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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Assistance Programs Available to Wright County Veterans Struggling During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Wright County Veterans Services Department is advising all veterans and/or surviving spouses who live in Wright County that the Minnesota State Legislature has approved a special appropriation to provide veterans with assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic that is being awarded on a first come, first served basis. These programs can close at any time, so the time to access these funds if they are needed is now.

The programs include the following:

COVID-19 Disaster Relief Grant – This is a one-time grant of $1,000 to mitigate the negative effects and economic impact that COVID-19 has had on veterans and their families. Eligible applicants are veterans or a surviving spouse (who has not remarried) of a deceased veteran. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a financial loss related to one of the situations.

COVID-19 Special Needs Grant – This is a one-time grant of up to $3,000 in financial assistance to a veteran or surviving spouse who needs assistance to a COVID-19-related event. Any funding awarded through this grant would go directly to a vendor or creditor of the applicant. No money awarded goes directly to the applicant or an applicant’s family member.

The State Soldiers Assistance Program – This program typically provides seven different programs throughout the year. Although not specifically intended to assist with COVID-19 response. SSAP programs may be helpful to any veteran or dependent who may have been impacted by COVID-19.

Special Needs Grant (Normal/Regular) – This is one-time financial assistance to a veteran or surviving spouse to assist in their financial crisis and promote stability and prevent homelessness. To qualify, applicants must be a veteran or surviving spouse and a Minnesota resident. Two veterans who are married to each other are entitled to their own separate Special Needs Grant. Applicants are eligible even if they have previous used the “Once in a Lifetime” normal/regular Special Needs Grant.

Subsistence Assistance (Short-Term Disability) – This program provides financial assistance for up to six months to a veteran or surviving spouse when they are disabled and prevented from working at their usual/normal occupation for at least 30 days, or without a disabling medical condition within one year of a veteran’s death. This provides assistance with shelter-associated payments (rent, mortgage, room and board, property taxes, association dues, homeowners insurance), utility assistance (electric, gas, propane, water, sanitation/sewer, etc.), healthcare premiums and the Personal Needs Fund (cash grant).

To learn more about the programs in place, visit the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website at https://mn.gov/mdva/. To see the new grant programs that are being offered, go the following link: https://mn.gov/mdva/blog/?id=1066-425565.

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