Veterans Services

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Minnesota Veterans impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for grants from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA).

Starting Monday, April 6 at 8 a.m., MDVA will be accepting applications from Minnesota Veterans who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. MDVA will award one-time financial relief grants in the amount of $1,000. Funding is available for both Disaster Relief Grants and Special Needs Grants.

“We are grateful to Governor Walz and the Minnesota Legislature for their support of Minnesota Veterans in the recently enacted Emergency Response package,” said MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke. “Minnesota Veterans have served our country in many past conflicts, so it is only right that we support them now during this challenging time.”

Eligible Applicants must be:

  1. A Veteran or the surviving spouse of a deceased Veteran as defined by MN Statute 197.447;
  2. A Minnesota Resident, and;
  3. Negatively financial impacted by COVID-19.

To apply for the Disaster Relief Grant:
Contact your Polk County Veterans Services at 218-280-5506 or kurt.ellefson@co.polk.mn.us

                          

Polk County Veterans Services Overview

Goals & Vision

The Polk County Veterans Service Office provides guidance and assistance to Veterans and their family members regarding federal and state Veteran benefit programs.

Goals & Vision

It is our goal, in partnership with the Veterans Health Administration and the National Cemetery Administration, to provide benefits and services to Veterans and their families in recognition of their service to the Nation. Our vision is to provide compassion, honesty, trust, respect, open communication and accountability in our day to day behavior.

Services

The Polk County Veterans’ Services Department provides assistance to veterans and their dependents regarding federal and state veteran benefit programs. It considers, prepares, and processes various forms relative to petition and application for various veterans’ benefits.

Services are performed independently but within the regulations and policies of the state and federal governments and under general supervision of the Board of Commissioners.

Benefits

Some of the benefits available to veterans and their dependents are as follows:

  • Burial Benefits
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
  • Disability Compensation
  • Educational Benefits
  • Federal/ State Veterans Cemetery
  • Home Loan Guarantees
  • Non-Service Connected Pension  
  • Nursing Homes
  • Obtaining Discharge Papers (DD-214)
  • State Subsistence/Dental/Optical
  • State Veteran Homes
  • Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
  • Widows' Pension