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Summary of Minnesota Military and Veterans Benefits: Minnesota offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families 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.  

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA), County and Tribal Veteran Service Officers: The MDVA has trained County and Tribal Veterans Service Officers (TVSO) that can assist Veterans, and their Families find and apply for benefits under federal, state, and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.

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 representatives who work with Native American Veterans to help them receive the state and federal Veterans benefits they are entitled to. For more information, please call 507-456-5067 or email tvso.mdva@state.mn.us
Minnesota TVSO Fact Sheet
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Officers Directory

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Minnesota Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Minnesota Tax Exemption for Military Pay: Minnesota does not tax the military pay received by resident Service members who are serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. To be eligible the Service member’s pay must have been included in the federal adjusted gross income.

Learn more about Minnesota Tax Deduction for Military Pay

Minnesota Tax Debt Relief for Deceased Active Duty Service Members: Minnesota provides tax relief to the Family of a Service member who died while serving on active duty in the U.S. or United Nations Armed Forces. Taxes will be forgiven under the following circumstances:

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

  • Any unpaid tax debts or penalties from prior years when the Service member was on active duty will be forgiven

  • Heirs may request a refund of income tax the Service member paid while they were serving on active duty; refund claims must be filed within seven years of when the Service member's tax return was filed, or when the tax was paid or collected

Learn more about Minnesota Tax Debt Relief for Deceased Active Duty Service Members

Minnesota Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Minnesota does not tax military retired pay. To be eligible the Service member’s retired pay must have been included in their federal adjusted gross income.

To claim the subtraction, applicants must file a Minnesota Department of Revenue, Schedule M1M, Income Additions and Subtractions. Retired Service members who claim his subtraction may not claim the nonrefundable credit for past military service.

Learn more about Minnesota Taxes on Military Retired Pay

Minnesota Tax Credit for Past Military Service: Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have a federal adjusted gross income less than $37,500 may qualify for a nonrefundable tax credit up to $750. To determine the amount of the credit, complete the worksheet Minnesota Department of Revenue, Schedule M1C, Other Nonrefundable Credits.

Part-year residents or nonresident Veterans may qualify for the credit based on the percentage of their income that is taxable in Minnesota. When completing the worksheet for Schedule M1C, use the percentage of Minnesota income from Minnesota Schedule M1NR, Nonresidents/Part-Year.
Minnesota Statutes 290.0677
Who is eligible for Minnesota Tax Credit for Past Military Service?
Veterans qualify if they have a federal adjusted gross income less than $37,500 and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 20 years, received an honorable discharge and receives military retired pay

  • Have a service-connected 100% total and permanent disability rating from the VA

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 Taxes on Wages Earned by Nonresident Military Spouses: Wages earned in Minnesota by a nonresident military Spouse are not taxable by Minnesota if they meet the following requirements:

  • Service member Spouse is in Minnesota due to military orders

  • Service member and Spouse have a state of residence other than Minnesota

  • Military Spouse is in Minnesota only to be with their Service member Spouse

Learn more about Minnesota Taxes on Wages Earned by Nonresident Military Spouses

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 duty 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.

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 paidChild kneeling by a grave to eligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected 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: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP payments are not taxed in Minnesota. To be eligible the survivor benefit must have been included in their federal adjusted gross income.

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 can receive a refundable tax credit of $120 per month for each month they served in a qualifying area. Partial months will count as whole months. Service members may solider with a dogqualify to receive this credit even if they had no income or owed no tax.
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 (listed on Form M99)

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

Service members can apply online using the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Credit for Military Service online application or complete the Minnesota Form M99, Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone. Service members must file within 3½ years from the original due date of the tax return for the time they served in a qualifying area.

The 3½ year statute of limitations to claim a refund is suspended when a Service member has a financial disability. A financial disability means the Service member or Veteran cannot manage their financial affairs due to a medically determined physical or mental impairment.
Minnesota Department of Revenue, Fact Sheet 5a – Military – Subtractions, Credits and Extensions

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Minnesota Income Tax Filing Extensions for Service Members: Minnesota offers tax filing extensions for eligible resident Service members. A Service member and their Spouse who file jointly are both eligible for the extension.

Combat Zone: Service members serving in a combat zone have 180 days from the date they leave the combat zone to file and pay Minnesota taxes. Service members who are hospitalized due to injuries received in a combat zone have a 180 day extension from the date of their discharge from the hospital.133rd ALW

Stationed Outside the U.S.: Service members stationed outside the U.S. but not involved in combat operations have until October 15th of the tax year to file a tax return. Service members are required to pay 90% of any owed taxes by April 15th to avoid penalties.

Reserve Component : Reserve component Service members called to federal active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for a six month extension to file and pay their taxes. Service members serving outside the U.S. Are eligible for an extension to file and pay their taxes for the time they are abroad plus six months.

Learn more about Minnesota Income Tax Filing Extensions for Service Members

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 or a 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:

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

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

  • $300,000 exclusion for:

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

    • Surviving Spouse receiving Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

    • Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who had a 100% permanent and total, service-connected disability

    • Primary Family caregiver for a Veteran with a 100% permanent and total, service-connected disability

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

Veteran Eligibility:

  • Received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Has a service-connected disability rating of 70% or higher from the VA

Surviving Spouse Eligibility:

  • Veteran had a 100% permanent and total disability rating

  • Veteran died after December 31, 2011, but did not receive the exclusion before dying

  • Surviving Spouse receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

  • Veteran had a service-connected death while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

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 Caregiver Eligibility:

All homestead properties must be owned by December 1st for an applicant to be eligible. Applicants must apply at their County Assessor's office by December 31st 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 Application
Minnesota Homestead Exclusion for a Primary Family Caregiver of a Veteran with a Disability Application
Minnesota County Government Directory

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Programs: The MDVA, Higher Education Veterans Programs helps connect Veterans with education benefits and resources to help students succeed in college. The programs support Veterans, current Service members and their Families who are attending 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, as well as establishing and managing 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, 800-627-3529 (TT), or +1-651-556-0596 (international).
Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Program Regional Coordinator Directory
Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Program Brochure

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Minnesota Veteran Education Assistance: Minnesota Veteran Education Assistance is a one-time $750 grant for tuition for 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 Veterans upon verification that their 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

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

  • 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 by downloading the application below and submitting directly to the MDVA (address is on the form) or 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 costAirman working on laptops at an accredited educational institution. The lifetime maximum STR benefit is 208 quarter or 144 Semester credits

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 July through 30 June).

The Graduate reimbursement rate is up to 75% of the graduate rate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus with a maximum yearly benefit of $28,000 per fiscal year.
Who is eligible for Minnesota STR?
Minnesota National Guard Service member eligibility requirements:

  • Service member serving in the Minnesota National Guard

  • Attending an accredited college

  • Must have completed basic training

  • Applicants must apply for Federal Tuition Assistance before they are eligible to apply for STR

  • Must serve in the Minnesota National Guard while receiving STR benefits

  • Serving in pay grades E1 to O5 (including Warrant Officers)

  • STR has been extended for two years after discharge; Service members will be eligible for two years after separation plus, the amount of time equal to the duration of their active service; former Service members must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

    • Satisfactorily completed their service contract in the Minnesota National Guard and received an honorable discharge

    • Served on federal active duty or federally funded state active duty after September 11, 2001

  • STR has been extended for eight years after discharge for 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 room and board.
Who is eligible for the 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 due to a service-connected disability. Applicants must be Minnesota residents and there is no age limitation for eligible survivors.
MDVA, Application for Surviving Spouse/Dependent Education Benefit
MDVA, Renewal Application for Surviving Spouse/Dependent Education Benefit

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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), apprenticeships or licenses 3 people in cap and gowns at a graduation ceremonyand certifications.

