who have allowed their educational benefits to expire without completely using them do not qualify for this program.

Benefits May be used at the following Minnesota Higher Education Institutions:

  • State Universities

  • Community colleges

  • Vocational technical colleges

  • Any campus of the University of Minnesota

  • Any college of higher learning which has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

  • Law college approved by the Supreme Court

  • Theological seminary

  • Nursing school approved by the Board of Nursing

  • Vocational technical trade or business school approved by the State Department of Education.

Veterans may apply for this benefit by accessing the application below and submitting directly to the MDVA or with assistance through a County Veterans Service Officer.
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Application for Minnesota Veteran Education Benefit
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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Minnesota National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Program (STR): STR reimburses Minnesota National Guard Service members up to 100% of the tuition cost. The lifetime maximum STR benefit is 208 quarter or 144 Semester creditssoldier taking notes

The Undergraduate reimbursement rate is up to 100% of the undergraduate rate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus with a maximum yearly benefit of $18,000 per fiscal year (01 JUL through 30 JUN).

The Graduate reimbursement rate is up to 50% of the graduate rate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus with a maximum yearly benefit of $28,000 per fiscal year (01 JUL through 30 JUN).

Who is eligible for Minnesota STR? Minnesota National Guard Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a member of the Minnesota National Guard

  • Attend an ACCREDITED COLLEGE after completion of basic training

  • State policy requires Minnesota National Guard Service members - officers and enlisted - to apply for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) BEFORE they are eligible to apply for STR

  • Must remain in the Minnesota National Guard during the entire term of courses

  • E1 to O5, including Warrant Officers are eligible for STR

  • STR has been extended for two years after discharge to Service members who have satisfactorily completed their service contract in the Minnesota National Guard who served honorably in federal active service or federally funded state active service since September 11, 2001 plus, the amount of time equal to the duration of their active service.

  • State Tuition Reimbursement has been extended for eight years after discharge to Service members who have been separated or discharged due to a service-connected injury, disease, or disability.

To apply for STR, Service members MUST contact their unit full-time representative.

Learn more about Minnesota National Guard Tuition State Tuition Reimbursement Program

Minnesota Surviving Spouse and Dependent Education Benefit: Surviving Spouses and eligible dependents of deceased Veterans are offered free tuition at an approved Minnesota postsecondary education institution up to completion of their bachelor's degree. In addition, the MDVA will pay $750 per fiscal year for fees, books and supplies, and/or room and board.
Who is eligible for Minnesota Surviving Spouse and Dependent Education Benefit?
Free tuition is offered to unremarried Surviving Spouses and dependents, including adopted and stepchildren, whose Veteran Spouse or Veteran parent died while on active duty, or as a result of a service-connected condition.

The Veteran must have been a resident of Minnesota when entering the U.S. Armed Forces or have been a resident of Minnesota for at least six months prior to their death that was cause by service-connected disability as determined by the VA. Applicants must be Minnesota residents and there is no age limitation for eligible survivors.
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Surviving Spouse/Dependent Education Benefit Application Form
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Surviving Spouse/Dependent Renewal Application Form

Learn more about the Minnesota Surviving Spouse and Dependent Education Benefit

Minnesota GI Bill: The Minnesota GI Bill program provides educational financial assistance to Veterans, Service members and their dependents. The Program provides a maximum benefit of $10,000. Eligible participants can use the benefit for higher education, On-the-job training (OJT)/Apprenticeship or License and Certification.3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremony

This program is different than the VA educational programs, (Montgomery, Post 9-11, Forever, Veterans Education Assistance Program, Dependents Education Assistance Program, or Vocational rehabilitation).
Who is eligible for the Minnesota GI Bill? To be eligible applicants must meet the following general requirements:

  • Veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces at any time

  • Non-Veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001, or

  • Surviving Spouse or Children of a person who has served in the U.S. military at any time on active duty, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service, and only if the Surviving Spouse or Child is eligible to receive Federal education benefits

  • Minnesota resident

Applicants should apply online at the Minnesota G.I. Bill Online Application Portal, and contact a MDVA Regional Coordinator.

