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Henry M. Guttormson, Post #40

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440

 

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While it is our desire to provide helpful information to our veterans and their families, the American Legion Post #40 has no commitment to or association with these websites. It is our policy to thoroughly research all links before placing them on our website to insure that our veterans are given good, solid information. Due to the number of request we receive, this process takes time. All websites requests are checked with the Better Business Bureau. Those requesting links will be notified if your link is accepted.

 

When using the following links, we encourage you to use the upmost caution. When interacting with any website we encourage you to read their posted privacy statements as you will be subject to their privacy policies. While we support the protection of privacy on the internet, the American Legion Post #40 is not responsible for actions between you and the actions of third parties. Please notify webmaster@lanesboroamericanlegion.org should you have problems with any of the provided links. Thank you!

 

 

VETERAN SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP

A free, confidential resource that veterans, their families and friends can access any day, any time by manned by trained professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line —many of them veterans themselves—who are ready to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether a veteran has just returned home, or served years ago, their experiences remain with them. Their wounds might not be visible, but they need our attention.  Anyone who knows a veteran can help.

Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255 or chat online http://www.veteranscrisisline.net

 

VA After Hours Symptom Based Nurse Line

Answered Monday-Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 am, holidays and weekends

866-687-7382 or toll free number 1-866-414-5058 ext 1100.

 

Rochester VA Clinic Telephone System

The phone system will be staffed by VA staff trained to help answer your questions and help assist you with coordinating your health care needs.

 The Call Center will take your calls Monday-Friday from 7:30 am until 5:45 pm, excluding most holidays.

Click here for details

 

 

FILLMORE COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE
 
Proudly Serving our Minnesota Veterans

Jason Marquardt - Veterans Service Officer

902 Houston St. NW, Suite #4

Preston, MN  55965

Office Phone:  507-765-4937

Office Fax: 507-765-4405

 

vso@co.fillmore.mn.us

jmarquardt@co.fillmore.mn.us

http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/veteransdefault.htm

Providing support to veterans, widows of veterans, children of a deceased or

disabled veteran, and parents who lost a son or daughter in military service.

 

Ride the Fillmore County

VA Van to the Minneapolis VA Center

Need transportation to the Minneapolis VA?

No driving worries ... no hassle trying to find parking.

Ride is FREE, or if you receive mileage there may be a small fee.

Call the Preston Veteran Affairs Office for details 507-765-4937

 

 

ARMED FORCES SERVICES CENTER

Founded by Maggie Purdum in 1970 in honor of her son who died in Vietnam,

the Armed Forces Services Center at the Twin City International Airport has been in business for 47 years.

The center provides free food, shelter and services for military who are in transit.

For more information, call 612-726-9156 or go to the website at http://www.mnafsc.org/

 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

Although we make every effort to research the posted links so you are provided legitimate information, please use caution when using these links. When interacting with any website, read their privacy statements as you will be subject to their privacy policies. While it is our desire to provide helpful information to our veterans and their families, the American Legion Post #40 has no commitment to or association with these websites and is not responsible for actions between you and the actions of third parties.

 

 

 

VETERAN MEDICAL - DISABILITIES LINKS

The following links in this category provide assistance for Suicide Prevention, Elderly Veterans Assistance, Disabilities, PTSD, Talk with a Combat Veteran, Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injuries, or Sexual Trauma during military service. Additional links can be found in the Additional Medical Helps section.

 

Veteran Suicide Prevention Help - Veterans Crisis Line

A free, confidential resource that veterans, their families and friends can access any day, any time by manned by trained professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line —many of them veterans themselves—who are ready to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether a veteran has just returned home, or served years ago, their experiences remain with them. Their wounds might not be visible, but they need our attention.  Anyone who knows a veteran can help.

Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255 or chat online  http://www.veteranscrisisline.net

 

Elderly Veterans Assistance

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will provide benefits and services that address a variety of issues from the changing health risks, as well as financial challenges through VA benefits and health services for veterans age 65 or older. These Veterans served in conflicts around the world including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even in the Persian Gulf War. VA benefits including disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial.  http://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-elderly.asp

 

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP)

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families by providing free programs and services that address their needs and fill gaps in government care http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

 

Real Warriors – Real Battles – Real Strength

The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage service members, veterans and military families coping with psychological health concerns to reach out for care and support Sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DcoE) in 2009. Offers information and resources for active duty service members, veterans, members of the National Guard and reserve, families and health professionals.  http://www.realwarriors.net/

 

DAV – Disabled American Veterans

A nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans benefit claims to care for veterans, their families and survivors. A leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible. http://www.dav.org

 

Veteran Suicide Prevention Help - Veterans Crisis Line

A confidential, free hotline for veterans and their families and friends. Call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or connect via chat or text (838255).  https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

 

Help for Veterans with PTSD

Learn how to enroll for VA health care and get an assessment. (National Center for PTSD)  https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/where-to-get-help.asp

 

PTSD Program Locator

Find specialized VA PTSD treatment programs near you. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)   https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/PTSD.asp

 

Veteran Combat Call Center

A 24/7 hotline where you can talk with another combat veteran: 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387).  https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/media/call-center-psa.asp

 

24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Get help for traumatic brain injury and other psychological health issues. Call 1-866-966-1020 or connect through chat or email. (DoD's Defense Centers of Excellence)  http://www.dcoe.mil/Families/Help

 

Help for Veterans Who Experienced Sexual Trauma during Military Service

If you experienced sexual trauma during your military service, you can speak with a therapist at your local Vet Center for free, without an appointment, and regardless of your enrollment status with the VA. Just bring your DD214 (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)  https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/Military_Sexual_Trauma.asp

 

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ADDICTION LINKS

The following links in this category provide assistance for Drug and Alcohol Addictions. Additional links can be found in the Additional Medical Helps section.

 

American Addiction Centers

The problem of addiction is one that plagues veterans returning home from combat and military deployment facing a number of challenges trying to acclimatize to civilian life. Chief among these challenges is coping with psychological and emotional trauma of battlefield experiences and the toll it takes on their mental health. Far too many of them self-medicate by turning to alcohol or controlled substances, and the human cost is staggering. This rehab guide for addicted veterans and their families can answer questions about drug and alcohol treatment and therapy for soldiers and the people who love them.  http://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/veterans-resources/

 

Start Your Recovery.org

A free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. It was developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from the White House and SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves.  https://startyourrecovery.org/about-us

 

DrugRehab.com - Veterans and Addiction

Veterans often cope with stress after returning from multiple deployments. They may also suffer from illnesses and injuries that can contribute to a substance use disorder. Addiction delays an already complex social reintegration process and can have negative repercussions. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers treatment plans to support veterans as they recover from substance use disorders.  https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/veterans/

 

Addiction Resources - Veterans and Substance Abuse: The Many Sides of the Problem

Addiction Resource is not a treatment center and does not accept payments or advertising offers. Provides resources to help patients and their loved ones so that they may stay on the road to recovery, and can successfully overcome addiction for life.  https://addictionresource.com/addiction/veterans-and-substance-abuse/

 

AddictionCenter - Guiding You From Rehab to Recovery

Founded by recovering addicts and health information writers that connects veterans who are struggling with addiction, and their loved ones, to information and resources, treatment options, and the help they need with a network of centers across the country.  www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/veterans

 

Alcohol Rehab Guide (ARG)

An organization that provides comprehensive, reliable information on the various aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction for those who struggling, as well as their parents, family members, friends, health workers and community members. Made up of individuals who have personal experience with alcohol addiction, and understand the importance of delivering top-notch resources and information. Not a treatment facility, they work with a wide range of healthcare professionals and recovery programs.  https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/

 

The Recovery Village

A comprehensive substance abuse and eating disorder residential treatment facility in Florida providing 24-hour a day medical care and clinical therapeutic monitoring for patients with addictions and/or eating disorders. Offers a full continuum of care from a patients’ arrival. In addition to medical detox and acute medical stabilization, offers nutrition monitoring and medical intervention, inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, sober housing accommodations, and aftercare.  . https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/

 

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ADDITIONAL MEDICAL HELPS

The following links provide additional PTSD and medical helps.

