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Date of Meeting: January 12, 2019

Honor Flight

A concurrent resolution expressing gratitude for the outstanding services provided to North Dakota veterans by the Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota and Minnesota.

This bill would...

  • Provide ND House and Senate show of graditude to volunteers and supporters of the ND and MN Honor Flights


  • Added "North Dakota Native Veterans Honor Flight
  • Committee recommended DO PASS as amended 14-0-0 HJ 921
  • HOUSE ADOPTED 88-0 HJ 1015




Date of Meeting: January 25, 2019

Honor our Fallen Armed Forces Veterans 

A concurrent resolution honoring the service and devotion our fallen armed forces veterans have made to this great nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF NORTH DAKOTA, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN: That the Sixty-sixth Legislative Assembly honors the service and devotion our fallen armed forces veterans have made to this great nation; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State forward copies of this resolution to the President of the United States and to each member of the North Dakota Congressional Delegation.





Date of Meeting: March 26, 2019

US Flag display in Memorial Hall of Capitol 

A concurrent resolution requiring a flag display in Memorial Hall to include the flag of the United States of America in honor of veterans and members of the armed forces.

This bill would...

  • The Flag of the United States of America be flown as part of any flag display in Memorial Hall
  • Flag must be displayed in accordance with US State Flag Code


  • Changed from "as part of any flag display" to "at all times"
  • Committee recommended a DO PASS as amended 14-0-0 HJ 922




Date of Meeting: March 6, 2019

Study Veterans Affairs

A concurrent resolution directing the Legislative Management to consider studying state and federal veterans' programs, the programs' eligibility requirements, and the efficiency of public or private entities responsible for the administration of state and federal veterans' programs to ensure all current and future North Dakota veterans receive the care, assistance, and benefits to which the veterans are entitled.

This bill would...

  • Allow the Legislative Managment to consider studying the state and federl veterans programs
  • Require study to include consultation with ACOVA, NDDVA, Adjutant General and veterans organizations
  • Reauire report of findings and recommendations to 67th legislative assembly





Study chosen for interim study. Assigned to the GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE

Delivery of Veterans' Services by the State and Counties

A concurrent resolution directing the Legislative Council to study the delivery of veterans' services by the state and counties.

Date of Meeting: February 13, 2017


A concurrent resolution urging the State Board of Higher Education to develop a policy and

procedures for providing specific, tailored financial aid counseling to recipients of education

benefits under the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, as amended, and to include in the

counseling comparisons of those education benefits to other aid packages and financing

options available to the recipients.

This bill would:

  • Urge the State Board of Higher Education to develop a policy and procedures for financial aid counceling for recipients of benefits under the Servicemens Readjustment Act of 1944.



Military Force Structure in State

A concurrent resolution in support of the efforts of the Congressional Delegation, the Governor's Task Force on Military in North Dakota, the Grand Forks Council on Military Relations, the Minot Task Force 21, and the Fargo-Moorhead (F-M) Air National Guard Support Group to maintain and enhance military force structure and missions in this state and support of state and local officials in their efforts to keep this state a first-class place for members of the armed forces to live and work.

  • Supports delegation's efforts to maintain/enhance military force structure in state.
Date of Meeting: March 13, 2017


A concurrent resolution declaring June 27, 2017, as "Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day" and the month of June as "Posttraumatic Stress Injury Awareness Month"
This bill will: Change June 27, 2017 from "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day" to "Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day"


  • Added continuation for every year thereafter
  • Added ND Cares to list of agencies
  • Added Department of Human Services to list of agencies
  • Added Families and Survivors to list of persons to educate
  • Committee recommended a DO PASS 13-0-1 HJ 932
  • PASSED HOUSE 91-0 HJ 977


Signed by President of Senate SJ 955

Signed by Speaker of House and filed with Secretary of State HJ 1198

Delivery and Funding of Veterans' Services

A concurrent resolution directing the Legislative Council to study the delivery and funding of veterans' services by the state and counties.

A document produced annually by each of the four Research and Development Services, provides brief lay language summaries of important current impacts from research studies.

Date of Meeting: January 11, 2016
Loan Application (974.0 KB pdf)
Date of Meeting: April 6, 2018
Date of Meeting: December 17, 2015
Date of Meeting: November 7, 2017
Date of Meeting: November 8, 2018
Date of Meeting: June 25, 2018
PIV Application (417.0 KB pdf)
Date of Meeting: September 16, 2020

What is PTSD?

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a disorder which causes disabling anxiety after a dangerous event, such as being in combat or a traffic accident. Individuals with PTSD cannot stop thinking about the event. They may relive the experience over and over in flashbacks or nightmares. The high level of anxiety of PTSD can lead to associated problems like panic attacks, depression, alcoholism and substance abuse.

PTSD affects 7.7 million adults, but it can affect children and the elderly. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD. Sometimes someone whose loved one lived through a dangerous event will get PTSD.

How is PTSD diagnosed? Physicians group the symptoms into three categories:

  • Re-experiencing symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, terrifying thoughts.
  • Avoidance symptoms such as steering clear of anything that reminds the person of the experience, withdrawing emotionally or feeling strong guilt or anxiety
  • Hyperarousal symptoms such as always feeling tense or being easily startled.

A person needs to demonstrate these symptoms for one month or more to be diagnosed with PTSD. If symptoms disappear within a month after a stressful event, it is labeled Acute Stress Disorder, or ASD.

