State / Territory Benefits - Michigan

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Summary: Michigan offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Property Tax Exemptions, Michigan National Guard Tuition Program, Military Service Recognition Scholarship, Compensation for State Active Duty, Employment Assistance, Civil Service Preference, Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting, Fishing license and State Park privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

State Taxes:

Retirement Income Taxes: Social Security, military, federal, and state/local government pensions are exempt.

Retired Military Pay: Not taxed. Survivor benefits are exempt if the amounts are exempt from federal income tax or classified as military compensation or military retirement pay. Military retirement benefits that pass to the Spouse of a deceased member of the military are exempt. Retirement benefits passing to other beneficiaries are taxed.

Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.

VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.

Military SBP/ RCSBP/RSFPP: Survivor benefits are exempt if the amounts are exempt from federal income tax or classified as military compensation or military retirement pay.

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Homestead Property Tax Credit: Michigan property tax credit is a way the State of Michigan helps you pay some of your property taxes if you are a qualified Michigan homeowner or renter. You should complete the Property Tax Credit Claim form (MI-1040CR) to see if you qualify for the credit. The credit, for most people, is based on a comparison between household income and property taxes. Homeowners pay property taxes directly and renters pay them indirectly with their rent.
Eligibility: You qualify for a Homestead Property Tax Credit if all of the following apply beginning 2012:

  • Your homestead is in Michigan
  • You were a resident of Michigan for at least six months during the year
  • You own/rent and occupy a Michigan homestead on which property taxes were levied
  • If you own your home, your taxable value is $135,000 or less
  • Your total household resources are $50,000 or less (Part year residents must annualize total household resources to determine if a credit reduction applies)

If 100% of your total household resources are received from the Department of Human Services, you do not qualify.

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Education Benefits:

Children of Veteran's Tuition Grant: Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years and a total of up to $11,200. Awards are for an academic year with the amount determined by the student's enrollment status. Full-time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,800 per academic year, three-quarter time students up to $2,100,and half-time students up to $1,400 or an amount equal to all of the student's eligible tuition in that academic year, whichever is less. Future awards are subject to available and approved funding.
Eligibility: Certain Children older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who have been Michigan residents for the 12 months prior to application. To be eligible a student must be the natural or adopted Child of a Michigan Veteran. Stepchildren or grandchildren of the Veteran are not eligible. The Veteran must have been a legal resident of Michigan immediately before entering military service and did not later reside outside of Michigan for more than two years; or the Veteran must have established legal residency in Michigan after entering military service. Veteran must:

  • Have been killed in action or died from another cause while serving in a war or war condition in which the United States of America was or is participating; or,
  • Have died or become totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; or,
  • Have been totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury prior to death and has now died; or,
  • Be listed as MIA (missing in action) in a foreign country as determined by the U.S. government.

Student must:

  • Enroll at least half time at an approved Michigan community college, public university or independent, degree-granting college or university
  • Be a Michigan resident for one year prior to program application.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury, or death.
  • For renewal, maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25
  • Must not be in default on Federal/State student loan.

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National Guard Association of Michigan Tuition Grants: The National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM) has educational grants available that eligible members may apply for. NGAM educational grants vary depending on the number of applications received and the financial wellbeing of NGAM. NGAM reviews applications twice a year. The application must be postmarked by 15 June 2016 for the Fall Semester 2016 and by 15 November 2016 for the Winter/Spring Semester 2017. Click here to download application.
Eligibility
:

  • Current, active NGAM members
  • Enlisted, warrant officer through CW3, or commissioned officer through Captain
  • Attending a college, university, or trade school

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University & College Tuition Grants: The Michigan National Guard has worked with several Michigan universities and colleges to offer tuition grants. These grants, used in conjunction with other available tuition assistance programs and the Montgomery GI Bill, can enable Guard members to attend selected colleges and universities at no cost. Several other organizations offer scholarships to Michigan National Guard members. State Education Office at 517-481-7646
Eligibility:
Michigan National Guard members.