This program is different than the VA educational programs.
Who is eligible for the Minnesota GI Bill? To be eligible all applicants must be Minnesota residents and meet the one of the following general requirements:

  • Service member currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Veteran who served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge at any time

  • Former Service member who served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces for five or more years (cumulatively) and received an honorable discharge; any part of that service must have occurred on or after September 11, 2001, or

  • Surviving Spouse and Children of a Veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time who died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of their military service; students must be eligible to receive federal education benefits

Applicants should apply online at the Minnesota GI Bill Online Application Portal, and also 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 and Certification tabs at the “Learn more about the Minnesota GI Bill” link below.

For more information, please call 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 GI Bill Brochure

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Children sitting on the steps of a school Minnesota 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 to achieve educational success for the student

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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 U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Military Service: State employees who are Service members in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces 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 U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Military Service? National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members who are state employees are eligible for paid military leave.

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Minnesota State Employee Veterans 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 Veterans 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 is also available for 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 Veterans 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 Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference

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%.Disabled Veteran with prostetic leg

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 Veterans’ 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 rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and 133rd ANGReserve 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 if 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 USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service 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) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
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VETS Regional Office Locations

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Compensation for Minnesota National Guard State Active Duty: Minnesota 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? Minnesota National Guard Service members on state active duty are eligible for 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 Veterans 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 Directory
Minnesota CareerForce, Veterans Resources Brochure

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Minnesota Hilton Honors Military Program: The Minnesota Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Each state sets its own eligibility and residency requirements. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.

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What are my Minnesota Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI): Minnesota UI provides temporary financial assistance for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their MN unemployment insurance logoown. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income .

Service members who recently separated from active duty and are unemployed may apply for UI benefits based on their active duty service. To be eligible for benefits, Service members must have completed their first full term of service and were separated under honorable conditions.

Applicants will need the following information:

  • Social Security Number

  • Alien Registration Number, if not a U.S. citizen

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

  • 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 no longer working for the employer

  • Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit

  • Information required for special circumstances:

    • DD214, Member Copy 4, for Service members who separated from the U.S. Armed Forces in the last 18 months

    • SF50 or SF8 for applicants who were former federal employees in the last 18 months

    • Trade union name and local number if employed through a union

Applicants can apply for UI either online using the Minnesota UI Online Benefit System (available Sunday through Friday 6:00 am – 8:00 pm), or by calling the Minnesota UI, Applicant Self-Service System (available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm).

Minnesota UI, Applicant Self-Service System Phone Numbers:
Twin Cities area: 651-296-3644
Greater Minnesota: 877-898-9090
TTY for the hearing impaired: 866-814-1252
Minnesota UI Handbook
Minnesota UI Application Process

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

Minnesota Drivers’ License or ID Card, Veteran and Disabled Veteran Designation: The Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services Division offers designations on Minnesota drivers’ licenses or ID cards for eligible Veterans and disabled Veterans.
Who is eligible for a Minnesota Drivers’ License or ID Card, Veteran and Disabled Veteran Designation? To be eligible for the Veteran designation, Veterans must meet the requirements under the Minnesota definition of a Veteran.

To be eligible for a disabled Veterans designation, Veterans must meet the requirements under the Minnesota definition of a Veteran and have a 100% permanent and total disability rating from the VA.

Veterans can apply for these designations at any Minnesota Driver’s License Service Centers, applicants will be required to provide copies of official documentation as proof of honorable service (DD214 or equivalent) and their disability (if applicable).
Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services Division, New Drivers’ License and ID Card Designs

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Minnesota Special Military and Veteran Vehicle License Plates: Minnesota offers 25 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members.

Applicants can apply for Special Military and Veteran plates at any Minnesota 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

  • Plates may be ordered with a disability symbol if the applicant qualifies for a disability license plate

  • Veterans must provide a certified copy of their separation papers (DD214) indicating they received a 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

  • 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).

For questions or more information please contact the Driver and Vehicle Services Division at 651-297-3166.
Minnesota Disability License Plate Information
Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services Directory
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 dates-of-service or combat duty restrictions. Motorcycle plates are 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. Motorcycle plates are also available.

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 are also available.

