How can I obtain a copy of my DD 214 discharge papers?
If you separated from the military as a Michigan resident, complete this form and submit it to the address or fax listed at the top of the page. **You may want to call first to verify that they have your record on file.
You may also request a copy of your DD 214 by visiting http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
Who is eligible for Veteran Benefits?
If you served in the military on active duty and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable discharge, you may be eligible for benefits from the Veterans Administration.
How do I apply for VA Health benefits?
To see if you qualify for VA health benefits, review the following documents.
In effort for our VA representatives to serve you better, please print out and complete the forms below. Call or visit during office or outreach hours so that we can process your application and have the opportunity to discuss next steps. Please be sure to bring in a copy of your DD 214 and valid ID.
VA Form 10-10 EZ--Application for Health Benefits
VA Form 21-4138--Statement in Support of Claim
What documents are necessary to receive Veteran Benefits?
Discharge A (WDAGO or DD214).
Death certificate (For spouse/child of veteran receiving benefits on behalf of the deceased veteran)
Social Security Numbers
Financial Institution information
Current monthly income (For financial needs based assistance)
Current expenses – copies of monthly bills, unreimbursed medical bills or prescriptions
What evidence/documents should I bring to the office to support my service-connected disability claim?
Military Service Medical Records - Those applicants who have their service medical records are encouraged to submit them with their application to expedite processing. Otherwise, VA will contact the service department to obtain them.
Other Relevant Medical Records - Medical records to substantiate any and all treatment by private doctors and hospitals.
Dependency Documents - Original or copies of birth and marriage certificates and copies of divorce/death record terminating all of your prior marriages and those of your spouse.
Military Discharge/DD Form 214 - (Copy 4 - Member Copy) Those applicants who have a copy of their DD-214 are encouraged to provide a copy with their claim to expedite processing. Otherwise, VA will attempt to obtain verification from the service department.
What types of benefits from the VA provide direct monetary compensation to the veteran or spouse?
- Service-connected disability (VA Comp) and upon death, a spouse is eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
- Non service-connected pension (financial needs based)
- Death pensions for spouses of service members (financial needs based)
- Aid and Attendance (for veteran or spouse) to help with in-home, assisted living or nursing home care
How do I qualify for a Veterans Pension?
Generally, a Veteran must have at least 90 days of active duty service, with at least one day during a wartime period to qualify for a VA Pension. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty (with some exceptions), with at least one day during a wartime period.
In addition to meeting minimum service requirements, the Veteran must be:
- Age 65 or older, OR
- Totally and permanently disabled, OR
- A patient in a nursing home receiving skilled nursing care, OR
- Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, OR
- Receiving Supplemental Security Income
Your yearly family income must be less than the amount set by Congress to qualify for the Veterans Pension benefit. Learn more about VA Pension benefits, visit: http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension/vetpen.asp
Under current law, VA recognizes the following wartime periods to determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits:
- Mexican Border Period (May 9, 1916 – April 5, 1917 for Veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders, or adjacent waters)
- World War I (April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918)
- World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946)
- Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
- Vietnam era (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975 for Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period; otherwise August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)
- Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – through a future date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation
Does the VA offer funeral / burial benefits to Veterans?
Burial Expenses - $300 is available for an honorably discharged veteran if they were receiving a pension or disability benefits from the VA at the time of death; or the death occurred in a VA hospital, or VA contracted health care facility.
Active Duty or Service Connected Death - $2,000 is available if the veteran died during active duty, or if an honorably discharged veteran died of a service-connected injury.
Burial Plot Allowance - $300 is available for an honorably discharged veteran not interred in a cemetery that is under the jurisdiction of the US government if the veteran was receiving a pension or disability benefits from the VA at the time of death or if the death occurred in a VA hospital, or VA contracted health care facility.
Transportation Allowance - Transportation allowance will be reimbursed by the VA for transportation expenses from the place of death to the funeral home and to the cemetery for a veteran who died in a VA hospital, or VA contracted health care facility.
US flag - An honorably discharged veteran is entitled to a US flag provided by the Veterans Administration. The American flag is used to drape casket of veteran, after which it may be given to next of kin, close friend or associate of the deceased.
Headstone or Marker - A headstone or grave marker is provided without charge and shipped at Government expense to the consignee designated to mark the burial site of eligible veterans. The cost of placing the marker in a private cemetery must be borne by the applicant. Applicants are cautioned to ensure the correctness of all information. In a National Cemetery, a veteran, spouse and dependent children receive a free headstone. We suggest that if burial will be in a private cemetery and a Government headstone or marker will be requested for the veteran’s grave, that the family complete VA Form 40-1330, Application for Standard Government Headstone or Marker in advance and place it with the veterans military discharge papers for use at the time of need.
Burial in a National Cemetery - Burial is available at all VA national cemeteries to any deceased veteran of wartime or peacetime service (other than for training) who was discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Members of the Reserve and the Army and Air National Guard who die while performing or as a result of performing active duty for training may also be eligible. A deceased veteran who had entered active duty as an enlisted person after September 7, 1980. Also, any deceased veteran who has entered active duty after October 16, 1981. Said veteran must have had minimum active duty of 24 months, or the period for which he/she was called to active duty, or have had a hardship discharge, or a service-connected disability. Burial is also available to an eligible veteran's spouse minor child(ren) and, under certain conditions, to unmarried adult children. Headstones and markers are provided for the gravesites of those interred in national cemeteries. No application is required. Gravesites in (VA) national cemeteries cannot be reserved in advance. Families are encouraged to prepare in advance by discussing cemetery options, collecting the veteran’s military information including discharge papers, and by contacting the cemetery where burial is desired.For more information on VA Burial Benefits, visit:
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Can I request to be buried at sea?
The National Cemetery Administration cannot provide burial at sea.
For More Assistance: If you have any questions about the Burial at Sea program, please contact the United States Navy Mortuary Affairs office toll-free at 1-866-787-0081. Or contact the Department of the Navy for information.
What is a Presidential Memorial Certificate?
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased Veterans.
Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged deceased Veterans. More than one certificate may be provided.
Eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a PMC in person at any VA regional office or by U.S. mail or toll-free fax. Requests cannot be sent via email. A copy of the Veteran's discharge and death certificate is required to verify eligibility, as requests cannot be processed without proof of honorable military service.
For more information on how to apply for a PMC or to check the status of a request, visit: http://www.cem.va.gov/pmc.asp
How can I apply for travel reimbursement?
There are two ways you may qualify for tavel reimbursement.
1) Federally: If you meet the following requirements, you may be eligible for reimbursement of travel expenses.
2) Locally: If you are a Charlevoix County resident, you may complete this form and submit it along with a copy of your driver's license and proof of your medical appointment. Mail to: VA Office 301 State St. Charlevoix, MI 49720, send it via FAX: 231-547-7232, or stop by our office!!
For Charleviox County residents living on Beaver Island, use this form