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Summary of Minnesota Military and Veterans Benefits: Minnesota offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Service members' Assistance Fund, 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: If you are a military member and a Minnesota resident, you may subtract federally taxable active-duty military pay when determining your Minnesota tax.
Who is eligible for Minnesota Tax Exemption for Active Duty Military Pay? This subtraction may be claimed by:

  • solider with a dog 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

    • 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 (beginning in tax year 2014)

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 military member who dies during active service in the United States 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 in active service will be abated (forgiven)

  • Their heirs may request a refund of income tax the member paid while in active service 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: Beginning with tax year 2016, Minnesota will allow taxpayers to subtract certain military retirement 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 military (U.S. Code Title 10, sections 1401 to 1414),

  • Retirement pay for service in the reserve component (U.S. Code Title 10, section 12733), or

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 Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975

  • You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975

  • You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:

    • Resulted directly from armed conflict

    • Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service

    • Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or

    • Was caused by an instrumentality of war

  • You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA)

Learn more about Minnesota State Taxes on Military Disability Retired Pay

Minnesota State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to 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.

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery 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: Beginning with tax year 2016, Minnesota will allow taxpayers to subtract Survivor benefit plan payments, including payments to a former Spouse as part of a court order when calculating Minnesota taxable income and Minnesota alternative minimum taxable income.

To qualify for this subtraction, the retirement pay must be taxable on the federal return for survivor benefit plan payments (U.S. Code Title 10, sections 1447 to 1455)

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 on or after January 1, 2014 may be eligible. This credit is based on the number of months served and is refundable, you may qualify to receive this credit even if you had no income or owed no tax. The credit is based on the number of full and/or partial months served. You will receive $120 for each month served in 2010 and going forward. 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 year when you served in a combat zone or qualifying duty area and file within 3.5 years from the original due date of your tax return.
Who is eligible for Minnesota Tax Credit for Military Service in Combat Zone? You may receive this credit if you meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • You served in a combat zone or qualified hazardous duty area anytime on or after Jan 1, 2014

  • The pay you received is excluded as combat pay from federal gross income under IRS Code Section 112.

  • Your home of record was Minnesota during your military service.

Learn more about Minnesota Tax Credit for Military Service in Combat Zone

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 you are unable to manage your financial affairs due to a medically determinable physical or mental impairment.

You 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. military, 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 your credit, complete the worksheet Minnesota Schedule M1C, Other Nonrefundable Credits . If you are a part-year resident of Minnesota or a nonresident, you may still qualify for the credit based on the percentage of your income taxable to Minnesota. When completing the worksheet for Schedule M1C, use your percentage of Minnesota income from Minnesota Schedule M1NR, Nonresidents/Part-Year . MS 290.0677
Who is eligible for Minnesota Tax Credit for Past Military Service? You may qualify if your federal adjusted gross income is less than $37,500, you have separated from military service before the end of the year, and one of the following is true:

  • You served in the military for at least 20 years

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

  • You were honorably discharged and you receive a pension or other retirement pay for service in the military

Note: You may not claim this credit if you claim a subtraction for military retirement 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 Legislature enacted a market value exclusion for honorably discharged Veterans with service-connected disabilities. This is not a property tax exemption and it is not a tax forgiveness program. Rather, it lowers the property tax liability by subtracting the amount of the exclusion from the assessor’s estimated market value to arrive at a lower taxable market value. This program provides two different levels of market value exclusions:

  • For Veterans with 70% to 100% service-connected disability, the market value exclusion is up to $150,000 on homestead property; or

  • For Veterans with total (100%) and permanent service-connected disability or with permanent individual unemployability, the market value exclusion is up to $300,000 on homestead property.

Applications are available at the County Assessor's Office, with your Veteran's Service Office, or you may download the application.
Minnesota Homestead Exclusion for a Veteran with a Disability Application
Minnesota Homestead Exclusion for a Veteran with a Disability, Surviving Spouse Application
Minnesota Homestead Exclusion for a Veteran with a Disability, Family Primary Caregiver Application

In addition to the completed application, you must also attach a letter from the Veteran’s Administration, confirming both honorable discharge and disability status.

  • Applications must be made by July 1 to qualify for the exclusion on the current year’s market value for taxes payable next year

  • Veterans with a disability rating of 70 percent or higher will need to reapply annually

  • Qualifying Spouses may apply within two years of the Veteran’s death

Who is eligible for Minnesota Market Value Exclusion on Homestead Property of Disabled Veterans, Primary Family Caregivers and Surviving Spouses? To qualify as a disabled Veteran, the Veteran must have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces as indicated by U.S. Department of Defense form DD214 or other official military discharge papers and must be certified by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (US/VA) as having a service-connected disability with a disability rating of 70 percent or higher.

Surviving Spouses of 100% permanently and totally disabled Veterans may be eligible to continue receiving the exclusion in the year of the Veteran’s death, plus eight more taxes payable years. If the Veteran died after December 31, 2011, but did not receive the exclusion before dying, the Spouse may still be eligible. Surviving Spouses receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation are also eligible. Surviving Spouses of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who died due to a service-connected cause while serving honorably in active service may qualify. In all instances, Surviving Spouses qualify for $300,000 of market value exclusion until they remarry, sell, transfer, or dispose of the property. There is no survivor benefit for Spouses of Veterans qualifying at the 70 percent standard.

Primary Family Caregivers must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Own a homestead property

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

Learn more about Minnesota Market Value Exclusion on Homestead Property of Disabled Veterans, Primary Family Caregivers and Surviving Spouses

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Programs: The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affair's Higher Education Veterans Programs helps connect Veterans with educational benefits and resources to succeed in college. The programs support the success of Veterans, current military members and their Families at Minnesota's colleges and universities by providing on-site comprehensive information about benefits and resources as well as creating institutional readiness in support of the unique needs of these students.

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

Specifically, the Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Program Coordinators help schools establish "Veteran friendly" policies and procedures. They can also help with things like:

  • Payment extensions while awaiting properly applied for educational benefits

  • Military transfer credit

  • Veteran resident status

  • Options for withdrawal from classes due to deployment

On-campus Veterans Resource Centers are unique to Minnesota and provide an environment where Veterans, military members and their Families feel welcome. They also provide space for interaction with other Veterans and Family members of Veterans. This space is a way for Veterans to connect with each other and representatives from the Higher Education Program. For more information call 1-800-456-8519 or +1-651-556-0596 (international) or 1-800-627-3529 TT.
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: Veteran Education Assistance is provided to Veterans in the form of a one-time $750 grant for tuition to Veterans who have exhausted, through use, all of their GI Bill benefits to assist with 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. You may apply for this benefit by accessing the application below and submitting directly to MDVA or applying with assistance through your County Veterans Service Officer.
Who is eligible for Minnesota Veteran Education Assistance? To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • The Veteran shall have been a resident of the State of Minnesota at the time of entry into the Armed Forces, and for six months immediately preceding entry

  • The Veteran must be a citizen of the United States and a current resident of Minnesota

  • The Veteran must have completely exhausted their federal educational benefits prior to the delimiting date or within the eligibility period during which 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

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Application for Minnesota Veteran Education Benefit

Learn more about Minnesota Veteran Education Assistance

Minnesota National Guard Tuition Reimbursement: The National Guard Tuition Reimbursement Program (STR) reimburses Minnesota soldier taking notesGuard members up to 100% of the tuition cost at any VA approved school. The maximum benefit is 100% of the undergraduate per credit rate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.

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 $20,000 per fiscal year (01 JUL through 30 JUN).

Who is eligible for Minnesota National Guard Tuition and Textbook Reimbursement? Minnesota National Guard Eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a member of the Minnesota National Guard.

  • You are eligible for STR for classes that you attend AT 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 State Tuition Reimbursement (STR).

  • You must remain in the Minnesota National Guard during the entire term of courses.

  • E1 to O5, including Warrant Officers are eligible for State Tuition Reimbursement. The lifetime maximum State Tuition Reimbursement benefit is 208 quarter or 144 Semester credits.

  • State Tuition Reimbursement has been extended 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.

    • Eligibility is extended for a period of two years, plus the amount of time equal to the duration of that person's active service.

  • State Tuition Reimbursement has been extended to Service members who have been separated or discharged from that organization due to a service-connected injury, disease, or disability.

    • Eligibility period is extended for eight years beyond the date of separation.

To apply for State Tuition reimbursement, you MUST contact your unit full-time representative to ensure you have a current, completed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on file as well as state Direct Deposit and W9 Tax forms. [All forms are available at the unit.]

