Campus and Community Resources

As a veteran, it is not only important to know how to access the resources that can help you succeed in college, but life too...

The following resources and contact information is to connect military affiliated and veterans student to services while attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Campus Resources

Coordinator of Veteran Services

Tom Pitock, Coordinator

Veteran Services, 2170C UC
Phone: 313-436-9196
Email: dearbornveterans@umich.edu

UM-Dearborn, VA School Certifying Official(s)

Joanne Bond, Soraya Patton

Office of the Registrar, 1169 UC
Phone: 313-583-6500
Email: registrars@umich.edu

 

 

Veteran Success Team
Name Affiliation Office phone
Bernadette M Trisko

Counseling & Psychological Services

313-593-5430
Jennifer Lynn Macleod

Career Services

313-593-5020
Joanne Bond Veteran Certifying Official 313-583-6500

Lee Savage

Ombuds Services

313-593-5440
Linda G King Financial Services 313-593-5255
Lynda M Dioszegi Student Advising And Res Te 313-593-5356
Sally E Foster

Office of Financial Aid

313-593-9965
Sharon Ann Lobdell

Office of Student Success

313-593-5341
Thomas Pitock (Chair)

Veteran Affairs Coordinator

313-436-9196

The mission of the Veteran Success Team at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is to empower veteran and military-affiliated students by providing guidance and support through campus engagement, and community resources to facilitate educational success.

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Career Services

The Career Services Office is eager to help you successfully transition from the Armed Forces to civilian employment.  This website offers a multitude of information on topics such as developing your resume and special programs available to Veterans.  Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Phone: 313-593-5020
Fax: 313-593-3705

dearborncareerservices@umich.edu

Federal Resources

The number of State and Federal Resources may be overwhelming. Veteran Services can assist you in finding the appropriate resource a Military-Affiliated Student may need.

For information pertaining to the VA Certification Process at UM-Dearborn, please refer to the Veteran Affairs Certification page.

The following Federal resources may be useful for your educational endeavor.

US Department of Veteran Affairs

Anyone who served in the Armed Forces or a dependent who is entitled to VA benefits should be familiar with the US Department of Veteran Affairs website (va.gov).

Veteran Affairs Phone Contacts

  • VA Main Benefits Hotline 1-800-827-1000.
  • VA Education Hotline 1-888-442-4551.
    • Call this number if you have questions regarding your pay.

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Health Care

VA operates the nation's largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities.

Benefits

VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Servicemembers, Veterans, their dependents, and survivors.

Burials & Memorials

VA operates 135 national cemeteries in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members, Veterans, and family members.

GI Bill® Comparison Tool

The GI Bill® Comparison Tool allows veterans to look-up school information and explains the GI Bill® benefit entitlements you may receive while attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Federal Student Aid (Department of Education).

You may be eligible for federal financial student aid that may offer more favorable terms than a private loan. ED administers several major student aid programs – grants, loans, and work-study programs. Get details at ED’s StudentAid.gov

 

Tuition Assistance

For Active military members, tuition assistance may be of interest. Each branch has its own criteria for program implementation and annual payment caps.

The following resources can link you to the appropriate service branch and explain the process to receive tuition assistance.

ARMY
AIR FORCE
COAST GUARD
MARINE CORPS
NAVY

Michigan National Guard members will need to see State Resources.

Verifying Attendance

Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)

Students who elect to use MGIB-Active Duty (Chapter 30), or MGIB Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), must verify their attendance on the last day of each month in this system. Not required for Post 9/11 or, Post 9/11 Transfer of Entitlement (Chapter 33), or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31).

If you choose not to use WAVE, you can call the VA Monthly Certification Hotline at 1-877-823-2378.

Contact the Office of Veteran Affairs if you have questions.

Facility and Service Locator

The Facility and Service Locator can help find VA services in your community, no matter what state you live.

Check it out.

State Resources

Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs
Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. MVAA was created by Executive Order 2013-2 and began operations on March 20, 2013, the 10th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

MVAA is a state government agency and is housed within Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The agency works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, healthcare and quality of life, making Michigan a great place for veterans and their families to call home. The agency aggregates veterans services currently found in 14 state agencies as well as hundreds of community-based veteran programs to create a no wrong door access to benefits and services.

