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Our mission is to assist veterans of North Dakota and their dependents in obtaining all benefits to which they are entitled, both federal and state, either by direct contact or through the assistance of County Veterans Service Officers, Tribal Veterans Service Officers, or National Service Officers.  We designed this website to provide a comprehensive resource directory to assist veterans, service members, and their dependents with questions about healthcare, employment, financial assistance and much more!  We hope it meets your needs! Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or comments.

ND Department of Veterans Affairs conducts outreach at the 2nd Annual Fargo VA Car & Motorcycle Show

Your ND Dept of Veterans Affairs Service Officers were at the 2nd Annual Fargo VA Car Show last Thursday. They discussed benefits, state programs, and gave away a lot of goodies. The 1946 Jeep in the foreground was brought to the show by our Commissioner and provided some great memories and discussion for the numerous veterans (and kids!) that visited.

West Fest Parade

The West Fargo Exchange Club would like to honor our local Veterans by inviting them to ride a float in the West Fest Parade in West Fargo, ND this September 20th. They have two 22 Foot Flatbed trailers so seating is limited but anyone is welcome to walk alongside the float as well. The parade route is just about 10 blocks.

They will be in the beginning of the parade directly behind the West Fargo VFW Color Guard. There is parking available south of the Lodoen Center, 330 3rd Ave E, West Fargo, and on side streets so please give yourself time to get there, park, and make your way to the front of the line! The parade begins at 1 pm so they’d like everyone there a little early to get situated (12:15). Once they're through the parade route they’ll make their way back to the Lodoen Center and drop everyone off there.

If you would like to attend please contact Jake Lauritsen.

Email: jake@lauritsenfinancial.com
Phone: 701-238-2319

Grant available for ND Veterans with PTSD

North Dakota Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may now apply for a grant which may provide them with a specially trained Service Dog. These service dogs are trained right here in North Dakota to assist Veterans who suffer from PTSD. The dogs provide the special needs of the veteran they are to serve whether it is calming anxiety attacks, providing comfort and assurance in public settings or waking a veteran from a nightmare. PTSD service dogs have proven to greatly assist Veterans in returning to a more normal life and reintegrating back into their community. Service Dogs for America has several of these highly trained service dogs ready to be placed with a veteran in need.

To meet the minimum qualifications for a PTSD service dog the Veteran must be a North Dakota resident, have a diagnosis of PTSD, be engaged in counseling or therapy and have a doctor’s recommendation for a PTSD Service Dog. All qualified Veterans are urged to apply. The grant is made possible by the 63rd ND Legislative Assembly and private donors.

To learn more or to submit an application, visit Service Dogs for America, download the Preliminary Applicationview the brochure, or contact Pamela at 701-685-5009 or info@servicedogsforamerica.org

View the press release.

Tens of thousands of soldiers who are discharged from the military each year are locked out of VA services.

By Jennifer Hlad
Stars and Stripes
Published: September 15, 2014

SAN DIEGO — As part of the effort to eliminate the VA appointment backlog by the end of next year, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said Monday that he plans to increase the range of pay for VA doctors and nurses, among other changes.

The Red River Valley Writing Project is offering a six-week workshop called "Warrior Words" for veterans of any U.S. war. The workshop is funded by a North Dakota Humanities Council grant, received by the Greater Grand Forks Community Theater. The goal of the workshop is to provide support for veterans to write a monologue about their experiences and share that monologue with the public. RRVWP teacher Lori Koenig, will lead the workshop.

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