Resources for Veterans

There are many resources available to veterans and their families. If you or a loved one are having physical, mental or emotional problems, look for help! Here are some starting points: – This is a web site offering a wide menu of services. Click on ‘counseling options’ for access to services. Or, you can call for help as well:

  • 1-800-342-9647 (counseling)
  • 1-800-273-8255 (crisis hotline)
  • 1-877-995-5247 (sexual assault)

Financial Resources and Discounts for Military Families

Military families have a lot to deal with – emotionally, logistically, and financially. What benefits are out there for military families to make life a bit easier for them? Where can they find discounts and deals? Coupon Follow has created a helpful financial guide aimed specifically to help military family members learn about the different resources, federal programs, retail discounts, and deals for dependents of U.S. soldiers.

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Dakota County Resources

Dakota County Veteran Services: Veteran Services provides advice and assistance for veterans or their family members filing claims for state and/or federal benefits, social security supplemental income benefits and other public and private programs.

Minnesota State Resources

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Minnesota: Connect to the State of Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network.

Military Family Care Initiative: A web-based program designed to help military families in Minnesota during times of deployment. Resources for volunteer services and discounted services for military families.

St. Paul Vet Center: Readjustment counseling services. 651-644-4022 – This site is for active duty, guard, and reserve members and their
families regardless of activation status. It will connect you to options for:
– Interactive web services
– Educational materials
– Counseling
– Health & Wellness
– Research, consultations and referrals

PTSD Resources 

PTSD and Substance Abuse Help for Veterans

Guide to Finding a PTSD Therapist

How to Stop Living Out of Your Car – Guide for Homeless Vets

Homeless Veterans’ Resources

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Financial Benefits of a Military Career

Financial Assistance for Homeless Vets

Homes for Homeless Vets

Support for Veterans and Their Struggles

Legal Advice for Veterans

Pre-deployment Resources 

Air Force Crossroads

Offers information for Airmen and their families preparing for an upcoming deployment. More Info: Website

American Bar Association

Provides Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. More Info: Website

The ABA also connects active duty Servicemembers and their families to free legal assistance for civil legal issues beyond the scope of services provided by a military legal assistance office. More Info: Website

Army Chaplain Corps

Serve both God and country by bringing unique gifts to the Servicemembers of our nation. They can provide support to both Servicemembers and families during challenging, diverse and ever-changing challenges. More Info: Website. Contact: Unit Chaplain – call your unit, full-time staff, State Support Chaplain, 651-282-4291, State Chaplains Office, 651-282-4287.

Army Family Readiness Group (FRG)

Online home of the Army FRG. Hosts individual unit’s Virtual FRGs, allowing a secure environment in which information, resources and support are available to Servicemembers and their family members 24 hours a day. More Info: Website

The current website partner to Military Spouse Magazine that features editorials on managing Permanent Change of Station, finances, deployment and raising a family. The website acts as a base directory for spouses and provides information about the duty station and surrounding area. will soon expand to include information for spouses of reserve Servicemembers. More Info: Website

Books on Deployment

A list of readings for those going through the deployment process. More Info: List

Building Family Rituals

Learn how to build family rituals before your Servicemember deploys. More Info: Website

Deployment Kids

Provides support for children with a deployed parent. Includes several applications and games to help children understand their parent’s deployment, as well as tips on how to “Keep in Touch.” More Info: Website

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V)

Provides housing, employment and legal assistance to positively motivated veterans across the state of Minnesota who are homeless, in danger of homelessness or are experiencing life crises. There are three MACV offices, located in Minneapolis, Duluth and Mankato. More Info: Website 

Military OneSource

Education, relocation, parenting, stress – you name it – Military OneSource is here to help you with just about any need. Available by phone or online, the free service is provided by the Department of Defense for active duty, Guard and Reserve Servicemembers and their families. The service is completely private and confidential, with few exceptions. More Info: Website

Minnesota Operation: Military Kids

Provides support for military kids through Hero Packs, Mobile Technology Lab, Youth Activities, Ready Set Go Training, Kissing Hands Kits and various other elements. More Info: Website

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

The MDVA assists Minnesota’s 410,000 veterans and their dependents by helping them to obtain the benefits and services provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, formerly called the Veterans Administration. More Info: Website. Contact: Jim Miller for information on unintentional injury and safety at 612-970-5662 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Military Kids Connect

An online community of military children ages 6 to 17 years old that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from predeployment through a parent or caregiver’s return. More Info: Website

Spouse Battlemind Brochure

This brochure helps give military spouses the ability to face deployments with resilience and strength, allowing easier separations and smoother reunions. More Info: Brochure

 “SOFAR” Guide

Guide for helping children and youth cope with the deployment and return of a parent in the National Guard and other Reserve components. More Info: Website

Surviving deployments

A resource for parents with a deployed child. More Info: Website

Transition Assistance Program

Developed to assist in the transitioning of military personnel and family members leaving the service. Download their Career Decision Toolkit, an interactive assessment, teaching and training tool designed to assist in the transition back to civilian life. More Info: Website

USO and RocketLife Photo Book Program

Friends and family of military personnel can create a 20-page personal photo book and ship it to any APO, FPA or MPO address for free. The full-color, 5×7 softcover books fit perfectly in a Servicemember’s cargo pocket and hold more than 60 photos. RocketLife prints the books for free, and the USO pays for shipping. More Info: Website

Your Soldier Your Army Guide

A parent’s guide to the deployment process and the Army. More Info: Guide

Back-to-School Tools for Military Families

If you transferred to a new duty area this summer, or your spouse is deployed, you know that back-to-school means more than the usual challenges for your family. Your kids need to make new friends, adjust to a new home, and new school if they’re not home schooled. You may also have to find new tutors, begin home-schooling or re-advocate for your child’s needs.  But you are not alone. Get information and support with these back-to-school tools for military families at You’ll find a wealth of online resources, and connections to school liaison officers, special needs consultants, family life counselors and more.

Veteran Employee Resources

Avenues for Hiring a Vet: A comprehensive set of resources at the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website, including:

  • Hire Vets First
  • Minnesota Works
  • Veterans Employment Representatives
  • America’s Heroes at Work
  • Helmets to Hardhats
  • Troops to Truckers
  • And many more

College Credit for Military Experience: Inver Hills Community College has a grant to pilot this effort.

Minnesota Workforce Center: Job placement services.

Networking Group: There is a Networking Job Club for Veterans at the Burnsville WorkForce Center held every Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Veterans – Why Hire a Vet?: The Department of Employment and Economic Development’s  “Top Ten” list.

Yellow Ribbon Entrepreneur Program: Find information on this and other services for Veterans through Dakota County Technical College.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve  1-800-336-4590

National Resources

Readjustment Counseling Services

National Center for PTSD

DoD Post Deployment Health

US Army Health and Wellness

Support for Troops


Tricare Health Insurance

Tricare Dental Insurance

Family Support

Military One Source 24/7 Helpline

MN National Guard Family Programs

Ameriforce Deployment Guide

National Guard Family and Youth Support

Military Child Education Coalition

Operation Military Kids

Family Policy Council

Marriage Resources

US Welcome Home
All expense paid marriage retreat

GI Bill Benefits for Vets not in College

On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship
This program allows working veterans and their dependents to receive GI Bill benefits while learning a trade or skill via on-the-job training through their current employer, rather than attending college classes.

In addition to providing an opportunity for veterans, the program benefits employers who are able to bring a veteran on as a trainee. The trainee undergoes the employer-prescribed training program and, at the end of the training, the employer has a fully-trained journeyman employee.

Examples of on-the-job training in which veterans are eligible to receive benefits include:

  • Police Officer
  • Jailer
  • Highway Patrol Office
  • Mechanic

Examples of apprenticeships include:

  • Machinist
  • Carpenter
  • Ironworker
  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Power Line Worker

Learn more about the On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship program by calling LinkVet at 1-888-546-5838, or visit the Department of Veterans Affairs OJT & Apprenticeship Training page.

Find this resource and more on Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s Jobs for Veterans page. We are a 501 3 (c) nonprofit organization.