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Veterans' Services

Veterans Benefits

 

Macomb County Veterans Services has experienced and dedicated benefits. Our counselors can provide assistance to Veterans in filing claims or appealing adverse decisions regarding the following benefits:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits:

  • Service Connected Disability Compensation
  • Non Service connected Disability Pension
  • Education / Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Home Loans
  • Life Insurance
  • Hospitalization / Medical Treatment

Benefits Available through the State of Michigan:

  • Trust Fund Assistance
  • Application for admission to Michigan Veteran’s Nursing Home
  • Request for Discharge Papers
  • P.L. 245

Benefits Available through the County of Macomb:

  • Certified copies of Military Discharge papers
  • Military Discharge papers recording
  • Request for Service Medals / Ribbons / Service Medical Records / Service Records

    Please call our office, if you have questions regarding any of the benefits or to obtain a list of documents which we will need to assist you in completion of any claims.

Benefits for Survivors / Dependents:

Macomb county Veteran’s Services has experienced and dedicated benefit Counselors who can provide assistance to survivors / dependents in filing claims or appealing adverse decisions regarding the following benefits:

U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs Benefits:

  • Burial / Plot Allowance
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (Service –Connected Death)
  • Grave Headstone / Markers
  • U.S. Flag for Burial Purposes
  • Presidential Memorial Certificates
  • Death Pension
  • Burial in National Cemetery
  • Education for Spouse and / or Children

 

Benefits available through the State of Michigan and County:

  • County Burial Allowance
  • County Marker setting fee reimbursement
  • Flag Case
  • Trust Fund Assistance
  • Education for Children ( P.L. 245 )
  • Michigan Veterans Nursing Home
  • Request for Medals / Ribbons

Please call our office if you have questions regarding any of the benefits or to obtain a list of documents that we will need to assist you in the completion of any claims.

Eligibility for Agent Orange Related Compensation:

Exposure to Agent Orange is conceded when a Veteran served in Vietnam. The following conditions recognized by the VA when a Veteran is diagnosed with the following:

  • Chloracne
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Respiratory Cancer
    • Lungs
    • Trachea
    • Bronchus
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
  • Peripheral Neuropathy ( acute or subacute )
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia ( CLL )

Do not file the VA claim alone. The VA claims process can be extremely complicated. Contact our office for assistance when filing an Agent Orange disability claim.

Eligibility for POW Related Compensation:

Former POWS who are diagnosed for any of the conditions in the five (5) categories below are presumed to be service connected for those conditions regardless of their length of time in captivity:

Neuro-Psychiatric

  • Psychosis
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • ( Depressive Neurosis )

     

Any of the Anxiety States (e.g. PTSD ):

  • Cold Injury
  • Traumatic Heart Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke

 

The following additional conditions are presumed to be service connected for former POWs who were captive for thirty (30) days or more:

  • Nutritional
  • Avitaminosis
  • Berberi
  • Malnutrition
  • Pellagra
  • Any other Nutritional deficiency
  • Helminthiasis
  • Gastrointestinal Disabilities
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Dysentery
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver

 

Do not file the VA claim alone. The VA claims process can be extremely complicated. Contact our office for assistance when filing POW disability claim.

Special VA Health Care Eligibility for Veterans who Served in Combat Theaters:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented policies and procedures providing for 2 years – beginning on the date of separation from active duty military service – free health care services and nursing home care for soldiers/veterans who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Who is Eligible?

Veterans are eligible if they served on active duty in a theater of combat operations during a period of war after the Gulf War or in combat against a hostile force during a period of “hostilities” after November 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.

Are National Guard and Reserve Members also Eligible?

Yes, under certain conditions. National Guard and Reserve members are eligible for VA health care if they were ordered to active duty by a federal declaration, served the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty, and have separated from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions.

What Form should those seeing care bring to the VA?

Active duty, National Guard and Reserve members who were activated to a combat mission and then separated from active duty receive a DD form 214, and are eligible for this program. Individuals seeking services under this authority should bring their DD form 214 when reporting to a VA health care facility.

What is Covered?

This benefit covers all illnesses and injuries except those clearly unrelated to military service. Care may not be provided for any disability found to have resulted from a cause other than the military service in an area of combat operations. Coverage extends for a two year period following separation from active military service.

ANY NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE RETURNING FROM IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN NEEDS TO CONTACT THIS OFFICE TO FILE FOR VA BENEFITS AND MEDICAL TREATMENT AT THE VAMC. THIS OFFICE WILL ASSIST IN FILING VA SERVICE CONNECTED CLAIMS. OUR PHONE NUMBER IS (586) 469-5315.