Wes Nakagiri

Livingston County Commissioner 

Thank you for your service . . . 

It is indeed a pleasure to serve veterans who gave so much of themselves to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today. Your sacrifices have given us the security of peace in our homeland and abroad, as well as preserved and protected our constitutional right of self-government, for which we are very grateful.

This booklet compiles material from federal, state, and local agencies for you, our veterans and your families, to:

  • Provide information about benefits and services.
  • Provide links to direct sources - computer-based and professional - for answers to specific questions.
  • Assist in communicating more effectively with your elected representatives.
  • Educate state, nonprofit, and community providers about benefits and services available through other agencies or service providers.

To better assist you, the veterans information listed in this booklet has been organized into three levels of available Veterans programs - Federal, State, and Local. Much of the information contained in this booklet comes from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.va.gov. For more state and local information, visit www.michigan.gov and www.michiganveterans.com. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency can be reached at 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838) or visit the website www.MichiganVeterans.com. The Federal Veterans Affairs Benefits and Services number is 1-800-827-1000.

To provide an overview of topics covered, the booklet's Table of Contents is included below. To read more about each topic please click here to download this booklet as an Adobe PDF file. Note: You need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to view this booklet. 

This booklet was published by the Michigan Legislature in Lansing on November 2018. Hard copies of this booklet, titled "Veterans Benefits and Service for Michigan Military Veterans" may still be available. Please contact your State Representative or State Senator.

Dear Veteran
Thank You for Your Service 3
Education and Training
Education and Training - Federal Programs 4
Education and Training - State of Michigan Programs 6
Educational Benefits for Children of Disabled or Deceased Veterans 7
 Employment - Federal Programs 8
 Employment - State of Michigan Programs 9
 Apprenticeship Programs for Discharged Veterans 11
 Health Care
 Health Care and Hospital Benefits - Federal Programs 13
 Military Exposures 18
 Health Care and Hospital Benefits - State of Michigan Programs 19
 Veterans' Facility Ombudsman 19
 Homeless Veterans  19
 Women Veterans Health Care  21
 Michigan VA Medical Facilities and Outpatient Clinics  22
 Monetary Benefits  23
 Home Loans and Tax Credits
 Home Loan Guarantees - Federal Programs  25
 State of Michigan Benefits  27
 Life Insurance  28
 Dependent and Survivor Benefits
 Burial Benefits  30
 Survivor Benefits for Spouse and Children - Federal Benefits  31
 Financial Emergencies and Veterans Resources
 Programs - State of Michigan  33
 Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Representatives  36
 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services  37
 County Veterans Service Officers  38
 Veterans Service Organization  39
 Federal Agencies  39
 Michigan State Agencies  40
 Issues with Claim Assistance  41
 Additional Resources  41
 Of Interest to Veterans
 Veteran Holidays  43
 Flag Etiquette  43
 Flag Disposal  45
 Michigan Congressional Delegation - 115th Congress  46
 Michigan Governor and Lieutenant Governor  46
 Michigan State Senate  46
 Michigan House of Representatives  46