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Message for Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Dear Neighbor, Veterans Day is Friday and we should all thank our service people for the brave, generous sacrifices they have made for us. We always are looking for ways to assist veterans in their return to civilian life and the Minnesota Dept. of Veterans Affairs is seeking input through a survey called “Serving You Better." The goal is to gain a new understanding for how our veterans use MDVA’s services and programs and to help better serve veterans and their families. Veterans, current service members and families are encouraged to participate. To take the survey, visit and click on the “Serving You Better Survey” button in the upper-left portion of the page. I also want to pass along some information regarding veterans resources. Below is a quick rundown of some more popular ones. LinkVet LinkVet, the Veterans Linkage Line for Minnesota veterans, makes it easier for veterans and their families to find services and ensure immediate crisis intervention. During business hours, trained staff from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs will provide information on veterans’ benefits, healthcare, education, and reintegration. The line will roll to Crisis Connection counselors for 24-hour, seven days a week coverage (including holidays) for immediate crisis intervention and psychological counseling. For more information on LinkVet, click here or call 1-888-546-5838. Minnesota GI Bill The Minnesota GI Bill program provides postsecondary educational assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans, and to the children and spouses of deceased or severely disabled Minnesota Veterans. For eligibility requirements and financial assistance information, click here or call 651-642-0567. Email Newsletters The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs now offers e-mail lists to keep you informed of veteran issues in Minnesota. To sign up for the newsletters, click here or call 1-888-546-5838. Sincerely, Dean
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