Learn more about Minnesota National Guard Tuition and Textbook Reimbursement

Minnesota Surviving Spouse & Dependent Education Benefit: Surviving Spouses and eligible dependents are allowed admission to Minnesota postsecondary education institutions, either operated by this state or are operated publicly or privately and maintains academic standards substantially equivalent to those of comparable institutions operated in this state. Surviving Spouses and dependents will be able to attend free of tuition until they obtain a bachelor's degree. In addition, MDVA will pay $750 per fiscal year for fees, books and supplies, and/or room and board. You may apply for this benefit by accessing the application below and submitting directly to MDVA or applying with assistance through your County Veterans Service Officer.
Who is eligible for Minnesota Surviving Spouse & Dependent Education Benefit?
Surviving Spouse and Dependent Education assistance is provided to Spouses and dependents, including adopted and step-Children, whose Veteran Spouse and/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. military, or have been a resident of Minnesota for at least six months prior to passing away due to a service-connected disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Applicants must be Minnesota residents and the Spouse cannot be remarried. 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 & Dependent Education Benefit

Minnesota GI Bill: The Minnesota GI Bill program provides assistance to eligible Minnesota Veterans, currently serving military, National Guard and Reserve members who served after September 11, 2001 and eligible Spouse and Children. The Program provides a maximum benefit of $10,000, up to age 62. Eligible participants can use the benefit in Higher Education, On-the-job training (OJT)/Apprenticeship or License3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremony and Certification.

Course of Education eligibility and benefit specifics are extensive, those interested should carefully read the information on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs web pages at the “Learn more about the Minnesota GI Bill” link below. For more information and to check status call 651-642-0567 or 1-800-657-3866 and press (2) for the Minnesota GI Bill. Questions can be directed to the LinkVet call center at 1-888-LinkVet (1-888-546-5838).

This program is different than the Federal GI Bill (Montgomery, Post 9-11, Forever, Veterans Education Assistance Program, Dependents Education Assistance Program, or Vocational rehabilitation).
Who is eligible for the Minnesota GI Bill? You must be a Minnesota Resident as defined in, M.S. 136A.101 , under the age of 62, enrolled at an approved Minnesota institution and must meet the following general requirements:

  • Veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States Armed Forces at any time; see the Minnesota Definition of Veteran

  • 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 United States 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 military at any time on, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service, only if the Surviving Spouse or Child is eligible to receive Federal education benefits under Chapter 33 as amended, or Chapter 35 as amended.

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

Learn more about the Minnesota GI Bill

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

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school Facilitating the timely 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 promulgation and 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.

Primary Point of Contact:
Daron Korte, Minnesota Commissioner,
Assistant Commissioner of Education, Minnesota Department of Education
Address: 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN, 21201
Email: daron.korte@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-582-8215

Learn more about the Minnesota Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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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, federal or state active duty. In addition, they shall be entitled to a leave of absence from the public office or employment without loss of pay, seniority status, efficiency rating, vacation, sick leave, or other benefits for all the time when engaged with such organization or component in training or active service ordered or authorized by proper authority pursuant to law, whether for state or federal purposes.
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. The Minnesota VPA Statutes apply to Minnesota public employment, "civil service laws, charter provisions, ordinances, rules or regulations of a county, city, town school district or other municipality or political subdivision of this state."
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 Veterans with 50 percent or more permanent service-connected disability provided that the Veteran obtained a passing rating on the examination without the addition of the credit points.

A preference may be used by the Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran and by the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who because of the disability is 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 adjudicated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or by the retirement board of one of the several branches of the Armed Forces.

Learn more about Permissive Veterans Preference for Minnesota Veterans In Private Employment

Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both 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 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 percent but less than 30 percent

10-Point 30 Percent 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 percent 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 Department of Veterans Affairs 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 as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of 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 Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis 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 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173 .

