We often hear what appears on the surface to be a simple question, What is a Veteran? Too often, we hear people talking and they equate Veteran status only to someone who has served in combat. Our youthful Veterans think they are too young to be a Veteran, even though they served or are currently serving in the military. There are many interpretations of the word Veteran. The following are the state and federal definitions of a Veteran, which will assist in determining the benefits you have earned as a result of your military service.
To be eligible for benefits, you must be one of the following:
Child or parent of a deceased veteran
Active duty military service member
Member of the Reserves or National Guard
Discharge Document (DD214) & Military Service Records
To apply for most benefits, you will need to provide military personnel records. If you do not have a copy of your discharge document, you can receive free copies by visiting the Anoka County Veteran Services Office and completing form SF-180.
Other documents you may need to get started
Civilian medical records
Birth certificates for dependents
Identification card or proof of residency
Military medical records
Military personnel file
Use these links to view checklists of items you will need to bring to our office when completing your benefit application.