WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Veterans Service Officer Bill “Brock” Brockberg reported Tuesday that the county’s veterans transport van continues to operate. Veterans in need of transport to VA medical appointments are encouraged to call his office at 295-5292 to request a ride.

Also, Brockberg is available to assist veterans in completing applications for the newly announced COVID-19 grants that are being made available to Minnesota veterans through the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. Brockberg said he's working remotely during this time from his home, but can be reached both by phone and email.

Applications will be accepted from veterans beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. The one-time financial relief grants of $1,000 are available to veterans who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is available for both Disaster Relief Grants and Special Needs Grants.

“We are grateful to Governor Walz and the Minnesota Legislature for their support of Minnesota Veterans in the recently enacted Emergency Response package,” said MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke. “Minnesota veterans have served our country in many past conflicts, so it is only right that we support them now during this challenging time.”

Eligible applicants must be:

  • A veteran or the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran as defined by Minnesota Statute 197.447;

  • A Minnesota resident, and;

  • Negatively financially impacted by COVID-19.

To apply for either the Disaster Relief Grant or Special Needs Grant, contact Brockberg at 295-5292. Disaster Relief Grant applications are also available online at MinnesotaVeteran.org/COVIDRelief.