Learn more about Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting 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 Soldier in full gearand retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including 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 clearly 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 convalescing 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 (the long-standing "escalator" principle), 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. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. 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 percent 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 USERRA benefits?
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 persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

Learn more about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Compensation for Minnesota National Guard State Active Duty: EveryNational Guard member on state active duty shall receive from the state pay and allowances at the rate paid to Service members of the same grade and length of service in the Armed Forces of the United States, 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 Veterans Employment Representative Services: Eligible Veterans, no matter the era of service, receive priority services in all WorkForce Centers across the state and can be assisted by specially trained Veterans employment representatives. Veterans’ employment representatives can help you if you if you have significant challenges finding or keeping a job; or have a service-connected disability. They work one-on-one with you to provide services custom-tailored to meet your individual needs.

Services typically include such things as:

  • How to assess individual skills and talents

  • How to write effective resumes and cover letters

  • How to conduct successful job searches

  • Proper interviewing techniques

  • Licensing and certification requirements

  • Current labor market conditions

  • Key contacts for Veteran's benefits

Who is eligible for Minnesota Veterans Employment Representative Services? To qualify for Veterans employment services, you must:

  • Have served more than 180 consecutive days on active duty (not for Reserve or National Guard training) and been discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge, OR

  • Have served on active duty and been released because of a service-connected disability, illness or injury, OR

  • Have been a member of a reserve component under an order to active duty, served on active duty during war or in a campaign or expedition, and been discharged or released from duty with other than dishonorable discharge, OR

  • Be the Spouse of any Veteran living or deceased who qualifies for benefits.

To receive services, you must register with a Minnesota WorkForce Center.
Minnesota Workforce Center Location Directory

Learn more about Minnesota Veterans Employment Representative Services

Minnesota Disabled Veterans Program: Veterans employment representatives are available in many of Minnesota's WorkForce Centers to assist Veterans with barriers to employment, disabled Veterans, and transitioning Service members.

Disabled Veterans outreach program specialists (DVOPS) provide intensive case managed services designed to assist Veterans with the development and execution of a job search strategy and provide (one-to-one) guidance on various aspects of job search. These may include, but are not limited to resume development, interviewing skills, networking and use of social media, and direct referral to employers with available jobs.

Additionally, local Veterans employment representatives (LVERs) provide valuable linkages to local employers and professional organizations to develop employment opportunities for Minnesota Veterans. They also work closely with other state, federal and local Veteran service organizations and agencies.
Minnesota Workforce Center Location Directory

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance: The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program provides a temporary partial wage replacement to those Minnesota MN unemployment insuranceworkers who become unemployed through 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 Unemployment Insurance 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

  • Information required for special circumstances:

    • Your bank account number and bank routing number, if you want to use direct deposit for benefit payment. You can also request direct deposit at a later time.

    • 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: 1-877-898-9090
TTY for the hearing impaired: 1-866-814-1252
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: The State of Minnesota has 25 license plates that are available to Service members, Veterans, Retirees and eligible Family members. A short description of some of these license plates is listed below.

You must apply for 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

Note: In order to prove eligibility, Veteran applicants are required to present a copy of their separation papers (DD214 or equivalent). 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.

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

"Ex-POW" may have plates for one vehicle and must have certification from the commissioner of Veterans' affairs

  • 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.

  • Applicant must supply a copy of their separation papers (DD214) showing discharge under honorable conditions or if still in the military, a current military ID.

  • For more information about Veteran plates, please refer to the Special Plate Application. Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Application for Special Plates .

If you have any questions, 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: There is no date of service restriction. A one-time $30 donation is due at the time of initial application. The contribution benefits the Minnesota WWII memorial fund and programs for Veterans and their Families. (Motorcycle plates also available)

Medal of Honor License Plate Minnesota Medal of Honor License Plates: Medal of Honor license plates are issued to the recipients of the Medal of Honor. 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 first registration or renewal of registration.

Combat Wounded License Plate Minnesota Combat Wounded (Purple Heart) License Plates: Active duty Service members must submit documentation of having been awarded the Purple Heart medal, Veterans must submit their separation papers that indicate that they were awarded the Purple Heart or must have a document from the Veteran's Administration. (Motorcycle plates also available)

Gold Star License Plate Minnesota Gold Star Family License Plate: Plates may be issued 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 collected and yearly vehicle registration costs are not affected. Applicant must provide the name of the Armed Forces 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: If you are on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces and have a valid Minnesota driver's license, you are not required to renew your license until you are discharged, regardless of your length of service. This law 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. This exception also applies to Spouses of those on active duty, if the Spouse does not reside in Minnesota during the active duty period.

Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services Office Directory

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Adding Minnesota Motorcycle Endorsement for Active Duty Service Members: If you are currently in the Active Military Duty, you may be eligible to add a motorcycle endorsement to your Minnesota driver’s license.

If you are currently in Minnesota, see the Apply for Motorcycle Endorsement Page .

If you are not in Minnesota, you are still eligible to add the endorsement. You will need to submit proof of passing comparable motorcycle knowledge and skills tests from your temporary state of residence. Use the Motorcycle Military Endorsement Information Sheet as a reference. Your license must remain current in order to retain 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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (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:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( 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.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

National Guard Association of Minnesota, State Sponsored Life Insurance for National Guard Service Members: The State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) program is  National Guard Association of Minnesotaderived from United States Public Law 93-289, May 1974, Title 37, Section 707 and is offered through the National Guard Association of Minnesota (NGAMN). This program is comprised of a combination of six voluntary groups of life policies available to the military members of the Minnesota National Guard and are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families.

Every member of the Minnesota National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the member. This $1,000 benefit is provided through the Militia Insurance Trust Group Life Insurance Plan.

Key Benefits of the SSLI:

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

  • Coverage available for the Spouse and Children

  • Rates do not go up just because you separate from the National Guard -you can keep the coverage when you separate

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War Exclusion - you are covered in combat

  • No Aviation Exclusion - aviators are covered

  • New Recruits are eligible for $10,000 SSLI coverage under the MIT Group Life Insurance Plan at no cost for the first year of service in the Minnesota National Guard. Enrollment must occur within 120 days of joining the Minnesota National Guard

Who is eligible for National Guard Association of Minnesota, State Sponsored Life Insurance for National Guard Service Members? National Guard Service members and their dependents are eligible.

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Minnesota National Guard Service Members Receive Compensation for Injury, Disease, Disability or Death during State Active Duty: If any Service member of the military forces is wounded or otherwise disabled, dies from disease contracted or injuries received, or is killed while in state active service as defined in section 190.05, subdivision 5a, the Service member, or in the case of death the Service member's dependent Spouse, Child, or parent, may be provided with immediate temporary relief as necessary in cases of severe hardship, in an amount to be determined by the adjutant general and approved by the governor or a death gratuity payment equal to the amount allowed for Service members in a federal active service 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: Upon application, optical benefits are provided on an annual basis to Veterans and their dependents. This benefit is income and asset-based, and upon approval of eligibility you and your dependents may receive up to $400 paid to your choice of providers for annual eye exams and prescription eyewear, to include contact lenses. Please contact your County Veteran Service Officer for assistance or more information on this or other benefits, or by calling 1-888-LinkVet (1-888-546-5838), MDVA's one-stop customer service line for all Minnesota Veterans and their Families.
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Dental Assistance for Veterans and their Families: Dental Benefits are provided to Veterans and their dependents for routine dental, extraction, and denture procedures. This benefit is income and asset based, and upon MDVA approval of eligibility you and your dependents may receive up to $1,000 for annual routine dental care paid to your choice of providers. If your dental provider determines that 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. Please contact your County Veteran Service Officer for assistance or more information on this or other benefits, or by calling 1-888-LinkVet (1-888-546-5838), MDVA's one-stop customer service line for all Minnesota Veterans and their Families.
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 sign opportunities for recreation, rest, and recovery for all who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, whether still serving or have served in the past, their Families, and sponsored friends.
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 duty, Guard / Reserves, retired, disabled, and military Families. Proof must be provided in the form of a DD214, or other separation papers. Priority will be given to service-connected disabled Veterans. The un-remarried Spouse of a deceased Veteran (whether disabled or not) is also authorized to register for camping, with approved proof of status.

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two waterfalls pouring into a river Minnesota State Park Military and Veteran Benefits: Military personnel, and their dependents, in any branch or unit of the United States Armed Forces are eligible to receive a free annual state park permit (bring current military orders and military ID to park)

Any resident Veteran with any level of service-connected disability can get a free annual Minnesota state park vehicle permit. Bring a copy of your determination letter and a photo ID and let the park attendant know your military status when you arrive.

Resident Purple Heart Recipients may obtain a free annual state park permit. Bring paperwork proving eligibility to the state park to receive the park permit.

