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Veterans day a time to show our appreciation

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Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and we will celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of those who have so selflessly served America's armed forces. Please take a moment this Veterans Day to thank our true heroes for their extraordinary sacrifices. A few words of appreciation mean a lot to our service members who have given so much.

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This also is a good time to check out programs and services available to veterans through the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies. Please feel free to share the following information with any friends or family you think could benefit.

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. Trained staff from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs will provide information on veterans' benefits, healthcare, education, and reintegration during normal business hours. 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, log on to www.mdva.state.mn.us/LinkVet.htm or call (888) 546-5838.

VA conducts educational outreach

The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting this telephone outreach in response to the large numbers of Veterans who have applied for education benefits for the fall 2009 semester. The calls are scheduled to go to Veterans who have applied for benefits under the new educational assistance program. Those who registered for advanced payments will be called, too, in ensure they received their benefits. Here's a link to more information: www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1801.

E-newsletters provided to Minnesota veterans

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs now offers e-newsletters to keep you informed of veteran issues in Minnesota. To sign up for the newsletters, log on to www.mdva.state.mn.us/newsletter.htm or call (888) 546-5838.

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