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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The department was established to furnish services and benefits to veterans and their families. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 196, 197, 198)

Commissioner: Clark Dyrud 
Appointed: 2005
Salary: $108,400

Veterans Services Bldg., St. Paul 55155
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Deputy Commissioner: Michael F. Pugliese

Claims Division advocates for veterans and dependents seeking veterans benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Veterans Assistance Supervisor: James Kelly

Fargo Claims Office advocates for veterans and dependents in northwestern Minnesota seeking veterans benefits from the U.S. department of veterans affairs (VA). 
Veterans Claims Branch Office Supervisor: Roger Bengtson  

State Veterans Cemetery provides burial services to veterans and eligible dependents who wish to be buried at this cemetery near Little Falls. For information, call (320)616-2527.
Cemetery Administrator: David Swantek

Benefits Division provides temporary financial assistance, information, referral services, education programs, and discharge locator services.
Veterans Assistance Supervisor: Paula Plum

Veterans Preference Division provides enforcement of state veterans preference statutes pertaining to the rights of veterans in hiring and dismissal actions.
Education Program Officer: Clint Bucher

Minnesota State Approving Agency provides administrative oversight and approval of schools/programs to enable veterans to use G.I. Bill educational benefits.
Education Program Supervisor: Clint Bucher

Veterans Program Division provides veterans benefits and claims services and also provides functional supervision and assistance to the 87 county veterans service offices.
Director of Veterans Services: vacant

Last updated: 10/6/2009 11:27:55 AM