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Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Point of Contact:
Kevin Walters
Education Liaison, Michigan Department of Education
608 W Allegan St, PO Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48906
waltersk@michigan.gov / phone 517-335-0543

Col (Ret) Russ Gullett, Michigan MIC3 Commissioner
Senior Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
3423 North MLK Boulevard, Lansing, MI, 48906
gullettr@michigan.gov / phone 517-481-8092

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Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP): Public Act 259 of 2014 established the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP) to provide tuition assistance to members of the Michigan National Guard who are attending any public or private college, university, vocational school, technical school or trade school located in Michigan. MINGSTAP can offer up to $600 per credit hour and up to $6000 per year. For more information about the program, please call 517-481-7640 or email MINGSTAP@michigan.gov.
Eligibility
: MINGSTAP is available to members of the Michigan National Guard who (1) are active in the National Guard (including the traditional service of one weekend/month and two weeks/year; (2) are not absent without leave or under UCMJ charges; and (3) meet the additional criteria established by the TAG consistent with the guard's recruiting and retention requirements. 

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Employment Benefits:

Veterans' Hiring Preference (State): Veterans' Preference, states that preference will be given to an eligible Veteran or Spouse of an eligible Veteran if any of the following, specific criteria are met and documented.

Standards for using Veterans' Preference:

  • Veterans' preference can only be used for the initial (first) appointment to a position in the Michigan state classified service
  • A qualifying Veteran and/or Spouse must possess the minimum qualifications for the job classification and any position-specific selection criteria
  • The qualifying Veteran and/or Spouse must fulfill all other conditions for appointment as described in the Civil Service rules and regulations; i.e., drug testing

Eligibility: Criteria for eligibility:

  • A Veteran who has been released from active military duty
  • A disabled Veteran who has been released from active military duty and who has been determined to be eligible for disability compensation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), or a branch of the Armed Forces of the United States as the result of a service-connected disability
  • A surviving Spouse of a Veteran who was released from active military
  • A Spouse of a disabled Veteran with greater than 50 percent service-connected disability who was released from active military duty
  • A surviving Spouse of a Veteran who was released from active military duty who has a Child less than 18 years of age
  • A surviving Spouse of a Veteran who was released from active military duty who has continuing parental care for a disabled Child

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Veterans Hiring Preferences (Federal): By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews. 

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Widows, Widowers, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Widow or Widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of his or her usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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State Reemployment Rights: In 2002, the Michigan Legislature enacted a law to strengthen the Michigan law regarding reemployment of employees after military service. The act prioritized the employment positions in which a person would be reemployed following active service. The act specifies that the person is entitled to the seniority and the seniority-based rights and benefits he or she would have otherwise been entitled to, as well as other rights to employees on a leave of absence. Under certain circumstances, a person may not be entitled to reemployment under the law. State reemployments rights, when superior or in addition to federal rights, are not superseded or diminished by federal law.

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Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists: As State of Michigan Employees, Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists provide intensive and individualized employment services to eligible Veterans and Spouses assisting them with overcoming significant barriers to employment. These services include (but are not limited to) guiding the program participant through the process of:

  • Increasing resume marketability
  • Improving interviewing skills
  • Effectively using social networking
  • Partnering with other service providers and organizations

Please visit your local Michigan Works one-stop Service Center for more information. Find a service center near you or call 800-285-WORKS (9675).

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Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Veterans Benefits: LARA offers the following benefits for Active Duty Military Service members, Veterans and their Spouses:

  • Exemption from renewal fees, continuing education requirements, and any other related requirements under the Occupational Code for mobilized military personnel
  • Temporary licenses for active duty military personnel's Spouses who wish to be licensed or registered under the Occupational Code
  • Waiver of initial license or initial registration fee and initial application processing fee for certain Veterans seeking licensure or registration under the Occupational Code

For a listing of professional licenses that may qualify go here.

Please note: to utilize the benefits explained throughout this webpage, proof of discharge status will be required. Therefore, it will be necessary to provide a copy of your DD214 or DD215.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Compensation: Veterans who do not begin civilian employment immediately after leaving military service may receive weekly unemployment compensation for a limited time. Veterans attending school full-time may also be eligible for unemployment.  