PTSD often exists simultaneously with other physical symptoms of high stress such as digestive disorders, headaches, chest pain and dizziness. Be sure to tell your physician if you have experienced a traumatic event so she can diagnose and treat PTSD properly.

Psychotherapy and medication are two of the main treatments for PTSD. Antidepressants keep the symptoms in check, but do not treat the cause of PTSD. Talk therapy enables the PTSD sufferer to work through the event. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is deemed the most effective talk therapy for PTSD. A therapist may help the individual reframe the incident or may walk him through a process of systematic desensitization to lessen the impact of the event. Treatments last 3-6 months, or could take 1-2 years.

Relaxation techniques such as meditation reduce the stress experienced in PTSD and thus, provide relief to PTSD sufferers. A study of Vietnam War veterans suffering from PTSD demonstrated that after three months of doing the Transcendental Meditation technique, symptoms such as alcohol usage, high startle response, emotional numbness and anxiety decreased as compared to a control group who received only psychotherapy. Research indicates that meditation has a positive effect on problems that often arise in PTSD sufferers, such as hypertension (pdf), depression, and substance abuse.

Recovery from PTSD usually takes some time, but adding relaxation techniques such as meditation, may speed up the process.

Need help with PTSD?

Contact Vet Centers, Suicide Prevention, Military One Source, Troop and Family, ND Human Services, Tricare, NDNG Family Support in North Dakota

To file a claim for PTSD contact a Veteran Service Officer.

ND Department of Veterans Affairs announces 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 Application, view the brochure, or contact Pamela at 701-685-5009 or info@servicedogsforamerica.org

View the press release.

Mobile Applications

VA’s mobile applications (apps) provide self-help, education and support. We also have treatment companion apps, for use with a health care provider, to make treatment easier. There are apps for iOS and Android devices.

PTSD is a serious mental health condition that often needs professional evaluation and treatment. These apps are not intended to replace needed professional care.

Self-Help Apps

  • PTSD Coach - This mobile app is to help you learn about and cope with the symptoms related to PTSD that commonly occur following trauma.

Treatment Companion Apps

  • PE Coach - A mobile app to be used during Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy with a mental health professional. PE Coach is not a self-help tool.

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 1 of section 57-40.3-04 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the exemption from motor vehicle excise taxes on the acquisition or lease of a motor vehicle by a disabled veteran.

SSVF Agency Referral Form (226.0 KB pdf)

VA is committed to addressing the issue of suicide among our Veterans and offers a network of support available to those who have served our country. VA provides a confidential 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line for Veterans in crisis and their families. Trained VA professionals are available at all times to assist Veterans and their family members. Veterans and their families do not have to be enrolled in VA to use the free, confidential Veterans Crisis Line.

Vet Center Combat Call Center 877-WAR-Vets

1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.

Veterans Chat Link: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The Suicide Prevention campaign of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has expanded it’s outreach to all Veterans by piloting an online, one-to-one “chat service” for Veterans who prefer reaching out for assistance using the Internet.

Called “Veterans Chat,” the new service enables Veterans, their families and friends to go online where they can anonymously chat with a trained VA counselor. If a “chatter” is determined to be in a crisis, the counselor can take immediate steps to transfer the person to the VA Suicide Prevention Hotline, where further counseling and referral services are provided and crisis intervention steps can be taken.

“This online feature is intended to reach out to all Veterans who may or may not be enrolled in the VA health care system and provide them with online access to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline,” said Dr. Gerald Cross, VA’s Acting Under Secretary for Health. “It is meant to provide Veterans with an anonymous way to access VA’s suicide prevention services.”

Veterans, family members or friends can access Veterans Chat through the suicide prevention Web site (www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org).  There is a Veterans tab on the left-hand side of the website that will take them directly to Veteran resource information.  On this page, they can see the Hotline number (1-800-273-TALK), and click on the Veterans Chat tab on the right side of the Web page to enter.

Veterans retain anonymity by entering whatever names they choose once they enter the one-on-one chat. They are then joined by a counselor who is trained to provide information and respond to the requests and concerns of the caller.

North Dakota Suicide Prevention Program 1-800-273-8255 Contact us.


Date of Meeting: November 7, 2017
Date of Meeting: August 22, 2017
Date of Meeting: September 16, 2020
Date of Meeting: October 12, 2016
Date of Meeting: October 12, 2016
Date of Meeting: September 21, 2020
Date of Meeting: March 26, 2018
Date of Meeting: September 18, 2020
Date of Meeting: October 31, 2019

Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members for military related issues. Veterans have earned these benefits through their service and all are provided at no cost to the veteran or family.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center program operates a system of 232 community based counseling centers. The Vet Centers are staffed by small multi-disciplinary teams of dedicated providers, many of which are combat veterans themselves. Vet Center staff are available toll free during normal business hours at 1-800-905-4675 (Eastern) and 1-866-496-8838 (Pacific).

Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.  In an effort to better serve the veteran and family members, upon request Vet Centers will provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends.

Link to vet center: www.vetcenter.va.gov

619 Riverwood Drive, Suite 105
Phone: (701)-224-9751
Fax: (701)-223-5150

3310 Fiechtner Drive. Suite 100
Fargo, ND 58103-8730
Phone: (701)-237-0942
Fax: (701)-237-5734

Grand Forks
3001 32nd Ave S. Suite 6A
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701-620-1448 Or 877-927-8387

330 South Broadway
Minot, ND 58701
Phone: (701)-852-0177 or 877-927-8387
Fax: (701)-852-5225