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Military and Veterans Benefits: The Minnesota department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers a number of benefits broken down into four main categories of military and Veteran status. They are:

  • Active Duty Benefits

  • Residents Discharged from Military Service Benefits

  • Resident Veterans Benefits

    • Resident Purple Heart Recipient Benefits

  • Nonresidents Benefits

And then two non-categorized benefits

  • Firearms Safety Training Exemptions

  • Free Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine Subscription.

Active Duty Benefits:

  • Residents on leave who have maintained legal residency in Minnesota (must have a valid Minnesota Driver’s License or State Identification card) who are serving in the United States Military and stationed outside the state may (while carrying proof of Minnesota residency and official leave papers):

    • Hunt small game without a license while on leave. No Minnesota waterfowl stamp or pheasant stamp is needed but they must have a federal duck stamp to hunt waterfowl.

    • Hunt deer (Choose one weapon type. Codes: Firearms: 232; Archery: 233, Muzzleloader: 234), bear (Code 663), wild turkey (Codes: Spring: 615; Fall: 654) and wolf (Codes: Early Season Firearm: 691; Late Firearm: 692; Trapping: 693) without charge after obtaining the appropriate licenses and tags from an ELS license agent by presenting official leave papers. Bonus permits are not included.

    • Fish without a license

    • Use ski trails without a ski pass

Residents Discharged from Military Service Benefit:

  • Those discharged from the United States Armed Forces within 10 days of the start of, or during, the firearm deer season may, upon showing official discharge papers, purchase a firearm deer license during the season that is valid immediately upon issuance.

  • Those discharged from federal active service outside the United States within the preceding 24 months may (while carrying proof of Minnesota residency and official military discharge papers):

    • Take small game without a license. No state stamps are required. Federal stamp is needed for waterfowl hunting if less than 65 years old.

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

    • Obtain one free deer per year license (Choose one weapon type. Codes: Firearms: 232, Archery: 233, Muzzleloader: 234), valid for one either-sex deer except in buck-only areas.

    • Use ski trails without a ski pass

  • Those discharged from active service as a member of the United States Armed Forces, including National Guard or other military reserves, during the preceding 24 months will receive first preference in drawings for special deer hunts, antlerless deer lottery, bear and turkey lotteries upon applying for the drawing and submitting the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Military Preference Application Form .

Resident Veterans Benefits:

Resident Purple Heart Recipient Benefits:

Nonresident Benefits:

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

  • A person in the United States Armed Forces who is stationed in Minnesota, training at Camp Ripley or an active member of the Minnesota National Guard may purchase resident hunting and fishing licenses by providing official military papers stating that they are stationed in the state, training at Camp Ripley or a member of the Minnesota National Guard. Elk licenses are excluded.

Firearms Safety Training Exemptions for Military Service Members:

  • Individuals who have completed basic training in the United States 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. Individuals only qualify for this exemption from the firearms safety requirement during the time they are active duty. Once discharged or no longer active duty they must complete a firearms safety training course if they were born after December 31, 1979. These individuals may be 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 identification to the instructor of the course.white rabbit sitting in the snow

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Firearms Safety Information 

  • 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.

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Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine: A free two-year subscription to Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, the DNR’s donor-supported magazine advocating conservation and careful use of Minnesota’s natural resources, is available to military personnel and Veterans. Call 1-888-646-6367 and ask for the military personnel and Veteran offer or visit the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine website .

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

St. Paul and Northwest / Fargo Veterans U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Assistance: The St. Paul Claims Division represents Veterans and their dependents, which live within the jurisdiction of the St. Paul VA Regional Office while the Northwest/Fargo Claims Division represents Veterans and their dependents, which live within the 15 Minnesota counties under the jurisdiction of the Fargo VA Regional Office. The Claims Assistance Offices provide assistance when seeking federal Veterans benefits with regards to compensation, non-service-connected pension, vocational rehabilitation or educational benefits. The division has an established relationship with County Veterans Service Officers and the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure Veterans are appropriately served.
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

St. Paul Claims Office: 612-970-5662
Northwest / Fargo Claims Office: 701-451-4641

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Minnesota Field Operations - Veterans Outreach Assistance: Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) Field Operations seeks to identify and serve Veterans of all social and economic backgrounds including those 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, dental, optical, counseling, Federal claims and Federal Department of Veterans Affairs health care. Field Operations is the mobile unit of the MDVA Claims Division with flexibility to travel to those in need while offering professional service and advocacy.
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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Minnesota Women Veterans Program: The mission of the Minnesota Women Veterans Program is to ensure women Veterans have equitable 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 United States Armed Forces.

