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State of Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs (State Benefits FAQ Page)

Michigan State Veterans Benefits Brochure

The following information was gathered from Military.com.

Michigan State Veteran's Benefits

The state of Michigan provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Housing Benefits

Financial Assistance Benefits

Employment Benefits

Other State Veteran Benefits

Michigan Veteran Housing Programs

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

All members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been honorably discharged and served not less than 90 days during a designated wartime period (i.e., First World War - April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918, [to April 1920 if served in Russia]; Second World War - December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946; Korean Conflict, Cold War, Vietnam war - beginning September 2, 1945, through December 26, 1991; or Persian Gulf War August 2, 1990, to present) may apply for admission to said facilities.

Learn more about Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans

The primary mission of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans is to restore health and maintain existing functions, enabling residents the opportunity to enjoy their remaining years to the fullest. Keeping pace with the disabled population's changing needs, the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans is a modern nursing home that serves and encourages its veterans to function at their maximum level. The Home's staff places great emphasis on tailoring it's care plans to a member's individual needs and to encourage their independence, rather than dependence. To that end, the Veterans' Home has adopted a comprehensive needs assessment process. Every person admitted to the Home is thoroughly evaluated by a physician, social services, nursing, activities, dietary and physical therapy in terms of abilities and disabilities. This comprehensive assessment results in an "Interdisciplinary Care Plan" issued within the first seven days of admission. An Interdisciplinary Team Meeting is held every 90 days to measure progress. The focus is always on the member's abilities rather than disabilities. A State nursing home operated under the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans provides 182 nursing care beds, two infirmary beds and 59 residential beds.

Learn more about the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans

State Veterans Homes Board of Managers

Created by Public Act 152 of 1895, the Board of Managers exercises certain regulatory and governance authority regarding admission and member affairs at Michigan's two veterans homes. They also represent the interest of the veterans' community in both advisory and advocacy roles. The board members are appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, to serve 6-year terms.

Learn more about the State Veterans Homes Board of Managers

Michigan Financial Assistance Benefits

Tuition Grant Procedure Brief

Public Act 248 of 2005 provides an annual undergraduate tuition grant of up to $2,800 for the eligible children of certain deceased military personnel or totally and permanently disabled veterans. The Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority administers the program.

Learn more about the Tuition Grant Procedure Brief

Emergency Grants

Temporary assistance granted by the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) for emergencies or hardships is available to eligible wartime veterans, and their families, residing in the state. Under the authority of Public Act 9 of 1946 (as amended), the MVTF cannot provide assistance for long-term problems or chronic financial difficulties. Those eligible for the MVTF temporary grant program must apply through the MVTF county committee serving their county of residence. All applications are investigated, deliberated, and decided in confidence. Any applicant may request a personal hearing before the county committee at the meeting when his/her application is considered. If the county committee denies an application every applicant has the right to appeal that decision to the MVTF Board of Trustees (with the opportunity to appear before the board to present information and answer questions.) The MVTF does not provide loans under the temporary assistance program.

Learn more about Emergency Grants

Michigan National Guard Family Support Funds

For information regarding Michigan National Guard Family Support Funds, visit https://www.mi.ngb.army.mil/.

Learn more about Michigan National Guard Family Support Funds

Other Michigan State Veteran Benefits

Michigan Veterans Programs 2005

This booklet has been compiled especially for veterans and their families to fulfill three important purposes:

• To provide information concerning veterans benefits and service available through federal, state, and local agencies;

• To provide veterans and their families with links to direct sources, both computer-based and professional, knowledgeable counselors, for answers to specific questions; and

• To assist veterans in communicating more effectively with their elected representatives.

Learn more about Michigan Veterans Programs 2005

Instructions for Property Tax Credit Form for disabled veterans

Learn about the Property Tax Credit Form for Disabled Veterans

Property Tax Credit Form for Disabled Veterans

Learn about the Property Tax Credit Form for Disabled Veterans

Automobile License Plates

Learn about Automobile License Plates

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    • Peggy toll free 1000 last week, told me that, my claim or case BVA Granted is at the RO waiting on someone to sign off ,She said your in step 5 going into step 6 . That's good, right.?
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      If it is AFTER one year, that means your claim has became final. If you would like to try to get an earlier effective date, then CUE or new and material evidence are possible avenues. 

       

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    • Precedent Setting CAVC cases cited in the M21-1
      A couple months back before I received my decision I started preparing for the appeal I knew I would be filing.  That is how little faith I had in the VA caring about we the veteran. 

      One of the things I did is I went through the entire M21-1 and documented every CAVC precedent case that the VA cited. I did this because I wanted to see what the rater was seeing.  I could not understand for the life of me why so many obviously bad decisions were being handed down.  I think the bottom line is that the wrong type of people are hired as raters.  I think raters should have some kind of legal background.  They do not need to be lawyers but I think paralegals would be a good idea.

      There have been more than 3500 precedent setting decisions from the CAVC since 1989.  Now we need to concede that all of them are not favorable to the veteran but I have learned that in a lot of cases even though the veteran lost a case it some rules were established that assisted other veterans.

      The document I created has about 200 or so decisions cited in the M21-1.   Considering the fact that there are more than 3500 precedent cases out there I think it is safe to assume the VA purposely left out decisions that would make it almost impossible to deny veteran claims.  Case in point. I know of 14 precedent setting decisions that state the VA cannot ignore or give no weight to outside doctors without providing valid medical reasons as to why.  Most of these decision are not cited by the M21.

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