You can file online here. This online application allows you to file for unemployment benefits via the Internet. You will be asked for input to support your claim. The process could take up to 45 minutes depending on your connection speed and the accuracy of your current information in our system. You can also file for unemployment benefits by phone from anywhere in Michigan or North America. The state's unemployment insurance program has a special toll-free telephone number for filing a new claim or reopening an established claim: 1-866-500-0017 or 1-866-366-0004 for hearing impaired.

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Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Benefits:

Michigan Veteran Designation for Licenses and ID Cards: The 'Veteran' designation gives Veterans an easy and optional way to prove their Veteran status to receive discounts from businesses. Plus, it allows the Secretary of State's Office to partner with the Michigan Veterans' Affairs Agency and other Veteran service organizations to provide referral information so Veterans know what resources and services are available to them. Eligible Veterans may get the designation by visiting any Secretary of State office or when renewing through the mail. The designation is available when you apply for an original or renewal Michigan license or ID at no additional charge. If added at another time (i.e., requesting a duplicate card), correction fees will apply. The word "Veteran" will be printed in red on the front of the card. 
Eligibility: Military Veterans who served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces (including Reserve and National Guard components) and have an honorable or under honorable conditions (general) discharge are eligible. Veterans must provide acceptable documentation to receive the designation, and any submitted form must indicate the nature of the discharge. Acceptable forms include:

  • DD214 (any copy except Copy 1)
  • NGB FM 22 or 23, which must indicate honorable or general discharge
  • WD AGO 53-55
  • GSA 6594
  • NAVPERS 553
  • VA Veteran Health Identification Card

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Army Veteran Plate: The Army Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility: Michigan residents who are retired from the Army or were granted an honorable discharge are eligible for an Army Veteran plate. Spouses are not eligible.

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National Guard Member Plate: The National Guard Member plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who are current and former members of the National Guard are eligible for the National Guard plate. Spouses are not eligible.

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Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart) Plate: The Combat Wounded Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Residents who received the Purple Heart award as a result of being wounded in combat are eligible for a Combat Wounded Veteran plate. Spouses are not eligible.

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Military Reserve Member Plate: The Military Reserve Member plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Residents who are either currently enlisted in or retired from the Military Reserve are eligible for a Military Reserve Member plate. Spouses are not eligible.

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Ex-Prisoner of War (Ex-POW) Plate: The Ex-Prisoner of War plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for no additional fee. However, the vehicle registration and personalized plate renewal fees will be due each year for every additional Ex-POW plate purchased. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who were prisoners of war and their Spouses are eligible for the Ex-Prisoner of War plate.

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Disabled Veteran Plate: The Disabled Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Only one plate can be issued per Veteran. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who have a total or a permanently total disability rating from The Veterans Administration and an honorable discharge from the military service are eligible for the Disabled Veteran plate. Spouses are not eligible.

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Medal of Honor Plate: The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded and is bestowed on those serving with gallantry and bravery beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. The plate is available in the standard (white with a blue bar) or Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $5. Medal of Honor recipients interested in obtaining one of these plates must contact the Department of State Renewal by Mail Unit in Lansing at (517) 322-1271 for more information. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who were awarded the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Medal of Honor plate. Spouses are not eligible.

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Gold Star Family Plate: The Gold Star Family plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Gold Star Family License Plate to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility: The Gold Star Family plate is available to immediate Family members of military personnel who lost their lives in combat. Immediate Family includes the deceased Veteran's Spouse, father, stepfather, mother, stepmother, foster parent, brother (including half-brother), sister (including half-sister), Child, and stepchild.

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Pearl Harbor Survivor Plate: The Pearl Harbor Survivor plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who were enlisted in the armed forces, stationed at Pearl Harbor and survived the attack on December 7, 1941, are eligible for a Pearl Harbor Survivor plate. Spouses are not eligible for these plates.

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World War II Veteran Plate: The World War II Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility: Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during the time from December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946, and their Spouses are eligible for a World War II Veteran plate.

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Korean War Veteran Plate: The Korean War Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during the war from June 27 1950, through January 31 1955, and their Spouses are eligible for a Korean War Veteran plate.

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Vietnam War Veteran Plate: The Vietnam War Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility: Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War from. February 28 1961 through May 7 1975, and their Spouses are eligible for a Vietnam War Veteran plate.

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Vietnam Service Medal Veteran Plate: The Vietnam Service Medal plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility: Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military and earned the Vietnam Service Medal during the Vietnam War from February 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975, and their Spouses are eligible for a Vietnam Service Medal Veteran plate. The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty form (DD-214) indicating a medal award must be presented when applying for the Vietnam Service Medal Veteran plate. The official Service Medal Award Certificate issued by any of the Armed Forces branches will also be accepted.

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Grenada Conflict Veteran Plate: The Grenada Conflict Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during the Grenada Conflict from October 23, 1983 through November 21, 1983, and their Spouses are eligible for a Grenada Conflict Veteran plate.

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Panama Conflict Veteran Plate: The Panama Conflict Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility
: Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during the Panama Conflict from December 20, 1989 through January, 3 1990, and their Spouses are eligible for a Panama Conflict Veteran plate.

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Persian Gulf (Desert Storm) Veteran Plate: The Persian Gulf (Desert Storm) Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during the first Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) from October 2, 1990 through February 28, 1991, and their Spouses are eligible for a Persian Gulf War Veteran plate.

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Somalia Conflict Veteran Plate: The Somalia Conflict Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during the Somalia Conflict from October 17, 1992 through March 3, 1995, and their Spouses are eligible for a Somalia Conflict Veteran plate.

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Afghanistan Conflict Veteran Plate: The Afghanistan Conflict Veteran plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during Operation Enduring Freedom's Afghanistan Conflict, that began on October 7, 2001, and their Spouses are eligible for an Afghanistan Conflict Veteran plate.

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Afghanistan Campaign Medal Veteran Plate: The Afghanistan Campaign Medal plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility: Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military and earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal during Operation Enduring Freedom, which began October 7, 2001, and their Spouses are eligible for an Afghanistan Campaign Medal Veteran plate. The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty form (DD-214) indicating a medal award must be presented when applying for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal Veteran plate. The official Service Medal Award Certificate issued by any of the Armed Forces branches will also be accepted.

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Iraq Conflict Veteran Plate: The Iraq Conflict plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during Iraq Conflict, that began on March 20, 2003, and their Spouses are eligible for an Iraq Conflict Veteran plate.

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Iraqi Campaign Medal Veteran Plate: The Iraqi Campaign Medal plate is available in either the standard (white with a blue bar) or the Spectacular Peninsulas design. The fee for the standard design is $5, the Spectacular Peninsulas design is $10. If you are purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office. You may also personalize your plate for an additional fee. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Eligibility: Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military and earned the Iraqi Campaign Medal during Operation Iraqi Freedom, which began March 20, 2003, and their Spouses are eligible for an Iraqi Campaign Medal Veteran plate. The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty form (DD-214) indicating a medal award must be presented when applying for the Iraqi Campaign Medal Veteran plate. The official Service Medal Award Certificate issued by any of the Armed Forces branches will also be accepted.

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

Medical Benefits: Full coverage for injuries incurred in Line of Duty (LOD).
Eligibility: National Guard Service member on State active duty.

Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders
  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you're not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

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Group Insurance: Group Insurance: The National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM) offers various life insurance policies to National Guard Service members and their Families. Some of the benefits of the NGAM life insurance are:

  • Life Insurance payable in event of death from any cause
  • Coverage is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • No War Clause
  • No Aviation Exclusion
  • No Suicide Clause
  • No Hazardous Duty or Civilian Occupation Restriction
  • Full Conversion privilege upon termination regardless of health

With coverage amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000
Eligibility: National Guard Service member within 90 days after joining the National Guard may enroll prior to the 91st day after joining, without furnishing evidence of insurability. After first year may elect to cover their Spouse and dependents.

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Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection (TSGLI)
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

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Worker's Compensation: Same as State employees.
Eligibility:
National Guard Service member on State active duty.   

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting and Fishing Privileges: The Michigan Department of natural Resources offers the following benefits For Service members:

  • Michigan residents who are currently in federal active duty status may obtain hunting and fishing licenses, for which a lottery is not required, free of charge.
  • Non-residents who are in federal active duty status and currently stationed in Michigan are eligible to receive resident pricing on hunting and fishing licenses.

