Governor Walz also announced Monday that Minnesota veterans impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for $6.2 million in financial assistance grants from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA).
Starting today, MDVA is accepting applications from Minnesota veterans who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. MDVA will award one-time financial relief grants in the amount of $1,000. Financial impact MAY take the form of the veteran or spouse being laid-off, have a reduction in hours or a reduction in pay due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The veteran should go to mn.gov/mdva to apply for the grant, On this page they will see a series of rotating banners. They will want to click on the banner “COVID-19 Financial Assistance For veterans.” After completing and signing the form, the form should be mailed or faxed to the address found on the top of the form.
Steve Stone, Pennington County Veterans Service Officer recently addressed the question of self-employed veterans. Stone said that “Unless a self-employed veteran or spouse is drawing or has been accepted for unemployment, they are not eligible for this grant.” The Self-employed and contract workers step by step guide for unemployment insurance is at www.uimn.org. Stone also said veterans should call him if they have any questions about the process at 218-683-7034.