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Strengthening Women and Men of Service 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 a program called C.O.R.E. which stands for Casework, Outreach, Referral and Education.

The first program of its kind in the nation, C.O.R.E. provides free, confidential services statewide for eligible veterans, military members and their families. We also work with organizations in the community to de-stigmatize behavioral health issues. Ninety-Nine percent of veterans report satisfaction with LSS C.O.R.E. services.

Our Services

Behavioral Health Counseling

PsychArmor Institute certified veteran-ready organization seal

Our dedicated, trauma-trained team has experience working with veterans, military members and their families. They have been Pycharomor trained to better serve military families and veterans; many are veterans themselves.

Services include:

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

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 can help veterans, military members and their families strategize for a stable financial future. We offer expertise in budgeting, debt management, home buyer education and 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
  • SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery Group
  • Veteran’s Caregiver Support Group
  • Veteran’s Family Recovery Support Group
  • Veteran's PTSD Support Group
  • Women's Support Group for Family Members of Veterans
  • Women’s Veteran’s Support Group


Contact C.O.R.E.

Contact C.O.R.E

844.LSS.CORE (844.577.2673)


More Information

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

CVSO (County Veteran Service Officers) Directory

“The support I found in LSS C.O.R.E. services brought me from hopeless to hopeful.”

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