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Helpful Resources for Veterans

State of Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency web site

America’s Debt Help Organization

Members of the military may struggle with debt and personal finances. Your bills may have piled up while you were deployed, or you may be facing unemployment without a good education or other safety net to fall back on. Fortunately, we can help you discover programs and tools to help you control your finances.

Gold Card

Provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today’s job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS).

Educational and Vocational Counseling Services

Counseling is available for transitioning service members. Career counseling, training development, and academic counseling are provided to eligible service members.

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Nursing care for veterans and their dependents. The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is a 758 bed nursing home for veterans, with 618 nursing care beds and 140 domiciliary beds. With a mission to provide an opportunity for independence and self worth, this home provides an extensive professional staff of physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and recreational therapy aides. Other services include an in-house pharmacy, rehabilitation therapy, pastoral care, and specialty clinics, such as dental and vision care.

D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Marquette MI

Care to include domiciliary, skilled nursing care, basic nursing care, and special needs. The Home offers physician coverage as well as the following services: Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation (in-patient), Psychiatric Aftercare, Social Work, Routine Dental Examination, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Laboratory Services, Recreation Therapy, EKG, and Speciality Clinics.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home. Programs and services offered include food assistance, financial assistance, essential home items, etc.

VA Disability Compensation

Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services

For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Center for Minority Veterans

The Center assists eligible veterans in their efforts to receive benefits and services from VA. The Center acts only as a mediator and facilitator. The Center is dedicated to ensuring that all veterans are aware of benefits, services, and programs offered by VA.

Center for Women Veterans

The female population in the military is growing! Get information about education, compensation, pensions, healthcare, and more!


Virtual gateway for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers. In addition to Tuition Assistance, Soldiers can manage their education records including college classes, testing, on-duty classes and Army Education Counselor support.

Military OneSource

Military One Source offers an abundant amount of resources for current military, veterans, and dependents to include:

  • Counseling Options
  • Education and Training
  • Tax information: H&R Block offers free federal tax preparation for qualifying members

Request for Military Documents

Do you need a copy of your DD214 or another document pertaining to your military records? Follow this link to fill out the request form.


The mission of USA Cares is to help service members and their families around the globe by helping with emergency expenses. Since its founding in 2003, the organization has assisted more than 2,010 families and resourced more than $1.2 million in grants for emergency needs like clothing, travel, food, auto repair, and other expenses. Service members and their families can make a request for funds through the organization’s website. USA Cares is also a member of the Department of Defense “America Supports You” program.

VA Loans

If you are interested in applying for a VA loan please follow the link or visit for more information.

Veteran Service Records

Veterans and currently serving may request important service documents such as their DD Form 214.


Veterans On-Line Application is available for veterans to apply for benefits such as pension, education and health care. The development of this website has resulted in faster processing times for benefits.

Women Veterans Health Care

This web site provides information on health care services available to women Veterans, including comprehensive primary care as well as specialty care such as reproductive services, rehabilitation, mental health, and treatment for military sexual trauma.

VetNet:  A career service for those who’ve served

“Transitioning from military to civilian life presents unique challenges.  To make things easier and provide structure, a few of the leading organizations in veteran career development have combined forces to create one, easy place to start.

Veterans and Mesothelioma

Veterans are the most at-risk group for developing mesothelioma. They account for 30% of all mesothelioma patients, but only 8% of the entire population. The military’s widespread use of asbestos from the 1930s to the 1970s exposed veterans to large amounts of asbestos containing materials.

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