The individual must provide proof of military status at time of purchase as well as while afield and be able to present proof upon request by a conservation officer, a tribal officer, or any other law enforcement officer. Proof of military status may include military ID, leave papers, duty papers, military orders, or other evidence verifying the applicant is a member of the military and has been called to federal active duty.

The hunting licenses are available at all license agents and DNR Operations Service Centers.
Eligibility: U.S. Military personnel on active duty status

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Resident Veterans with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Veterans are eligible to obtain any resident hunting or fishing license for which a lottery is not required, free of charge.
Eligibility:
A resident who has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled, for a disability other than blindness, and entitled to full benefits, is eligible to purchase a senior license or is rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as individually unemployable. A letter from the Veterans Administration stating you are totally and permanently disabled and eligible for Veterans benefits at the 100 percent rate required.

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Miscellaneous Benefits:

State of Michigan Retired Pay:  Public Act 150 of 1967, as amended, State of Michigan, authorizes a retirement for all Michigan National Guard personnel who have completed 19 years, 6 months and 1 day of creditable service in the Michigan National Guard (time served in the Inactive National Guard is not creditable) and have been honorably separated/discharged. Compensation will be at the rate of $50.00 per month with the first payment beginning the month after the retiree turns age 55 or the month after the effective date of application, whichever is the later date.  It may not be drawn by active members. This benefit is not automatic and you must apply for it (not earlier than three months prior to eligibility.) Applicants will be asked to provide a copy of their birth certificate. Note: This retirement is in addition to Federal retired pay.
Eligibility:  Michigan National Guard members

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Grand Rapids Veterans Home: A unit of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans can accommodate individuals with a range of care needs. Following a medical examination and comprehensive evaluation, the physician and professional staff of the Home are responsible for determining the level of care a member will require. Options include:

Domiciliary Unit - Serves individuals who require no nursing care but have some limitations that have needs that are best served in a structured environment.

Skilled Nursing Care - Serves individuals with disabilities requiring continuous nursing care and supervision.

Special Needs Units - Serves individuals who requires specialize care for Alzheimer's disease, other dementias, or individuals with mental health diagnoses. This unit provides a structured program and environment to assure members suffering from dementias and/or mental health issues maintain their independence and self-worth for as long as possible in their activities of daily living.

The Home offers 24-hour physician coverage, as well as a variety of on-site services to members, including rehabilitation therapy, pharmacy services, specialty clinics, social services, dental services, vision care, a barber shop and beauty salon and pastoral care.
Eligibility:

  • Honorable discharged Veteran
  • Served at least 90 days of active duty
  • Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980 or entered active duty after October 16, 1981 must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they are called to active duty.
  • Subject to space and certain other requirements, a Spouse, Widow or Widower of an eligible Veteran.
  • Michigan residency is not required.

Eligibility Dates

  • World War ll: beginning December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
  • Cold War, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War or Persian Gulf War beginning December 31, 1946 to present

Admissions staff is available to answer questions about eligibility at 844-711-7986, or you may email DMVA-Admissions@michigan.gov.

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J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans: A second unit of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the J. Jacobetti Home of Veterans is located in Marquette, Michigan. This Upper Peninsula home for Veterans can accommodate individuals with a range of care needs. Following a medical examination and comprehensive evaluation, the physician and professional staff of the Home are responsible for determining the level of care a member will require. Options include:

Domiciliary Unit - Serves the individual who needs very little nursing care, but has needs that require a structured environment.

Skilled Nursing Care - Serves the individual with severe disabilities requiring continuous nursing care and supervision.

Basic Nursing Care - Serves the individual with moderate disabilities.

Memory Care Unit - Serves the individual who is ambulatory, but suffering from Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias. This 27-bed unit provides a structured program and environment to assure members suffering from dementias remain ambulatory and independent for as long as possible in their activities of daily living.

The Home offers physician coverage as well as the following services: Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation (in-patient), Psychiatric Aftercare, Social Work, Routine Dental Examination, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Laboratory Services, Recreation Therapy, EKG, and Specialty Clinics.

