Veterans Service Office

For the health and safety of staff and those we serve, appointments with Veterans Service Office staff will continue to be over telephone or video conference whenever possible. Although our department lobbies in Cottage Grove, Forest Lake, and Stillwater are open, there is limited capacity.

When required, in-person meetings are by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, call your worker or 651-430-6895.


Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders. 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or text to 838255


bigstock--152949122-VetsSvs-MainPg-ComSvsWashington County Veteran Services provides responsive, timely, accurate and compassionate assistance to Veterans, their dependents and survivors in applying for federal, state and local benefits. In recognition of their service to our nation we act as their advocates. We work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, nationally chartered Veteran Service Organizations and local organizations/resources to ensure Washington County Veterans, their dependents and survivors get the benefits they have rightfully earned.

Who We Are

The County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) and Assistant County Veteran Service Officers (ACVSO) are highly trained professional advocates that share an understanding of the challenges our Veterans, their dependents and survivors face. We receive the most current training on the scope, significance and application of ever-changing federal, state and local laws. We are well versed in the rules and regulations adopted by the various organizations and implement them effectively. We apply specialized knowledge in the best way suited to meet the needs of every Veteran, dependent and survivor who visits our office.

Examples of services offered in this office:
  • Comprehensive benefits counseling
  • Claims preparation and submission
  • Claims follow-up to ensure final decisions
  • Networking and advocacy with federal, state and local agencies
If you are interested in applying for benefits or are curious about what benefits may be available please contact us and we will assist you or direct you to the appropriate resource.