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Call Washington County Veteran Services to make an appointment at one of our offices. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except for federal holidays. When required, in-person meetings are by appointment only at all three of our locations: Stillwater, Cottage Grove, and Forest Lake.
Service connection for a disability may be established in the following ways:
A service connected disabled Veteran does not have to pay for medical care at a VAMC for his/her service connected disability. Depending on the percentage of disability, the service connected Veteran may have co-payments for non-service connected disability services and/or prescriptions. These co-payments may be waived if the Veteran completes a financial means test and meets the criteria for exemption. Note: 50–100 percent service-connected Veterans do not have any co-pays for services and/or prescriptions, even for non-service related conditions. If a Veteran is not service-connected, there may be co-payments for services and prescription costs.
The widow/widower of a recognized war-time Veteran may be eligible for a pension. This pension is based solely on financial need. The widow/widower of a Veteran who died of a service-connected disability is eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, also known as DIC. This compensation is not based on financial need. The widow/widower of a Veteran who was rated at 100 percent, permanent and total, service connected disabled for ten years or more is also eligible for DIC even if the Veterans death was not due to service connected conditions. In this circumstance, there may be an additional allowance for the widow/widower if he/she was married to the Veteran for eight years or more and lived continuously with the Veteran prior to death.
When a Veteran is rated 30 percent service connected or more, the Veteran is given an additional allowance for dependents. Veterans who are in receipt of pension are also given an allowance for dependents; however, with pension all dependent income is counted/included. When a Veteran is rated at 100 percent permanent and total or a Veteran dies due to a service connected disability, dependents are eligible for education benefits.