MAKING THE RIGHT
:A list of Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors is available online at: http://www1.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits book.asp
A hotline to respond to questions from women Veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans is available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, (855) VA-WOMEN.
A guide detailing monetary, health care and employment services and support benefits, and outlines the interaction between government benefits and employment or self-employment for veterans with disabilities. The goal is to provide disabled veterans and their families enough information to understand how work income can affect benefits. It provides tools so they can stay financially secure while remaining eligible for supports and services, and assists in transitioning away from supports when appropriate, in a planned process. For more information or to download a copy, go to: vets.syr.edu/pdfs/benefits-guidebook.pdf
Personal Financial Counseling to help military individuals and families with managing finances, resolve financial problems and reach long-term goals such as getting an education, buying a home and planning for retirement. Available from Military One Source, (800) 342-9647 or www.militaryonesource.mil
Wounded Warrior Resource Consultants are available to assist wounded warriors of any era with navigating the VA health care and disability claims system. Support may include, but not limited to, assistance with the following: pay and personnel issues, invitational travel orders, lodging and housing adaptations for the wounded warrior, child and youth care arrangements, transportation needs, legal and guardianship issues, education and training benefits, respite care, traumatic brain injury/post-traumatic stress support services. Available from Wounded Warrior Resources - Military One Source (800) 342-9647 or www.militaryonesource.mil
Improved Pension for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an Assisted Living facility also qualifies. This is a "Pension Benefit" and IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility. A veteran is eligible for up to $1,732 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,113 per month. A veteran with a spouse is eligible for up to $2,054 per month and a veteran with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,360 per month. For more information, go to: http://www.veteranaid.org/index.php To apply, go to http://www.veteranaid.org/apply.php
An overview of the military leave of absence is available online at: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdcs/MilitaryLeaveSummary_191581 _7.pdf
A list of Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors is available online at: http://www1.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits book.asp
24 hour telephone consultation for all active duty, Guard
and Reserve regardless
of activation status and their families for referrals
to such needs as child
care, spousal employment, income tax
preparation, car repair, plumbing, money management, counseling, or
relocation. Available from Military One Source, (800) 342-9647 or
A comprehensive online directory of military resources and information including Government jobs, up-to-date information on military schools, federal jobs, as well as military loans and detailed information on military pay charts, military education and benefits including the GI Bill, employment opportunities, the latest military job postings, pay charts and salary calculators and employment listings, and help with a search for government jobs, apply for military school, find federal jobs and receive vital information on loans and pay. Available from The Military Connection, (800) 817-3777 or visit: http://www.militaryconnection.com/about.asp
Free online service which guides veterans or
their survivors in applying for the VA Improved Pension program.
Available from the American Veterans Institute, (No phone)
Expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security (benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application) for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs is available from the Social Security Administration, (800) 772-1213 or visit: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors
Housing and complete clinical services (including case management; individual and group counseling; substance abuse treatment; medical care; budgeting assistance; job interviewing and placement; anger management, and recreational opportunities) in a therapeutic community setting for 18 months for homeless veterans is available from Volunteers of America Veterans Housing Program. Available in Lansing only. For more information, call (517) 484-4414 ext. 103 or visit: www.voami.org/Veterans-Programs
A 6-month weekday homeless service center open to both male and female veterans. This program also offers the assistance of the Veteranís Case Manager and the physical and mental health services of the VA Medical Hospitals. Available in Lansing only. For more information, call (517) 484-4414 ext. 103 or visit: www.voami.org/Veterans-Programs
A 24 hour, 7 days a week Crisis Line is available for compassionate listening, Crisis Intervention, and Appropriate Referral and field coordination with a local chaplain. Available from the National Guard Bureau Chaplainís Office (800) 443-2985
support and outreach from trained veterans for Michigan veterans of
"Operation Enduring Freedom" and "Operation Iraqi Freedom" (OEF/OIF)
is available from the Buddy-to-Buddy Program helping returning OEF/OIF
veterans deal with the many challenges they may face when readjusting to
civilian life. Services are voluntary, confidential and free. Callers will
be matched with a veteran trained to help them find resources for mental
heath, substance abuse, financial benefits, education, legal or job issues.
Contact (888) 82-BUDDY or go to
PrePaid Phone Card for deployed U.S. Troops makes it easy for deployed military members to call home and stay in touch with family and friends. The phone cards do not expire and do not add any additional charges or connection fees. To purchase, visit www.aafes.com or call (800) 527-2345. American Red Cross deployed staff distributes calling cards to service members in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Free telephone calling cards for deployed service members making calls to the U.S. are available at least one designated day each month from their local Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center. Available from VFW Operation Uplink, (800) 479-5228 http://www.operationuplink.org
certificates purchased by friends, families or groups which allow services
members to purchase items at PX and BX facilities around the world.
Certificates can be purchased from
the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and addressed to a specific service
member. Or certificates can be purchased and addressed to "any
service member" and sent to the Red Cross
for distribution. To purchase a gift
certificate, log on to
or call (877)
770-4438. The American Red Cross
distributes the gift certificates through its Armed Forces Emergency
Services staff members who are deployed.
