State Soldiers Assistance Program
Subsistence, Dental & Optical
General Information About State Soldiers Assistance Program (SSAP)
The Minnesota Department of Veteran’s Affairs (MDVA) provides subsistence,
dental and optical assistance to veterans and their dependents (spouse/children)
based upon income and need.
- Subsistence: Temporary financial assistance when
veterans are disabled and cannot work at their normal occupations. Can
assist with rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, groceries, etc. Veterans
MAY NOT receive subsistence from the Department of Veterans Affairs and
other state/local assistance (such as GA) at the same time.
- Dental: A maximum of $1000 per calendar year may be
approved for dental assistance for veterans and their dependents. To
qualify, veterans and their dependents must meet strict income and asset
- Optical: A maximum of $400 for an eye exam and
prescription eyewear may be approved once every calendar year for veterans
and their dependents. To qualify, veterans and their dependents must meet
strict income and asset guidelines.
Often Can I Do This?
- Subsistence: Maximum length of assistance is six months
- Dental: Yearly
- Optical: Yearly
Does It Work?
- Subsistence: A current medical report is required.
Applicant must be unable to work for at least 30 days.
- Dental and Optical: Once your application is approved,
you will receive an authorization letter. Make an appointment with a local
dentist or eye doctor. Be sure to check and make sure that they will accept
payment from the MDVA. Take the authorization letter with you to your
appointment so the doctor will know how to do their billing.
Veterans and their dependents (spouse/children), provided the
income/assets do not exceed the maximum allowed. Veterans must have had 180
consecutive days of active duty to qualify as a veteran for this program, and
must be a Minnesota resident.
How To Apply For Dental and Optical Assistance
You can apply for dental and optical assistance by completing an MDVA-1
Application Form (available at the local Veterans Service Office) and
submitting it to the MDVA.
- please note:
Applications for the SSAP must be made through
Your CVSO can assist you in obtaining relevant documents and submitting your
claim to the appropriate VA regional office. Please contact us so that we may
offer our assistance and guidance.