Key Contacts for Veterans and Their Caregivers

 

County Veterans Service Officers assist with State and Federal Veterans benefits and issues. They have an understanding of the problems which confront Veterans, widows, widowers, and children.  To locate an officer in your county in Minnesota, go to http://www.macvso.org/   

Veterans Linkage Line: 1-888-LinkVet (1-888-546-5838). LinkVet is a toll-free, one-stop customer service line on support services for all Minnesota veterans.

MinnesotaHelp.info at www.minnesotahelp.info is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota find human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help.  Use keyword “veterans’ services” for a description and listing of a variety of services available for veterans in Minnesota. 

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website www.minnesotaveteran.org serves Minnesota veterans, their dependents and survivors, in securing benefits provided by federal and state laws.

VA Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274 is a toll-free, national call center for family caregivers of veterans.  The center is open Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Calls are answered by licensed clinical social workers.

VA Caregiver Support website http://www.caregiver.va.gov/index.asp has valuable services and benefits for family caregivers of veterans.  The website has the rules for implementing the Family Caregiver Program which provides additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary family caregiver. 

“Engaging Veterans and Families to Enhance Service Delivery” is a toolkit for community-based organizations to improve their effectiveness and impact in meeting the needs of veterans. Electronic copies are available at http://www.familyhomelessness.org/media/174.pdf