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/SSBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Survivor benefits are exempt if the amounts are exempt from federal income tax or classified as military compensation or military retirement pay. Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

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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: Upon admission to a Michigan institution of higher education, the eligible student may be eligible for tuition waiver up to $2,800 annually for undergraduate study.
Eligibility: Legal Children older than 16 and less than 26 years of age who have been Michigan residents for the 12 months prior to application (of a Michigan Veteran who was killed, died as a result of service-connected disabilities, is rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs (VA) or is listed as MIA (missing in action)). Stepchildren are not eligible.

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National Guard Association of Michigan Tuition Grants: The National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM) has scholarships available that eligible members may apply for. NGAM scholarship awards 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 for the June selection and by 15 November for the November selection.
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.
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:
Thomas Bell, Education Designee
Address: 608 W. Allegan St, PO Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909
Email: BellT1@michigan.gov
Phone: 517.241.0172

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Employment Benefits:

Veteran Employment Preference: Gives eligible Veterans preference in appointment over many other applicants. Veterans' preference applies, to virtually all new appointments in both the competitive and excepted service. Veterans' preference does not guarantee Veterans a job and it does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments, and reinstatements.

You are a 5 point preference eligible if your active duty service meets any of the following:

  • 180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001 and ending on a future date prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, OR
  • Between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, OR
  • 180 or more consecutive days, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955 and before October 15, 1976.
  • In a war, campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized or between April 28, 1952 and July 1, 1955.

You are a 10 point preference eligible if you served at any time, and you:

  • Have a service connected disability, OR
  • Received a Purple Heart.

Eligibility: Only Veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions are eligible for Veterans' preference. This means you must have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge. If you are a "retired member of the armed forces" you are not included in the definition of preference eligible unless you are a disabled Veteran OR you retired below the rank of major or its equivalent.

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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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Gold Card Services for Post 9/11 Era Veterans: The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era Veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).

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The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program: Authorized by Congress, the VR&E VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. The services available under the VetSuccess program include comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment; vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services; employment services such as job training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance; assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations; on-the-job training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences; post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school; supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and medical referrals; and independent living services for Veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities.
Eligibility:
Active duty Service members are eligible if they:

  • Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty;
  • Obtain a memorandum rating of 20 percent or more from the VA; and
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess services.

Veterans are eligible if they have:

  • Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable;
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent, or a memorandum rating of 20 percent or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA);
  • And apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess services.

The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E VetSuccess services may be used is 12 years from the date of separation from the latter of the following:

  • Date of separation from active military service, or
  • Date the Veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.

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Unemployment Compensation:

Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment Insurance (UI) is intended to provide a temporary benefit sufficient to satisfy the basic needs of workers who have demonstrated an attachment to the workforce and who have become unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is not intended to guarantee an employee's standard of living during periods of unemployment.

Information needed to file a claim:

  1. Your social security number
  2. Your state issued driver's license or ID card number or your MARVIN PIN (if you have one)
  3. The names and addresses of employers you worked for during the past 18 months along with your quarterly gross earnings, and
  4. The last date of employment with each employer.
  5. UIA recommends you have your most recent employer's UIA account number or Federal ID number handy (especially if you have not filed a claim within the last three years or have been employed for less than six months). Depending on your situation, knowing the account number may speed up the processing of your claim (UIA Administrative Rule 421.204(3)(a) requires the employer's UIA account number be given to employees and the employer's Federal ID number appears on your annual W-2 form).
  6. If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, you will need your Alien Registration number and the expiration date of your work authorization.

UNEMPLOYED WORKERS WITH QUESTIONS - If you are an unemployed worker with questions, please call our toll-free hotlines during the hours below:

Claims line, 1-866-500-0017
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays

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Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Benefits:

Army Veteran Plate: 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 for these plates. The 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.

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National Guard Member Plate: Special plate showing NATIONAL GUARD at the bottom. Spouses are not eligible for these plates. The plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. National Guard Member plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who are current and former members of the National Guard. Spouses are not eligible.

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Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart) Plate: The plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
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 plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who are current and former members of the military reserve are eligible for the Military Reserve plate showing a decal and the GREAT LAKES legend at the bottom. Spouses are not eligible for these plates.

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Ex-Prisoner of War (Ex-POW) Plate: A special Ex-POW license plate for use on their passenger vehicle, motor home, pickup, or van. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible for the Ex-POW plate. A Veteran may purchase more than one Ex-POW plate. The fee for the first Ex-POW plate is only the $5 service fee. There are no other charges for the first plate. Any additional Ex-POW plates cost the regular registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Except for the first Ex-POW plate issued, the vehicle registration fee must still be paid on a yearly basis. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who were prisoners of war and their Spouses

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Disabled Veteran Plate: Are entitled to one Disabled Veteran license plate for use on one private passenger vehicle. The plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. There is a $5 service fee for the plate. There is an additional $5 service fee for the graphic design if this option is chosen. There are no other charges. Only one plate can be issued per Veteran. Disabled Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, or vans. Motorcycles, motor homes, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who are disabled Veteran's and have a total or are permanently total disability rating and an honorable discharge from the military service. 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 A Medal of Honor plate can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. Medal of Honor recipients interested in obtaining one of these plates must contact the Distributed Services Unit in Lansing at (517) 322-1271 to obtain additional information on applying for the plate.
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: Michigan is proud to offer the Gold Star Family plate to immediate family members of military personnel who lost their lives in combat. 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. The Gold Star Family plate can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. Eligible family members interested in obtaining a Gold Star Family plate may apply at their local Secretary of State office by submitting a completed Application for Gold Star Family License Plate.
Eligibility: 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 plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Pearl Harbor Survivor plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan Veterans who were stationed at a U. S. military or naval establishment at Pearl Harbor and survived the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 are eligible for the special Pearl Harbor Survivor plate. Spouses are not eligible for these plates. 

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World War II Veteran Plate: The plate is available in either the standard 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 a World War II Veteran plate submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility: Michigan is proud to recognize its men and women who served in the U.S. military during World War II. Residents who served during the time of Dec. 7, 1941, through Dec. 31, 1946, and their Spouses are eligible for a World War II Veteran plate.

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Korean War Veteran Plate: The 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. 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. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who served during the war from June 27, 1950, through Jan. 31, 1955, and their Spouses are eligible for a Korean War Veteran plate. 

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Vietnam War Veteran Plate: The plate is available in either the standard 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.
Eligibility: Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Residents who served during the time of Feb 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975, and their Spouses are eligible for a Vietnam War Veteran plate.

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Grenada Conflict Veteran Plate: The plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan Veterans who were in service during the time of October 23 through November 21, 1983 and their Spouses are eligible for the Grenada Conflict Veteran plate. 

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Panama Conflict Veteran Plate: The plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility
: Michigan Veterans who were in service during the time of December 20, 1989 through Jan 3, 1990 and their Spouses are eligible

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Persian Gulf (Desert Storm) Veteran Plate: The plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan Veterans who were in service during the time of October 2, 1990 through February 28, 1991 and their Spouses are eligible 

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Somalia Conflict Veteran Plate: The plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan Veterans who were in service during the time of October 17, 1992 through March 3, 1995 and their Spouses are eligible for the Somalia Conflict Veteran plate. 

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Afghanistan Conflict Veteran Plate: The plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
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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Iraq Conflict Veteran Plate: The plates are available in either the white with blue bar design or the graphic design. The fee is the regular vehicle registration fee plus a one-time service fee of $5 for a white with blue bar plate or $10 for a graphic plate. Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. To obtain these plates you must submit a completed Application for Veteran License Plates to your local Secretary of State office.
Eligibility:
Michigan residents who served in the U.S. military during the Iraq War that began on March 20, 2003 and their Spouses are eligible for the Iraq War Veteran plate.  

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Health and Insurance Benefits:

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

Group Insurance: National Guard Association offers term life insurance $500.00 - $50,000.00 for members: $500.00 - $25,000.00 for Spouse and $1.00-$10,000.00 for Children.
Eligibility:
National Guard Service member. 

Injury: Worker's Compensation
Eligibility
: National Guard Service member on state active duty 

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Parks and Recreation Benefits:

Hunting and Fishing Privileges: U.S. Military personnel, who are currently on federal active duty status may obtain / purchase any hunting license that does not require a separate application for $1. The individual must provide proof of military status at time of purchase and present leave papers, duty papers, military orders, or other evidence verifying that he or she is is a member of the military and has been called to federal active duty..

  • 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 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:

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. This home provides physician care; skilled nursing care services; social work care; nutritional care; physical, occupational, speech, and rehabilitation therapy programs; and programs for Alzheimer's and special needs care for qualified disabled Veterans.
Eligibility:
Members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been honorably discharged and have served not less than 90 days of active duty are eligible for admission. Members of the National Guard, however, are not eligible unless called into active duty for not less than 90 days. 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.

Eligible Veterans must be residents of Michigan at the time of admission or must be an accredited Michigan Veteran. Eligible Veterans must also be considered unemployable. Parents, Widows/ Widowers, and Spouses/former Spouses of eligible Veterans, are eligible for admission.

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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 provides physician coverage for a variety of services. The home has a domiciliary unit; skilled nursing care; basic nursing care; and a special needs unit for qualified disabled Veterans.
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. All Veterans must be residents of Michigan at the time of admission, unless an accredited Michigan Veteran.
  • Subject to space and certain other requirements, a Spouse, surviving Spouse, former Spouse, or Parent of an eligible Veteran may also be eligible for admission to the Home.

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Veterans' Burial Expenses: Under state law, eligible Veterans (or the wife or Widow 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, 906-341-3240 / 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 /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, 269-34-9123 / 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 / 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
Grand Rapids: Grand Rapids VA Outpatient Clinic, 3019 Coit Stt Northeast, 616-365-9575 / Fax: 616-365-7509
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 / Fax: 231-995-9302
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, 313-576-1514 / 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, 4048 Bay Rd, 989-321-4650 / Fax: 989-791-7507
Traverse: Traverse City Vet Center, 3766 N US 31 S, 231-935-0051 / Fax: 231-935-0071

VISN
Ann Arbor: VISN 11: Veterans In Partnership

Veterans Benefits Administration
Area Office
Ann Arbor: Eastern Area Office, P.O. Box 303, 800-827-1000

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 / 866-348-8603 / Fax: 248-328-0612

Learn more

Military Installations in Michigan

Active Duty

Army

U.S. Army Garrison Michigan

Air Force

Selfridge AGB

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/home.asp?isflash=1

http://www.defense.gov/specials/outreachpublic/mi.html

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

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/publications/Veterans.pdf

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

http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/realifelines/stateinfo.htm?state=MI

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

Document Review Date: 28 January 2014