Course of education eligibility and benefit specifics are extensive, those interested should carefully read the information located on the Higher Education, OJT/ Apprenticeship, and License & Certification tabs at the “Learn more about the Minnesota GI Bill” link below.

For questions regarding this application process, contact the MDVA at MNGIBill@state.mn.us or 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Schools Participating in the Minnesota G.I. Bill Program Directory
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Higher Education Veterans Programs, Regional Coordinator Directory
Minnesota G.I. Bill Brochure

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Children sitting on the steps of a schoolMinnesota Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

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Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 651-582-8215

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Paid Leave for Minnesota State Employees for National Guard or Reserve Military Service: State employees receive 15 days military leave per calendar year for training and federal or state active duty. In addition, they will not lose pay, seniority status, efficiency rating, vacation, sick leave, or other benefits while on military leave.
Who is eligible for Paid Leave for Minnesota State Employees for National Guard or Reserve Military Service? A National Guard or Reserve Service member who is a state employee is eligible for paid leave.

Learn more about Paid Leave for Minnesota State Employees for National Guard and Reserve Military Service

Minnesota State Employee Veteran's Hiring Preference: The Minnesota Veterans Preference Act (VPA) grants most Veterans a limited preference over non-Veterans in hiring and promotion for most Minnesota public employment positions.
Who is eligible for Minnesota State Employee Veteran's Hiring Preference?
10 Point Veteran's credit will be added to the competitive open examination rating of a Non-disabled Veteran, 15 points Veteran's credit will be added to scores of Veterans with 50% or more permanent service-connected disability. Veterans must receive a passing rating on the examination without the addition of the credit points to qualify.

This preference may be used by the Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran or by the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who because of their disability they are unable to qualify.

Learn more about Minnesota State Employee Veteran's Hiring Preference

Permissive Veterans Preference for Minnesota Veterans in Private Employment: A private, nonpublic employer may grant preference in hiring and promotion to a Spouse of a disabled Veteran who has a service-connected permanent and total disability and to a Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran. "Disabled Veteran" means a person who has had a compensable service-connected disability as determined by the VA, or by a retirement board of a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war, or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any U.S. Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

Disabled Veteran with prostetic leg 10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment Soldier in full gearrights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides assistance to all having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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Compensation for Minnesota National Guard State Active Duty: National Guard Service members on state active duty will receive from the state the same compensation as paid to Service members of the same grade and length of service in the U.S. Armed Forces, but not less than $130 a day.
Who is eligible for Compensation for Minnesota National Guard State Active Duty? National Guard Service members on state active duty are eligible for the compensation.

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MN workforce center logo Minnesota CareerForce Veteran Resources: Minnesota CareerForce assists Veterans to meet their career development needs. Local Veterans Employment Representatives can help with career planning, job search, find education/ training opportunities and connect them with other resources. Veterans will receive priority services in all CareerForce locations across the state.

Those eligible will receive access to their online career resource to:

  • Find information on transferring military skills to civilian careers

  • See samples of successful resumes and cover letters

  • Download templates to help market themselves

Who is eligible for Minnesota CareerForce Veteran Resources? Service members and Veterans of the active and reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for CareerForce Veterans Resources.
Minnesota CareerForce Veterans Eligibility Questionnaire
Minnesota CareerForce Location Directory
Minnesota CareerForce Dedicated Veterans Employment Team
Minnesota CareerForce, Veterans Resources Brochure

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI): The UI Program provides a temporary partial wage replacement to Minnesota workers who become unemployed throughMN unemployment insurance no fault of their own. It is an economic stabilizer/stimulator in times of economic downturn and helps maintain an available skilled workforce for employers. The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) supervises and administers the UI program.

If you recently separated from active duty and are unemployed, you may apply for UI benefits based on your active duty service. To be eligible for benefits, you must have completed your first full term of service and be separated under honorable conditions.

Before you start your application, you should know or have available the following information:

  • Social Security number

  • Alien Registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen

  • Driver's license number or other state government identification number

  • Mailing address

  • Telephone number

  • Birth date

  • Employment history for the past 18 months, including:

    • Each employer's name, address and telephone number

    • Dates of employment (month and year)

    • Pay rate

    • Reason you no longer work for the employer

  • Bank account number and bank routing number to use direct deposit

  • Information required for special circumstances:

    • If you were in the military in the last 18 months, you will need information from your DD214 Member 4 (not mandatory to apply)

    • If you were a federal employee in the last 18 months, you will need information from your SF 8

You can apply for unemployment insurance benefits either online by using the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Online Benefit System, or by phone using the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance, Applicant Self-Service System. The Applicant Self-Service System is available online and by phone Sunday - Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
Greater Minnesota: 877-898-9090
TTY for the hearing impaired: 866-814-1252
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Handbook

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits?

Minnesota Special Military and Veteran Vehicle License Plates: Minnesota has 25 license plates that are available to Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members.

You must apply for Special Military and Veteran plates at a deputy registrar office or by mailing a Special Plate Application form, required documentation and appropriate fees to:

Driver and Vehicle Services
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 164
St. Paul, MN 55101

Additional information for all Special Military and Veteran License plates:

  • May be displayed on any passenger class vehicles, one-ton pickups, or self-propelled recreational vehicle, owned or jointly owned by a Veteran

  • Initial Application Fees: $10 plate fee, $10.00 filing fee. (There is no fee for an Ex-POW or Medal of Honor Plate)

  • Plates may be ordered with a disability symbol if you qualify for a disability license plate.

  • Veterans must supply a copy of their separation papers (DD214) showing discharge under honorable conditions

  • Current Service members must submit a DA Form 638 Recommendation for Award or other official documentation verifying eligibility for a specific license plate at the time of application

  • The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Application for Special Plates is used for all Special Military and Veteran license plates (except the Minnesota Gold Star Family License Plate).

State law requires that these discharges be certified (have a raised impression of a seal or a statement attesting to their authenticity).

For questions or more information please contact the Driver & Vehicle Services Division at 651-297-3166.
Minnesota Specialty License Plates Brochure

Proud to be a veteran license plate Minnesota Proud to be a Veteran License Plate: Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for the Proud to be a Veteran license plate. Veterans must submit a copy of their DD214 showing that they were honorably discharged. There are no date-of-service or combat duty restrictions. (Motorcycle plates also available)

Medal of Honor License Plate Minnesota Medal of Honor License Plates: Recipients of the Medal of Honor can request the Medal of Honor license plates. Original, duplicate or replacement plates are issued free of charge and no registration tax is due. Only one set of plates may be issued. An application may only be made at the time of vehicle registration.

Combat Wounded License Plate Minnesota Combat Wounded (Purple Heart) License Plates: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the Combat Wounded (Purple Heart) license plate. Active duty Service members must submit documentation they were awarded the Purple Heart medal; Veterans must submit their separation papers that indicate that they were awarded the Purple Heart or documentation from the VA. (Motorcycle plates also available)

Gold Star License Plate Minnesota Gold Star Family License Plate: Gold Star Family license plates are available to the Surviving Spouse, Parents, Children, or siblings (Brother or Sister) of a Service member who died in service. There is no charge for the plates themselves, but a $10 filing fee is still required, and yearly vehicle registration costs are not affected. Applicant must provide the name of the U.S. Armed Forces Service member and a copy of the Military Form DD1300 "Report of Casualty" or DD2064 "Certificate of Death."
Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Gold Star License Plate Application

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Minnesota Drivers’ License Expiration for Active Duty Military: Service members on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces that have a valid Minnesota driver's license, are not required to renew their license until after they are discharged, regardless of length of service. This also applies to the Spouses of those on active duty, if the Spouse does not reside in Minnesota during the active duty period.

  • To ensure that your driving record will be maintained after your license expires, please notify Driver and Vehicle Services of your military status. Send a written statement and a copy of your military ID card with your entry date or a letter from your commanding officer verifying your entry date and active duty status to DVS, 445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101.