 

HELPGUIDE.ORG - PTSD in Military Veterans: Symptoms, Treatment, and Self-Help.

For all too many veterans, returning from military service means coping with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Having a hard time readjusting to life out of the military. Constantly feeling on edge, emotionally numb and disconnected, or close to panicking or exploding. No matter how long the V.A. wait times, or how isolated or emotionally cut off from others you feel, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and there are plenty of things you can do to start feeling better. These steps can help you learn to deal with nightmares and flashbacks, cope with feelings of depression, anxiety or guilt, and regain your sense of control.  https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/ptsd-in-veterans.htm

 

Mesothelioma Veterans Center

Provide information and assistance to veterans regarding treatment, clinical trials, and VA benefits for veterans suffering from asbestos illnesses. A VA-accredited claims agent and has helped hundreds of veterans get approved for their VA benefits after developing mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancer from their asbestos exposure in the military. From filing for VA Disability Compensation, to helping veterans find the best medical treatment,  https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/

 

MesotheliomaGuide

This company offers information and free resources for mesothelioma patients and their families for the purpose of guiding mesothelioma patients and their loved ones toward answers, care options, and free health solutions.  https://www.mesotheliomaguide.com/veterans/

 

Mesothelioma and Veterans

Learn about the latest treatments available for mesothelioma patients. This page is constantly updated with the latest information. Former service man or woman, the Mesothelioma Veterans Department may be able to help you receive financial and medical benefits.  https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma-and-veterans/

 

MesotheliomaHelp.org Connecting Patients and Caregivers

A comprehensive resource for those affected by asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. A diagnosis of these cancers can feel overwhelming but you don’t have to deal with it alone. This site will help you find solutions and connect with local treatment centers and doctors, learn about the latest information on treatment options, and what types of financial help may be available.  https://www.mesotheliomahelp.org/veterans/

 

Maritime Injury Center

Advocates for mariners and Veterans alike. Important information for service members to understand the significance of the Jones Act and how it impacts the captain and crew of merchant ships hauling military cargo in times of engagement. You can find out more about the Jones Act.  https://www.maritimeinjurycenter.com/jones-act/

 

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EDUCATIONAL LINKS

 

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

Interested in joining the military? An ASVAB test is test administered to anyone interested in enlisting in any of the US Armed Service branches. This site provides free practice tests for all categories of the ASVAB so those interested in joining the military can get a sense of the questions they will expect to see on the ASVAB. Minimum scores must be met in order to be able to enlist.  http://asvabpracticetestonline.com/

 

Veterans Education Benefits

GI Bill benefits include more than just tuition. In addition to tuition support, veterans may also be eligible for benefits involving housing and books, qualify for grants and scholarships, and be eligible for supplemental programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program.  http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

 

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FUNERAL AND BURIAL LINKS

The following links connect you to assistance for funeral and burial benefits.

Additional links in this section provide additional ways to honor your loved ones.

 

Fillmore County Veteran Services Officer  http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/veteransdefault.htm

US Department of Veteran Affairs  https://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/

 

National Veterans Cemetery Administation  http://www.cem.va.gov/

 

 

FREE URNS FOR VETERANS

MADE FOR VETERANS BY VETERANS

There is NO COST (monetary) for Military Veterans to recieve a FREE urn. Each urn is professionally handmade using quality oak wood and is personalized with a military service seal and a name plate with the veteran's name, rank, and life dates.

Click here for details

 

SOLID OAK FLAG CASE

MADE FOR VETERANS BY VETERANS

Display, protect and preserve your Memorial United States Flag in a beautifully handcrafted solid oak flag case with a glass front, removable back and engraved plate with veteran's name and branch of service.

Minnesota Veterans Home

1200 E. 18th Street, Hastings, MN 55033

Phone:  651-539,2486

 

BELL OF HONOR

The Bell of Honor is not associated with the Veterans Services Office but is available to all that have lost a hero!