Services provided by MVAA include:

  • The Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center (800-MICH-VET) and MichiganVeterans.com website provide one-stop access for veterans and their families seeking information, resources and staff support.

  • Michigan Veterans Trust Fund grants help combat-era veterans and their families weather unforeseen, temporary financial emergencies.

  • MVAA's Discharge Document Retrieval Service provides veterans copies of DD-214 discharge documents.

  • The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette provide eligible veterans and their spouses skilled nursing, dementia, special needs or domiciliary care in safe, caring environments.

MVAA's Vision
For Michigan to be the place veterans choose to live, raise a family, work and retire...

County Veteran Service Offices

If you have not filed a claim with the VA, or have questions about an existing claim, the County Veteran Service Officers are there to assist you.

It is highly recommended that each person who has separated from the Armed Forces, go through the VA rating process. By doing so, a veteran may be eligible for additional VA benefits, including educational assistance through Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31).

If you would like more information regarding this process, contact our office.

Macomb County

Macomb County Veteran Service Office 

VETERANS' SERVICES

Verkuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 3, Clinton Township, MI 48036

586-469-5315

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Laura Rios, Accredited, Director
Email: laura.rios@macombgov.org

Mary Barrette, Accredited
Email: mary.barrette@macombgov.org

Lisa M. Duncan-Edwards, Accredited
Email: lisamarie.duncan-edwards@macombgov.org

Marie Goral, Accredited 
Email: marie.goral@macombgov.org

Heidi Heck, Accredited
Email: heidi.heck@macombgov.org

Jennifer Georgievski, Accredited
Email: jennifer.georgievski@macombgov.org

VETERANS TRUST FUND/RELIEF FUND AGENT

Katie Bonham
Email: katie.bonham@macombgov.org

Monroe County

Monroe County Veterans Bureau Website 

VETERAN AFFAIRS

965 S. Raisinville Road
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: 734-240-3287
Fax: 734-240-3286

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER

Kathy Vanderbush, Accredited, Director
Email: kathy_vanderbush@monroemi.org

VETERANS TRUST FUND AGENT

800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838)

Oakland County

Oakland County Veterans Services Website

Pontiac Office

North Office Building 26 East
1200 North Telegraph
Pontiac, MI 48341-0468
Phone: 248-858-0785
Email: veterans-services@oakgov.com

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
                      Closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.   

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Garth Wootten, Accredited, Division Manager
Email: wootteng@oakgov.com

Lauren Chamberlin, Accredited, Supervisor
Email: chamberlinl@oakgov.com

Stephanie Egres, Accredited
Email: egress@oakgov.com

Krista Gaberty, Accredited
Email: gabertyk@oakgov.com 

Tyler Kenny, Accredited
Email: kennyt@oakgov.com

Erin Marinco, Accredited
Email: marincoe@oakgov.com

Richelle Duane, Accredited
Email: duaner@oakgov.com

Carly Webster, Accredited
Email: websterc@oakgov.com

Troy Office

1151 Crooks Road, Entrance B
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248-655-1250
Email: veterans-services@oakgov.com
Oakland County Veterans Services Website
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
                      Closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Belinda Duggan, Accredited, Supervisor
Email: dugganb@oakgov.com

Maggie Speelman, Accredited
Email: speelmanm@oakgov.com
 
Jerome Jager, Accredited
Email: jagerj@oakgov.com

VETERANS TRUST FUND AGENT

Debbie Anderson
Phone: 248-655-1265 
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Southfield Office (DHHS Services)

25620 West 8 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48033

Debbie Anderson
Phone: 248-262-6407
Email: AndersonD31@michigan.gov
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Wayne County

Wayne County Veteran Services Website

John Gardner

Director, Veteran Services

Email

313-224-5045

GRAND PARK CENTER--Emergency Assistance Only

28 W. Adams, Suite 1710
Detroit, MI 48826
Phone: 313-224-5045
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

This location provides help with emergency assistance and county burial reimbursements only. For VA claims, please contact one of the other locations listed below.

