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Help Available to Connect Michigan Veterans with Benefits

Many military veterans in Michigan may be unaware of all the benefits they've earned for serving their country. (pippalou/morguefile)
Many military veterans in Michigan may be unaware of all the benefits they've earned for serving their country. (pippalou/morguefile)
November 2, 2017

DETROIT – Michigan has one of the lowest percentages in the nation of military veterans taking advantage of the benefits they're entitled to, but local advocates are working to change that as a way to thank the veterans for their service and sacrifice.

AARP Michigan has teamed up with the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the group Disabled American Veterans to reach out to the state's 640,000 former service members.

Melissa Seifert, associate state director for governmental affairs with AARP Michigan, says whether it’s health care or home loans, veterans deserve to know about the benefits available to them.

"They need extra assistance on tools and tips on how to stay in their home longer, how to get resources for caregiving – and more importantly, how to connect to benefits that they may have earned through their service," she stresses.

AARP Michigan will hold a workshop at the Fellowship Chapel in Detroit on Nov. 17 to connect veterans and their families with some of these tools and resources.

The workshop is free and open to all, with more events planned in other parts of the state next year.

Seifert says many veterans may simply be unaware of some of the many benefits that are out there.

"If you worked in artillery or were managing some type of weaponry, you may be eligible for hearing aids,” she explains. “Extra funding so you can stay in your home and receive treatment and care. There is a widow's pension."

Seifert adds that anyone who is unable to attend in person can get help at any time by calling the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency hotline at 1-800-MICH-VET.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI