Programs to help Minnesota Soldiers

Below list is compliments of Minnesota Army Reserve’s Ambassadors Tom Haugo and  Jim Lundell

 Minnesota GI Bill

Expansion to include license and certification.  See attachments for official language.Send Veterans with questions to 888-LinkVet (546-5838) Applications and website:


Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs Benefits

Please see the link below on BENEFITS here in Minnesota.  I ran a crossed it after a conversation from the Veteran Employment Resource Group met.

Additional Veterans ID Card (VIC) now available

WASHINGTON — November 29, 2017 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.

“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services.”

The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, Veterans must visit, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.

Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.

United Heroes League 4th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament Saturday 10 February 2017 Mille Lacs Lake

United Heroes League Empowering Military Families to Stay Healthy and active by battling the financial burden associated with sports (Free equipment – Free camps- Free tickets – Grants) website is www.United

The Forever GI Bill

Learn about the new ‘Forever’ GI Bill changes that President Trump has signed into law, which goes into effect beginning next year. The ‘Forever’ GI Bill® will allow military veterans to pursue educational opportunities for life, although how it will affect you personally depends on when you were discharged.

Read more:

Veteran Friendly Verizon

Did you know Verizon offers ongoing discounts to active duty servicemembers and veterans, including 15% off monthly Verizon wireless cellphone service and 25% off select accessories like chargers, cellphone cases, and batteries? To learn more or register for discounts, visit

The company also has been rated one of the most military-friendly employers in the world by Military Times.

Veteran job seekers can use Verizon’s website ( to search for Verizon careers that closely match their military experience; join Verizon’s military network and upload resumes; and contact Verizon

Military recruiters with just one mouse click. (from July 2017 MOA Military Officer magazine page 14)

Exchange on line shopping update

If you are a veteran in good standing (honorable discharge) will go live on Veterans Day 11 November 2017,    you can apply for veteran eligibility status to shop online in your service exchange. You can qualify based on your existing status and can begin shopping online.

Go to       It authorizes you access to one of 4 exchanges based on your service.           AAFES Army & Air Force Exchanges           Navy Exchanges                                     Marine Corp Exchanges                                     Coast Guard Exchanges

(information from The MCMOAA’n   August 2017 newsletter page 19)

MOAA Supports Military Caregivers

MOAA supports military caregivers through their work with Elizabeth Dole Foundation, USAA, the PsychArmor Institute, and the Public Counsel Law Center. Categories include:

>An online guide for legal and financial aspects of military caregiving at

>No-cost legal assistance to mid- and lower-income caregivers at, provided by MOAA and Public Counsel Law Center via the Lawyers and Heroes collaboration.

Financial education for military caregivers from MOAA and the PsychArmor Institute, in cooperation with USAA – learn more at

DEER ID Card processing office at Ft Snelling new phone 612-467-7648

Hours 700 AM – 1200 noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Closed Wednesday and Federal holidays. Requires 2 forms of ID for most transactions. Call with your questions. 506 Roeder Circle, Ft Snelling, St. Paul, MN 55111

VA Loan Limit Increased to $424,100 for 2017
The VA has increased the VA Home Loan Benefit to up to $424,100 financing for 2017. In fact, in some higher cost counties have up to $636,150 in VA Loan Financing.

The VA Loan Still Means $0 Down & NO PMI.
Qualified buyers have the ability to buy or refinance using the increased financing amounts without the traditional 20% down or PMI payments. Now is the time to get information from VA Loan Lenders.

YMCA Waives Joiner’s Fee for Veterans and Families Minneapolis, MN – Effective November 1, all Minnesota YMCAs, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will waive the joiner’s fee for veterans and their families. The monthly membership fee still applies.

The Minneapolis and St. Cloud VA Health Care Systems and the Minnesota Alliance of YMCAs recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that drops the enrollment fee and also allows the VA to use space at YMCA facilities for outreach events. The MOU is for a 28-month period.

“Our nation’s veterans, and their families, have dedicated so much in service to our country,” said Theresa Hillis, chair of the Minnesota Alliance of YMCAs.

“The Y is honored to have the opportunity to show our appreciation by doing what we do best – improving the lives of individuals in the communities we serve. Minnesota is proud to join many YMCAs across the nation that are already working with the VA and providing services directly to veterans, and honoring their service.”

The fee waiver applies to all Minnesota veterans, including those who are not receiving VA benefits. To apply for YMCA membership, veterans should go to their local YMCA and present their Veteran’s Health Identification Card, a copy of their DD214 form or a military ID card.

A list of all Minnesota YMCA locations is available at:

More information here: Progams that help MN Soldiers & their families