Gold Star License Plate Minnesota Gold Star Family License Plate: Gold Star Family license plates are available for the Surviving Spouse, Parents, Children or siblings of a Service member who died in while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants must provide a copy of the DD1300 "Report of Casualty" or DD2064 "Certificate of Death" or receive certification of eligibility from the Minnesota Commissioner of Veteran Affairs. Motorcycle plates are also available.
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Contact Information
Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Gold Star License Plate Application

Learn more about Minnesota Special Military and Veteran Vehicle License Plates

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

To ensure that the Service member’s or Spouse’s driving record is maintained, drivers must notify Driver and Vehicle Services of their military status. A Service member or Spouse can send a written statement and a copy of their military ID card with their service entry date or a letter from their commanding officer verifying service entry date and active duty status to:

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

Licenses must be renewed within one year of discharge date.

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Adding Minnesota Motorcycle Endorsement for Active Duty Service Members: Service members on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed 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. The Service member’s driver’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, (U.S. Armed Forces Reserve and National Guard Service members) 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 a Service member is 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 (SSLI): SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of Minnesota to Minnesota National Guard Service members is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of  National Guard Association of MinnesotaNational 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, (must enroll within 180 days of joining the Minnesota National Guard)

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

Learn more about National Guard Association of Minnesota, State Sponsored Life Insurance for National Guard Service Members

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? Minnesota National Guard Service members on State active duty are eligible for compensation.

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Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Optical Assistance for Veterans and their Families: MDVA helps 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, applicants should contact their local 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 Dental Assistance for Veterans and their Families: MDVA helps Veterans and their dependents by providing dental benefits for routine dental exams, extractions, and denture procedures. This benefit is income and asset based.

Veterans and their dependents can receive up to $1,000 for annual routine dental care. If dentures are necessary, MDVA will issue an additional denture authorization for up to $3,000 (once per lifetime), and if needed, an additional tooth extraction authorization for up to $2,000 (once per lifetime) in preparation for the dentures.

For more information or assistance, applicants should contact their local 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 andVeterans Campground sign opportunities for recreation, rest and recovery for all who have served, or who are still serving, 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 Veterans Campground Big Marine Lake Campground is open to all honorably discharged 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 online contact page.

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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. two waterfalls pouring into a river
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 that they received the Purple Heart (DD214, citation for award, etc.).

Applicants can apply for a military permit at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources License Center at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, Minnesota, at any staffed Minnesota State Park Office, by leaving a voicemail for the Permit Fulfillment Center at 218-595-7118, or by emailing the Permit Fulfillment Center at PAT.fulfillment.DNR@state.mn.us (please put "Military Discount" in the subject line).

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Military and Veterans Benefits: The Minnesota DNR offers several benefits for 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 without a license, no Minnesota waterfowl stamp or pheasant stamp is needed but they must have a federal duck stamp to hunt waterfowl

    • Hunt deer, bear, 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.

Service members must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license or state ID card and leave papers with them 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 duty 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)

    • Eligible for 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.

    Minnesota DNR Military Preference Application Form

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

Resident Purple Heart Recipient Benefits:

Nonresident Benefits:

  • Nonresident Spouse of a Minnesota resident Service member serving on active duty may purchase resident hunting and fishing licenses, Spouse must provide proof of their Service member Spouse’s residency and active duty status

  • Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Minnesota, training at Camp Ripley or serving 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 (does not include elk license).

Firearms Safety Training Exemptions for Military Service Members: Service members who have completed basic training in the U.S. Armed Forces may obtain a hunting license or approval authorizing hunting even if they haven’t been issued a firearms safety certificate. Eligible Service members must provide proof they completed basic training (i.e., discharge papers (DD214), or current military ID) to the instructor of the course. Once discharged or no longer serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, applicants born after December 31, 1979 will be required to complete a firearms safety training course.
Minnesota DNR Firearms Safety Information

Apprentice Hunter Validation: 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 DNR 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 who are seeking federal Veterans benefits regarding compensation, non-service-connected pension, vocational rehabilitation or educational benefits. The assistance offices have an established relationship with County Veterans Service Officers and the VA to ensure Veterans are properly served.

