Combat veterans eligible for grant assistance

LANSING – Car repairs, medical bills and other emergencies can stretch a household budget to the limit. When the unexpected creates financial distress, Michigan combat veterans can turn to the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund for help.

After the Second World War, the State of Michigan established a trust to assist war-era veterans facing a temporary hardship.  The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund helps veterans who have served our nation during times of conflict. Temporary assistance is available for a variety of needs, including housing, mortgage, health care, transportation and utilities, among others.

Qualified veterans can apply for grants through the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund county committee serving their county of residence. Applicants must demonstrate need and show that they will be able to manage the obligation for which they are requesting aid after the grant is made.

“Decisions on smaller grant amounts are made on a local level,” said Jason Allen Senior Policy Advisor for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. “Larger amounts must be reviewed by the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund Board, appointed by Governor Snyder.”

For more information on the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund or to locate a county veterans’ counselor, visit www.michiganveterans.comor call 517-284-5299.

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