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Monday, March 9, 2009

Ramsey Co VA Director Maria Wetherall


50 West Kellogg Blvd.
Suite 920-RCGC West Bldg. (map)
St. Paul, MN 55102
Main: (651)266-8489
Fax: (651)266-8495

Office hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Excluding Holidays

Staff includes:

Maria Wetherall, Director
Tom Moore, Service Officer
Amy Lindsay, Service Officer
William Nygaard, Service Officer
Kathy Taylor, Clerical Worker


VA Reaching Out to Vets with Mortgage Problems

The Veterans Administration (VA) is offering help to veterans and active-duty personnel facing difficulties in making their mortgage payments. Depending on a veteran’s circumstances, VA can intercede with the borrower on the veteran’s behalf to pursue options such as repayment plans, forbearance, and loan modification, that would allow a veteran to keep a home. To get help from a VA financial counselor, veterans can call VA toll-free at 1-877-827-3702.

For information about VA's home loan guaranty program, go to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Click here to read the news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs on foreclosure issues.

VA Partners with Communities to Support Homeless Vets

VA partners with hundreds of communities to support more than 1500 “Stand Downs” across the nation. Stand Downs give homeless veterans a temporary refuge where they can obtain food, shelter, clothing and a range of community and VA assistance.

For more information on VA’s homeless programs, go to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Click here to read the news release from the Department of Veterans Affairs on help for homeless vets.

VA Operates the Nation's Largest Integrated Health Care System

For more information, contact VA’s Homeless Veterans Programs Office at 202-461-7401 or email VA at

Market Value Exclusion on Homestead Property of Disabled Veterans

A new bill was signed into law by the Governor on March 7, 2008, which provides full or partial valuation property tax exclusion for homesteads of disabled veterans with a disability rating of 70 percent or greater, effective for assessment year 2008, taxes payable in 2009 and thereafter.

This new benefit consists of two tiers:

  • Up to $150,000 market value exclusion for a veteran with a service-connected disability of 70% or more; or
  • Up to $300,000 market value exclusion for a veteran with a service-connected disability rated as being full and permanent.

Applications along with the required documentation is due into your County Assessor’s office by July 1.

Click here for more information.


Ramsey County Veterans Services is committed to assist all Ramsey County veterans and their families in obtaining benefits through the Minnesota and U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs. Some of those benefits include:

Recently Discharged Veterans

Recording of military discharge(DD214)
Applications for VA Medical/Dental Care
Conversion of SGLI to VGLI
Benefit Counseling
Employment and Re-employment rights
Discharge Reviews

Disabled Veteran Benefits

Service connected compensation claims
Non-service connected disability claims
RH Life Insurance
Vocational Rehabilitation

Home Loan Guarantee

VA Certificates of Eligibility
Release of Liability
VA repossessed houses

Survivor Benefits

Service connected death benefits(DIC)
Non-service connected death benefits(Pension)
Burial allowances
Burial markers
Bronze star grave flag holders
Life Insurance proceeds
Burial Flags
Ft Snelling National Cemetery

Health Benefits

VA Medical Care (Inpatient & Outpatient)
Chemical Dependency Treatment
Minnesota Veterans Homes

Temporary Assistance for Disabled Veterans and their Families

Financial Assistance
Dental Care
Optical Care
Emergency Hospitalization

Education Benefits

GI Bill for veterans
Dependent & Survivor Education(Chapter 35)
Minnesota DVA War Orphans Education Assistance


United States Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs(DVA)

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