Veterans Services

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The Polk County Veterans Service office in Crookston will be closed until November 14th. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

Please call 218-280-5506 for assistance as the Veterans Service Officer will be working in other locations throughout the week.



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:

Polk County, MN TO LAUNCH ‘OPERATION GREEN LIGHT’ 

IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL VETERANS 

 

Polk County  – In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Polk County  announced that the county buildings would be illuminating their flag poles green November 7th through the 13th as part of Operation Green Light, a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support military veterans, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources that are available at the county, state, and federal level to assist veterans and their families.

 

The new national collaborative is spearheaded by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers, building upon the successful efforts of the New York State Association of Counties and the NYS County Veteran Service Officers’ Association in 2021.

 

“Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, our nation’s voluntary military force members, and their families, have made immense sacrifices for our safety and security over a two-decade period,” said Polk County Veterans Service Officer, Kurtis Ellefson. “Similar to the sacrifices of previous generations of our armed forces, this service to country also often results in significant stress to many of the veterans who served in times of war and conflict. We want to make sure our veterans and their families know that their service mattered, that we are grateful for their sacrifices, and that it is now our turn to make sure they are served by their county government and our community.”

 

In addition to lighting county buildings flag poles green, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends.

 

By shining a green light, we let our veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported. While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day (November 7th -13th), participants are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

 

“Operation Green Light is a simple way to express our collective appreciation for the public service of our veterans,” said NACo President Denise Winfrey. “We encourage everyone to join us in displaying a green light for our veterans and to also reflect on how we, as a nation and at the county level, assist our military service personal back into civilian life upon completion of their service to our country.”

 

Polk County, MN TO LAUNCH ‘OPERATION GREEN LIGHT’ 

IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL VETERANS 

 

Polk County  – In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Polk County  announced that the county buildings would be illuminating their flag poles green November 7th through the 13th as part of Operation Green Light, a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support military veterans, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources that are available at the county, state, and federal level to assist veterans and their families.

 

The new national collaborative is spearheaded by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers, building upon the successful efforts of the New York State Association of Counties and the NYS County Veteran Service Officers’ Association in 2021.

 

“Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, our nation’s voluntary military force members, and their families, have made immense sacrifices for our safety and security over a two-decade period,” said Polk County Veterans Service Officer, Kurtis Ellefson. “Similar to the sacrifices of previous generations of our armed forces, this service to country also often results in significant stress to many of the veterans who served in times of war and conflict. We want to make sure our veterans and their families know that their service mattered, that we are grateful for their sacrifices, and that it is now our turn to make sure they are served by their county government and our community.”

 

In addition to lighting county buildings flag poles green, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends.

 

By shining a green light, we let our veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported. While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day (November 7th -13th), participants are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

 

“Operation Green Light is a simple way to express our collective appreciation for the public service of our veterans,” said NACo President Denise Winfrey. “We encourage everyone to join us in displaying a green light for our veterans and to also reflect on how we, as a nation and at the county level, assist our military service personal back into civilian life upon completion of their service to our country.”

 

  • 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