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Assistance Available to Families of Minnesota Veterans

Earlier this year, as school districts managed learning models for student, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs requested additional funding from the Minnesota State Legislature to provide direct financial assistance to Minnesota Veterans and their families that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The MDVA was granted an additional $6.2 million in funding and have since implemented three new programs for MN Veterans and their families. The program most relevant to ISD 728 Communities area is the COVID-19 K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant (DLSG) (PDF). 

The purpose of the COVID-19 K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant is to mitigate the negative financial impact a family experiences by implementing their school district's distance learning or hybrid learning plans by providing a one-time grant in the amount of $3,000.

If Veterans and their families wish to inquire about eligibility for any of the MDVA programs or apply, please contact their County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) or their LinkVet call center at 1-888-Link-Vet (546-5838). Vets can look up information for contacting their CVSO by clicking this link: County Veterans Service Officer.

LinkVet Call Center Hours

Monday           7am-8pm

Tuesday           7am-8pm

Wednesday     7am-8pm

Thursday         7am-8pm

Friday              7am-8pm

Saturday          9am-2:30pm

Sunday             11am-4:30pm


For more information about the MDVA COVID-19 Programs or the COVID-19 K-12 Distance Learning Support Grant (DLSG), please click on the links below: