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Connecting Minnesota Veterans with the Help and Services They Need

Monday, October 17, 2016

For some veterans, their most difficult battles come after they’ve returned home. One such struggle can come in the form of getting veterans’ benefits. Many people think that medical and other benefits are automatic. In reality, veterans must apply for them – and often this can be a very daunting process.

Minnesota's County Veteran Services Officers (CVSO) work with veterans and their families in all 87 counties to help with benefits and services. They help with claims, education, advocacy, counseling and more. To find a CVSO visit: and enter the name of your county.

Minnesota’s Veterans Linkage Line, known as LinkVet, is a toll-free customer service line and website staffed by a team of specialists trained by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. LinkVet provides veterans and their families with up-to-date information on all veterans’ benefits, including: compensation, pension, education, medical, employment and more.

The LinkVet website – – has information on a variety of topics with live chat support offered seven days a week. LinkVet staff can also be reached by phone by calling 1-888-LinkVet (546-5838).

In addition, the Senior LinkAge Line®, Veterans Linkage Line and CVSOs have been working together to enhance their partnerships for providing Medicare and veterans benefits assistance. For help with questions about Medicare, contact your CVSO or call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433. They will work together to get you the answers you need.