Veterans Affairs

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 DVA is pleased to announce we have expanded our staffing. The part-time Director and full-time Administrative Assistant are now joined by another part-time Veteran Service Officer. The new VA accredited representative is funded through a State of Michigan grant administered by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Initial screening is available on a walk-in basis; however, all claims require an appointment.