Michigan State Veterans' Benefits

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The state of Michigan provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits.

Michigan Veteran Housing Benefits

Michigan State Veterans Homes
There are 2 Michigan State Veterans Homes, the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, and the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. A veteran of the armed forces of the United States eligible for VA health care or financial assistance for long-term care may be admitted. The veteran must have been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Veterans who enlisted after Sept. 7, 1980, or who entered active duty after Oct. 16, 1981, must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible.

Michigan residency is not required, and spouses or surviving spouses may be admitted if space is available. Fees are income based.

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Michigan Veteran Financial Benefits

Income Tax
Military pay is not taxed. Military retirement benefits in Michigan may be tax-free depending on your age, filing status, other pensions, and income from other sources.

Michigan Veterans Trust Fund
The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund is a financial grant to assist wartime veterans when an unforeseen situation has caused a temporary financial emergency or hardship.

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Michigan Veteran Employment Benefits

State Employment
Veterans' preference will be given to eligible veterans or their spouses for initial employment with the state of Michigan.

Outreach Programs
Michigan offers veterans a large array of employment services including disabled veterans outreach programs and the Shifting Heroes Program, a component of the Michigan Shifting Gears Program which is a career-transition program for seasoned mid- and late-career professional talent going through, or preparing to go through, a career transition scenario.

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Michigan Veteran Education Benefits

Tuition Grant
Michigan provides an annual undergraduate tuition grant of up to $2,800 for the eligible children of certain deceased military personnel or totally and permanently disabled veterans.

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Michigan Veteran Recreation Benefits

Hunting and Fishing Privileges
Michigan residents who are currently in federal active duty status may obtain hunting and fishing licenses, for which a lottery is not required, free of charge.

Non-residents who are in federal active duty status and currently stationed in Michigan are eligible to receive resident pricing on hunting and fishing licenses.

Resident Veterans with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Privileges
Permanently & totally disabled veterans can get any resident hunting or fishing license for which a lottery is not required, free of charge.

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Other Michigan State Benefits

Veterans' Burial Expenses
Under state law, eligible Veterans (or the Spouse or Widow / Widower of a qualified Veteran), who meet residency and asset limits, may qualify for $300 for burial expenses paid by the County Board of Commissioners or the Board of County Auditors. 

Visit the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency website for more information on any of these programs.

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