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Washington County Services Organzation
Veteran Assistance Programs
Steve Despiegelaer  651-430-6859

Washington County VSO website


Visit VA/Vets.com and apply for and Manage the VA Benefits and Services


Veteran Crisis Line1-800-273-8255 and press 1
A Department of Veteran Affairs line that connects Veterans and their families and friends with qualified and caring staff.  This line is not just for emergencies.  It supports people in crisis through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Local Veterans Services:

Washington County

WSCO Thallassa Gunelius: 651.430.8342

How do I make an appointment?
Call Washington County Veteran services to make an appointment at one of our offices. Our office hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday except for federal holidays. We prefer to schedule appointments but welcome walk-ins, if we are available, at all three of our locations; Stillwater, Cottage Grove and Forest Lake.

Cottage Grove

13000 Ravine Parkway South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Forest Lake
19955 Forest Road North
Forest Lake, MN 55025

14949 62nd St. North
Stillwater, MN 55082

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Phone: 651-430-6895

Anoka County

                                                                                      Contact Us

Veteran Services Office
Government Center, Suite 216
2100 3rd Avenue
Anoka, MN  55303

Phone: 763-323-5290
Fax:     763-323-5296
Email: veterans@co.anoka.mn.us

Monday ------ 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday ----- 8:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday ---- 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday -------- 8:00am - 3:00pm
Closed on all Federal Holidays

                                  VETERANS CRISIS LINE
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis
and their families and friends with qualified, caring
Department of Veterans Affairs responders through
a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255
and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to
838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and
hard of hearing individuals is available.
Dakota County

Contact us

Veterans Services

Locations & Hours
Appointments are encouraged. Walk-in clients are welcome, but may not be immediately served. To make an appointment, call 651-554-5601 to schedule an appointment with a County  Veterans Service Officer.

  • Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West #420,  West St. Paul: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Closed noon–1 p.m.)
  • Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Ave. Second Floor, Apple Valley: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 pm.  (Closed noon–1 p.m.)
  • Hastings City Hall, 101 4th Street East, Hastings: Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Closed noon–1 p.m.)  
  • Burnsville Workforce Center, 2800 County Road 42 West, Burnsville: Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Closed noon-1 p.m.)


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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.

People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.

 PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.  


Featured PTSD News

Center for Psychological Health and TBI Opens

The Department of Defense today announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. More

National Center for PTSD
PTSD Discussion Forum
PTSD Resources.org
What You Need to Know About PTSD
Readjustment Counseling Resources
PTSD Facts for Veterans
PTSD Information for Guard and Reserve Members 
Military Severly Injured Center Articles
Military OneSource
Army Behavioral Health Website


All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.

 Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.

More information Click Here

Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.

Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/

Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view


Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm

Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/

Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/

Online version http://www1.va.gov/OPA/vadocs/current_benefits.asp

PDF Download in English http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf

VA War-Related Illness and Injury Center http://www.vagov/WRIICSC-DC

Homeless Veterans http://www.va.gov/homeless

VA National HIV/AIDS Program http://www.hiv.va.gov

VA Public Health Smoking Cessation Program http://www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking


VA Mental Health http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov

National Cemetery Administration (Burial and Memorials) http://www.cem.va.gov 


Center for Women Veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


National Foundation for Women Legislations (www.womenlegislators.org)

 Vietnam Women Veterans - Almost ten thousand women were there.


For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives

Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam

The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's new website is at:




Women Combat Vets Battle for Acceptance