Additional services are available on a fee-for-service basis: Podiatry, Dental Services, and Vision Services.

The amount of the monthly payment is based on income, expenses, marital status, and assets. Staff will assist members in applying for pensions, Social Security, VA, and long term care insurance payments.
Eligibility: A Veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States eligible for VA health care or financial assistance for long-term care may be admitted. The Veteran must have been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

Veterans who enlisted after September 7, 1980, or who entered active duty after October 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. Michigan residency is not required.

Subject to space and certain other requirements, a Spouse, Widow, or Widower of an eligible Veteran may also be eligible for admission to the Home.

Any questions regarding eligibility may be referred to the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans Admissions Office by telephoning, faxing, or writing directly to the Home at:

Karla Bressette
Admissions Office
D.J. Jacobetti Home For Veterans
425 Fisher Street
Marquette, MI 49855
800-433-6760 or 906-226-3576, ext 311
Fax: 906-226-2380

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Veterans' Burial Expenses: Under state law, eligible Veterans (or the Spouse or Widow / Widower of a qualified Veteran), who meet residency and asset limits, may qualify for $300 for burial expenses paid by the County Board of Commissioners or the Board of County Auditors. The Soldiers Relief Commission or Office of Veterans Services of each county has the responsibility for receiving each claim.

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Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF): The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) is a program used when an unforeseen situation has caused a temporary financial emergency or hardship that a grant, if approved, would resolve and the applicant can show that they will be able to meet future expenses.
Eligibility:
To be eligible for a grant from the MVTF a Veteran or legal dependent must be a legal resident of the State of Michigan at the time of the application. The Veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions, with at least 180 days of active wartime service, or have been separated as the result of a physical or mental disability incurred in the line of duty (or aggravated by active duty). Service during the following periods (or an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, plus 180 days of honorable active duty, for service between periods in places such as Grenada, Lebanon, Berlin, Persian Gulf, Mayaguez Operation, or Desert Storm) is required:

  • WW II - December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946
  • Korea - June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam - February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975
  • Persian Gulf - August 2, 1990, to present

If a Veteran has less than 180 days of active duty during these eras, duty in more than one period may be combined. Evidence of separation or discharge with less than 180 days of wartime service due to a physical or mental disability is required to determine eligibility.

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Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Facilities in Michigan

Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Centers
Ann Arbor: VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, 2215 Fuller Rd, 800-361-8387 / 734-769-7100
Battle Creek: Battle Creek VA Medical Center, 5500 Armstrong Rd, 269-966-5600 / 888-214-1247
Detroit: John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, 4646 John R St, 313-576-1000
Iron Mountain: Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, 325 East H St, 906-774-3300
Saginaw: Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, 1500 Weiss St, 989-497-2500

Outpatient Clinic
Hancock: Hancock Clinic, 787 Market St, 906-482-7762 / Fax: 906-482-7893
Ironwood: Ironwood Clinic, 629 W. Cloverland Dr, Suite 1, 906-932-0032 / Fax: 906-932-0479
Manistique: Manistique Outreach Clinic, 813 East Lakeshore Dr, 906-341-3420 / Fax: 906-341-3426
Marquette: Marquette Clinic, 1414 West Fair Ave, Suite 285, 906-226-4618 / Fax: 906-226-5317
Menominee: Menominee Clinic, 1110 10th Ave, Suite 101, 906-863-1286 / Fax: 906-863-2853
Sault Ste. Marie: Sault Ste. Marie Clinic, 509 Osborn Blvd, Suite 306, 906-253-9383 / Fax: 906-253-9418

