North Dakota is home to over 55,000 Veterans. Our goal is to ensure that every Veteran in the State of North Dakota receives every benefit to which he or she may be entitled from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), other agencies, and the State of North Dakota.
The department disseminates current information to the state veteran population through the use of news media, Veterans Service Officers, veterans organizations, and this website. We accept and carry through to completion compensation claims, counsel veterans on employment, educational programs, disability benefits, medical care entitlement, nursing home assistance, death benefits, and other related veterans activities. The department, working under the supervision of the Administrative Committee, also monitors legislation and assists others in acquiring information. We also administer the Veterans Aid Loan Program, the Hardship Grant Program to assist veterans financially with basic needs such as dental, hearing, etc., and the Transportation Program to help transport veterans to the VA Hospital in Fargo, Miles City, MT, or Ft. Meade, SD and to several community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs).
The department has the responsibility of training newly appointed Tribal Service Officers and County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO) selected by their respective County Board of Commissioners. The department also conducts a minimum of two training seminars each year for all County and Tribal appointees.
The mission of the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs is to assist veterans of North Dakota and their dependents in obtaining all benefits to which they are entitled, both federal and state, either by direct contact or through the assistance of the County and Tribal Veterans Service Officers.
Veterans History Project
We invite you to visit the ND State Historical Society's Veterans History Project page. They continue to accept the stories of wartime veterans who live in or served from North Dakota. These stories illuminate individual experiences, enhances the understanding of these eras, and provides bridges between generations. You can also contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your stories.