Veteran Benefits in North Dakota
Service members may obtain VA benefits in North Dakota through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the state Department of Veterans Affairs. Through these veterans benefits, servicemembers and their families receive federal and state employment services, college tuition assistance and health care coverage. Additional veterans administration benefits include home loans, property tax exemptions and burial allowances.
However, other ND veterans assistance programs include housing assistance, services for women and minority servicemembers, and military appreciation programs such as complimentary lawn and snow care. To learn more about veterans benefits administration programs and how to apply for them, review the sections below.
Disability Benefits for Veterans in North Dakota
Servicemembers may apply for North Dakota VA disability pay if they have service-connected disabilities or illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
To apply for VA disability benefits, military members must complete an application pertaining to the type of compensation they wish to receive. Available disabled veterans benefits include Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), general disability compensation, and Special Monthly Compensation (SMC).
To make disability claims, veterans must complete VA Form 21-526EZ (general compensation), 21-534EZ (DIC) or 21-2680 (SMC).
Additionally, veterans may enroll in VA life insurance, including Servicemembers’ Group Life, Family Servicemembers’ Group Life and Servicemembers’ Group Life Traumatic Injury Protection. Other veterans life insurance policies include Veterans’ Mortgage Life, Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance and Veterans’ Group Life.
For assistance in obtaining life insurance policies for veterans, contact a County Veterans Service Officer (VSO).
Health Insurance Benefits for Veterans in North Dakota
Veterans who meet VA health care qualifications may apply for health insurance in person at a VA medical center, online, by telephone or by mail.
To enroll in North Dakota VA health insurance by telephone, servicemembers must call 1-877-222-8387, or they may complete an application (Form 10-10EZ) and submit it to the following address:
Health Eligibility Center 2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30329-1647
Note: Veterans in need of long-term VA medical benefits or extended care may need to complete an Application for Extended Care Services (VA Form 10-10EC).
Veterans health insurance in ND also include access to the following benefits:
- Hardship assistance grants for veterans in need of dental procedures
- Service dog assistance for vets with PTSD
- Access to the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon
- Free transportation to and from a Veterans Hospital
To learn more about obtaining these veterans health insurance benefits, contact a local VSO.
Pension Benefits for Veterans in North Dakota
Federal VA pension programs are available to financially-needy servicemembers and their families. These veterans pension options include Aid and Attendance (A&A), survivors payments and Housebound allowances.
To obtain these VA pension benefits, service members must complete VA Form 21P-527EZ or 21P-534EZ. To enroll in the A&A pension program or to receive House bound allowances, military members must mail a physician’s report to the following address:
Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center Attn: St. Paul Pension Center P.O. Box 5365 Janesville, WI 53547-5365
Note: Additional North Dakota VA benefits are available to low-income servicemembers and their surviving family members. These programs provide financial support under the National Guard Foundation, Great Plains Foodbank, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), ND Food Pantries, Meals on Wheels, Chase Bank Military Survivor Program and the PWTF Hardship Assistance Grant. To learn more about these programs, contact a local VSO.
Housing Benefits for Veterans in North Dakota
State and federal VA housing programs are available to servicemembers in need of assistance with their housing needs. These veterans housing assistance programs include the Lisbon Veterans Home, property tax exemptions, resources for homeless vets and home loans. To apply for admission into the VA housing assistance program in Lisbon, patients must submit the following forms to the nursing home: An Application Form (SFN 60100), a Medical Certificate (VA Form 10-10SH), a Discharge Certificate of Service, proof of state residency, Criminal History Record Information (SFN 51156) and an Authorization to Disclose Information (Form 16).
Furthermore, additional housing assistance for veterans includes the following:
- The federal home loan guaranty program, including Purchase Loans, Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans (IRRRL), and Native American Direct Loans (NADL)
- Federal housing grants for veterans with disabilities, including Special Housing Adaptation Grants (SHA) and Specially Adapted Housing Grants (SAH)
- Community Action of North Dakota
- Habitat for Humanity
- Homes 4 Wounded Heroes
- Federal resources for homeless veterans, including the National Call Center, ND Coalition for Homeless People and the Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons
To learn more about VA home loan options and other housing benefits available to veterans, contact a local VSO.
Education Benefits for Veterans in North Dakota
Many state and federal VA education benefits are available to servicemembers and their eligible dependents, including benefits under the GI bill, Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) and the Montgomery GI Bill.
To apply for post 911 GI bill benefits, veterans must complete an Application for VA Education Benefits (Form 22-1990) and mail it to the following address:
VA Regional Office P.O. Box 32432 St. Louis, MO 63132-0832
Additional veterans education benefits include grants, in-state college tuition status, scholarships for veterans, on-the-job training (OJT) and apprenticeships.
Available scholarships for veterans in ND include the Dependent Tuition Waiver, a program available to the dependents of servicemembers killed or disabled in action. To apply for free tuition through the Dependent Tuition Waiver, students must contact their school’s financial aid department.
Note: Additional school benefits include access to Campus Vet Centers throughout the state.
Employment Benefits for Veterans in North Dakota
Veterans seeking North Dakota VA jobs assistance may take advantage of the many employment programs and services available to them. To help servicemembers find suitable jobs for veterans, the state offers the following resources:
- Job Service North Dakota
- The Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP)
- The Volt Military Heroes Program
- Federal Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services (VR&E)
Additionally, applicants can find a list of open veteran jobs under the Job Announcement section on the state Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Funeral Benefits for Veterans in North Dakota
North Dakota VA death benefits include burial allowances, funeral honors (if requested), and interment at the ND Veterans Cemetery in Mandan. However, allowances for VA burial benefits vary depending on whether servicemembers die in a service or non-service-connected death.
Additional VA burial benefits include a flag, headstone or marker, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC).
To pre-register for veterans death benefits, servicemembers must complete an Application and Eligibility for Burial in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery and submit it along with military discharge papers to the following address:
ND State Veterans Cemetery 1825 46th Street Mandan, ND 58554