Veterans Service

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COVID-19 Notice

The Veterans Service department will be conducting a majority of business with our Veterans through remote means. We continue to heavily rely on phone conversations as well as trading documents through regular mail and email to conduct business. Appointments will be scheduled only if we are unable to accomplish a task with these remote means and after completing the county mandated pre-screening. If an appointment is scheduled there will be an expectation for a mask to be worn. Our van ride program remains suspended until further notice.

While this is different, it is what makes the most sense relative to the COVID 19 mitigation measures recommended by Minnesota Department of Health as well as the fact that many of our Veterans are in a high risk category.

Are you a Veteran impacted by COVID-19? Click here for grant eligibility requirements.

Veterans going to the VA or going to COMP and PEN examinations are strongly encouraged to call ahead of time to validate your appointment and to understand any changes in protocol to visit their facility.

Blue Water Navy

Navy Vietnam Veterans who have been denied benefits may now be eligible. Click here for more information.

Community Based Care Changes

Effective March 17th, Optum will manage provider networks for our region for Veterans receiving care through Community Based Care.  Click here for more information.

Obtaining service related records and determining eligibility

We can assist you with obtaining your service records to include accessing your discharge.  We will then work with you to determine eligibility for benefits you may be entitled to.  Click here for info on discharges.

Compensation Claims

Monthly and tax free compensation may be entitled to you for based on current health problems attributed to events that occurred while you were serving.  Contact one of our Veteran Service Officers to get your questions answered and file your claim.

Access healthcare to eligible Veterans.

There is a vast amount of health related benefits you may be eligible for as a Veteran.  Click here for more information on healthcare.

Transportation to VA medical appointments

We may be able to get you to your next appointment. Click here to find out if you can ride with us.

Our Mission

Assisting and Advocating for our Military Veterans, their Dependents, and Survivors. We help our Veterans access the earned benefits they are eligible for.

News & Meetings

Upcoming Events

Independence Day (observed)

July 3, 2020 8:00 am
Otter Tail County, MN, USA
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Independence Day

July 4, 2020 8:00 am
Otter Tail County, MN, USA
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Labor Day

September 7, 2020 8:00 am
Otter Tail County, MN, USA
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Veterans Day

November 11, 2020 12:00 am
Otter Tail County, MN, USA
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Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2020 12:00 am
Otter Tail County, MN, USA
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Contact Info

Phone Number: 218-998-8605
Mailing Address:
505 South Court Street, Fergus Falls, MN, USA

James Olson
County Veterans Service Officer


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