Fact sheets on health topics relevant to military life issues for civilian professionals serving the military community, as well as for military men, women and families. Topics include, but are not limited to, Reintegration Fact Sheet for Military Couples, Helping National Guard and Reserve Reenter the Workplace, Helping Children Cope During Deployment, What Military Families Should Know About Depression, Suicide Facts: What Military Families Should Know to Help Loved Ones Who May be at Risk. These ďCourage to CareĒ materials are available at the following website: http://www.usuhs.mil/psy/courage.html
Assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining any and all county, state, and federal benefits to which they are entitled. The local county veteranís counselor can initiate claims, assist with enrollment in the VA Medical Care System, or coordinate emergency assistance. Available from Macomb County Veteranís Affairs, (586) 469-5315. www.macombcountymi.gov/departments.htm
telephone consultation for all active duty, Guard and Reserve regardless
of activation status and their families for referrals to such
needs as child care, spousal employment,
income tax preparation, car repair, plumbing, money management,
counseling, or relocation. Available from Military One Source, (800)
342-9647 or www.militaryonesource.com.
(Services available in 140 languages).
Anonymous, confidential support to soldiers and their family members, especially those returning from deployments for family-related issues. Counselors help families with issues resulting from deployment, reunions, reintegration and other times of change including: marriage and relationship Issues, family issues, stress and anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger management, parent and child communication. Soldiers and families are entitled to six prepaid, face-to-face counseling sessions. For more information call Military Family Life Consultants at (888) 755-9355. Website: www.arfp.org
Registration on the Michigan Talent Bank and contact with a local Veteran Employment Specialist is available in Michigan Works! Service Centers. Registering on the Michigan Talent Bank makes your rťsumť available to thousands of employers statewide. The Macomb County Michigan Works! Service Centers and contact information:
Identification of employment opportunities that match the veteranís qualifications and career interests is available from Michiganís Opportunities for Veterans Employment (MOVE), (800) 455-5228 or http://michigan.gov/veteranjobs
that provides for National Guard, Reserve, retired and transitioning
active-duty military members connect to career and training opportunities in
the construction industry.
This program employs several Regional Directors and volunteers who take an
active role in connecting veterans to career and training opportunities.
Available from Helmets to Hardhats,
A full range of health care for veterans, to include prescription, surgery, counseling and rehabilitation. Soldiers may take advantage of this benefit for a two year period following deployment for illness potentially related to service in combat theater. To receive care, veterans must first enroll by submitting a VA Form 10-10EZ. For information about Veteran Administration services, benefits, and facility locations visit www.va.gov or call (800) 827-1000.Voluntary premium-based health care coverage plan may be available to veterans who are members of the Selected Guard and Reserve. For more information, call (877) TRICARE or www.tricare.mil
Telephone reassurance and support is available from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255) Press one for the Veteranís line
Twelve (12) free counseling sessions (face-to-face, short-term focused
telephone consultations or online consultations) for such issues
as coping with deployment and return,
adjusting to a new location, marital concerns, parenting and family matters,
grief and loss, combat stress, etc. Available from
or (800) 342-9647.
(Services available in 140 languages).
Free mental health services to returning military personnel and their families and to parents, siblings, and unmarried partners who are not entitled to receive mental health benefits through the military. Services include: counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents, treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, and loss and grieving.) The military person visits the Give An Hour web site and clicks on "For Visitors" to get information on what to expect and how to choose a provider. She clicks on "Provider Search" to find someone offering individual counseling services near her former active-duty station. The military person obtains the counselorís contact information from the list of providers and calls him to set up an appointment. After the appointment, the military person volunteers an hour of their time at a community site listed on the GAH website. Available from Give an Hour : http://www.giveanhour.org/skins/gah/home.aspx?mode=user
Information on PTSD is available is available from the National Center for PTSD website: http://www.ncptsd.va.gov
Information on PTSD is available is available from the PTSD Alliance, http://www.ptsdalliance.org
Evidence-based treatments for PTSD
(Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy) is available
at all VA Medical Centers. For a list of VA Medical Center, go to:
Financial planning services for military families are available from the American Red Cross, operating an office at Selfridge Air National Guard base
v A mortgage-free home in order to assist transition to civilian life is available to qualified wounded warriors. After a period of stewardship, the home is then deeded to the wounded warrior. Homes are available in multiple locations nationwide. Available from Military Warriors Support Foundation, (210) 615-8973 or visit: http://www.militarywarriors.org/contact
v Specially-adapted homes built for severely wounded (minimum 30% permanently disabled) military heroes injured in theater during the Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom is available from Homes for Heros, (888) 786-9531 Apply online at http://www.helpingahero.org Click the ďHome Application link on the right.
