Serving those who have served

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New Le Sueur County Veterans Service Officer Mark Roemhildt was asked to provide some helpful information for county veterans. Veterans Service Office Le Sueur County

The Le Sueur County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) is a county government department of Le Sueur County, located in Le Center, Minnesota.

The CVSO consists of the director who is appointed by the County Board of Commissioners as the County Veteran Service Officer, one professionally accredited Veteran Benefits Counselor, and an administrative assistant.

The mission of the office is to act as an advocate and provide resources to the veterans of Le Sueur County, their families and/or their survivors by assisting them in obtaining the benefits they earned due to their military service.

The CVSO ensures that services for the veterans of the county are provided in an efficient, effective and culturally appropriate manner.

Minnesota is home to over 300,000 veterans and the modest staff of Le Sueur County Veterans Service Office proudly provides beneficial services to the approximately 2,000 veterans residing within Le Sueur County, resulting in the Veterans and their families receiving over $13M in VA benefits on a yearly basis.

Frequently asked questions

What services are available at the Le Sueur County Veterans Service Office? Veterans and their families receive comprehensive and professional benefits counseling, information on health care benefits, education referral resources, housing referral resources, community resources, and the list goes on. As accredited Veterans Service Representatives, we specialize in providing the most current and compassionate advocacy service veterans and their families deserve.

What is Service-Connected Disability Compensation? Service-connected disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to veterans with a physical or mental/emotional condition that affects a veteran’s ability to perform activities of daily life and resulted from, or was aggravated by, injuries or diseases that happened while the veteran was in service.

How do I locate my military records or those of a relative? The easiest and timeliest way is to request copies of military records and/or discharge papers from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). The staff at the Le Sueur County Veterans Service Office will prepare and submit the request form. Only the veteran himself/herself is able to request their records. Next of kin may request documents for a deceased veteran.

Am I eligible for burial at a national cemetery? If you served in a branch of the military and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, you may be eligible for burial in a Department of Veterans Affairs National or State Veterans Cemetery, and the Le Sueur County Veterans Service Office can assist with this.

Are there any benefits for Army or Air National Guard or Reservists? Members of the National Guard activated for federal service during a period of war or domestic emergency may be eligible for certain VA benefits, such as VA health care, compensation for injuries or conditions connected to that service and burial benefits. Activation other than for federal service does not qualify a Guard member for all VA benefits. Service for training purposes does not qualify.

What is a VA Burial Allowance? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers burial allowances to surviving spouses of eligible veterans to help cover costs. The amount varies, with a larger amount given when the death is caused by a condition resulting from injuries incurred while on active duty. Other surviving relatives, including children, may file to receive the benefit if it’s not claimed by the spouse. All qualifying veterans receive a free headstone and can be buried in a State or National Veterans Cemetery. The closest qualifying cemetery to Le Sueur County is Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

What is pension? VA helps veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans’ Pension and Survivors’ Pension benefit programs. This tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime veterans or low income un-remarried surviving spouses and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased veteran with wartime service.

Le Suur County Veterans Service Office is valuable If you are a veteran living in Le Sueur County and haven’t connected with the Le Sueur County Veterans Service Office, you may....

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