Michigan Military and Veterans Benefits

State Taxes
Educational Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Insurance
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits
Health and Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
Miscellaneous Benefits
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Summary of Michigan Military and Veterans Benefits: Michigan offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including property tax exemptions, Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Program, Michigan National Guard state retirement pay, employment assistance, civil service preference, special vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing license benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, Veterans Service Officers: The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has Veterans Service Officers that can assist Veterans and their Families find and apply for benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge. For more information or assistance Veterans or Family members can call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or contact the Veteran Service Officer in their area
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Michigan Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Michigan Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Michigan Income Taxes on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay is exempt from Michigan individual income tax.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) does not withhold taxes for state or local income tax, but it is reported annually on IRS Form 1099-R. All TSP distributions are subjectMichigan state capital to state taxes and early distributions may incur higher taxes.

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Michigan Income Taxes on Military Pay: Active duty military pay is exempt from Michigan income tax.

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Michigan State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of their limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about Michigan State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

Michigan State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

Learn more about Michigan State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Myoung child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemeteryichigan State Tax Benefits: Survivor annuities paid to the Surviving Spouse of retired Service members are exempt from Michigan individual income tax.

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Michigan Veteran, Service Member and Surviving Spouse Homestead Property Tax Credit: Service members, Veterans, and Surviving Spouses may be able to claim a property tax credit on their Michigan primary residence for up to $1,500. The credit, for most people, is based on a comparison between household income and property taxes. Homesteads can have a taxable value up to $136,600.
Who is eligible for the Michigan Veteran, Service Member and Surviving Spouse Homestead Property Tax Credit? Applicants must be the owner occupier and meet the following requirements to be eligible for the tax credit:

  • Michigan resident for at least six months during the tax year, and

  • Veteran who has a service-connected disability rating from the VA, or

  • Surviving Spouse of a deceased Service member, or

  • Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (adjusted gross income must be less than $7,500), or

  • Veteran that is receiving military retired pay or their Surviving Spouse

  • Surviving Spouse of a Veteran that was not disabled or receiving military retired pay that served in World War I, World War II, or the Korean War (adjusted gross income is less than $7,500).

Veterans that rent their home may also be eligible for a tax credit, for more information applicants should contact their local assessor.
Michigan Assessor Directory

To apply eligible homeowners must file a Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit Claim Form for Veterans and Blind People MI-1040CR-2 .
Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit Information and Forms

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Michigan Disabled Veteran Homestead Property Tax Exemption: Michigan offers a total property tax exemption of the primary residence that is owned and occupied by an eligible disabled Veterans and their Surviving Spouse.
Who is eligible for the Michigan Disabled Veteran Homestead Property Tax Credit? To be eligible for the exemption the Veteran must be a Michigan resident, received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces and meet one of the following requirements:

  • Permanent and total service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Received financial assistance from the VA for specially adapted housing

  • Rated by the VA as individually unemployable 

An unremarried, resident Surviving Spouse of a disabled Veteran is also eligible for this exemption.

To apply applicants must submit a completed Affidavit for Disabled Veterans Exemption to their local assessor.
Michigan Assessor Directory
Michigan Department of Treasury, Disabled Veterans Exemption Information and Forms

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What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Michigan Children of Veteran's Tuition Grant (CVTG): CVTG provides undergraduate tuition assistance to the Children of certain Service members and Veterans. CVTG may be used at any Michigan community college, public university or independent, degree-granting college or university.

The amount of the award is determined by the student’s enrollment status.

  • Full-time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,800

  • Three-quarter time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,100

  • Half-time students can receive up to a maximum of $1,400.

Undergraduate students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years and a total of up to $11,200.
Who is eligible for the Michigan CVTG?
The Service member or Veteran must be a Michigan resident and meet one of the following requirements for their Child to be eligible:

  • Killed in action or died from another cause while serving in a war or during war conditions, or

  • Died or became totally and permanently disabled due to a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the VA, or

  • Declared missing in action.

For a Child to be eligible they must meet the following requirements:

  • Michigan resident at the time of application

  • Enrolled at least half-time

  • Between 16 and 26 years old

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee

  • Never convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury, or death

  • Not in default on a federal student loan.

To apply students must first file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid then submit an online application at the Michigan Student Aid, Student Scholarships and Grants webpage. To continue to be eligible to receive funding, students must Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 and meet the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

Contact information:
Email: mistudentaid@michigan.gov
Phone: 888-447-2687
Fax: 517-241-5835
CVTG Fact Sheet

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Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP): MINGSTAP provides 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.Soldier sitting at a desk

Funding available is based on the type of program the Service member enrolls in:

  • Training programs - up to $6000

  • Certificate programs - up to $6000

  • Associate degree - up to $14,400

  • Baccalaureate degree - up to $14,400

  • Master's degree - up to $6000

Who is eligible for the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program? To be eligible for MINGSTAP Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Service member in the Michigan National Guard (including the traditional service of one weekend/month and two weeks/year)

  • Not absent without leave or under UCMJ charges, and

  • Meet Michigan National Guard recruiting and retention requirements.

MINGSTAP Online Application
MINGSTAP, Policy
MINGSTAP, Frequently Asked Questions

Point of Contact:

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
State Operations – Budget Office
3423 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48906
Phone: 517-481-7640
Fax: 517-481-7644
Email: MINGSTAP@michigan.gov

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Michigan National Guard, University and 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 GI Bill, can enable Guard members to attend selected colleges and universities at no cost. Additionally, several other organizations offer scholarships to Michigan National Guard members. For more information, contact the State Education Office at 517-481-8107.

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Children sitting on the steps of a school Michigan Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is 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.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Point of Contact
Phone: 517-481-8092 / 335-0543

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Michigan High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Michigan will award a high school diploma to Veterans who left high school before receiving their diploma to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for Michigan High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans ? Veterans must have attended high school in Michigan and received an honorable discharge for service in the U.S. Armed Forces during the following time periods to be eligible:

  • WWII – Dec 16, 1940, through Dec 31, 1946

  • Korean conflict – June 27, 1950, through Jan 31, 1955

  • Vietnam - Feb 28, 1961, through May 7, 1975

Veterans or their next of kin can apply by submitting a copy of the Veteran’s discharge paperwork and an Application for High School Diploma, WWII, Korean and Vietnam Era Veterans to the Veteran’s school district. Applications and documentation can also be emailed to MVAAResourceCenter@michigan.gov.

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What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Michigan State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference: Michigan offers Veterans’ preference when hiring for Michigan civil service positions for eligible Veterans and their Spouse. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the job and any position-specific selection criteria and can only be used for initiachinook helicopter lowering a boat in the waterl (first) appointment to a Michigan Civil Service position.

Civil Service Preference Points: If the selection process is based on a numerical score or a written civil service examination, these points will be added to an applicant’s final passing score:

  • 5 points - added to the score of a Veteran or Surviving Spouse

  • 10 points - added to the score of the following applicants:

    • Disabled Veteran

    • Spouse of a disabled Veteran with a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating

    • Surviving Spouse who has a Child under 18 years of age

    • Surviving Spouse with continuing parental care of a disabled Child

Agency Preference Points: If an examination score is not used, the following points are added to the applicant’s screening score:

  • 5% of the highest possible score will be added to a Veteran or their Surviving Spouse’s score

  • 10% of the highest possible score will be added to the score of the following applicants:

    • Disabled Veteran

    • Spouse of a disabled Veteran with a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating

    • Surviving Spouse who has a Child under 18 years of age

    • Surviving Spouse with continuing parental care of a disabled Child

Preferential Consideration: If a mechanical or random screening process is used to reduce the number of applicants, the applicants eligible for preference must be retained and placed in the final candidate pool. All applicants will then be considered using the same merit appraisal system.
Who is eligible for the Michigan State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference? To be eligible Veterans must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 90 or more days and received an honorable discharge and are not eligible for military retired pay. To qualify as a disabled Veteran, Veterans must have service-connected disability rating from the VA or their branch of service and are eligible for compensation.

To receive Veterans’ preference, applicants must register on the Michigan Civil Service Commission, Veterans Preference Registration webpage. For more information or questions please email mcsc-appassessmentteam1@michigan.gov.
Michigan State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference Fact Sheet

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Michigan State Employment Rights for Service Members: In addition to the federal rights provided by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, active and reserve component Service members have several protections under Michigan Compiled Laws, Act 133 of 1955.

This act prohibits discrimination against Service members for their membership and obligations in the U.S. Armed Forces. Provides for leaves of absence during required military duty and the return to employment after service. There are also provisions for differential pay, to offset all or part of the difference between the Service member’s military pay and the state government pay.

Learn more about Michigan State Employment Rights for Service Members

Michigan Veterans’ Employment Services (VES): VES provides individualized career and training-related services through Veterans’ Career Advisors (VCA), to Veterans, and their Spouses. VES also helps employers fill their workforce with job-seeking Veterans.

The VCA works directly with Veterans and their Spouses who have “significant barriers to employment” .

Some of the service provided are:

  • Assessment interviews

  • Career guidance services

  • Individual employment plans

  • Staff-assisted job searches

  • Labor market information

  • Basic staff-assisted career services

For more information, please contact Michigan Works at 800-285-WORKS (9675) or visit a local Michigan Works office.
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Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Service Members, Veterans and Spouses Benefits: LARA offers the following benefits for active duty Service members, Veterans and their Spouses:

  • Temporary exemption from renewal fees, continuing education requirements, and any other related requirements, until 90 days after release from active duty, but not more than 36 months after the expiration of the license.

  • Temporary licenses for an active duty Service member’s Spouse

  • Waiver of initial license or initial registration fee and initial application processing fee for Veterans

Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 or DD215, or other proof they received an honorable discharge.
Michigan LARA, Listing of Professional Licenses

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Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans 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% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% 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% 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 VA 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, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on 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 their 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 VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because 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 their 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 Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. 3 soldiers walkingUSERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
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VETS Regional Office Locations

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What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Michigan Unemployment Insurance (UI): The Michigan UI program provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income . Benefits are not based on financial need. Employers pay all costs of the UI program. UI benefits begin the week a claim is filed and should be filed during the first week the unemployment.

Applicants will need the following information to file a claim:

  • Social Security number

  • Employment information for the past 18 months: employer name and address, first and last day worked, gross earnings

  • Address, phone number, date of birth

  • Alien registration and expiration date of work authorization card for non-U.S. citizens

  • Driver’s License or state ID

Applicants can file a claim online at the Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) or by phone at 866-500-0017.
Steps to Apply for Michigan UI
Michigan UI, Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Personnel Brochure

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What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Benefits?

Michigan “Veteran” Designation for Licenses and ID Cards: Michigan offers “Veteran” designation on an eligible Veterans driver’s license or ID card.

The designation is provided free of charge when applying for a new or renewed driver’s license or ID card MI Veteran Designation
Who is eligible for a Michigan “Veteran” Designation for Licenses and ID Cards? The designation is offered to Veterans that served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and received an Honorable Discharge or a General Discharge, Under Honorable Conditions. Applicants must provide one of the following documents as proof of eligibility:

  • DD214 or DD215 (any copy except Copy 1)

  • NGB FM 22 or 23

  • WD AGO 53-55

  • GSA 6594

  • NAVPERS 553

  • VA Veteran Health ID

  • DD2 (blue or pink version), U.S. Uniformed Services ID card - issued to retired Service members

Michigan Veteran Designation Application

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Michigan Military and Veteran License Plates: Michigan offers 36 license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and Family members. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.

To apply for a military or Veteran license plate applicants must submit the appropriate application and official documentation as proof of eligibility at any Michigan Secretary of State Branch Office.

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Michigan Veteran License Plate Michigan Army Veteran License Plate: Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for the Michigan Army Veteran license plate for a $5 fee. If purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. Applicants may personalize this license plate for an additional fee.

Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans and motor homes. Trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Michigan Application for Veteran License Plates Form BDVR-87

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Michigan Purple Heart License Plate Michigan Combat Wounded Veteran (Purple Heart) License Plate: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the Michigan Combat Wounded Veteran license plate for a $5 fee. If purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. Applicants may personalize this license plate for an additional fee.

Combat Wounded Veteran plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Michigan Application for Veteran License Plates Form BDVR-87 .

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Michigan Disabled Veteran License Plate Michigan Disabled Veteran License Plate: The Michigan Disabled Veteran license plate is available for eligible disabled Veterans for a $5 fee. Veterans may personalize this license plate for an additional fee.

Disabled Veteran license plates may only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks or vans. Motorcycles, motor homes, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible. For disability parking privileges Veterans must also complete and submit the BFS-108 Michigan Department of State Disability Parking Placard Application.
Who is eligible for the Michigan Disabled Veteran License Plate? Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and meet the following requirements:

  • 100% service-connected disability rating from the VA or their branch of Service

  • Service-connected individually unemployable rating from the VA paid at 100%

Michigan Application for Veteran License Plates Form BDVR-87

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Michigan Medal of Honor License Plate: Medal of Honor recipients are eligible for the Michigan Medal of Honor license plate. Medal of Honor plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks or vans. Motorcycles, motor homes, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.

To apply for this license plate applicants must contact the Renewal by Mail Unit in Lansing at 517-335-6128.

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Michigan Gold Star Family License Plate Michigan Gold Star Family License Plate: Immediate Family members of a Service member who died in combat are eligible for the Michigan Gold Star Family license plate for a $5 fee. If purchasing an original plate or replacing an existing plate when renewing, other registration fees may apply. Applicants may personalize this license plate for an additional fee.

Gold Star Family plates can only be used on passenger cars, pickup trucks, vans, and motor homes. Motorcycles, trailers and vehicles used commercially are not eligible.
Who is eligible for the Michigan Gold Star Family License Plate? Family members eligible for the Gold Star Family license plate are:

  • Surviving Spouse

  • Biological parents, stepparents and foster parents

  • Siblings and half siblings

  • Child and stepchild

Michigan Application for Gold Star Family License Plates Form SOS-446

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What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Michigan National Guard State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of Michigan is made up of several National Guard Association of Michiganvoluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of Michigan National Guard Service members and their Families. Every member of the Michigan National Guard is covered by a $10,000 Life Insurance policy free for the first year of enlistment.

The Basic program provides ­financial protection in the event of the death of the Service member and provides coverage for Spouse and/or Children, at an affordable monthly cost. The Enhanced program provides additional affordable group term life insurance for members and Spouses.

For more information please visit the Armed Forces Benefit Association webpage, or call customer service at 800-462-7441.
Who is eligible for Michigan National Guard SSLI? Michigan National Guard Service members and their Families are eligible for coverage.

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TRICARE Reserve Select 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.

This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The 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:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

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What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Michigan Hunting and Fishing Privileges for Service Members: Michigan residents who are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for free hunting and fishing licenses. Service members must provide documentation verifying that they are on active duty, and a Michigan Driver License or voter two boats on the lake at sunsetregistration at the time of purchase.

Nonresident active duty Service members stationed in Michigan are eligible to receive resident pricing on hunting and fishing licenses. Service members must provide documentation verifying that they are on active duty and that they are currently stationed in Michigan.

The licenses are available at all DNR Customer Service Centers or online. Service members must carry documentation of their active duty status and their DNR license whenever hunting or fishing.
Michigan DNR, Customer Service Centers Directory
Michigan DNR, Online License Portal

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Michigan Hunting and Fishing Licenses Free for Resident Disabled Veterans: Michigan resident Disabled Veterans that are 100% disabled or individually unemployable are eligible to receive all non-lottery licenses for free.

Veterans must provide a letter from the VA stating that they are that are 100% disabled or individually unemployable when applying. The must carry a copy of the letter and their DNR license whenever hunting or fishing.

The licenses are available at all DNR Customer Service Centers or online.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Customer Service Centers Directory
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Online License Portal

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Free Michigan State Park and Recreation Area Entry for Certain Resident Veterans: Medal of Honor Recipients, 100% disabled Veterans and former prisonMackinac Suspension Bridgeers of war are eligible for free use of state parks, recreation areas, boat launches, forest campgrounds and trail parking lots. Local, county, municipal and metropolitan park passes are still required.
Who is eligible for the Free Michigan State Park and Recreation Area Entry for Certain Resident Veterans? to be eligible resident Veterans must have a valid Michigan Ex-prisoner of War, Medal of Honor or disabled Veteran license plate to be eligible.

For more information, please email DNR-ParksAndRecreation@Michigan.gov or call 517-284-7275.

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What are my Michigan Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Michigan National Guard State Retirement Pay: Michigan provides a state retirement benefit for all former members of the Michigan National Guard who have served a minimum of 19 years, 6 months and 1 day of active service.Michigan Army National Guard

Retired Service members will be paid $600 annually ($50 per month) beginning at age 55 or the effective date of application, whichever is later. Active members of the Michigan National Guard may not receive the benefit until they retire.

The retirement benefit is not automatic. Individuals must submit a written application using Michigan Office of Retirement Service, Retirement Application for Michigan National Guard State Military Retirement, R0941D. The application may be submitted up to three months before separation or up to three months before turning age 55

The state retirement benefit is not retroactive. Retirement pay for Service members discharged after age 55 will be effective the first of the month following discharge. If the retired Service member files after age 55, it will go in effect the first of the month after their completed application is received.

State retirement pay is in addition to any retirement pay received from the federal government and is not subject to state income tax, but it is subject to federal income tax.

Surviving Spouses of Michigan National Guard Service members who qualified for state retirement pay are eligible for a monthly payment of $41.67 per month until their death. Surviving Spouses should apply with the Michigan Office of Retirement Services, Retirement Application for Spousal Benefits, R0890D. Survivors must provide a copy of the death certificate, their birth certificate, and marriage license.
Who is eligible for Michigan National Guard State Retirement Pay? Retired Michigan National Guard Service members and their Surviving Spouses are eligible for state retirement pay.

Learn more about the Michigan National Guard State Retirement Pay

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Michigan Veteran Homes: The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has three Veteran homes that provide a variety of skilled nursing care for Veterans and their eligible Family members.

Michigan Veteran Homes Locations:

Each of the Michigan Veteran Homes are 128 bed facilities and provides the following services:

  • Long-Term Skilled Nursing Care – For residents requiring regular medical attention

  • Short-Term Skilled Nursing Care – For residents that require short-term skilled nursing care on a temporary basis after an illness, injury or hospitalization

  • Rehabilitation and Therapy - Physical, occupational, and speech language therapy

  • Dementia and Memory Care – 24 hour support/ supervision and specialized activities

  • Palliative Care – Comfort and quality of life care

Who is eligible for Care at the Michigan Veteran Homes? Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Honorably discharged Veteran

  • Eligible for VA health care or financial assistance for long-term nursing care

  • Dependent of a Veteran who is eligible for admission or was eligible at the time of the Veteran's death:

    • Spouse

    • Surviving Spouse

    • Former Spouse

    • Gold Star Parent

  • Michigan residency is not a requirement.

To apply for admission applicants should contact the Michigan Veteran Homes of their choice to verify eligibility.
Michigan Veteran Homes, Online Admission Inquiry Form

Learn more about the Michigan Veteran Homes

Michigan Veterans' Burial Expenses: Veterans, their Spouse or Surviving Spouse that meet residency and asset limits, may qualify for a $300 burial expense paid by the County Board of Commissioners or the Board of County Auditors. For more information please call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or contact a County Veteran Service Officer near them.

Learn more about the Michigan Veterans' Burial Expenses

Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF), Emergency Grant Program: The MVTF provides emergency grants to Michigan wartime Veterans to help them through short-term financial crisis.Burial Flag

The Emergency Grant Program is intended to help Veterans overcome an unforeseen situation causing a temporary or short term financial emergency or hardship that a grant will resolve and for which the applicant can demonstrate the ability to meet future expenses.
Who is eligible for an MTVF Emergency Grant? To be eligible for a grant from the MVTF a Veteran must be:

  • Michigan resident or a Michigan resident immediately prior to entry into the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Honorably discharged with 180 days of service during a period of war

  • Served less than 180 days of wartime service due to discharge for a service-connected disability.

Michigan Compiled Laws 35.601 - 610

To apply for a grant from the MVTF, Veterans should contact the MVTF County Committee in the county where they live or fill out and submit a  Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, Emergency Assistance Online Form. For more information, please call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

Learn more about the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, Emergency Grant Program

Michigan National Guard Family Programs Office: The Michigan National Guard Family Programs office helps National Guard Families by providing information, education, programs, and resources.

Their responsibilities and services include:

  • Family readiness

  • Resource management

  • Mobilization and reintegration coordination

  • Crisis intervention and referral

  • Outreach

  • Volunteer recruitment

  • Training and management

  • Guard Family Team Building

  • Information, referral and follow-up

  • Child and Youth Programs

For more information contact the Michigan National Guard Family Offices at:

Michigan National Guard Family Programs
3423 N. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48906
Phone: 517-481-9893

Learn more about the Michigan National Guard Family Programs Office

Michigan Veterans Treatment Court: Michigan’s Veterans Treatment Courts assist Veterans that are involved in the Michigan court system. Veterans Treatment Courts use a hybrid integration of drug court and mental health court principles that promotes sobriety, recovery, and stability through a coordinated response that involves cooperation and collaboration with community and state-wide partners

The courts provide a coordinated response that involves collaboration with the traditional partners found in drug and mental health courts, as well as VA health care networks, the VA, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, volunteer mentors, and organizations that support Veterans and Veterans’ Families.
Michigan Veterans Treatment Courts Contact Information

Learn more about the Michigan Veterans Treatment Courts

Michigan Military Family Relief Fund: The Michigan Military Family Relief Fund Act authorizes financial assistance grants to qualifying Families of Service members in either the Michigan National Guard or Reserves who are called to active duty as a result of the national response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. These grants can be used for clothing, food, housing, utilities, medical services or prescriptions, insurance payments, vehicle payments or other related necessities of daily living.

Families seeking assistance may complete the Michigan Military Family Relief Fund Application and include a letter outlining the Family's hardship along with any requested documentation. The application can be submitted to the Michigan National Guard Family Assistance Center Coordinator (FAC) or the office listed below.

Point of Contact:

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
State Operations - Budget Office
3423 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48906
Phone: 517-481-7640
Fax: 517-481-7644

Learn more about Michigan Military Family Relief Fund

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Michigan

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Michigan: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

Great Lakes National CemeteryLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Michigan

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Michigan: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains four national cemeteries in Michigan. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Michigan

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Military Installations in Michigan

Please see the Michigan Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal
U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM)

National Guard
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Michigan National Guard

Michigan Army National Guard

Michigan Air National Guard
127th Wing
110th Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division


Resources

Michigan National Guard Handbook for Retirees

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Michigan Facility Directory

Army National Guard Benefits

Air National Guard Benefits

Veterans Benefits and Services for Michigan Military Veterans Handbook

Michigan Office of the Secretary of State, Veteran/Military License Plates

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Michigan

Michigan Compiled Laws

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Document Review Date: 25 March 2022