Veteran Services

Update for VA Medical and Prescriptions Copays


American Rescue Plan: Copayment Cancellations and Refunds

Due to the passage of the American Rescue Plan in March 2021, copayments for medical care and prescriptions provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) during the period of April 6, 2020 through September 30, 2021 will be canceled. All copayments paid to VA for medical care and prescriptions during the period of April 6, 2020 to present will be refunded.

We assist veterans and their families with understanding their benefits, rights, and services. We can assist with filing claims for service connected disability, burial benefits and other possible benefits provided by the Dept. of Veteran Affairs. If you are a veteran or a veteran's family member don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions.


Veteran Services In-Person Meetings

Effective Apr 1, 2021, we are continuing in-person meetings with clients, BUT by "APPOINTMENT ONLY". Customers needing help with disability claims or VA healthcare are encouraged to call or email the office. If needed we will schedule an appointment to come in but often we can assist over the phone or by mail or email. Our objective is to offer the full range of services but limit face-to-face contact to ensure the safety of our Veterans, families and our staff. We will do our best to provide appointments as needed but realize we have a small office and to maintain social distancing, we can only have one Veteran/Family member in the office at a time. While many of the stakeholders offices are also open there remains accessibility to maintain a safe environment. We strive to find the best possible solutions that comply with efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 while also minimizing the impact on our clients.

We continue to suspend regular outreach activities until further notice:

Commemorative Coin available to GWOT Veterans

In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and subsequent Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has created a commemorative coin as an expression of appreciation to Minnesota Veterans who have served since that fateful day. These coins are a limited edition and available for a short time.

Minnesota GWOT Veterans are invited to register for this free coin by visiting 

https://bit.ly/GWOTvetcoin

Coins will be distributed by County Veterans Services Officers during the next two months.


MDVA GWOT Coins

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Global War on Terrorism Coins
Trailblazer Transit

Useful Information

VETERANS VAN

The DAV is looking for Volunteer Driver's. 

Interested in being a volunteer to help disabled Veteran's get to their VA appointments? 

Call Stephanie at 320-252-1670 ext. 6676 to get the details of how to become a Volunteer Driver.


The Blue Water Navy (BWN) Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 (PL 116-23) extended the presumption of herbicide exposure, such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 

 If you are a Navy or Marine Veteran who served on a ship in the off-shore waters of Vietnam you may be eligible for benefits. If you filed a claim previously but were denied or never filed a claim but believe this might apply to you, please call our office so we can help you understand if this applies to you.

If you're a surviving spouse of a Navy or Marine Veteran that may be affected by this changed please contacts us because you might be eligible for benefits depending on the circumstances of your Veteran's service and his/her death.

To read more on the specific details please use the link to the VA's website below:

 https://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/blue-water-navy.asp

Staff

Greg Pickard - Director

Steve Svoboda - Assistant Veteran Service Officer

Debbie Ernst - Office Assistant

Colleen Majkrzak - Office Technician


Contact Information

Phone: (763) 682-7325

Email: vso@co.wright.mn.us


What to Expect at a St. Cloud VA Medical Center New Patient Appointment?


This is a 13 minute video, created by the St. Cloud VA Health System showing what veterans can expect when they go to their new patient appointment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFd0VQS7reQ