Veterans Affairs

All military veterans, their widows and families are invited to inquire as to what state and federal benefits may be available either from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the State of Michigan.

A sample of benefits from the State of Michigan may include, but are not be limited to, emergency financial assistance, dependents tuition to state supported colleges, residency in the state veteran homes for veterans and/or their spouse.  State burial benefits for war-time veterans paid through the county.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs benefits may include health care at the U.S.D.A.V.A. medical centers or community based outpatient clinics, service connected disability benefits, non-service connected pension benefits for disabled, low income veterans.  Also death and indemnity compensation for survivors of disabled veterans, death pension benefits for low income widows of veterans, VA home loan guaranty, education benefits for recent veterans, burial in a national cemetery, headstone for veteran graves. 


VETERAN AFFAIRS                                                   VETERAN TRUST FUND
Joe Hale                                                                        Dennis Eldred, Chair
William Butterworth                                                  William Butterworth
James Smith                                                                 Joan DeVoss
Dennis Eldred                                                               George Gill

Veterans' Services & Resources available to Missaukee County Veterans



  1. United States Marine Corps League – Veterans Services Officer (VSO) – Every Tuesday beginning in April 2018, an accredited VSO will be here at the Missaukee County Annex Building to provide you with assistance in applying for federal veterans’ benefits and will help you navigate the various state and local programs available to you as a veteran and/or resident of Missaukee County.  Office hours are 8 AM to 4 PM, Missaukee County Annex Building, 105 S. Canal Street, Lake City. No appointment necessary.


  1. 2.      American Legion – Veterans Services Officer (VSO) – AccreditedVSO Phillip Babcock, (231) 590-6200 is assigned to northwest lower Michigan and can also provide you with assistance in applying for and accessing various veterans’ benefit programs.  He is available as follows, no appointment necessary:
    1. a.      Tuesdays in Cadillac – 9 AM – 4:30 PM, located in the Wexford County Annex/Michigan Works Building, 401 Lake Street, Cadillac.
    2. b.      First and third Thursdays in Kalkaska – 9 AM – 4:00 PM, located in the Kalkaska County Annex Building, 890 Island Lake Rd., Kalkaska. 


  1. 3.      Grand Traverse County Veterans Affairs Office – The Grand Traverse County Veterans Affairs office will gladly see veterans from Missaukee County seeking assistance in applying for federal benefits.  The Grand Traverse County Veterans Affairs Office has several VSOs who can assist you and is located at 2650 Lafranier Rd., Traverse City.  Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 4 PM.  Phone (231) 995-6070.  No appointment necessary. www.grandtraverseorg/995/veterans-affairs.


Still not sure how to get the help you need?  Not sure where to start?

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Telephone users call:  1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838)