The Bay County Veteran's Affairs office provides information, referrals, and support services to honorably discharged, wartime veterans and their families. Veteran programs and benefits are available at all levels of government (federal, state, and local). If you are a veteran and in need of benefits assistance, please contact our office at (989) 895-4190 to speak with one of our representatives.
The following is merely a summary of what is available at the Veterans Office located on the 2nd floor of the Bay County Building. Debra Russell, Director of Administrative Services, acts as County Liaison with the Bay County Veterans programs.
Kristal Latimer provides administrative support. She can be reached by calling (989) 895-4108 (office), (989) 415-8493 (cell) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal VA Benefits
Veteran Service Officer: Arthur Schupback - (989) 895-4190
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (or by appointment)
American Legion Service Officer: Elizebeth Cuddington - email@example.com
Office Hours: Every other Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
A certified Veterans Service Officer is available in Bay County to assist veterans in applying for VA Benefits and to address questions regarding services available through the Veterans Administration. Art Schupback can assist veterans in filing for health care, disability claims, survivors and dependent claims, S.M.C., aid and attendance and referrals to the proper agencies for help.
Michigan Veterans Trust Fund
EFFECTIVE MARCH 7, 2016: THE BAY COUNTY OFFICE OF THE MICHIGAN VETERANS TRUST FUND (MVTF) IS CLOSED. FOR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE CONTACT THE MAIN OFFICE OF THE MVTF AT 517-284-5299 OR THE ADDRESS LISTED BELOW.
Bay County has a Veterans' Trust Fund is financed by the Michigan Veterans' Trust Fund and supplies emergency assistance to veterans in need. It is governed by a four-member board which is elected by the members of the various veterans organizations throughout Bay County. Recipients of this emergency assistance must meet the eligibility requirements outlined by the state law.
- Honorable Discharge
- 180 days during a period of war
- 180 days of active duty with award of Armed - Forces/Navy Expeditionary Medal
- Less than 180 days of wartime service due to service-incurred disability
- Dependents can apply if veteran is eligible under certain circumstances
How to Apply
- Must apply in county where you reside
- Call and make appointment and insure you bring all required documents and information to complete the application
What is Needed
- Military discharge document (DD-214 or other)
- Proof of Residence
- Documents for Dependents
- Proof of Income and Expenses
- Other documents depending on types of assistance
MVTF Main Office
P.O. Box 30104
Lansing, MI 48909
Soldiers and Sailors Relief Commission
Keith Markstrom - (989) 895-4190
Kristal Latimer - (989) 895-4108 (office), (989) 415-8493 (cell)
The Soldier's Relief Commission is responsible for providing emergency assistance to veterans and their dependents who are eligible. The assistance is generally provided in the form of food, shelter, or clothing. Relief is also provided for medical and transportation expenses. Items such as medical expenses, prescriptions, food, housing, clothing, rent, taxes, utilities, telephone and transportation are considered for payment.
The Veteran's Burial expenditures are also administered by the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Commission. The Commission can authorize up to $300 for the burial expenses of any veteran who dies and meets the provision of Public Act 225 of 1911, as amended, MSA 4. 1321 et. Seq. of 1978.
To see if you qualify for benefits and to submit an application, please click on the link below:
Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund Application
Transportation Coordinator - (989) 525-5164
Bay County provides an equipped van in order to ensure much needed transportation to area veterans needing to keep appointments at area hospitals. Volunteers drive all over the county for pick up and drive to appointments as far away as Detroit.