Military & Veteran Services

Military & Veteran Services

Strengthening Service Members and their Families

LSS values veterans and their contributions to Minnesota and the United States. Recognizing the impact of military service, LSS is committed to supporting veterans, military members and their families through a broad range of high-quality, supportive services.

PsychArmor Institute certified veteran-ready organization sealLutheran Social Service of Minnesota is a PsychArmor Institute certified Veteran Ready Organization. PychArmor is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating civilians and organizations serving veterans to better understand military culture and veteran experiences.

LSS serves more than 16,000 veterans and their family members each year. We have established long-standing partnerships with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA), Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) and County Veterans Service Officers (CVSOs). We want each veteran, veteran family member or military service member to find the right supports at the right time.

Through our partnership with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA), LSS responds directly to the challenges veterans and their families face through the C.O.R.E. (Casework, Outreach, Referral and Education) program. C.O.R.E services are free to eligible veterans (you meet the MN Statue definition of veteran) and include casework, caregiver support, financial counseling, housing and behavioral health services. Learn more about C.O.R.E.

Services for Military Members, Veterans and their families

Caregiver Support

Support groups, respite care, counseling and classes help caregivers maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle while providing quality care for their loved ones.

Financial Counseling

We offer judgment-free guidance and effective tools to support the financial wellness of individuals and families. Many services are free and available nationwide.

Housing

We work with veterans to secure housing and achieve their personal goals.

LSS Meals

We take the work out of healthy eating. LSS Meals offers many delicious meal options that are available to anyone statewide.

Mental Health Services

Support for improved quality of life, including assessment and evaluation; trauma therapy; deployment and reintegration support; and individual, couple and family counseling.

LSS Services

All LSS services are open to veterans, military members and their families.

Helpful Websites and Resources

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

Listing of County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO)

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Blue Star Mothers of America

Department of Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Information

 

We provide confidential services to all our Minnesota neighbors, regardless of religion, gender, age or sexual orientation. We work with veterans to find the best solutions and are committed to their health and wellbeing. Veterans, their spouses and family members are welcome.

Kurt, U.S. Army veteran
Once I started using LSS services, I felt empowered to take charge of my treatments, to look at my disability benefits and to get myself on a path to recovery.

~Kurt, U.S. Army veteran