Minnesota Veterans of Foreign Wars Claims Office
Assistant Claims Director
VFW Claims Office
Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building
1 Federal Drive
St. Paul, MN. 55111
Mon-Fri 7 AM-3:30 PM
What is the Claims Office?
As the largest organization of combat veterans, the VFW understands the frustrations that can arise when filing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The claims process can be confusing and one that service members and veterans shouldn’t try to navigate alone. That’s why the VFW’s National Veterans Service (NVS) was created.
VFW Service Officers are trained experts, helping veterans develop their case with ease by reviewing and applying current law, pertinent legislation, regulations and medical histories. As skilled professionals, they assist in filing for disability compensation, rehabilitation and education programs, pension and death benefits, and employment and training programs. Furthermore, they won’t hesitate to request hearings before the VA and the Board of Veterans Appeals to present oral arguments when needed.
VFW Service Officers are with America’s veterans every step of the way once they’re ready to file a claim. This is a service the VFW is proud to offer–free of charge–to anyone seeking assistance with the claims process. It’s a service our veterans have earned and deserve.
Your Minnesota VFW Claims Office is housed in the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building, and employees five of the most highly trained staff Nationwide. Jon Gohn Director, Lynette Bonin Assistant Director, Scott Sutherland Service Officer/Hospital Representative, Steve Walker Service Officer and Jeffrey Cowell Claims Examiner.
They stand ready to assist veterans and their dependents with a variety of needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Disability Compensation Benefits
Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (RH)
What is Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (RH)?
Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance is life insurance for veterans with service-related disabilities. The basic program, which is called "RH Insurance", insures eligible veterans up to $10,000. A supplemental policy, called "Supplemental RH Insurance", gives certain disabled veterans extra coverage of up to $20,000.
Who is Eligible?
You are eligible for RH INSURANCE if:
You left service after April 24, 1951, AND
VA has notified you that you have a service-related disability AND
You are healthy EXCEPT for your service-related disability AND
You apply within 2 years of being notified of your disability.
Note: if the veteran is mentally incompetent, call for information about eligibility and time limits.
You are eligible for SUPPLEMENTAL RH INSURANCE if:
You have RH Insurance AND
VA has notified you that you don't have to pay your insurance premiums (which is called a waiver) AND
You apply within 1 year of being notified of the waiver AND
You are under 65 years of age.
Note: In some cases, Veterans over age 65 can apply.
REMINDER: Waiver of RH Premiums - you may be eligible for a waiver if you become too disabled to work before your 65th birthday and stay that way for at least 6 consecutive months. (Premiums for Supplemental RH Insurance can't be waived.)
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost varies depending upon your age, type of plan you select (term or one of several permanent plans), and the amount of coverage.
How Can I Apply?
You may use the following forms to apply:
VA Form 29-4364 - to apply for basic RH Insurance
VA Form 29-0188 - to apply for Supplemental RH Insurance
VA Form 29-357 - to apply for a waiver of your RH Insurance premiums
Disability Pension Benefits
Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
Burial Allowance Benefits
Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance
Montgomery GI Bill
Home Loan Guaranty Benefits
Dental Benefits for Veterans
Medical CoPay Rates
Things To Do When a Veteran Dies
Veterans Data Record
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