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

Northwest / Fargo Claims Office
Phone: 701-451-4641

For more information please contact the nearest County Veterans Service Officer or call 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory

Learn more about Minnesota Claims Assistance Offices

Minnesota Field Operations - Veterans Outreach: MDVA Field Operations works to identify and serve Veterans who are unable to seek assistance due to disability or geographical location. They serve as a liaison and personal advocate for those seeking benefits such as subsistence assistance, dental care, optical care, counseling, VA claims and VA health care. Field Operations is the mobile unit of the MDVA Claims Division with flexibility to travel to those in need.

For more information please contact the nearest County Veterans Service Officer or call 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
MDVA Field Operations Division Brochure

Learn more about Minnesota Field Operations - Veterans Outreach

Minnesota Women Veterans Program: The Minnesota Women Veterans Program 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 they 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.

Learn more about Minnesota Women Veterans Program

Minnesota Short Term Financial Assistance for Veterans and Surviving Spouses (Subsistence): The Subsistence program provides temporary assistance by providing shelter payments (rent/mortgage), current utility bills and health insurance premiums for eligible Veterans and their dependents. This benefit is income and asset based and is designed provide assistance for up to six months for those who are unable to work in their normal occupation due to a temporary disability, or who are permanently disabled and are waiting to receive a VA permanent disability benefit, a VA Pension, Social Security payments or other long term benefits.
Who is eligible for Minnesota Short Term Financial Assistance for Veterans and Surviving Spouses (Subsistence)? Veterans must provide proof of their temporary disability from their doctor 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 12 months the Surviving Spouse must provide proof of their own temporary disability.

For more information please contact the nearest County Veterans Service Officer or call 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Subsistence Assistance Fact Sheet

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Minnesota Special Needs Grant: The Minnesota Special Needs Grant provides a once-per-lifetime financial grant to help Veterans and their dependents during a financial crisis and to promote stability and prevent homelessness. Requests are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis and applicants must demonstrate future sustainability beyond the requested amount of assistance. Approved amounts of assistance are paid directly to the vendors chosen by the applicant as part of their application.

To apply for a Special Needs Grant or more information please contact the nearest County Veterans Service Officer or call 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Minnesota Special Needs Grant Factsheet

Learn more about the Minnesota Special Needs Grant

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).

Learn more about Minnesota LinkVet Veterans Service Center

Minnesota Veterans Homes: Minnesota has five Veterans Homes located throughout the state that provide high-quality health care and a safe environment for Veterans and their Spouses.

Minnesota Veterans Homes Locations:

Minnesota veterans home

Some of the services provided at Minnesota Veterans Homes includes:

  • Skilled nursing care

  • Specialized dementia care

  • Medical services with 24-hour nursing care

  • Social services

  • Recreational services

  • Rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational and speech therapies

  • Mental and behavioral health services

  • Chaplain and spiritual services

  • Nutritional services

  • Pharmaceutical services

Who is eligible for care at the Minnesota Veterans Homes? Applicants for admission to a Minnesota Veterans homes must meet the following requirements:

  • Honorably discharged Veterans who served 181 consecutive days on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, unless discharged early due to a service-connected disability they received in the line of duty

  • Entered the U.S. Armed Forces from Minnesota, or they are a current resident

  • Spouse of an eligible Veteran who is at least 55 years old and who meets residency requirements

  • Applicant has a medical or clinical need for admission

Minnesota Veterans Homes Brochure
Minnesota Veterans Homes Application

Learn more about the Minnesota Veterans Homes

Minnesota Military Funeral Honors: The MDVA and the Minnesota National Guard Military Funeral Honors Coordinator are committed to ensuring Veterans receive proper Military Funeral Honors to commemorate their service to the Nation and to assist Veterans Service Organizations in their efforts to provide these honors.

Military Funeral Honors for Veterans are provided by volunteers through local Veteran Service Organizations and are arranged through the funeral home. Family members can coordinate for Military Funeral Honors with their funeral director.