Based in Rochester, Minnesota, The Bell of Honor is available, upon the family's invitation to be present at the final resting place, at funerals, memorials or during special occasions worthy of the honor.  The primary mission is to show the utmost respect and honor to the individual and their family.  The bell is tolled as a sign of respect and honor for Fallen Hero's who have given their all.  Active Military, Veteran's, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS who have made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest can exist in peace and safety. An unbelievable experience! For details and to make arrangements, go to http://www.thebellofhonor.org

 

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GRAVESITE LOCATORS

 

National Cemetery Administration

Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, State Veteran Cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker. Includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others. Information on veterans buried in private cemeteries were collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers. Information is not available for burials prior to 1997.  http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/index.html

 

Virtual Vietnam Wall

For those who remember the Vietnam War or perhaps lost friends or family, look them up on the Virtual Vietnam Wall site to help remember the sacrifices of the fallen and their families. The site provides the names, bio's and other information on our lost heros. Search by last name, state and city, unit, view photos, and much more.  http://www.virtualwall.org/

 

Together We Served - Honor Roll of Fallen Comrades

Two hundred volunteers have created the largest online site providing profiles of men and women who died in the line of duty. The site allows you and loved ones to connect with those who served our country.  http://togetherweserved.com/

 

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OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

The following links are helpful providing information for Freedom Honor Flight, moving assistants, legal, military tax exclusions, and more.

 

Freedom Honor Flight

Freedom Honor Flight of La Crosse, WI has expanded its service to serve Rochester, Minnesota area veterans. Freedom Honor Flight provides this trip free to veterans as a tribute for their service. A trip which is beyond the reach of many veterans due to cost and physical limitations. World War II, Korea and veterans with a terminal illness have priority status for this year’s flights. Please contact James Haugen at 507-273-0366 haugfour@gmail.com or the Legion at (507)467-3440 for upcoming dates and details. Click here for detailed information

 

Real Warriors – Real Battles – Real Strength

Real Warriors understands military families — they face real battles that call for real strength. Learn how to prepare a pre-deployment checklist, gather important documents and identify community and military resources, and even find tips on helping your children cope with Mom or Dad’s separation. The Resource tab on this page has several helpful links.  http://www.realwarriors.net/family

 

Just Great Lawyers

A source to instantly connect with Local Lawyers. As a member of the military, you are called on to sacrifice constantly for the good of your country. The US government has enacted several laws designed to protect your rights. When you are called to active duty and head overseas, there are additional benefits enforced that can make your time on duty a little easier, both for you and for your family left behind

https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-rights-on-active-duty

 

Moving Help Guide – Military Move/Relocation

Created to serve as a guide, providing information and resources that you may not know were available and to hopefully make any moves you have simpler and easier. Provides information on various types of moving services available, tips on how you can save money, as well as information about the companies that provide moving help and moving labor services.  https://www.movingoptions.com/moving/military-move-relocation/

 

Ultimate Tax Guide for Veterans

A guide providing tax tips, tax benefits, federal tax exclusions, taxable veteran benefits, state tax benefits, and much more to maximize your return when you file your individual income taxes.  http://www.thesimpledollar.com/tax-guide-for-veterans/

 

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Although we make every effort to research the posted links so you are provided legitimate information, please use the upmost caution when using these links. When interacting with any website, read their privacy statements as you will be subject to their privacy policies. While it is our desire to provide helpful information to our veterans and their families, the American Legion Post #40 has no commitment to or association with these websites and is not responsible for actions between you and the actions of third parties.

 

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HAVING A PARTY OR MEETING?  HAVE IT AT THE LEGION!

Upstairs facilities available to anyone for meetings and/or parties.

  *You do not have to be a member to rent the facilities.

Meetings / Kitchen / Dining Hall only, no Bar - everything you need except the food and cooks $30

Entire upstairs with Bar and Bartender $50

Call 507-467-3440 during business hours for bookings.

 

American Legion Post #40

Henry M. Guttormson

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440

 

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