Here is some information about the veterans' educational, vocational and financial assistance that the State of Michigan provides to supplement the benefits the VA provides.
The children of certain veterans can get a tuition waiver for up to $2,800 annually through Michigan's Tuition Grant Program. The veteran:
This program is administered by the Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority. Visit Michigan.gov for a Tuition Grant Fact Sheet for more information.
The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) grants temporary financial assistance for emergencies or financial hardships to veterans and their families. The grants do not need to be paid back.
To be eligible for an emergency grant, a veteran must have served at least 180 days in active wartime service, during the Persian Gulf conflicts, Vietnam, Korea, or World War II. There are two exceptions to this rule; the following veterans are also eligible for an emergency grant:
All veterans must have been discharged under honorable conditions to qualify.
For more information, visit the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund page.
Air and Army National Guard families can obtain emergency financial assistance from the Michigan National Guard Family Fund. The fund provides grants of $500 to those with financial hardships. Reasons for financial hardship include:
For more information, visit the Michigan National Guard.
Michigan Works! agencies (MWAs) operate adult programs that provide job training services to adults. Veterans employment representatives are located at most Michigan Works! offices. These specialists can help veterans and their spouses find employment.
The Veterans Services Division of the Michigan Department of Career Development helps match veterans coming to Michigan with employment opportunities that match their skills. Veteran Service Specialists are available at the Division to help training, licensing, and credentialing. For more information, visit Veterans Employment Services at Michigan Talent Connect.
Shifting Heroes is a branch of Michigan's Shifting Gears program and provides career support for veterans, including one-to-one mentoring by a Michigan veteran and employment opportunities with those interested in hiring veterans.
Michigan's Rehabilitation Services program provides vocational rehabilitation and employment services to veterans with non-service-connected disabilities. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mrs.
Michigan has two veterans home, in Grand Rapids and Marquette. These homes provide skilled nursing care and Alzheimer's care for qualified disabled veterans.
You can also call the Michigan Disability Network for advice on independent living issues at 517-339-0539, or go to www.dnmichigan.org.
The Veterans Housing Program (VHP) provides housing, counseling, addiction treatment, and medical for a small number of homeless veterans. For more information about the Veterans Housing Program, visit http://www.mihomeless.org.