Air transportation for medical and other compassionate purposes to wounded warriors, veterans, and their families (priority is for on the Veterans of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Any veteran or active duty military person undergoing continuing medical care is eligible for transportation between the medical facility and from his/her home. A medical release from a physician may be required for travel. Passengers (family or a very close personal friend of the veteran) are transported to and from the medical facility for the benefit of the service member/veteran, not the passengers. Passenger eligibility requires the service member/veteran to be undergoing continuing medical care, either hospitalized or as an outpatient. Available from Veteranís Airlift Command (VAC), www.veteransairlift.org or call the VAC offices at 952-582-2911 to start the process.
v Support group and recreational activities for brain injury survivors, family members, friends and caregivers available in Macomb County and special event locations in Oakland and Wayne Counties. Available from Macomb Chapter Brain Injury Association of Michigan, call: Marty Zobrovitz,(586) 774-0135, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
newly-built or renovated specially-adapted house for disabled veterans
returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
is available from Homes for Our Troops. For more information, call Dan
Higgins (248) 504-9843. Website:
Guidance and help to navigate government benefits available to military personnel and their families. Available from the Wounded Warrior Project, email@example.com
planning for service members to prepare them for mobilization and
(Wills, Powers of Attorney, Soldiers and Sailors' Civil Relief Act, and
Re≠employment Rights) is available from the Michigan National Guard JAG
Pro bono lawyers are provided (within six months) to those military personnel of E5 rank or below who are deploying, deployed or have returned from deployment. Family law and creditor/debtor issues are most the common cases, however, the volunteer attorneys can assist in other legal areas. Available from Cooley Law Schoolís Service to Soldiers: Legal Assistance Referral Program. For more information, contact Heather Spielmaker, Director of the Center for Ethics, Service, and Professionalism at Cooley Law School by phone (517) 371-5140, ext. 4112 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online personal finance and consumer protection information and resources is available from The Better Business Bureau - Military Line which offers a variety of free services and consumer education to the military via local BBB outreach as well as on the Web. http://www.bbb.org/us/Military/
Residential child care for long- and short-term residency to children of
active-duty military service personnel who are not able to provide adequate
care for their children
when the approved deployment family plan (a family plan determines who will
take care of their children during deployment) fails. Available from the VFW
National Home located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, (800) 424-8360 or visit:
website of grants for veterans, military science students, or Dependents
is available at:
A nursing home for eligible Michigan veterans and/or parents, widows, widowers, former spouses and spouses of eligible veterans and who were unable to care for themselves is available at:
Information on burial benefit, headstones and markers, Presidential Memorial
Certificates, cemeteries, nationwide grave site locator, burial flags,
burial allowance, eligibility for benefits and women and minority veterans
is available at:
Burial in a VA national cemetery is available for eligible veterans, their spouses and dependents at no cost to the family and includes the grave site, grave liner, opening and closing of the grave, a headstone or marker, and perpetual care as part of a national shrine. For veterans, benefits also include a burial flag (with case for active
Shielding a mourning family of a fallen military member and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors (accomplished through strictly legal and non-violent means). Available from Patriot Guard Riders* http://www.patriotguard.org The Michigan State Captain contact is Sam Cottle, email@example.com
Retirement living, with access to continuing health care, for military officers (and their spouses) who served honorably (no qualified widow or widower is ever turned away due to inability to pay.) is available at Air Force Village 1 in San Antonio, Texas, (800) 762-1122. www.airforcevillages.com
Recreational (skiing, snow boarding, snowshoeing, wilderness walk, etc ) and
cultural (art, drama, music, etc)
experiences for wounded warriors with cognitive or physical
Available from Challenge Aspen* - Military Opportunities, Colorado. For more
information, call TTY: (970) 923-0578 or
Enrichment activities and tutoring to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as to children of severely injured service members. Available from Our Military Kids:http://www.ourmilitarykids.org/
Recognition of U.S. Army Veterans and the parents, spouses and employers of U.S. Army Soldiers. Active Duty Soldiers can honor their parents and spouse. Guard and Reserve Soldiers can honor their parents, spouse and employer. The program also recognizes those special supporters who have significantly contributed to supporting U.S. Army soldiers and the Armyís Mission. Anyone (military or civilian) can honor a U.S. Army Veteran or an Army Supporter. Available from the U.S. Army (703) 325-3880 or visit: http://www.freedomteamsalute.com/Default.aspx
E-mail messages of appreciation to U.S.
soldiers are available to people throughout the county to write a
personalized message on colorful postcards that
have been drawn by kids. The postcards
are printed and mailed to deployed forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and
elsewhere. Available from the Xerox Corporation. For more information visit:
Information on community caregiver support resources and referrals for caregivers of veterans is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. and Saturday from 10:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. Available from the National Caregiver Support Line (855) 260-3274 or visit their website at www.caregiver.va.gov
Sports teams for wounded veterans with no minimum qualification times, nor specific level of injury or maximum number of participants. All veterans with disabilities or injuries are invited to participate as a member of the team to the extent that they feel comfortable. For more information, contact Bryan Belcher, firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 639-6436.