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Michigan ranks 44th out of 53 U.S. states and territories for the percentage of veterans connected to disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Just 21% of Michigan’s 552,412 veterans get some level of VA disability benefits, which is below the national average of 25%.  Contact the Adjutant if you need assistance in filing veterans benefits claims.

Eisenhower's Veterans Reintegration Center (VRC) is accepting applications for the first female Veterans Relocation, Rehabilitation & Reintegration cohort located on Selfridge ANGB in Harrison Township, Michigan. We are anticipating launching in April-May 2021.  direct link to apply:  https://hipaa.jotform.com/210656170988161, or contact the Adjutant.Vietnam Vets and Caregivers - Changes are happening with Agent Orange presumptive conditions.  Ensure you are informed because it could affect you and your benefits.

Gulf War Vets - Slow progress on recognition of medical conditions associated with burn pits but awareness is growing in Congress.  If you've not yet registered with the Burn Pit registry, you should consider it.

Veteran Food Cards:
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for food cards for veterans experiencing financial hardship.  The cards are worth $100 (for food only) and require an application and proof of veteran status (VA Card, DD214, Oakland County veterans ID).  Application attached.  (If you send a photo of DD214, please block out SSN)  Also contact me if you have questions.

Vaccines - COVID19 Vaccines continue to roll out in our community for all members.  However, this is no apparent "one stop shop" to sign up for one (except for veterans associated with VA).  Each person needs to sign up on different websites.  If you need assistance signing up online for vaccines, please contact me at this email address.

Oakland County Parks Annual Vehicle Pass for Veterans - Since 2020, Oakland County veterans may obtain a free Annual Vehicle Permit (AVP) to Oakland County  parks.  Also eligible are seniors (62+), active military, and persons with permanent disabilities.  There is a mail in application online, but the free permits are not available through the online system.  One has to either mail in an application with proof of free eligibility or appear at one of the locations where permits are sold.  https://www.oakgov.com/parks/shop/Pages/Free-AVP.aspx

Free Microsoft Training
The Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) is offering free Veteran training to military and Veteran community. This free, formal training takes place in some of the technology industry’s most in-demand roles. Courses and professional networking are offered online, and students can access developed comprehensive learning paths for careers as cloud application developers and server and cloud administrators.  To get started, email  MSSAOPS@Microsoft.com for an invite to attend one of the weekly information sessions.

Veteran Volunteer Opportunity
The MVAA is sponsoring a Buddy to Buddy Veteran Mentorship Initiative, which is designed to support service members and veterans of all eras in Michigan in linking them to resources that address a variety of issues. The program, which replaces the University of Michigan program of a similar name, is intended to be active in all Michigan counties and ultimately help service members and veterans thrive in the communities they live, work and play.  This initiative requires a group of volunteers that are passionate about veteran advocacy and can provide our service members and veterans one-on-one mentorship. MVAA will provide training on veteran resources and best practices to better troubleshoot a variety of issues from transportation to 
accessing federal benefits. https://www.michiganveterans.com/p/Buddy-to-Buddy-Volunteer-Mentorship-Program