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Minnesota Tribal Veteran Service Officer (TVSO): The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) TVSO initiative operates in partnership with the Governmental and Tribal agencies, the Governor's Office, Minnesota State Legislators and the Minnesota Native American Nations. Working with Veterans in areas such as Red Lake and Grand Portage, MDVA staff recognized a need for culturally connected service representatives, leading to the development of this program.

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Minnesota Short Term Financial Assistance (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 (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 Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) staffs LinkVet. The program is dedicated to serving Veterans and their Families by assisting them in securing state and Federal benefits, and by providing programs and services relating to higher education, benefits, burial, claims, outreach and Veterans preference. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact LinkVet using the LinkVet Live Chat webpage or by calling 1-888-LinkVet (1-888-546-5838).

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Minnesota Veterans Homes: Currently there are five Veterans Homes located throughout the state. They include Fergus Falls, Minnesota Veterans Home ; Hastings, Minnesota Veterans Home (also includes the Minnesota Veterans Adult Day Center ); Luverne, Minnesota MN Veterans homeVeterans Home ; Minneapolis, Minnesota Veterans Home and the Silver Bay, Minnesota Veterans Home . The mission of the Veterans Homes is to oversee and guarantee high-quality health care for Veterans and dependents in its care.

In addition, there is an Adult Day Center, located in Building 4 on the Minnesota Veterans Home on the Minneapolis campus. The Adult Day Center allows participants 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 a full array of 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 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 Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) and the Minnesota National Guard Military Funeral Honors Coordinator are committed to ensuring Veterans Honor Guard burial ceremony folding the american flagreceive proper 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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Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries: The state of Minnesota has three Veterans Cemeteries, they are the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery - Little Falls, Minnesota Veterans Cemetery - Duluth and the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery - Preston .

The State Cemeteries will provide:MN State Veterans Cemetery

  • 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 in 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 federal U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 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 Armed Forces, the National Guard, 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 Armed Forces creditable for retired pay.
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

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Minnesota Bronze Star Grave Markers: The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) offers Bronze Stars Grave Markers to mark the grave site of any Veteran buried in the state, where permitted. Bronze Veteran grave markerBronze Star Markers must be requested through your County Veteran Service Officer, or by calling 1-888-LinkVet (1-888-546-5838) MDVA's one-stop customer service line for all Minnesota Veterans and their Families.
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 certified copy of Veteran's discharge recorded will be issued promptly by the officer charged with the keeping of the records upon the request of, and without any charge.
Who is eligible for Vital Statistics Records and Certified Copies of Minnesota Veterans Records? Any Veteran, the Surviving Spouse or next of kin of the Veteran, service officers of any Veterans organization chartered by the Congress of the United States, or the Department of Veterans Affairs, for use in the presentation of claims to the United States Veterans Administration or in connection with any Veterans organization or the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Minnesota Service CORE: The Minnesota Service CORE is a nation-leading program designed to bring essential, community-based services directly to Veterans, military members and their Families across Minnesota at no cost to them. Due to its unique structure, this program will also provide resources to previously underserved areas around the state.

By partnering with Lutheran Social Service (LSS), Minnesota Service CORE provides comprehensive assistance through the existing statewide network of resources. Services include individual and Family counseling, financial counseling, debt management, addiction counseling, disability services and in-home counseling. The goal is to help all Veterans and their Families develop skills and draw on their own strengths to bring about 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 1-888-LinkVet (1-888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Minnesota Service CORE Brochure

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Minnesota SOAR, Homeless Veterans Assistance Program: The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the SOAR LogoUnited States Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide Minnesota’s 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, is a program designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for those who are 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.

For more information about the MDVA SOAR process, please contact Paul Williams at 651-201-8233. To refer someone to receive assistance under the SOAR Program, please contact LinkVet at 1-888-LinkVet (1-888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Minnesota SOAR, Homeless Veterans Assistance Program Brochure

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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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Ft Snelling National CemeteryU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Minnesota: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (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

United States 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

Retirement Living, Tax Information 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: 11 June 2020