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

Federal Resources

The number of State and Federal Resources may be overwhelming. The Office of Veteran Affairs 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.

    You can find information on;

    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

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, to include, educational assistance through Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31).

If you would like more information regarding this process, contact the Office of Veteran Affairs

  • 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.

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