Veterans Affairs

Please Call Ahead at 839-7264 Ext. 305 to confirm a VSO is in the office

Veterans' Services & Resources available to Missaukee County Veterans

1. American Legion – Veterans Services Officer (VSO) – Every Monday & Thursday, 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 8:30 AM to 4 PM, Missaukee County Annex Building, 105 S. Canal Street, Lake City. No appointment necessary.

 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:
  • Tuesdays in Cadillac – 9 AM – 4:30 PM, located in the Wexford                                        County Annex/Michigan Works Building, 401 Lake Street, Cadillac.
  • First and third Thursdays in Kalkaska – 9 AM – 4:00 PM,                                              located in the Kalkaska County Annex Building, 890 Island Lake Rd. Kalkaska. 
 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.

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 state veteran homes for veterans and/or spouse
  • 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
  • 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 

Raymond Moore
Michael Gillette
Joseph Hale
William Butterworth
Dennis Eldred

Committee meets the first Thursday of evey month at 1:00 p.M. at the Missaukee County Annex Bldg., 105 S. Canal St. Lake City 

Additional Resources:

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838)

U.S. Deparment of Veterans Affiars-Veterans Benefits Administration