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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new and improved Veterans Community Care Program (Mission Act) on June 6, 2019. Under the new Veterans Community Care Program, Veterans can work with their VA health care provider to see if they are eligible to receive community care based on the new criteria. However, the veteran must first be enrolled in the VA Healthcare System.
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If you're serving on active duty in the United States uniformed services, including active National Guard and Reserve with federal pay, you may be eligible for VA benefits both during service and after separation or retirement. If you're a traditional or technical member of the National Guard and Reserve, you may also be eligible for some VA benefits. Find out which benefits you may qualify for by scheduling a Benefits Review appointment with the Gratiot County Department of Veterans Affairs and review the Veterans VA Benefits Checklist (PDF) for documents needed to file a claim.
A variety of benefits to surviving spouses and eligible dependent children of deceased veterans are based on the Veteran’s Discharge (DD-214) from Active Duty Service. These include Survivors Pension, Compensation for Service-Connected Deaths, Burial and Government Marker (for the deceased veteran), and other miscellaneous benefits. Review the Survivors VA Benefits Checklist (PDF) for information needed when scheduling a Benefits Review appointment with the Gratiot County Department of Veterans Affairs.
First, check with the Clerk’s Office in the County to which you were discharged. If it is not on file with the County Clerk, Gratiot County Department of Veterans Affairs can assist with a Request for Record of Active Duty Service from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) or Request for Military Records (SF-180) from the National Archives.
Yes, the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund provides assistance for emergent and temporary needs of eligible veterans. To connect with available resources, contact Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency at 1-800-642-4838 or Dial 211 for other Michigan agencies.
The Veterans Relief Fund provides temporary relief to honorably discharged, indigent veterans primarily in the form of a Food Voucher. Gratiot County DVA also has a limited supply of gift cards to assist veterans who have a temporary need not covered by other assistance programs. These gift cards may be used for miscellaneous expenses like gasoline to get to medical appointments, groceries, toiletries, clothing items, utility bills, or other services, for example. Contact the Gratiot County Veterans Affairs Office to determine eligibility.
Service in the National Guard normally does not qualify for federal VA benefits unless the Veteran was called to Active Duty. However, there are exceptions. Contact our office to schedule a Benefits Review appointment. For more information about National Guard programs, contact the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs at 1-517-481-8000 or Michigan National Guard Headquarters at 1-517-481-8331.
VA Healthcare benefits are available to eligible veterans based on a Priority Group system. Gratiot County Veterans Affairs can assist with filing VA Form 10-10EZ Application for Health Benefits (PDF) for eligible veterans as well as applying for other VA benefits.
No, VA Medical Centers are part of the VA Healthcare System that works in coordination with Medicare and private insurance. You must file an Application for Health Benefits to determine your eligibility for VA Healthcare.
Veterans can apply through their eBenefits account or go to the Veterans Affairs website for more information. Veteran Health Identification Cards (VHIC), issued when enrolled in VA health care, and Department of Defense (DoD) Identification Cards may be used to get discounts offered to veterans at many stores, businesses, and restaurants. A Veteran designation printed on a state-issued driver’s license or ID may also get some store discounts.