Veterans Services

Sen. Klobuchar presents Purple Heart to Family of World War I vet

Klobuchar presents Purple Heart to family of WWI vet

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota presented a Purple Heart to the family of late Private Charles Shepherd in honor of his service during World War I. Klobuchar was joined Nov. 10 by Shepherd’s son, Master Sgt. Larry Shepherd, an Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War as a C-130 engineer and lives in Faribault; his daughter-in-law Judy; his granddaughter Lori Lambert; and Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General Army Major General Shawn Manke. 

Read the entire release here.


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Department overview
To provide assistance and support to military veterans and their dependents in obtaining veteran benefits through county, state and federal programs, and to advocate on their behalf or direct them to other authorized agencies or providers as their needs dictate.

What we do

  • Assist veterans in obtaining their military discharge documents (DD Form 214)
  • Assist veterans enrolling in the VA Healthcare system
  • Schedule transportation for veterans to the Minneapolis VA Medical Centers
  • File claims for VA disability benefits
  • File claims for state disability benefits
  • Assist with burial benefits

Anyone living in Rice County who believes they are eligible for any of these benefits should contact the Veterans Services Office at 507-332-6117.

Post-9/11 service bonus
A $2,000 service bonus is available to eligible veterans who served from Sept. 11, 2011 to Aug. 30, 2021. Click here for details.

Grave markers & flags

Families of deceased Rice County veterans buried in private cemeteries and who have not previously received a graveside marker can obtain one at the Rice County Veterans Services Offices. 

Replacement flags to use with the markers can also be obtained at the Veterans Services Office. For more information on both, call Deb Malmanger at 507-332-6117.

Proper flag disposal

Tattered, torn U.S. flags should be disposed of in a dignified way, preferably burning. While some American Legions hold a flag-burning ceremony, typically on Flag Day, June 14, the Rice County Veterans Service Office collects flags in poor condition all year long for the annual rite. They can be dropped off weekdays at the Veterans Services Office in the Rice County Government Services Building, 320 Third St. NW, Faribault.