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St. Paul Regional Office

FOCUS Toolkit

The St. Paul Regional Office created a toolkit specifically designed to address the questions and needs of those assisting Veterans with their care and benefit journey. The FOCUS Special Monthly Pension Allowance Toolkit aims to make a Veteran’s transition to care easier on caregivers by consolidating existing VA resources into a map allowing users to navigate to the right resources for where they are in the process. 

 The FOCUS Toolkit is comprised of the following:

  • Resource Guide: A map intended to walk caregivers through the process and direct them to available resources on their journey;
  • Step-by-Step Checklist for Caregivers: A checklist that outlines the steps and corresponding resources needed for completing an application for Veterans Pension with SMP;
  • Pension Benefits Estimator App: A calculator to assist claimants in estimating benefit entitlement based on income and medical expense inputs; and
  • Outreach Business Card: An outreach tool to direct customers to the toolkit resources in situations where the full toolkit may not be available in paper form.
We are interested in your feedback regarding the FOCUS Toolkit. To provide feedback or suggestions, please complete the FOCUS Toolkit Feedback Form. If you have questions about the FOCUS toolkit, you can contact us by emailing the St. Paul Regional Office at