Veterans Benefits A thru Z

Annual & One Time Benefits

Financial Assistance
Dental Assistance
Optical Assistance
Emergency Hospitalization
Special Needs Grant

Benefit Expiration Dates

Did you know that many of your VA benefits have an expiration date?  If not you are not alone, most veterans aren't aware of their benefits, let alone that many of them can expire.  Although these deadlines are generally set in stone, the VA has provisions to waive them if you have a legitimate reason for not applying before the given deadlines.  These may include health and disability issues.  However the VA will not waive a time limit for not knowing the deadline for your benefits. Veterans' Benefits Expiration Dates.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is united to bring Service members all the way home | Beyond the Yellow Ribbon


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Books & Newsletters

What Every Veteran Should Know
Afterburner Archive

Burial & Memorial

Burial Allowances
Burial Flags
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery
Bronze Star Grave Flag Markers

Child Care

Surge Support Child Care Services for Families


Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library


Dependent & Survivor Education (Chapter 35)
Education (GI Bill) Phone: (888) 442-4551
Education Surviving Spouse /Dependent Education Benefit
Eligibility and Application for the Dependents and Survivors Educational Assistance Program (DEAP, Chapter 35)
Higher Education Veterans Programs Regional Coordinators
Minnesota Army National Guard Education Office Contact Information
Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program
Minnesota DVA War Orphans Education Assistance
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Programs
Minnesota Schools and Training Programs Approved for VA Education Benefits
MDVA Surviving Spouse/Dependent Education Benefit (MN)
Resources for Educators and Parents
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP, Chapter 32)


MN Vet Employment Representatives
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)


Defense Finance & Accounting Service
Financial Assistance - State Soldiers Association
Life Insurance
My Pay

Health Care & Medical Benefits

Dental insurance for veterans enrolled in VA Medical Center

Veterans Affairs Affordable Care Act

For information about VA health care and the Affordable Care Act, VA encourages Veterans and family members to visit the new website.

VA Health Benefits

Information about applying for VA benefits, cost of care, access health benefits, determine cost of care.

On June 15, 2009, VA amended its regulations to expand enrollment of certain Veterans with higher income.  Under this new provision, VA is enrolling Priority Group 8 Veterans whose income does not exceed the new VA National Income Thresholds.  This change does not open enrollment to all Priority 8 Veterans.

VA Medical Care (Inpatient & Outpatient)

The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.3 million Veterans each year.

VA Medical Center Co-pay Information

VA Medical Center Priority Groups Tables

VA Public Health

Information about military exposures, diseases and conditions, health and wellness, studies and data, and patient treatment.


Medical and dental programs for active duty service members and retirees of the seven uniformed services, their family members, survivors and others who are registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).


Health care benefits program for eligible spouses or widows.

Minnesota Veterans Homes

Oversees health care in five (5) facilities (throughout Minnesota), keeping in mind the special needs of veterans.

My HealthyVet

VA's new online gateway to veteran health benefits and services with access to trusted health information, links to Federal and VA benefits and resources, personal health journal and online VA prescription refills.

Chemical Dependency Treatment

Please contact the Veterans Service office.

Home Loan Guarantee

VA Certificates of Eligibility
Home Loan Guaranty Program


Habitat for Humanity
Help for Homeless Veterans
Home Depot Foundation
MN Housing Veteran Services

Hunger Solutions

Minnesota food helpline, a statewide, toll-free number that provides information and resources to Minnesotans at risk of hunger and those that serve them.

Lawn & Landscape Services

Green Care for Troops

License Plates

For Veteran’s Plates

In order to prove eligibility, veteran applicants are required to present a copy of their separation papers (DD 214 or equivalent) 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.

Support Our Troops License Plates

Missing in Action (MIA), Killed in Action (KIA), or Prisoner of War (POW)

Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
Library of Congress - Vietnam-Era POW/MIA Database
Minnesota Won't Forget POW/MIA
National League of Families
P.O.W. Network

OEF/OIF/OND Veterans

Returning Services Members (OEF/OIF/OND)
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Recreation Opportunities for Veterans

Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC)
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Disabled Veterans Rest Camp
Veterans on the Lake

Retired Military

Air Force Retiree Services
Army Retirement Services
Navy Retirement Services
Marine Corps Retirement Services
Coast Guard Retirement Services

Service Records | National Archives

Request military service records, research using military records, replace lost medals & awards.


Minnesota Revenue Members of the Military

Veteran Service Organizations

Veteran Service Organizations

Veteran's Health Concerns

Camp Lejune Water Contamination

Vietnam Veterans

Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam
VA Agent Orange Review - Newsletter Archive

World War II Veterans

Honor Flight Twin Cities

Wounded Warriors

National Resource Directory
Hearts of Valor
Wounded Warrior Project
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Federal Veterans Benefits | United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Information about eligibility, health care, benefits, burial & memorials.

State Veterans Benefits | Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs helps to connect MN Veterans, their dependents and eligible survivors with important benefits and resources that they have earned through their military service.  Eligibility guidelines vary by benefit.  Applicants must apply through their County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) | Complete State Benefits & Programs Listing

Branches | U.S. Army | U.S. Navy | U.S. Marine Corps | U.S. Coast Guard | U.S. Air Force | U.S. Merchant Marines | Department of Defense | Minnesota Contacts | Veteran Service Organizations