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Auto Adaptive Equipment Program (AAE)-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides AAE to meet individual driving / passenger needs to Veterans and Servicemembers. The program is jointly administered by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). VHA’s Rehabilitation and Prosthetics Services provide Veterans/Servicemembers a full range of services: driver’s evaluations and training; adaptive equipment to enable safe operation of a motor vehicle; and equipment which permits access to enter and exit their vehicle.

For eligibility questions, please contact VBA at: 1-800-827-1000

DD-214 Requests

Veterans or their next of kin with proof of death of the veteran such as a copy of death certificate, letter from funeral home or published obituary can request DD-214 military service records free of charge through MVAA. An online DD-214 Request Form needs to be completed, signed and submitted to MVAA.

request form can also be downloaded and either faxed to 517-284-5297 or emailed to MVAAResourceCenter@michigan.gov.

Requesting an Expedited DD-214 
For urgent DD-214 requests (e.g. upcoming surgery, funeral, etc.) or to request an expedited DD-214 after hours or on holidays, visit the National Archives website or call 314-801-0800. Requests may be made using eVetRecs or by downloading the Standard Form 180 (SF-180) to Request Military Records.

The nature of the emergency must be provided in the "purpose" section of the SF-180 which can be faxed to 314-801-0764.

Education & Training-Federal & State

FEDERAL

Post-9/11 GI Bill
www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11

The Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program
www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/fry_scholarship.asp

Legacy Educational Benefits
www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

VetSuccess on Campus:
Current Michigan locations include Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley
Community College, Kellogg Community College, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, and Washtenaw Community College.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
www.fafsa.ed.gov

STATE

MVAA Veteran-Friendly School Program
www.michiganveterans.com/p/Michigan-s-Veteran-Friendly-Schools

Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program
MINGSTAP@michigan.gov
517-481-7640

The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG)
www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid
Note: Select students and families and then MI student aid programs
www.michigan.gov/documents/mistudentaid/CVTGFactSheet2016-17_532792_7.pdf
1-888-447-2687

Employment Programs: Federal & State

FEDERAL

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
www.benefits.va.gov/tap/tap-index.asp
www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/tap
www.taonline.com/tapoffice
www.careeronestop.org
Note: Select toolkit to translate military occupations to civilian

Verification of Military Experience and Training
www.dodtap.mil/login.html

Veterans Preference for Federal Jobs
www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx
www.usajobs.gov

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program
www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre

Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services
www.va.gov/homeless/cec-contacts.asp

Reemployment Rights
www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/userra
1-866-487-2365

STATE PROGRAMS

MVAA Veteran-Friendly Employer Program
www.michiganveterans.com/p/Certified-Veteran-Friendly-Employers

Pure Michigan Talent Connect
www.mitalent.org
Customer Service Center 1-888-522-0103

Occupational Licensing
www.Michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-10573_95401_95403_95404---,00.html

Workforce Development Agency
1-800-285-WORK (9675)
www.michiganworks.org

Unemployment Compensation
www.michigan.gov/uia

Reemployment Rights for Veterans
For more information, call the Veterans’ Hotline at 1-800-642-4838.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services
1-800-605-6722
TTY: Dial 711 and provide toll-free number
www.michigan.gov/mrs

Service-Disabled Veteran Business Owners
For more information, contact 1-517-388-6012.

U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration
www.dol.gov/agencies/eta
www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/how-to-use-benefits/on-the-job-training-apprenticeships

Helmets to Hardhats
www.helmetstohardhats.org
1-866-741-6210

Troops to Teachers
1-517-241-7045 or 1-866-801-0007
www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-5683_14795_83462-36797--,00.html

Free Income Tax Preparation

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Ft Custer Cemetery

Your Benefits:

  • Gravesite in any of our 135 national cemeteries
  • Government headstone or marker
  • Burial flag
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate
Dependents Benefits
  • Burial with the Veteran
  • Inscription on Government headstone or marker
  • Burial, even if predecease the Veteran

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who dies on active duty
  • Any Veteran who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable
  • National Guard members and Reservists with 20 years of qualifying service, who are entitled to retired pay
  • Adult Dependent Children
  • Parents of KIA (Corey Shea Act)

 https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftcuster.asp


On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NationalCemeteries

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

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Contact: Mary Lamparter
Phone: 586-567-1150
marylamparter@gmail.com
MedicalServiceDogs.org

Heroes to Hives

Heroes2Hives


Heroes to Hives is a unique program offered through Michigan State University Extension that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping.





