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Flood and storm relief funding available for veterans and families

As a result of severe spring flooding in parts of the state, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is offering flood and severe storm relief assistance through July to veterans and their families in the following counties: Becker, Beltrami, Chippewa, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine.

A single veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran is eligible for reimbursement assistance funds of up to $300. If the veteran is married or has at least one dependent child, or if the surviving spouse has at least one dependent child, he or she will be eligible for a reimbursement of up to $600.

Applications for this program must be made through the respective County Veterans Service Officer. For CVSO contact information, visit or call 1-888-LINKVET (546-5838). All eligible receipts must be dated between March 20 and June 30, 2009. Applications must be postmarked by July 31. However, due to limited funding, flood and severe storm relief assistance funding will end July 31 or earlier if the funds are exhausted before that time.

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 or call 1-(888)-LinkVet for more information about benefits.

Please see your local county veterans service officer if you have any questions. You can contact your local VSO at (218) 631-7617 or by e-mail at As always, have a great week.