Department of Veterans Services
FACTS ABOUT GENESEE COUNTY'S DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS SERVICES
A very important function of county government is to provide services for veterans. Genesee County has a population of 436,000. The county currently has the fifth largest veteran population in the state of Michigan.
Formed in 1975, the Genesee County Department of Veterans Services was created to help local veterans and their families obtain veterans’ benefits from federal, state and local agencies. The office was also set up to help indigent veterans and veterans in emergency situations who need help with the necessities of life.
Since the department’s inception, the Board of Commissioners has continued to recognize the need for professional veterans’ advocates to provide claims assistance to the 40,000 veterans and their families who reside in this county and to continue helping our indigent veterans.
The Genesee County Board of Commissioners are responsible for four separate departments: Department of Veterans Services, Soldiers Relief Commission, Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and the Veterans Burial Fund. These departments are supervised by Jeanne C. Thick, Director.
The Department of Veterans Services is a networking center for all veteran organizations in the county. The staff answers any questions that the veteran or family member may have, and /or refers them to the proper agency for additional help. The staff also disseminates information to the veteran’s organizations as it relates to upcoming events, legislative concerns, or issues we feel are important to the veteran. The Department of Veterans Services is unique in that they house three State Service Officers from Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Marine Corps. League. These counselors assist veterans and family members with their claims and filling out VA forms for service-connected and non service-connected disabilities and pensions for veterans, spouses, widows and dependent children. The Service Officers are also accredited to represent veterans in all VA matters.
The Soldiers Relief Commission was established to help indigent veterans and/or veterans in an emergency situation who have at least one day of wartime service. A staff member fills out the application form for the veteran and Soldiers Relief Commissioners determine their needs. Many times, when immediate help is needed, they are referred to other county agencies. The veteran may apply for financial assistance for food, rent, mortgage, taxes, utility bills, clothing and many other necessities of life. The Soldiers Relief Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
The Veterans Burial Fund is a fund set up for veterans who have at least 90 days of wartime service. If the estate, real and personal, does not exceed $40,000 excluding the homestead, the family will receive $300 towards the burial expenses from Genesee County. The veteran must also have been a resident of Michigan for a period of six months before entering the service, or for a period of three years immediately preceding death.
The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund is a state fund set up for veterans who have at least 180 days of wartime service and have a short-term emergent situation. In most cases, veterans apply for food, utility bills, rent, mortgage, taxes, clothing and other items deemed as an emergent need. The Trust Fund Committee meets on a monthly basis.
Homeless Veterans can get assistance with medical treatment, temporary shelter, housing and employment. A representative from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is available at the Department of Veterans Services every other Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Transportation for veterans to and from the VA hospitals are referred to the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #3 (810) 742-9220, or a veteran may apply for bus transportation through the Soldiers Relief Commission or the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund.
For more information, contact:
Department of Veteran Services
1101 Beach St.
Flint, MI 48502
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 11:45 am
and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm