Serving the Veterans of Shiawassee County, Michigan
Shiawassee County Department of Veterans Affairs and Services was created by the Board of Commissioners in 2009 under Public Act 192 of 1953. A Director and a clerk were hired to assist Veterans and their dependents file claims with the U.S. Veterans Administration, the State of Michigan and Shiawassee County.
In 2010, a full-time Veterans Counselor and part-time Transportation Coordinator were added to the staff. This year, 2018, another full-time Veterans Counselor will be added in order to meet the growing need and services from our Veterans and their dependents.
In 2014, the Board of Commissioners levied a millage of 1/20th of a mill to fund the Veterans Relief portion of the office as required by Public Act 214 of 1899. A full-time Veterans Relief Counselor / Administration Assistant was hired to administer the fund and help with the administrative duties for the Veterans Department.
In 2014, the Shiawassee County voters approved an operational millage of 0.20 mill to be levied by Shiawassee County from 2014 through 2018 for the County Veterans Services program. In 2018, this millage was up for reelection and was again approved by the voters for another 5 year period ending in 2023. (On behalf of the County Commissioners, the VA Committee and the Veteran's Affairs Department; THANK YOU for your continued support!)
What the Millage and the Department of Veterans Affairs Provides
The Department of Veteran Affairs is dedicated to providing services and programs to approximately 4,742 Veterans residing in Shiawassee County. Services include:
- Assistance in navigating the claims filing process with the Federal Government for injuries or illness,
- Case Management and ongoing support for VA benefit recipients.
- Filing and processing of Shiawassee County burial allowance claims.
- Financial assistance for indigent Veterans and their dependents for anything from food and gas to home repairs.
- Transportation for mobility impaired patients to get to their medical appointments such as dialysis and out-patient surgery.
- Substantially increase outreach to Shiawassee County Veterans including education of what benefits are available and helping Veterans access benefits earned by their service.
- Provide funding for the creation and assistance of mental health services.
- Assist Veterans with job placement.
- Increase the number of Benefit Counselors from 1 full time counselor to 2.
- Increase the number of Volunteer Drivers from 6 to 10.
- Update IT infrastructure.
- Expand transportation services with the purchase of an additional van. (Currently in the works!)