  • You must renew your license within one year of your discharge date by presenting your Minnesota driver's license and your DD214 military discharge papers.

Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services Office Directory

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Adding Minnesota Motorcycle Endorsement for Active Duty Service Members: Service members on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces outside of Minnesota may add a motorcycle endorsement to their Minnesota driver’s license.

Service members must submit proof of passing a comparable motorcycle knowledge and skills tests from their temporary state of residence. Use the Motorcycle Military Endorsement Information Sheet as a reference. Service member’s license must remain current to keep the endorsement.
Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services, Military Residents Adding a Motorcycle Endorsement Fact Sheet

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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National Guard Association of Minnesota, State Sponsored Life Insurance for National Guard Service Members (SSLI): SSLI is offered through the National Guard Association of Minnesota. This program is made up of a combination of several voluntary group life insurance policies available to Service members in the Minnesota National Guard and ar National Guard Association of Minnesotae designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families.

Every eligible member of the Minnesota National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

  • Over $1,000,000 in coverage available for the Minnesota National Guard Service member through a combination of the SSLI plans

  • Coverage available for Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up when Service members separate from the National Guard

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Exclusion

  • No Aviation Exclusion

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the Militia Insurance Trust’s Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the Minnesota National Guard, Enrollment must occur within 180 days of joining the Minnesota National Guard.

Who is eligible for SSLI for National Guard Service Members? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible for SSLI coverage.

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Minnesota National Guard Service Members Receive Compensation for Injury, Disease, Disability or Death during State Active Duty: Minnesota National Guard Service members that are wounded, contract an illness or become disabled while on state active duty are eligible for compensation from the state. If the Service member dies as a result of that state active duty their beneficiaries are eligible compensation in the same amount allowed for Service members in a federal active duty status.
Who is eligible for Minnesota National Guard Service Members Receive Compensation for Injury, Disease, Disability or Death during State Active Duty? National Guard Service members on State active duty are eligible for compensation.

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Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Optical Assistance for Veterans and their Families: The MDVA offers assistance to Veterans and their dependents by providing $400 for annual eye exams and prescription eyewear. This benefit is income and asset-based.

For more information or assistance please contact your County Veteran Service Officer or by calling 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Dental Assistance for Veterans and their Families: MDVA offers assistance to Veterans and their dependents by providing dental benefits for routine dental exams, extractions, and denture procedures.

This benefit is income and asset based, and upon approval Veterans and their dependents may receive up to $1,000 for annual routine dental. If dentures are necessary, MDVA will issue an additional denture authorization for up to $3,000 of once-per-lifetime benefits, and if needed, an additional once-per-lifetime extraction authorization for up to $2,000 specifically for tooth extractions in preparation for the dentures.

For more information or assistance please contact your County Veteran Service Officer or by calling 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Minnesota Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake: The Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake, St Croix, is a Family campground that provides facilities and Veterans Campground signopportunities for recreation, rest, and recovery for all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, , their Families, and sponsored friends.

The campground has a wide variety of recreational activities for the entire Family, to include camping (cabins, tents, and RV sites), boating, fishing, tubing, swimming, softball, volleyball, horseshoes, canteen, game room, lending library, and outdoor pavilions for parties, reunions, gatherings, and picnics.
Who is eligible to stay at the Minnesota Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake? Veterans Campground is open to all honorably discharged military Veterans, active and reserve component Service members, retired Service members, disabled Veterans, and military Families. Those making reservations must provide a DD214 or other separation papers. For more information please use the Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake contact page.

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two waterfalls pouring into a river Free Minnesota State Park Passes for Service Members, Purple Heart Recipients, Disabled Veterans and their Dependents: Service members, Purple Heart recipients, Disabled Veterans and their dependents can receive a free annual permit for Minnesota State Parks. Who is eligible for Free Minnesota State Park Passes?

  • Service members from any component of the U.S. Armed Forces, must bring current military orders and military ID to the park

  • Veterans with any level of service-connected disability, must bring a copy of their VA determination letter and a photo ID

  • Purple Heart recipients, must bring documentation of their receipt of the Purple Heart medal (DD214, citation for award, etc.)

