Veteran Benefits & Assistance

Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the Veterans of Foreign Wars continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families. The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families.

Contact a VFW Representative for Help With VA Benefits & Claims at our post.
VFW Post 5903 Service Officer Jim Heimerl at 651-261-3111
VFW Post 5903 Chaplain Paul Mercer at 612-270-0190

  Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents
    US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Burial Benefits
      Types of Headstones & Markers Available
  Community-Based VA Vet Centers
    Health Care Benefits
    Home Loans
    Life Insurance Benefits
    OEF / OIF Service Members
    Survivor & Dependent Benefits
  Apply for VA Benefits Online
    VA Expands the Forms That Can be Submitted Online

Benefits & Resources, MN Department of Veteran Affairs
  Health Care
    Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors (SSI)
    Grand Valley State University Wounded Warrior Traumatic Brain Injury Project
    Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)
  Long-Term Care
    Aid & Attendance Benefit
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Family Caregiver Program for Post-9/11 Veterans

  Google Resources for Veterans & Families

  Prior Service Connected Medical Conditions
      Diseases Associated with Agent Orange Exposure
        Agent Orange Health Care Registry Exam for Veterans
        Agent Orange Herbicide Tests & Storage Outside of Vietnam

        Illnesses Related to Gulf War Service
        Gulf War Health Care Registry Exam for Veterans

  VA Board of Veterans' Appeals
  Minnesota Veteran Benefits
  VA OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) / OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom)
  VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
  VA Web Automated Reference Material System (WARMS)
Air Force Assistance Fund
American Red Cross
Armed Forces Relief Trust
  Army Emergency Relief
  Cell Phone, Government Supported
  Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund
DTE Senior Citizen Electric Service Rate
  Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund
  Financial Assistance for Veterans
  Friends of the Fisher House - Illinois
  Goodwill Industries
  Help for Homeless Veterans
  Homeless Vet 24 Hour Hotline (VA) 1-877-4AID VET
  Legal Services ABA Pro Bono
  Legal Resources for Veterans
National Guard Online Community
  Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
  Salvation Army
  Service Members Civil Relief Act
  Shelters, Minnesota
  Social Security Administration online
  United Way, Worldwide
  Volunteers of America
  Warrior Care, DoD & VA Resources Site
  Wounded Warrior Project



Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.



That the purpose of this Organization shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies.