Washington County Services Organzation
Veteran Assistance Programs
Steve Despiegelaer 651-430-6859
Visit VA/Vets.com and apply for and Manage the VA Benefits and Services
Veteran Crisis Line — 1-800-273-8255 and press 1
A Department of Veteran Affairs line that connects Veterans and their families and friends with qualified and caring staff. This line is not just for emergencies. It supports people in crisis through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Local Veterans Services:
WSCO Thallassa Gunelius: 651.430.8342
- How do I make an appointment?
- Call Washington County Veteran services to make an appointment at one of our offices. Our office hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday except for federal holidays. We prefer to schedule appointments but welcome walk-ins, if we are available, at all three of our locations; Stillwater, Cottage Grove and Forest Lake.
13000 Ravine Parkway South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
19955 Forest Road North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
14949 62nd St. North
Stillwater, MN 55082
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 651-430-6895
Veteran Services Office
Government Center, Suite 216
2100 3rd Avenue
Anoka, MN 55303
Monday ------ 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday ----- 8:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday ---- 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday -------- 8:00am - 3:00pm
Closed on all Federal Holidays
Locations & Hours
Appointments are encouraged. Walk-in clients are welcome, but may not be immediately served. To make an appointment, call 651-554-5601 to schedule an appointment with a County Veterans Service Officer.
- Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West #420, West St. Paul: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Closed noon–1 p.m.)
- Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave. Second Floor, Apple Valley: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 pm. (Closed noon–1 p.m.)
- Hastings City Hall, 101 4th Street East, Hastings: Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Closed noon–1 p.m.)
- Burnsville Workforce Center, 2800 County Road 42 West, Burnsville: Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed noon-1 p.m.)
US Government Made Easy For Veterans
VA Loan Information
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.
People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.
PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.
Featured PTSD News
The Department of Defense today announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. More
National Center for PTSD
PTSD Discussion Forum
What You Need to Know About PTSD
Readjustment Counseling Resources
PTSD Facts for Veterans
PTSD Information for Guard and Reserve Members
Military Severly Injured Center Articles
Army Behavioral Health Website
NURSING HOMES UPDATE
All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.
Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.
Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.
Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
Online version http://www1.va.gov/OPA/vadocs/current_benefits.asp
PDF Download in English http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
VA War-Related Illness and Injury Center http://www.vagov/WRIICSC-DC
Center for Women Veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs www.va.gov/womenvet
National Foundation for Women Legislations (www.womenlegislators.org)
Vietnam Women Veterans - Almost ten thousand women were there.
For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives
Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam
The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's new website is at: VWMP