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In these unprecedented times, our state and nation face uncertainty as we contend with the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Your County Veterans Service Officers remain committed to ensuring that our veterans, families and caregivers have access to the benefits they have earned, especially during this challenging time. Because all counties around Minnesota are in various stages of adopting community mitigation strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve,” all veterans and family members should contact their CVSO before coming in for a previously scheduled in-person meeting. Many counties are temporarily suspending in-person meetings to limit possible exposure or transmission of COVID-19 – we are receiving closure notifications by the hour.

However, CVSOs remain ready to provide assistance over the phone and via email. Do not hesitate to contact your Veterans Service Officer to discuss your important items. You can find a link to our directory here or at the “Find a CVSO” on the tab of this website.

MACVSO’s priority is to serve and protect the health and safety of Minnesota Veterans, and we continue to hear examples of patience and resilience from veterans around Minnesota, no doubt garnered from your military service. We are in this together.

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June 27, 2019

Carver County CVSO creates new Veterans Assistance Program. 

CHASKA, Minn.—Carver County Commissioners recognized the newly-formed Carver County Veterans Assistance Program at its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Formed as a subcommittee to the Carver County Veterans’ Council, the assistance program’s mission is to support veterans and military families in dire financial need and ensure they can thrive in their community. The program exists purely on private donations and volunteer hours.

“There are times that our American Legion or VFW posts are asked to help veterans in our communities.  We want to support them, but we don’t have the resources to verify the service or needs of the veteran,” said Becky Selleck, a member of the Carver County Veterans’ Council, who spoke to the Board of Commissioners. 

The veterans are instead referred to Carver County Veteran Services. They can make an assistance grant request and apply for other programs to help with long-term sustainability. According to Selleck, once the veteran finalizes their request a decision is made by the program committee in less than 24 hours.

The program, in only two months of existence, has assisted four veterans and military families.

“It’s a way that we can offer that quick assistance to those at-risk veterans who are in need,” said Commissioner Randy Maluchink, who spearheaded the program. “Our community groups have been helping since their existence, and this is a more streamlined process which gets all groups involved to help our most deserving.”

The Veterans Council is a non-profit organization comprised of the 28 American Legion, VFW posts, auxiliaries, and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon groups throughout the County.

For more information about the program and how to donate or volunteer to help, email the Carver County Veterans Assistance Program. You can also visit their social media pages on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter