Tricounty News

Disaster relief grants available for Minnesota veterans and families



As a result of recent tornadoes and storms, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is offering Disaster Relief Grants for reimbursable expenses to veterans in the following counties: Anoka, Brown, Isanti, Kanabec, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Pine, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Scott, Stearns, Wright, and Yellow Medicine, per the Governor's Executive Order 11-21.

Veterans, their families and surviving spouses may be eligible for reimbursement assistance funds of up to $750 if they have not received other state or federal assistance.

Veterans and their families should contact their County Veterans Service Officer to apply for a Disaster Relief Grant, or call (888) LINKVET (546-5838) and staff will assist them with contact information for a County Veterans Service Officer in their area.

All eligible applications and copies of receipts must be dated between disaster timeframe, as designated by the Governor and/or

FEMA. Expenditures must be made no earlier than July 1, 2011, and applications must be sent to MDVA and postmarked no later than Sept. 30, 2011.

About MDVA

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is a cabinet level state agency dedicated to serving Minnesota Veterans and their families. In addition to overseeing the five State Veterans Homes, MDVA helps eligible Veterans and families secure state and federal benefits and provides programs and services relating to higher education, benefits, burial, claims, outreach and Veterans employment. Veterans and their families are encouraged to visit www.mdva.state.mn.uswww.mdva.state.mn.us, or call

(888) LinkVet for more information about benefits.