Community Based Outpatient Clinics
Alpena: Alpena Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 180 North State Ave, 989-356-8720 / Fax: 989-356-8707
Bad Axe: Bad Axe Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1142 S. Van Dyke Rd, Suite 100, 989-269-7445 / Fax: 989-269-7490
Benton Harbor: Benton Harbor VA Outpatient Clinic, 115 West Main St, 269-934-9123 / Fax: 269-934-9347
Cadillac: Cadillac Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1909 N. Mitchell St, 231-775-4401 / Fax: 231-775-4546
Clare: Clare Community Outpatient Clinic, 11775 N Isabella Rd, 989-386-8113 / Fax: 989-386-8139
Flint: Flint VA Outpatient Clinic, 2360 South Linden Rd, 810-720-2913 / Fax: 810-720-3296
Gaylord: Gaylord VA Outpatient Clinic, 806 South Otsego, 989-732-7525 / Fax: 989-732-6577
Grayling: Grayling Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 1680 Hartwick Pines Rd, 989-344-2002 / Fax: 989-344-2005
Lansing: Lansing VA Outpatient Clinic, 2025 South Washington Ave, 517-267-3925 / Fax: 517-267-3593
Mackinaw City: Cheboygan County Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 14540 Mackinaw Hwy,
231-436-5176 / Fax: 231-436-5364
Michigan Center: Jackson Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 4328 Page Ave, 517-764-3609 / Fax; 517-764-3659
Muskegon: Muskegon VA Outpatient Clinic, 5000 Hakes Dr, 231-798-4445 / 231-798-4462
Oscoda: Oscoda Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 5671 Skeel Ave, Suite 4, 989-747-0026 / Fax: 989-747-0029
Pontiac: Pontiac VA Outpatient Clinic, 44200 Woodward Ave, Suite 208, 248-332-4540 / Fax: 248-332-4576
Saginaw: Saginaw VA Healthcare Annex, 1500 Weiss St, 989-497-2500
Traverse City: Traverse City VA Outpatient Clinic, 3271 Racquet Club Dr, 231-932-9720 / 800-406-5143 X 11412
Wyoming: Wyoming Health Care Center, 5838 Metro Way, 616-249-5300
Yale: Yale VA Outpatient Clinic, 7470 Brockway Rd, 810-387-3211 / Fax: 810-387-2279

Vet Venter - 877-927-8387
Clinton Township: Macomb County Vet Center, 42621 Garfield Rd, Suite 105, 586-412-0107 / Fax: 586-412-0196
Dearborn: Dearborn Vet Center, 19855 Outer Dr, Suite 105 W, 313-277-1428 / Fax: 313-277-5471
Detroit: Detroit Vet Center, 4161 Cass Ave, 313-831-6509 / Fax: 313-831-6919
Escanaba: Escanaba Vet Center, 3500 Ludington St, Suite # 110, 906-233-0244 / Fax: 906-233-0217
Grand Rapids: Grand Rapids Vet Center, 2050 Breton Rd SE, 616-285-5795 / Fax: 616-285-5898
Pontiac: Pontiac Vet Center, 44200 Woodward Ave, Suite 108, 248-874-1015 / Fax: 248-874-0813
Saginaw: Saginaw Vet Center, 5360 Hampton Place, 989-321-4650 / Fax: 989-321-4850
Traverse: Traverse City Vet Center, 3766 N US 31 S, 231-935-0051 / Fax: 231-935-0071

VISN(Sattelite)
Ann Arbor: VISN 10: Veterans In Partnership, 734-222-4300

Regional Office
Detroit: Detroit Regional Office, 477 Michigan Ave, 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration
National Cemetery
Augusta: Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Rd, 269-731-4164 / Fax: 269-731-2428
Holly: Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd, 248-328-0386 / Fax: 248-328-0612
Mackinac Island: Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery, Mackinac State Park, 248-328-0386 / Fax: 248-328-0612
Port Huron: Lakeside Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, 3781 Gratiot St, 248-328-0386 / Fax: 248-328-0612

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Military Installations in Michigan

Please see the Michigan Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army

U.S. Army Garrison Michigan

National Guard

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Michigan Army National Guard

Michigan Air National Guard

United States Army Reserve (USAR)

88th Regional Support Command

 

Resources

http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/

http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=MI&dnum=ALL

 http://www.asymca.org/programs/ymca-dod-military-outreach-initative/

http://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-kansas-new-mexico#MICHIGAN

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/Publications/VeteransBenefits.pdf

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1585_1595_1598---,00.html

 http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/menu.htm

http://mic3.net/pages/contact/Map/michigan.aspx

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Document Review Date: 13 January 2016