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Services & Benefits
Federal & State Programs
The following are benefits and services that veterans and dependents may be entitled to through federal and state programs.

Federal Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Disability compensation (service connected disabilities)
  • Non-service pension (veterans)
  • Education benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation (service connected disabled veterans)
  • VA home loans
  • Death benefits
    • Headstone / Grave Marker / Medallion
    • Burial flags
    • Bronze star grave marker
    • Burial 
  • Medical care at VA hospitals / clinics
  • Agent Orange benefits (veterans/spouses/dependents)
  • Survivor benefits
    • Widows pension
    • DIC (service connected death)
    • CHAMPVA health benefit
  • Women veterans programs

State Benefits from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Temporary financial assistance (short term disability)
  • Dental and optical assistance (veterans / spouses / widows)
  • State veterans homes (nursing home and domiciliary care)
  • Veterans and war orphans education benefits
  • Veterans preference advocacy
  • State veterans cemetery (Little Falls, MN)
  • Property tax exclusion (for 70% or greater service connected disabled veterans)

Other Services & Benefits 
  • Discharge upgrades 
  • Assistance requesting military records 
  • Employment and re-employment rights

Michael McLaughlin
Veterans Services Director

Blue Earth County Government Center
410 S. Fifth St.
P.O. Box 8608
Mankato, MN 56002-8608

Ph: (507) 304-4246
Fx: (507) 304-4379

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday