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Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs

Veteran's Benefits

Veterans' Benefits are available to Monroe County Veterans, their spouses and family members.

Application for Admission - State Veterans Facility: A long term health care facility. Charges based on ability to pay.

Career Development, Job and Re-Employment Rights:   MESC 241-0183 - MI Works 240-7970

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: When it has been determined the veteran died of a service connected or related condition and was rated 100% service connected at time of death, this affords the widow/widower D.I.C., a specific rate based on vet's rank and longevity. Provided regardless of any other source of income.

Medical Care: Available at many hospitals for veterans in Michigan with priority given to service connected veterans receiving disability, non-service connected veterans receiving pension, and those with a medical problem and no ability to offset costs.

G.I. Bill Home Loans: Home loans are available on new or used homes, condos, or manufactured homes, and new mobile homes. Vets receive eligibility certificate affording him/her opportunity to purchase a home at zero down at a fixed, thirty-year interest rate. Vet must qualify for home loan with private financial or lending institution.

Michigan Veterans' Trust Fund: Located in the same office at the courthouse. Open T - W - Th, 9-1. (734) 240-7359.

This is a financial assistance program for unforeseen emergencies on mortgage, rent, food, utility bills. A veteran with a minimum of 180 days war service who is honorably discharged can apply.

Property tax relief: A veteran with a disability rating can qualify for home property tax relief on State of Michigan 1040CR form.

Veterans' Service Connected Compensation: Received for service connected injuries or conditions aggravated by one's military service.

Veterans' Non-Service Connected Compensation: Afforded to vets with war time service provided medical condition and household income qualifies.

Vocational Rehabilitation Training: This is afforded when veteran is awarded a rated service connected disability of 20% or more, or is given an increased rating of his or her service connected disability. Provides additional monthly financial allotments to pursue vocation or course of training.

Widows/Widowers Pension: All widows/widowers of deceased veteran with 90 days service and one day of service during a war time period are eligible. This is based on medical status and dependents. With no physical disabilities a widow/.widower under 60 years of age can receive a minimum monthly income (if no other income is received). With recognized disabilities, the rate can increase.

More Benefits in Brief


Burial in National Cemetery


Burial allowance when in receipt of VA comp or pension


Free government marker


Veterans' Group Life Insurance


POW medical benefits


Substance abuse treatment


Upgrade discharges:


If less than 15 years from separation


  • Correction of military records
    • Additional awards and decorations
    • Discharge Certificate requests


  • On-the-job training


  • Educational assistance for widow/widower and dependents


  • VA pharmacy services with co-pay


  • Aids and services for blind

Benefits Through County

See Benefits Through County page

  • County Burial Allowance


  • Soldier's Relief Programs


  • Marker foundation Partial Reimbursement


  • Military Discharge Recording


  • Certified Copies of Military Discharges


  • Veterans' Records Notarization


  • Staff Assistance in filing all Veteran Claims

Call or visit your local VA office for more information on all veterans benefits. toll-free telephone service is available in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico by dialing 1-800-827-1000.

False Dividend Stories
Stories continue to circulate that a bill recently passed Congress "entitling vets to a dividend on GI insurance they had while in service, regardless of whether they still carried the insurance." Not! The only dividends now being paid are to those vets who have continued their government insurance in force. The dividends are payable on an annual basis and are normally distributed on the anniversary date of the policy.

If you want to contact the Monroe County Veterans' Bureau, please contact them directly.