AFSA Chapter 858 Resources

Listed below are some resources for Minnesota Veterans:

  • Veteran Crisis Line (
    • The caring professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Many of the responders are Veterans themselves and understand what Veterans and their families and friends have been through and the challenges Veterans of all ages and service eras face.

      The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

  • Programs that help Minnesota Soldiers and their Families (July 2017 edition)
    • This excellent document is published monthy by Minnesota Army Reserve Ambassador's Tom Haugo and Jim Lundell. If you can't find it here, it doesn't exist.
  • Beyond the Yellow Ribbon - Events and Deals
    • Watch this web page for the latest in events and deals for military members, veterans and their familites.
  • MnSCU - Resources for veterans and service members
    • The Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) provides veteran- and service member-oriented information, interactive military-to-college tools, access to military-friendly services and help.
  • DEED - Veterans Employment Services
    • The MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) provides specialized staff and employment services to help all Minnesota military veterans – including those in the National Guard and Reserves - prepare for, find, and keep a job, no matter their era of service. Veterans employment representatives are located at WorkForce Centers statewide to guide veterans. We also work closely with employers to develop job opportunities for veterans and to advocate on their behalf.
  • Retiree Activity Offices
    • Retiree activities offices are made up of volunteers from all services including surviving spouses. Their charter is to coordinate, establish and staff an office on an active-duty, reserve or guard base through command channels that will assist retirees with myriad actions. These actions include: serving as an information center for space-available travel, Tricare, base services, etc; offering referrals for financial-assistance and pay matters; counseling active-duty Airmen nearing retirement; and providing literature on retirement issues. Minnesota offices are:
  • MDVA - Veterans Linkage Line
    • The MN Dept. of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) offers the Veterans Linkage Line. Search on-line for answers to questions, or call and talk to someone live.