Veterans and Servicemembers
- There were 18.5 million veterans in the U.S. in 2016.
- 1.6 million veterans are women.
- 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
- 28.3 percent of veterans 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree.
- Annual median income for veterans in 2016:
- 4.0 million veterans have a service-connected disability rating.
There are various state and federal laws that may affect you if you are a veteran, service member or their dependent. This booklet is designed to summarize several laws that affect service members and their dependents. It is not all inclusive, and if you have questions please contact us and we will try to assist you.
The Minnesota Attorney General's Office provides assistance to veterans and service members. If a veteran, service member, or a member of your family is experiencing difficulty with veteran’s benefits, TRICARE benefits, credit issues, home mortgage, identity theft, or another consumer related matter, you may contact the Attorney General's Veterans Assistance Unit for help at (651) 296-3353 (Twin Cities Calling Area) or (800) 657-3787 (Outside the Twin Cities). We provide free voluntary mediation services to help resolve problems.
Table of Contents
The following is a table of contents for the Veterans and Servicemembers Handbook. You may click on the headers for more information on that topic.
- Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
- Interest Rate on Debt
- Real Estate Leases
- Civil Actions and Foreclosures
- Motor Vehicle Leases
- Federal Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
- Employment Rights
- Public Employment
- Education Rights
- Motor Vehicles
- Professional Licenses
- Public Records
- Active Duty Alert
- Security Freeze
- Annual Credit Report
- United States Department of Veteran Affairs
- Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs
- TRICARE Programs
- VISN 23: VA Midwest Healthcare Network
- General Resources
- Employment Resources
- Family Assistance Centers
- Air National Guard & Air Force Reserve
- Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
- County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO)
Military Service Members Relief
The Servicemember's Civil Relief Act provides certain protections for service men and women on active duty in the United States Armed Services. The Act also applies to a service member called to active state duty because of a federal emergency, such as the National Guard's assistance in airport security.
Probate and Planning
The process of planning ahead for the end of life is something that many want to avoid. Although planning for such a time may not be comfortable, it is an important step to help those who will care for you and your affairs. This handbook addresses wills and the probate process. Next, it describes living trusts, conservatorships, and powers of attorney. Finally, it addresses health care directives and planning a funeral.
How to Assert Your Rights as a Consumer
Companies don't want unhappy consumers to complain and use a competitor's service or product. Keep in mind the following points when filing a complaint about a product or service with a business.