Focus On Veterans

Veterans need your support, especially during the pandemic

“Help A Hero” by getting a haircut at a participating Sport Clips

Even in a pandemic, veterans are returning from active military duty to prepare for civilian careers that require them to return to school for additional education and training … often beyond what is covered financially by the GI Bill. To make educational expenses less of a burden on service members, anyone can “Help A Hero” by getting a haircut at […]

VA, Blue Star Families to support veterans impacted by COVID-19

To better support Veterans impacted by COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is partnering with Blue Star Families (BSF) for the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI). The mission of CMSI is to share information, maintain engagement and develop best practices and policy approaches to ensure our military families receive the support it deserves. “Our nation, […]

Minnesota veteran helps to fight veteran suicide

“It’s more important than ever to reach out and check in”

“I found my mission in helping my fellow brothers and sisters when I lost a former soldier from suicide,” said U.S. Army veteran Derrick Brooks. “I never lost a soldier in combat. To come home and lose one by his own hand—why survive the war, just to go out like that?!” The tragic death weighed heavily on Brooks, who served […]

VA resumes in-person benefits services halted by COVID-19

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced recently the reestablishment of in-person benefits services in select locations throughout the country. Currently, there are 11 regional offices (RO) open to the public and more are expected to reopen in the coming weeks as reopening phases will vary by RO and local conditions. “During the last few months, VA regional offices […]

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

White Ribbon campaign launched to promote healthy relationships

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched White Ribbon VA, a month-long national call to action to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. VA invites everyone to participate in this campaign by pledging to stop violence against others and to wear a white ribbon as a […]

There’s still time to apply for the $1,500 Mike Colalillo Scholarship

ST. LOUIS COUNTY — There is still time for high school seniors and college students with a physical connection to St. Louis County to apply for the $1,500 Mike Colalillo Medal of Honor Scholarship. The 2020 application deadline is Thursday, November 12. In order to be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:• A full-time student who is […]

Expediting disability claims for Blue Water Navy veterans

VA completes digitization of archived Vietnam-era deck logs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced recently the completion of an interagency effort with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to digitize declassified deck logs to process claims faster for eligible Vietnam-era veterans. The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard deck logs within NARA contain helpful information being used to validate claims for Blue Water Navy (BWN) veterans […]

Free virtual event for Minnesota military is October 29

Experience 2020, a free virtual event, will be held on Thursday, October 29, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is for all Minnesotans (Minnesota’s military connected) who are currently serving in the military, prior service, veterans, families, caregivers and supporters. Drop in to learn about resources and services important to you. Sessions will address benefits, health, employment, education, […]

Veterans, get your no-cost flu shot today!

During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever, and available at many community locations. Whether you choose a new Community Care Network (CCN) in-network retail pharmacy or urgent care location that provides eligible veteran patients easy access to flu shots, it’s easy for veterans to receive their flu shot at the right time and […]


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