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS AND TRUST FUND AGENTS

Pamela Teague, Accredited, Interim Director 
Email: pteague@waynecounty.com

Jeff Davis, Accredited
Email: jdavis3@waynecounty.com

Lauri Lee, Accredited 
Email: llee1@waynecounty.com

Heather Owens, Accredited
Email: howens@waynecounty.com

PATRICK V. MCNAMARA FEDERAL BUILDING

477 Michigan Ave. 
Detroit, MI 48226
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

MVAA - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Room 1225
Phone: 313-471-3985

Brett Brown, Accredited
Phone: 313-471-3986
Email: Brownb9@michigan.gov
Office Hours: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kim Staelgraeve, Accredited
Email: Staelgraevek@michigan.gov
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

AMERICAN LEGION - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Room 1210
Phone: 313-964-6640
Email: al.vbadet@va.gov

Gary Easterling, Accredited, Director

Tripp Cantwell, Accredited

Debra Drumsta

Miranda Dorsey, Accredited

Stephanie Fisher

Kenneth "Kory" Jordan, Accredited

Thomas Kaiser, Accredited

Nancy Konarske

Erna LaBeau, Accredited

Phillip McCaskey, Accredited

Bleysin Tapia-Martinez, Accredited

Melanie Thon, Accredited

Debra Tomlinson, Accredited

DISABLED VETERANS OF AMERICA - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Room 1200 
Phone: 313-964-6595
Email: dav.vbadet@va.gov

Kwan Tillman, Accredited, Director

Christina Alexander

Rick Barenbrugge, Accredited 

Terry Budzinski

Pamela Graff

Albert Hughes, Accredited

Colin Levert

Toni Moses, Accredited

Silvana Pellerito

Monic Slim

Lolita Tucker, Accredited

Jason Zielke, Accredited

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Room 1232 
Phone: 313-964-6830
Email: mcl.vbadet@va.gov

Elizebeth Cuddington, Director, Accredited

Millie Pirlot, Administrative Assistant, Accredited

Christine Boka, Accredited

Ronald D'Aoust, Accredited

Carol Kudron, Accredited 

Cynthia Yurkovitch, Accredited

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Room 1226
Phone: 313-964-6888
Email: Sandra.malac@va.gov

Paul Kaiser, Accredited, Director

Rob Lichy, Accredited

Sandra Malac, Accredited

Tammy Reilly, Accredited 

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Room 1215 
Phone: 313-964-6510
E-mail: vfwus.vbadet@va.gov

Paul Pirlot, Accredited, Director

Rebecca Farmer, Accredited

Joseph Greene, Accredited

Sean Kelly, Accredited

Marlene Khaireddine, Accredited 

Robert Kilmer

Benjamin Light, Accredited

Agnes "Aggie" Little, Accredited

Sidney Love Jr., Accredited

Tammy Putinsky, Accredited 

John Stilley, Accredited

Ross Urtel, Accredited

Martha Washington, Accredited

Bonnie Williams, Accredited

DETROIT VAMC

4646 John R St.
Detroit, MI 48202

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER

Room A1013
Phone: 313-576-3506
Email: dav.vbadet@va.gov

Eric Morton, Accredited

Milton Pitts, Accredited

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS

Room A1011
Phone: 313-576-3507
Email: vfwus.vbadet@va.gov

Karen Greene, Accredited
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Bonnie Williams, Accredited
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

AMERICAN LEGION – VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER

Kenneth "Kory" Jordan, Accredited
Email: al.vbadet@va.gov
Office Hours: Tuesday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

OASIS HOMELESS SHELTER

211 Glendale Ave. 
Highland Park, MI 48203

MVAA - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER

Brett Brown, Accredited
Phone: 313-471-3986
Email: brownb9@michigan.gov
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 - 11 a.m. 

DOWNRIVER COMMUNITY CONFERENCE CENTER

15100 Northline Road 
Southgate, MI 48195

AMERICAN LEGION - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER

Email: al.vbadet@va.gov

Kenneth "Kory" Jordan, Accredited
Office Hours: Tuesdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Phillip McCaskey
Office Hours: Wednesdays 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Melanie Thon
Office Hours: Thursdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

DOWNRIVER COMMUNITY CONFERENCE CENTER

15100 Northline Road 
Southgate, MI 48195

AMERICAN LEGION - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER

Email: al.vbadet@va.gov

Kenneth "Kory" Jordan, Accredited
Office Hours: Tuesdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Phillip McCaskey
Office Hours: Wednesdays 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Melanie Thon
Office Hours: Thursdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Veteran Affairs

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44% of UM-Dearborn undergraduate students are eligible for the federal Pell Grant.

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