Apply for a military permit at any staffed Minnesota state park office, or by calling Gooseberry Falls State Park at 218-595-7101, or emailing GooseberryFalls.StatePark@state.mn.us. Please put "Military Discount" in the subject line.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Military and Veterans Benefits: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers several benefits to Service members and Veterans.

Resident Service Members Benefits:

  • Resident Service members on leave, who are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and stationed outside the state may:

    • Hunt small game, no Minnesota waterfowl stamp or pheasant stamp is needed but they must have a federal duck stamp to hunt waterfowl

    • Hunt deer, wild turkey, and wolf without charge after obtaining the appropriate licenses and tags through the Minnesota Electronic License System, bonus permits are not included

    • Fish without a license

    • Use ski trails without a ski pass

    • Must have a valid Minnesota Driver’s License or State ID Card and leave papers while hunting, fishing or using ski trails.

Residents Discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces Benefits:

  • Service members discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces within 10 days of the start of, or during, the firearm deer season may purchase a firearm deer license that is immediately valid, applicants must show official discharge papers when applying

  • Service members discharged from federal active service outside the U.S., within the previous 24 months may:

    • Hunt small game without a license, no state stamps are required, Federal stamp is needed for waterfowl hunting if less than 65 years old

    • Fish without a license trout stamps are not required (Note: Free sturgeon tags are available only from the DNR License Center in St. Paul)

    • Get one free deer per year license, valid for one either-sex deer except in buck-only areas

    • Use ski trails without a ski pass

  • Service members discharged from active duty in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, during the previous 24 months, will receive first preference in drawings for special deer hunts, antlerless deer lottery, bear and turkey lotteries; applicants must submit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Military Preference Application Form

Residents Disabled Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces Benefits:

Resident Purple Heart Recipient Benefits:

Nonresident Benefits:

  • Nonresident Spouses of resident Service members on active duty may purchase resident hunting and fishing licenses. Nonresidents must provide proof of their Spouse’s residency and active duty status

  • A Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Minnesota, training at Camp Ripley or a Service member in the Minnesota National Guard may purchase resident hunting and fishing licenses; applicants must provide official military documents stating they are stationed in Minnesota, training at Camp Ripley or a member of the Minnesota National Guard. Elk licenses are excluded from this benefit.

Firearms Safety Training Exemptions for Military Service Members:

  • Service members who have completed basic training in the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard may obtain a hunting license or approval authorizing hunting even if they haven’t been issued a firearms safety certificate; Service members only qualify for this exemption while they are on active duty; eligible Service members are exempt from the field day component of the classroom or home study course by providing proof of basic training, i.e., discharge papers (DD214), or current military ID to the instructor of the course; once discharged or no longer active duty they must complete a firearms safety training course if they were born after December 31, 1979.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Firearms Safety Information

white rabbit sitting in the snow An apprentice hunter validation may be used in place of firearms safety certification. The validation can only be used in Minnesota and can only be purchased twice. Those using this exemption must hunt with a licensed hunter whose license was not obtained using an apprentice hunter validation. For more information, see the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Apprentice Hunter Validation webpage on the DNR website.

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine: DNR offers a free two-year subscription to their Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine to Service members and Veterans. Call 844-245-7115 and ask for the military Service member and Veteran offer or visit the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer website.

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Minnesota Claims Assistance Offices: The St. Paul Claims Office and the Northwest/Fargo Claims Office represent Veterans and their dependents that live within their region. The Claims Assistance Offices provide assistance when seeking federal Veterans benefits regarding compensation, non-service-connected pension, vocational rehabilitation or educational benefits. The division has an established relationship with County Veterans Service Officers and the VA to ensure Veterans are appropriately served.

St. Paul Claims Office
Phone: 612-970-5662

Northwest / Fargo Claims Office
Phone: 701-451-4641
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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Minnesota Field Operations - Veterans Outreach Assistance: MDVA Field Operations works to identify and serve Veterans who are unable to seek assistance due to disability or geographical location. They act as a liaison and personal advocate to those seeking benefits such as subsistence assistance, dental care, optical care, counseling, VA claims and VA health care.
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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Minnesota Women Veterans Program: The Minnesota Women Veterans assists women Veterans by ensuring they receive equal access to federal and state benefits and services. They respond to the gender specific needs of women Veterans and ensure that women Veterans are treated with dignity and respect. Outreach events are geared to improve the awareness of available benefits, services, and eligibility criteria for the women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Tribal Veteran Service Officer (TVSO): The TVSO initiative operates in partnership with the Governmental and Tribal agencies, the Governor's Office, Minnesota State Legislators and the Minnesota Native American Nations. TVSOs are culturally connected service representatives that work with Native American Veterans to help them receive the state and federal Veterans benefits they are entitled to.

Learn more about Minnesota Tribal Veteran Service Officer

Minnesota Short Term Financial Assistance for Veterans and Surviving Spouses (Subsistence): The Subsistence program provides temporary assistance with shelter payments (rent/mortgage), current utility bills and health insurance premiums to eligible Veterans and their Dependents. This benefit is income and asset based and is designed to assist Veterans for up to six months for those who are unable to work their normal occupation due to a temporary disability, or who are permanently disabled and are waiting to receive a permanent disability benefit from VA Compensation, VA Pension, Social Security or other long term benefit.
Who is eligible for Minnesota Short Term Financial Assistance for Veterans and Surviving Spouses (Subsistence)? Veterans must provide proof of the temporary disability by their doctor on a medical report and must have worked within one year of the date on the medical report. Surviving Spouses may also be eligible for this benefit without a temporary disability if they apply within the first 12 months of their Veteran Spouse's death. After that time limit the Surviving Spouse must provide proof of their own temporary disability via a medical report. Please contact your County Veteran Service Officer for assistance in applying for Subsistence benefits.
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Subsistence Assistance Fact Sheet

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Minnesota LinkVet Veterans Service Center: LinkVet is a one-stop service center for Minnesota Veterans and their Families. A team of support specialists trained through the MDVA help Veterans and their Families by providing information and assistance regarding state and Federal benefits. For questions and more information please use the LinkVet Live Chat webpage or call 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).

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MN Veterans home Minnesota Veterans Homes: There are five Veterans Homes located throughout the Minnesota that provide high-quality health care to Veterans and their eligible Family members. They include:

The Adult Day Center, located in Building 4 on the Minnesota Veterans Home on the Minneapolis campus, allows Veterans to connect with other Veterans in a safe, comfortable environment to achieve the highest attainable level of physical, mental and social well-being with the independence of living at home. It also provides much-needed respite and support services for Veterans’ caregivers.
Who is eligible for care at the Minnesota Veterans Homes? Admission to the Minnesota Veterans homes is available to honorably discharged Veterans who entered service from Minnesota, or are current Residents, who served 181 consecutive days on active duty, unless discharged earlier because of a disability incurred in the line of duty, OR, the Spouse of an eligible Veteran who is at least 55 years old and meets residency requirements and are able to demonstrate a medical or clinical need for admission.
Minnesota Veterans Adult Day Center Brochure
Minnesota Veterans Homes Brochure
Minnesota Veterans Homes Application

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Minnesota Military Funeral Honors: The MDVA and the Minnesota National Guard Military Funeral Honors Coordinator are committed to ensuring Veterans  receive Honor Guard burial ceremony folding the american flagproper 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 Veteran Service Organizations who meet certain requirements. Military funeral honors for Veterans are provided by volunteers with local Veteran Service Organizations and are arranged through the funeral home. Please coordinate for military funeral honors with your funeral director.
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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MN State Veterans Cemetery Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries: Minnesota has three Veterans Cemeteries, they are the:

The State Cemeteries will provide:

  • Gravesite or Columbarium Niche

  • Pre-placed Grave liner (Standard Size)

  • Headstone/Niche Cover

  • Perpetual Care

There is no cost for a Veterans burial. The fee for a Spouse or eligible dependents is $745, which cannot be prepaid and is subject to change.

Pre-registration ensures eligibility in advance and eliminates delays when providing military documents to the cemetery. Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Pre-Registration Applications are available online, at the cemetery office or at your local County Veterans Service Office (CVSO).

The funeral director or the next of kin makes burial arrangements for an eligible Veteran, Spouse or dependent at the time of need by contacting the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. A Spouse or dependent is buried based upon the eligibility of the Veteran. To establish the Veteran's eligibility, a copy of the Veteran's military discharge document or a DD214 must be provided. If these documents are not available, the cemetery must be provided with sufficient military information to allow the cemetery to access VA and/or military records to establish eligibility.
Who is eligible for Burial in a Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries? Burial is open to all Veterans discharged from active military service under conditions other than dishonorable. Their Spouses, minor Children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult Children are also eligible for burial. Eligible Spouses may be buried, even if they predecease the Veteran. Also eligible for burial are members of the reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces and the Reserve Officer Training Corps who die while on active duty for training or performing service, or who have 20 years of service in reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces creditable for retired pay.
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries Brochure

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Bronze Veteran grave markerMinnesota Bronze Star Grave Markers: The MDVA offers Bronze Stars Grave Markers to mark the grave site of any Veteran buried in the state, where permitted. Bronze Star Markers must be requested through local County Veteran Service Officers, or by calling 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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Vital Statistics Records and Certified Copies of Minnesota Veterans’ Records: A certified copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, dissolution of marriage record, or a Veteran's discharge recorded are provided free of charge.
Who is eligible for Vital Statistics Records and Certified Copies of Minnesota Veterans Records? Certified copies will be provided to Veterans, their Surviving Spouse, their next of kin, authorized Veteran service officers, or to the VA, for use in claims for benefits.

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Minnesota Service CORE: The Minnesota Service CORE is a free program designed to bring essential, community-based services to Minnesota Veterans, Service members and their Families.

Minnesota Service CORE has partnered with Lutheran Social Service (LSS), to provide comprehensive assistance that includes:

  • Individual and Family counseling

  • Financial counseling

  • Debt management

  • Addiction counseling

  • Disability services, and

  • In-home counseling.

With the goal to help Veterans and their Families develop skills for a successful and lasting Family stability.

LSS case workers are based in field offices located throughout the state, including the Twin Cities metro area, Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Fergus Falls, Mankato, Moorhead, St. Cloud and Willmar. For more information, or to request services through CORE contact your County Veterans Service Officer or by calling 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Minnesota Service CORE Brochure

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Minnesota SOAR, Homeless Veterans Assistance Program: The MDVA has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the U.S. Social Security SOAR LogoAdministration (SSA) to provide homeless and at-risk Veterans with expanded access to Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

SOAR, which stands for SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, and Recovery, helps to increase access to SSI/SSDI for those eligible who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or co-occurring substance use disorder. Eligible Veterans are able to work with a trained MDVA SOAR advocate who will assist them with collecting the necessary information (personal and medical records), completing necessary SSA forms to file a comprehensive application packet to SSA, and aiding them through the determination process. All services are provided free of charge.

For more information about the MDVA SOAR or to refer someone, please contact the Homeless Programs Coordinators Office or call 888-LinkVet (546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Minnesota SOAR, Homeless Veterans Assistance Program Brochure

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Minnesota

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Minnesota: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Minnesota: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains one national cemetery in Minnesota. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Military Installations in Minnesota

Please see the Minnesota Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

National Guard
Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters

Minnesota Army National Guard

Minnesota Air National Guard
133rd Airlift Wing
148th Fighter Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division

Resources

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Education

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Education and Training

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Minnesota

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Minnesota Department of Revenue

Minnesota State Legislature

Minnesota Statutes

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Benefits and Resources

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Minnesota Department of Veterans Services, Employment

Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, Minnesota

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Document Review Date: 23 June 2021