Veterans Affairs

Announcements Relating to the COVID-19 Pandemic

To learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on the Veterans Affairs office please read this press release (PDF).

A Word of Welcome

Having served in the United States Army, I consider it an honor to serve our veterans and their families in Gratiot County.
Rodolfo R. Diaz-Pons, Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Retired), Director

We are dealing with veterans, not procedures; with their problems, not ours.
General Omar Bradley, Veterans Affairs Administrator, 1945 to 1947

What We Do

Provide assistance to veterans and their dependents to access benefits provided to veterans by county, state, and federal agencies, primarily the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Services

  • VA Compensation
  • VA Pensions
  • VA Healthcare assistance
  • Veteran and spouse burial benefits
  • Government headstones or markers
  • Veterans Relief Fund for emergency assistance
  • Military records request
  • VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility

All services provided by Gratiot County Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) are free of charge. This is just an overview of the services provided by our office. In addition to those services noted elsewhere, we also prepare requests for medals, assist with appeals to VA decisions, and assist in coordination with other human service agencies on behalf of the veteran, surviving spouse or dependents.

Mission

Under the direction of the Gratiot County Veterans Affairs Committee and the County Administrator, the Gratiot County Department of Veterans Affairs provides assistance to veterans, their survivors, and dependents in identifying and applying for benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The Gratiot County Department of Veterans Affairs also assists with applications for State and County benefits.

Organization/Staff

The Gratiot County Department of Veterans Affairs is now staffed and organized with three Veterans Service Officers. The Director/Veterans Service Officer remains a part-time position (24 hours per week.) The Veterans Service Officer likewise remains a part-time position (24 hours per week.) The former Administrative Assistant position has been reclassified as Veterans Service Officer/Office Administration, a full-time position providing VSO services for a minimum of 20 hours per week, while continuing to address office administration needs for up to 20 hours per week.

Note: The VSO position is funded by the County Veterans Service Fund (CVSF) Grant administered by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The VSO / Office Administration position is partially funded by the CVSF Grant.

Initial Training for the newly reclassified VSO/Office Administration position begins on March 1, 2020. As such, Monday through Friday, morning assistance is by appointment only. Afternoons will continue to include assistance through telephone calls and walk-in inquiries. Initial screening is available on a walk-in basis in the afternoons; however, all claims require an appointment.

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