You may be eligible for newly enacted service-connected benefits.
Over the course of the last six months, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun processing service-connected disability claims for six new presumptive conditions related to environmental exposures during military service. We request your help in making more Veterans aware of these newly added presumptive conditions to help them file a claim and obtain any earned benefits.
In May 2021, VA started implementing provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA), adding bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism to the list of medical conditions presumptively associated with exposure to Agent Orange. A few months later VA added asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis (to include rhinosinusitis) on a presumptive basis based on particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas.
Any Veteran who was previously denied service-connection for any of these six conditions but had symptoms manifest within 10 years of military service would need to file a supplemental claim. Be sure to use VA Form 20-0995, Decision Review Request: Supplemental Claim when filing. The claim form should include the name of the condition and specify that the condition is being claimed due to in-service exposure to environmental hazards.
VA is committed to assisting Veterans who may have been exposed to hazardous materials during their military service.
Be sure to stay plugged in to www.va.gov for the most recent developments around environmental exposures during military service, as VA is constantly conducting research and surveillance as well as reviewing scientific literature for conditions that may be related to exposure during military service.
For more information about VA benefits and eligibility, or how to file a claim, Veterans and survivors can visit VA's website at www.va.gov or call toll-free at 1-800-827-1000.
If you know a Veteran who is in crisis, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
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Thursday, November 18, 2021
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Wednesday, November 10, 2021
NEWS RELEASE: Treasury Provides Special Benefits to Military Members and Veterans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 10, 2021
Contact: Ron Leix, Treasury, 517-335-2167
Treasury Provides Special Benefits to Military Members and Veterans
Veterans Day is November 11
LANSING, Mich. – As Veterans Day approaches on Nov. 11, the state of Michigan extends its gratitude to current and former military members by reminding them of the special benefits they may be entitled to receive through the Michigan Department of Treasury.
"On Veterans Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of those who have stepped up for our country in uniform," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. "To ensure our service members and veterans have the resources they need to succeed, the State of Michigan provides scholarships and tax assistance to both current and former military members as a token of appreciation for their service. I want to thank those who are serving, have served, and will serve, and I encourage them to explore the benefits and relief we provide."
Current and former military members may be eligible to receive:
- Military Pay Tax Exemption. Military pay is exempt from Michigan tax, including military retirement benefits and exit and separation pay.
- Children of Veterans Tuition Grant. This program provides undergraduate tuition assistance to the children of Michigan veterans who were totally and permanently disabled, missing in action or died while serving. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200.
- Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption. A property tax exemption for real property used and owned as a homestead as outlined in state law.
- Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) for Active Duty Military Personnel. Property owners can retain a PRE while on active duty if their property is rented or leased.
- Property Tax Relief during Active Military Service. Property owned by a serviceperson cannot be sold to pay delinquent property taxes during a tour of active duty.
- Summer Property Tax Deferment. A serviceperson, veteran or widow or widower whose income outside of military compensation is no more than $7,500 per year may be eligible for a summer property tax deferment.
- Federal Military Spouses Residency Relief Act. The spouse of an individual in the military may not be subject to the state's taxation if they are a nonresident of the state, the service member is present in the state due to military orders, the spouse is solely in the state to accompany the service member, and the spouse maintains a domicile in another state. This act was amended in December 2018 to alternately allow military spouses to elect the same state of domicile as their service member spouse, even if they are not present in that state.
"The Michigan Department of Treasury will work closely with our military members past and present to ensure they get the tax benefits and other resources they deserve," State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. "If you have questions about any of these benefits, please contact us so we can talk about your options."
Individuals with questions about tax relief and other benefits for current and past military members should go to Michigan.gov/Treasury and click on "Contact Us." Program-specific phone numbers can be found on the "Contact Us" webpage.
The state Treasury Department has erected a Veterans Day exhibit dedicated to Michigan's Women Veterans in the lobby of the Austin Building, 430 W. Allegan St., in Lansing. Members of the public may visit this Veterans Day tribute from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through November.
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Thursday, November 4, 2021
Free admission to Veterans on Veterans Day Nov 11th
Honoring Our Nation's Veterans
HONORING ALL WHO SERVEDTHURSDAY NOVEMBER 11TH
Free Admission To Our Nation's VeteransThe Museum will be honoring Veteranswith free admission on Thursday, November 11th.
At East Side, Willow Run Airport47884 D Street Belleville, Mi 48111
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