Veterans' service

Our nationally accredited staff helps service members, veterans, survivors and family members efficiently navigate the Veterans’ Administration benefits system. You will work with veterans who are trained to help you get the federal, state and county veterans’ benefits you’ve earned.


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Appointments and walk-in visits

Schedule a meeting with a county veteran service officer (CVSO) at our downtown Minneapolis office, or at one of several regional locations close to your home or workplace.

Phone: 612-348-3300
Email: vetservices@hennepin.us

Walk-in visits

No appointment necessary at our main office in downtown Minneapolis:
300 South Sixth Street
Street level south side
Minneapolis, MN 55487
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Prepare for your visit

When we schedule your visit, we will tell you what information and documentation you will need to bring, or help you get duplicates.

Steps you can take yourself

Some tasks are easier than others. Your assigned representative can guide you through the entire process, but if you would like to get started on your own before your visit, you could:

Disability, pension, and property tax benefits

Schedule an appointment

Phone: 612-348-3300
Email: vetservices@hennepin.us

The disability and pension applications are the most complex in the VA system. Veterans’ service representatives have the experience and knowledge to help you access all of the benefits available to you, as quickly as possible.

Disability compensation

A tax-free benefit paid to a veteran because of an injury or illness that happened while on active or reserve duty, or made worse by military service.

Pension

Supplemental benefits to help eligible low-income veterans and their families cope with financial challenges:

Veterans’ pension: For veterans with qualifying wartime dates of service.

Survivors’ pension: For some family members of deceased veterans with wartime dates of service:

  • Surviving spouse who has not remarried
  • Unmarried children

Eligible veterans and survivors who are housebound or who require the aid and attendance of another person may receive additional benefits.

Market value exclusion on homestead property

Reduces property tax burden by a set amount for:

  • Permanently and totally disabled veterans, as determined by the VA
  • Veterans with a 70 percent disability rating or higher, as determined by the VA
  • Surviving spouses of veterans who received this exclusion
  • Surviving spouses of service members who die while in active service
  • Primary family caregivers of qualifying veterans

Medical and dental benefits

Veterans’ service representatives have the experience and knowledge to help qualifying veterans enroll in free or reduced cost medical and dental care from select providers. Your representative can help you coordinate these benefits with insurance and other coverage.

Phone: 612-348-3300
Email: vetservices@hennepin.us

Medical

Preventive, medical, rehabilitative, and other services and programs you may not expect.

Dental

Vouchers for low-income veterans and some dependents to cover routine care, extractions and dentures.

Optical

Annual vouchers for low-income veterans and some dependents to cover eye exams and prescription eyewear, including contact lenses.

Women’s health

Medical services at the Women Veterans Comprehensive Health Center, from primary care to specialized care for chronic conditions and reproductive health.

Emergency resources

Veterans’ service representatives have the experience and knowledge to help veterans resolve emergency situations.

Phone: 612-348-3300
Email: vetservices@hennepin.us 

Housing assistance

Resources to stay where you are or find a new place to live.

Homelessness

Support for veterans experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, provided in collaboration with the VA’s Community Resources and Referral Center and other community partners.

Chemical health

Referrals to assessment and treatment programs.

Suicide prevention

Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

Help for veterans, service members, and their loved ones, from someone who is specially trained to help veterans of all ages and circumstances. Work through issues ranging from mental health issues that were never addressed to the challenges recent veterans face transitioning back to civilian life.

Mental health resources

Veterans’ service representatives can refer you to the mental health resources you need, or you can connect to services on your own.

Phone: 612-348-3300
Email: vetservices@hennepin.us

Crisis care

Suicide prevention

Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

Help for veterans, service members, and their loved ones, from someone who is specially trained to help veterans of all ages and circumstances. Work through issues ranging from mental health issues that were never addressed to the challenges recent veterans face transitioning back to civilian life.

Mental health crisis

Call 612-596-1223

Assistance for veterans and civilians in Hennepin County, from Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE). Call when a severe disturbance of mood or thinking threatens a person's safety or the safety of others. COPE professionals are available to manage the immediate crisis and provide a clinical assessment in person or by phone.

Veterans Administration resources

Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC)

In-person care, counseling and rehabilitation for veterans struggling with serious mental health issues.

Learn about CRRC

Vet Centers

Guidance for veterans and their families through the major adjustments that often occur after a veteran returns from combat. Services may include individual and group counseling in areas such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug assessment, and suicide prevention referrals. In addition to physical locations, mobile Vet Center counselors and outreach workers offer these same services where you live or work. 

Find a location 

VA Medical Center treatment

Support and treatment for veterans experiencing challenges with mental health and addictions at the Minneapolis VA and at Community Clinics. 

Learn about VA mental health services

Military sexual trauma

Free, confidential treatment for veterans experiencing mental and physical health issues related to sexual trauma that occurred while the veteran was in the military. Military sexual trauma (MST) includes sexual assault, coercion, or repeated, threatening sexual harassment.

Our staff includes men and women who are trained to help you process your experience.

Hennepin County Veterans Court

A problem solving court that is intended to serve Veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders.

Learn about veterans court


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