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Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)

Veteran Benefits Assistance

20 W 12th St, Ste 206, St. Paul, MN, 55155-2079

Distance: 1110 Miles

(888) 546-5838


Service Details


Program that helps veterans understand and obtain benefits they are entitled to by law.

Help can cover topics such as:
* Eligibility requirements
* Payment processes
* Beneficiary rights
* Certificate/forms assistance
* Consultation and advice
* Advocacy and legal assistance to make sure benefits are obtained

Additional Information

The claims assistance program:
* Represents Veterans and their dependents who seek federal benefits with regards to compensation, non-service connected pension, vocational rehabilitation or education
* Call the St. Paul claims office at (612) 970-5662. For Northwest Minnesota, call the Fargo Claims office at (701) 451-4641.

The outreach program:
* Seeks to identify and serve Veterans of all social and economic backgrounds including those who are unable to seek assistance due to disability or geographical location
* Acts as a liaison and personal advocate to those seeking benefits such as subsistence, dental, optical, counseling, Federal claims and Federal Department of Veterans Affairs health care
* Is a mobile unit of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Division with flexibility to travel to those in need while offering professional service and advocacy

The higher education program:
* Assists Veterans, current military members and their families from enrollment through graduation
* Provides support to Minnesota colleges and universities in the creation and maintenance of Veteran-friendly policies and procedures
* Has Regional Coordinators located throughout the state to work with colleges and universities to:
- Create on campus Veterans Resource Center
- Coordinate on and off campus Veterans services and information
- Approve Veteran Status for Minnesota GI Bill applicants
- Liaison with colleges to enhance or develop Veterans friendly policies and procedures such as tuition payment extensions, residency status, military transfer credit or options for withdrawal if deployed
* Helps veterans and family members access the right benefits, school and programs:
- Federal and Minnesota GI Bill
- Higher education assistance programs
- Surviving spouse and dependent education benefit
- On-the-job and apprenticeship training

Business Hours

7:00am - 8:00pm, Monday - Friday
9:00am - 2:30pm, Saturday
11:00am - 4:30pm, Sunday

Area Served

State of Minnesota


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (651) 296-2562
Confidential Crisis Line (800) 273-8255
International (651) 556-0596
TTY (800) 627-3529
Veterans Linkage Line 1-888-Link-Vet (888) 546-5838

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