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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Disabled veterans in Minnesota will get some extra help this week in keeping up with changes in their benefits from a mobile service van from the Disabled American Veterans.

The Disabled American Veterans’ Mobile Service Office is offering free help during its upcoming tour of south-central Minnesota.

“Anyone, with any kind of issue, can come,” said Jon Retzer, spokesman for the nonprofit group. “People can ask questions about anything and everything.”

The mobile office is a fully staffed van that travels the country, making stops in each state to advise veterans about services, benefits and entitlements.

The Free Press of Mankato reports the van will be making stops in the Mankato area on Monday and will visit different Minnesota cities throughout the week.

Retzer said the counseling will be offered free of charge with no appointment required. He said the mobile office staff can answer questions on everything from filing claims to addressing problems with medical care.

“This way, people don’t have to come all the way to Fort Snelling to have their questions answered,” he said.

The planned stops are:

– Mankato: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Nichols Office Center, 410 E. Jackson St.

– Blue Earth: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Faribault County Office Building, 412 N. Nicollet St.

– St. James: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Veterans of Foreign War Post, 4 S. 7th St.

– New Ulm: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at New Ulm Chapter 14, 1522 S. Valley St.

– Gaylord: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Sibley County Service Center, 111 8th St.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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