Veterans Disability Benefits in Minnesota

The state of Minnesota has many brave veterans who selflessly served their country. Recognizing their contributions, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides several benefits to veterans living in Minnesota.

These benefits include education, healthcare, financial aid, home loans, and disability benefits.

The VA Disability program is a major benefit specifically for veterans who became injured or developed a disability during their active service. This program provides monthly financial compensation to eligible veterans to honor their sacrifices.

VA Disability Ratings

When seeking VA disability benefits, it's important to understand how your service-related disability will be evaluated. The VA uses a rating system — each disability is given a rating between 10% and 100%.

The severity of your condition determines the assigned rating, which in turn affects the financial assistance you're eligible for each month.

If a veteran has multiple disabilities, each condition is independently assigned a disability rating by the VA. Then the individual ratings are combined and adjusted into a single final disability rating.

You may be asked to undergo a medical examination known as the Compensation & Pension exam — or C&P exam for short. The examination helps the VA to evaluate the nature and severity of your disabilities related to military service.

Results of the C&P exam often determine how much financial compensation a Minnesota veteran will receive.

Establishing Eligibility for VA Disability Benefits

To qualify for VA benefits, Minnesota veterans must meet several guidelines.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an existing condition, either physical or mental, that impacts your health, and
  • Your service history includes active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

And, at least one of the following must be true:

  • You incurred an injury or sickness during your military service that can be connected to your current condition. This is known as an in-service disability claim.

  • An existing injury or illness from before your military service worsened due to your service — called a pre-service disability claim, or
  • You have a disability that is associated with your active-duty service but it only manifested after your service ended. This is known as a post-service disability claim.

To be eligible for VA disability benefits, veterans need to prove a link between their military service and their disability, showing that their health condition was either caused or worsened by their time in the military.

Military discharge status also affects eligibility. If you left the service with an honorable or general discharge, you're usually good to go. But, if you were dishonorably discharged, you might find it harder to access these benefits.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Minnesota

Before applying for VA disability benefits, gather your documentation. This includes your military and medical records, your DD214 or other service separation documents, and any medical evidence that can support your disability claim.

When entering your information, be as thorough as you can. There needs to be a clear connection between your disability and your active military service.

Submit your claim online, by mail, or in person at a local VA office. The best way to apply for disability benefits is online at

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

Keep in mind, your military discharge status also affects eligibility. If you left the service with an honorable or general discharge, you're usually good to go. But, if you were dishonorably discharged, you might find it harder to access these benefits.

Appeal a Denial

Don't be discouraged if your VA disability claim is denied. You can challenge the decision by filing an appeal. You have one year from the denial date to submit a Notice of Disagreement form. This is a formal request to have the VA revisit your case.

A successful appeal largely depends on the quality of the medical evidence. Gather all relevant records, documentation, and expert testimonies that can establish the connection between your military service and your disability. The more comprehensive and convincing your medical evidence is, the better your chances are of winning your appeal.

VA Benefits Available to Minnesota Veterans

In addition to disability benefits, the VA offers many other resources and programs for veterans.

Minnesota veterans can take advantage of the following VA benefits:

  • VA Loans
  • VA Life Insurance
  • Veterans Readiness and Employment
  • Education and Training
  • VA Pension
  • Health Care
  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits

For example, the VA Life Insurance program offers various insurance plans to veterans and their families in Minnesota, ensuring financial stability in unforeseen circumstances.

VA health benefits are administered by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), a division of the VA. Benefits include an extensive set of health care services to veterans, including preventative care, surgeries, mental health services, and prescription medications, among others. VA healthcare benefits ensure veterans and their families have access to quality healthcare services for a broad range of medical needs.

Another benefit is the Veterans Readiness and Employment program, which helps Minnesota veterans with service-connected disabilities find employment after transitioning to civilian life.

If you're a Minnesota veteran grappling with health challenges linked to your military service, don't wait to apply for Veterans Disability benefits. The benefits offered by the VA can make a big difference in the lives of you and your family.

Minnesota — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
St. Paul Regional Office 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling St. Paul, MN 55111-4050 800-827-1000
St. Paul Regional Loan Center 1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling St. Paul, MN 55111-4050 877-827-3702

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Fort Snelling National Cemetery 7601 34th Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN 55450 612-726-1127

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
VISN 23: VA Midwest Health Care Network 2805 Dodd Road, Suite 250 Eagan, MN 55121 651-405-5600
Minneapolis VA Health Care System One Veterans Drive Minneapolis, MN 55417 612-725-2000
St. Cloud VA Health Care System 4801 Veterans Drive St. Cloud, MN 56303 320-252-1670
Albert Lea VA Clinic 2115 E Main St Albert Lea, MN 56007 507-379-5530
Alexandria Community Based Outpatient Clinic 410 30th Avenue East Alexandria, MN 56308 320-759-2640
Bemidji VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1217 Anne St. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 Bemidji, MN 56601 218-755-6360
Brainerd VA Clinic 722 NW 7th Street Brainerd, MN 56401 218-855-1115
Ely VA Clinic 720 Miners Drive East Ely, MN 55731 218-365-0001
Fergus Falls VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1839 N Park St Fergus Falls, MN 56537 218-739-1400
Hibbing VA Clinic 990 West 41st Street Suite 88 Hibbing, MN 55746 218-263-1400
Lyle C. Pearson Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1400 Madison Ave, Suite 502 Mankato, MN 56001 507-387-2939
Maplewood VA Clinic 3100 Kennard Street, Suite 100 and 200 Maplewood, MN 55109 651-225-5420
Montevideo VA Clinic 1025 North 13th Street Montevideo, MN 56265 320-269-2222
Northwest Metro VA Clinic 7545 Veterans Drive Ramsey, MN 55303 612-467-1100
Rochester VA Clinic 3551 Commercial Drive South West, Suite 400 Rochester, MN 55902 507-252-0885
Shakopee VA Clinic 1555 Lusitano Street Shakopee, MN 55379 612-629-7109
St. James VA Clinic 1103 13th Ave S St. James, MN 56081 888-304-1243
Anoka Vet Center 700 East Main Street Anoka, MN 55303 763-503-2220
Duluth Vet Center 4402 Haines Road Duluth, MN 55811 218-722-8654
St. Paul Vet Center 101 5th Street, Suite 101 Saint Paul, MN 55101 651-644-4022