Adam J. Ingrao, PhD
Phone: 951-237-5311
ingraoad@msu.edu
heroestohives.com
Heroes to Hives (facebook.com)

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency can be reached at 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838) or visit the website at www.MichiganVeterans.com. The Federal Veterans Affairs Benefits and Services number is 1-800-827-1000.

Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF)

The MVTF provides emergency grants to help combat-era Veterans and their families weather unforeseen, temporary financial emergencies. Emergency grants cover expenses such as utility bills, home repairs, transportation and mortgage assistance.” 

Emergency Assistance Form:
https://www.michiganveterans.com/mvaaEmergencyAssistanceForm

1-800-MICH-VET.

Phone-based Mindfulness Meditation Classes

WRIISC Mindfulness Meditation Classes April to June 2021

Talons Out Honor Flights

TalonsOut

The mission of Honor Flight is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honoring those who have served and sacrificed for our country.
 





Phone 269-273-4545
info@talonsouthonorflight.org
Website: TalonsOutHonorFlight.Org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TalonsOutHonorFlight

Tribe Talks

Contact Melissa:
tribetalksprogram@gmail.com
586-222-3391
Visit and like Tribe Talks on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/TribeTalksProgram

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Crisis Line

Call 1-800-273-8255, press 1

VA Medical Center Caregiver Support

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Eligibility for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) has expanded.

Review the fact sheets to learn more about the expansion.

Fact Sheets available in Spanish & Tagalog/Filipino.

There are several steps in the application process that determine if you qualify.


National Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274
Website: va.caregiver.va.gov

Veterans Benefits & Services Booklet for Michigan Military Veterans

Veteran Benefits Briefing 101

VeteransBenefitsBriefing101

Warrior Set Free

WSF is a ministry run by Veterans for Veterans
• Encouragement • Guidance • Comradery • Engagement

Set Free Ministries
700 36th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Steve Prince
616-204-1705
Steve@setfreeusa.org
www.WarriorsSetFree.com
https://www.facebook.com/WarriorsSetFree

Michigan Military and Veteran Resource Sharing 2021

Michigan Military and Veteran Resource Sharing 2021: Learn about resources for the military and veteran community on the First Thursday of each month. Each session will be highlight different topical resources. You do not have to attend all sessions, attend as many as fit into your schedule. Once you register, you will receive a reminder each month. If you can not join the online session, there is a telephone call in option in your confirmation email. Attendees will have an opportunity to network in the chat box. To register, please contact April Clipper if you have any questions april.clipper@militaryonesource.com

VA Copay Update: American Recovery Plan Impact

VA Copay Update: American Recovery Plan Impact

VA co-payments received between April 6, 2020, and September 30, 2021, will be waived, refunded, or forgiven under the American Recovery Plan. The VA is canceling and refunding copayments for the following benefits: 

All medical care received through VA between April 6, 2020, and September 30, 2021

All prescription medications received through VA between April 6, 2020, and September 30, 2021                                                                                                   

It is hoped that this will help Veterans and their families during this challenging time. If you’re a Veteran who receives care through VA, here’s what this means for you:   If you received a statement with copayments for services or medications received on April 6, 2020, or later, we’ll remove these copayments from your account. You won’t have to pay these copayments.   If you already paid any copayments for services or medications received on April 6, 2020, or later, we’ll send you a refund.                                                                 

If you have unpaid copayments for services or medications received before April 6, 2020, we won’t require or expect you to make payments on your account until October 1, 2021. We won’t add any interest or fees to your accounts. And we won’t take any collection actions on these specific copayments. If you’d like to voluntarily make payments during this time, you can. But we won’t require or expect payments until October 1, 2021. Find out how to pay your VA copay bill.      

VA doesn't need anything from you at this time to process your refund. They ask for your patience as they adjust statements and process refunds. Updates will be provided on when to expect refunds to start.  

(Source: VHA Co-Pay Recovery Act | https://www.va.gov/health-care/copay-rates | April 1, 2021)

NO FEDERAL ENDORSEMENT IMPLIED.