Learn more about Minnesota Military Funeral Honors

Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries: Minnesota has three Veterans Cemeteries that offer a dignified final resting place for Service members, Veterans, and their eligible Family members.

Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Locations:

The Minnesota State Cemeteries will provide:

  • Gravesite or columbarium niche

  • Pre-placed grave liner (standard size)

  • Headstone or niche cover

  • Perpetual care

There is no cost for a Veteran’s burial. Spouse or eligible Children will be charged $745, which cannot be prepaid and is subject to change.

Who is eligible for Burial in a Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries? Eligibility requirements for the burial at a Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery are theMN State Veterans Cemetery same as for VA National Cemeteries. Exact eligibility requirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:

  • Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while serving on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or U.S. Armed Forces Reserves and is eligible for military retired pay (or would been eligible except their death occurred before age 60), or

  • Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify), and

  • Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 21 years old or 23 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21)

All Veterans are encouraged to complete the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Pre-Registration Applications to establish eligibility prior to need.
Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries Brochure

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Minnesota Bronze Star Grave Markers: The MDVA offers Bronze Stars Grave Markers to mark the grave site of any Veteran buried in the state. Bronze Star Markers must Bronze Veteran grave markerbe 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 certificate, death certificate, marriage license, divorce decree, dissolution of marriage record, or a Veteran's discharge record are provided free of charge for use in claims for benefits.
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.

Learn more about Vital Statistics Records and Certified Copies of Minnesota Veterans Records

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 to help them develop skills for lasting, successful Family stability.

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

  • In-home counseling

CORE Case Worker Locations:

  • Twin Cities metro area

  • Alexandria

  • Bemidji

  • Brainerd

  • Detroit Lakes

  • Duluth

  • Fergus Falls

  • Mankato

  • Moorhead

  • St. Cloud

  • Willmar

For more information, or to request services through CORE please contact the nearest County Veterans Service Officer or call 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Minnesota Service CORE Brochure

Learn more about the Minnesota Service CORE

Minnesota SOAR, Homeless Veterans Assistance Program: The MDVA has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide homeless and at-risk Veterans with expanded access to Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security SOAR LogoDisability 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, or substance use disorder. Eligible Veterans can work with a trained MDVA SOAR advocate who will assist them with collecting the necessary information (personal and medical records), completing necessary 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 email the Homeless Programs Coordinators Office or call 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).
Minnesota SOAR, Homeless Veterans Assistance Program Brochure

Learn more about the Minnesota SOAR, Homeless Veterans Assistance Program

Minnesota Homeless Veterans Registry: The Minnesota Homeless Veteran Registry connects Veterans experiencing homelessness with housing and services in their community. It also helps programs and partners serving Veterans to coordinate their efforts. Anyone who served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces can join the Registry, regardless of the type of discharge or length of time in the service. Veterans who join can receive assistance from a team of housing and service professionals to help them access housing and services that meet their needs.

Anyone who knows of a homeless Veteran is encouraged to call 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).

For more information on the Homeless Veteran Registry, please email the Homeless Programs Coordinators Office or call 888-LinkVet (888-546-5838).

Learn more about the Minnesota Homeless Veterans Registry

Minnesota Homes for Veterans Property Management Incentive Program: In an effort to end Veteran homelessness the Minnesota Homes for Veterans Property Management Incentive Program provides financial incentives for property managers who offer housing for Veterans.

Property mangers may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Vacancy Relief Fund – Offers compensation while a Veteran’s rental application is processed to offset the vacancy for up to 45 days

  • Incentive Fund - Offers a onetime payment of up to $2,000 as an incentive to rent to Veterans who have complex barriers to rental approval

  • Risk Mitigation Fund – Will provide up to $2,000 for property damage that is over and above the Veteran’s security deposit

Minnesota Homes for Veterans Housing Incentive Fund Application

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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

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 Affairs, Employment

Minnesota Code

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Document Review Date: 06 June 2022