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Strengthening Service Members and Their Families


Since 2008, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) to support military members, veterans and their families in maintaining their wellbeing through the Minnesota Service CORE program. CORE stands for casework, outreach, referral and education.

CORE services can foster greater peace of mind and resiliency, support the development of new skills to cope with challenges and improve relationships. PsychArmor Institute certified veteran-ready organization seal

LSS is a PsychArmor Institute certified Veteran Ready organization committed to supporting those who have served and their families.

Our Services

Behavioral Health Counseling

Our dedicated, trauma-trained team understands that the military has its own culture and that civilian life can be challenging both during and after service. Our team offers compassionate, effective support and many of our team members are veterans themselves.

Our services include:

  • Individual and Couple’s Counseling
  • Family Counseling and Support
  • Deployment and Reintegration Support
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Trauma-Focused Behavioral Therapy

Caregiver Support & Respite

Caregiver Support & Respite services can empower you, increase your caregiving skills, reduce isolation, offer breaks and support your overall well-being.

Our services include:

  • Caregiver Coaching and Counseling
  • Emergency Planning for Caregivers
  • Caregiver Respite
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Telephone Reassurance
  • Caregiver Training and Education

Case Management

Whatever challenges you are facing, our case managers assess each individual’s situation. They create a personalized plan identifying beneficial services and resources found at LSS or through our large network of providers across the state. 

Financial Counseling

Financial counseling offers judgment-free guidance and tools that equip you to achieve financial wellness. 

Our services include:

  • Budgeting
  • Credit Improvement
  • Debt Management
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Homebuyer Education
  • Student Loan Counseling

Homeless Initiative

Our Behavioral Health and Housing Services partner together to offer options for short- and long-term shelter for veterans. If you are a veteran and unable to find shelter, please contact us for more information.

Support Groups

Our support, therapy and wellness groups are facilitated by team members trained in trauma-informed care and experienced in working with veterans, military members and their families.

Some of the groups we offer include:

  • Men’s Veterans PTSD Support Group
  • Women's Support Group for Family Members of Veterans


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“The support I found in LSS CORE services brought me from hopeless to hopeful.”

~ Bea, widow of a longtime Army Intelligence Officer, benefitted form Behavioral Health and Financial Counseling services.