The following are the Michigan veterans’ benefits programs for education, employment, housing and healthcare for 2018 and 2019.
Michigan Veterans’ Benefits Programs
Education Benefits for Michigan Veterans
In addition to federal programs such as the GI Bill, there are veterans’ benefits programs provided by the states.
Michigan Children of Veteran Tuition Grant
The grant provides undergraduate tuition assistance for natural or adopted children of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled or died as a result of military service. Children must be between 16 and 26.
$600 Buy-up Program
Some reservists may contribute up to an additional $600 to the Montgomery GI Bill® to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5,400 in additional GI Bill benefits. You must be a member of a Ready Reserve component (Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve or Inactive National Guard) to pay into the buy-up program.
Note: Break (or interval pay) is no longer payable under REAP except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike). For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15 and your Spring term begins January 10, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January.
Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program
Public Act 259 of 2014 established STAP to provide tuition assistance of up to $6,000 (tuition and fees combined) per academic year to members of the Michigan National Guard attending any public or private college, university, vocational school, technical school or trade school located in Michigan. STAP provides assistance to students in any course of study that is intended to culminate in vocational or technical training, a certificate or the student’s first associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree.
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Housing Benefits for Michigan Veterans
Property Tax Waiver
Those who are 100% permanently and totally disabled veterans and veterans who are entitled to veteran benefits at the 100% rate as well as unmarried surviving spouses (if the veteran passed away before benefit could be granted) may request a property tax waiver. In order to be eligible, the veteran must have been honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces and must be a Michigan resident. They also need to either have a certificate from the VA that they have received or will be receiving pecuniary assistance due to a disability for specially adapted housing or have been rated by the VA as individually unemployable. An unmarried surviving spouse is eligible based on the eligibility of their spouse but they also must be a Michigan resident. They can continue to get the exemption until they remarry. When possible, the submission should be made within the first two months of the assessment year.
Income Tax Credit for Property Tax Paid
The state will provide a tax credit for property tax paid by a disabled veteran or surviving spouse. The benefit varies based on the veteran’s disability rating and family income. Even if no income tax is due, the veteran can still submit a MI-1040CR-2 to receive the income tax as a tax refund.
Health Care Benefits for Michigan Veterans
Michigan has two Veterans’ Homes, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. They are both opportated by the MVAA. In order to be able to go to the homes, the veteran must be eligible for VA health care or financial assistance for long-term care. They also must have served 90 days of active duty and been honorably discharged. If the veteran enlisted after September 7, 1980 or entered active duty after October 16th, 1981, they must have served 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty. Entry is subject to space and certain other requirements. Spouses, surviving spouses, or parents of an eligible veteran may also be eligible for admission.
Employment Benefits for Michigan Veterans
Pure Michigan Talent Connect
This program brings job seekers and potential employers together from across Michigan all in one spot. Users will be able to post their resume, access job postings, and learning about upcoming hiring events. Veterans will receive “veteran preference” on the website which will include 24-hour advance notice of job postings before the general public.
Wounded Veteran Internship Program
This program is run by the Michigan Department of Transportation. They offer opportunities to veterans who can’t return to their previous civilian job after serving in combat. Placements will depend on the veteran’s knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Veteran Employment Opportunities
This program is intended to meet the employment needs of honorably discharged veterans of the US Armed Forces as they transition into the civilian workforce. Run by, MDOT (Michigan Department of Transportation,) they are partnering with nationwide service-related organizations to fill needed positions for veterans. MDOT has possible opportunities in areas such as aeronautics, engineering, finance, maintenance, planning, project management, and administrative.
The State of Michigan helps veterans get established in various professions by waiving licensing fees for certain occupations and certain levels of experience. They are working on policies in health care, engineering, and for jobs such as being a carpenter, a plumber, a truck driver, a dental assistant, an EMT, and a mechanic. They are also working on identifying professions such as dental hygienists, where additional certifications might be needed as well as helping those who work in the nursing or medicine fields to quickly become licenced in the state of Michigan.
There is Veterans’ Preference for veterans who are qualified for a job in classified service. They will need to be a veteran that has served 90 or more calendar days of active duty service in the US Armed Forces, honorably discharged from active duty, and have not retired from any uniformed service. For a disabled veteran, they will need to have been determined to be eligible for disability compensation by the US Department of Veterans Affairs or a branch of the US Armed Forces as a result of a service-connected disability. A spouse, or a surviving spouse can also use this preference.
For civil service preference points, 5 points will be added to the final passing score of a veteran or surviving spouse, 10 points will be added for a disabled veteran, a spouse of a disabled veteran with greater than 50% service-connected disability, a surviving spouse who has a child under 18 years of age, or a surviving spouse with continuing parental care of a disabled child.
For agency preference points, preference points equal to 5% of the highest attained screening score will be added to the screening score of a veteran or a surviving spouse, 10% will be added to the score of a disabled veteran, a spouse of a disabled veteran with greater than 50% service-connected disability, a surviving spouse who has a child under 18 years of age, or a surviving spouse with continuing parental care of a disabled child.
If a qualified eligible applicant is not given preference points under the previous two methods, the appointing authority shall give preferential consideration if they use a mechanical or random screening process to reduce the number of applicants placed in the candidate pool. They will make sure that the applicant is retained and placed in the candidate pool. If a qualified and eligible candidate is retained in the candidate pool they must be evaluated by the appointing authority using the same merit appraisal methods used for other candidates.
The State of Michigan does not tax military retirement pay.
Other Michigan Veterans’ Benefits
The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund
The MVTF provides emergency grants to Michigan veterans and dependent family members to help them through a short-term financial crisis. They can be applied for through the MVTF county committee serving the veterans county of residence. To be eligible, the veteran will need to be a Michigan resident, honorably discharged with 180 days of service during a period of war, with 90 days for World War I veterans, 180 days of active duty with award of Armed Forces or the Navy/Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, or less than 180 days of wartime service due to service-incurred disability. Dependants can apply if veteran is eligible under certain circumstances.
For more information regarding Michigan veterans’ benefits, please visit – Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
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