Veterans Services

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President Biden recently signed the SAVE LIVES Act, expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations provided by VA to the following groups:

 

  • All categories of Veterans regardless of Character of Discharge – Anyone who served in the U.S. military is eligible to be vaccinated through VA.

 

  • Spouses of a Veteran – For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a spouse to include marriage, same-sex, and common-law marriages. This includes a widow or widower of a Veteran. If you characterize your relationship as spousal, you can receive the vaccine.

 

  • Caregivers of a Veteran – For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, we define a caregiver as a family member or friend who provides care to the Veteran. Caregivers may help the Veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help the Veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.

 

  • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits.

 

If you’re interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please call the Fargo VA at 800-410-9723 or (701) 239-3700, select option 2, then select option 1 primary care scheduling, to inquire about vaccine appointment locations – perhaps at a location near you – and options. Hours of operation for this phone line are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time.

 

Your employer, pharmacy, or local public health officials may offer you a COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to take the first opportunity you have to get a vaccine at the most convenient location for you.

 

Appointments and walk-ins are available Monday through Friday at the Fargo VA Medical Center. We have the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics coming up in communities across North Dakota and northwest Minnesota offering the Johnson and Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine:

 

  • Jamestown, ND, at Shady’s at the Gladstone Inn and Suites on April 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 111 2nd St NE, Jamestown, ND 58401
  • Bismarck, ND, at the Bismarck Armory on April 8, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­4200 Miriam Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58501
  • Williston, ND, at the Williston Upper Missouri District Health Unit Airport Hangar on April 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 408 Airport Road, Williston, ND 58801
  • Dickinson, ND, at the Dickinson Armory on April 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 46 W Museum Dr, Dickinson, ND 58601
  • Fergus Falls, MN, at the Bigwood Event Center on April 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 925 Western Ave, Fergus Falls, MN 56537
  • Bemidji, MN, at the Sanford Center on April 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 1111 Event Center Drive NE, Bemidji, MN 56601
  • Grand Forks, ND, North Dakota National Guard Armory on April 21, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1501 S 48th St, Grand Forks, 58201

                        

Polk County Veterans Services Overview

Goals & Vision

The Polk County Veterans Service Office provides guidance and assistance to Veterans and their family members regarding federal and state Veteran benefit programs.

Goals & Vision

It is our goal, in partnership with the Veterans Health Administration and the National Cemetery Administration, to provide benefits and services to Veterans and their families in recognition of their service to the Nation. Our vision is to provide compassion, honesty, trust, respect, open communication and accountability in our day to day behavior.

Services

The Polk County Veterans’ Services Department provides assistance to veterans and their dependents regarding federal and state veteran benefit programs. It considers, prepares, and processes various forms relative to petition and application for various veterans’ benefits.

Services are performed independently but within the regulations and policies of the state and federal governments and under general supervision of the Board of Commissioners.

Benefits

Some of the benefits available to veterans and their dependents are as follows:

  • Burial Benefits
  • Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
  • Disability Compensation
  • Educational Benefits
  • Federal/ State Veterans Cemetery
  • Home Loan Guarantees
  • Non-Service Connected Pension  
  • Nursing Homes
  • Obtaining Discharge Papers (DD-214)
  • State Subsistence/Dental/Optical
  • State Veteran Homes
  • Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
  • Widows' Pension