Minnesota provides veterans benefits to those permanently affected from service-related disabilities as well as those temporarily disabled because of nonmilitary causes. Certain benefits are also available to the spouses or surviving spouses of disabled veterans. For some benefit eligibility, the veteran must have 100 percent total and permanent disability certification from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
State Soldiers Assistance Program
Veterans unable to be gainfully employed because of temporary disability may receive aid from the State Soldiers Assistance Program. This program provides payments for rent or mortgage, food, utilities and clothing. The program may also help veterans and their families with dental and vision care, providing they meet asset and income limitations. Eligible veterans should apply through their local county veterans service officer.
Veterans seeking nursing home care may qualify for admission at one of Minnesota's five state Veterans Homes, located in Minneapolis, Fergus Falls, Hastings, Luverne and Silver Bay. The maintenance payments for veterans are calculated at admission and once each year thereafter, with charges based on the veteran's ability to pay. Payment consideration is based on assets and income, including Social Security and disability payments.
For civil service employment in Minnesota, veterans receive a limited hiring and promotional preference over nonveterans, courtesy of the Minnesota Veterans Preference Act. Spouses of totally and permanently disabled veterans with VA certification also receive this preference. Minnesota statutes also protect veterans against "unfair dismissals and demotions" from the majority of Minnesota public employee positions without an MVPA hearing. This law does not apply to spouses of disabled veterans.
Veterans and their spouses may be buried in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Burial for the veteran is free of charge, with a nominal fee for spousal interment. Veterans may receive military funeral honors at the burial service, through the auspices of the the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. The MDVA provides funding to veterans service organizations to conduct the military funeral honors. The VA provides headstones at veterans' cemeteries.