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2016 Millage Proposal

The Washtenaw County voters will soon decide whether to support an operational millage for the County Department of Veterans Affairs and services to veterans, their survivors, and dependents.

 

What the County Department of Veterans Affairs Provides

The Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs is dedicated to providing services and programs to the 17,209 veterans residing in Washtenaw County, as well as an uncounted number of veteran survivors and dependents. Services include:

  • Assistance in navigating the claims filing process with the Federal Government (US Department of Veterans Affairs) for sicknesses, injuries, illnesses, or diseases incurred in active military service; federal death benefits; and survivor benefits.
  • Case management and ongoing support for VA benefit recipients.
  • Filing and processing of Washtenaw County burial allowance claims.
  • Financial assistance for indigent veterans, their survivors, and their dependents.
  • Records retrieval from state and federal government archives.

 

Areas of Growing Need

The Washtenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs has seen an increase in requests for the following:

  • Financial assistance for anything from food and gas to home repairs
  • Mental health services, to include PTSD evaluations
  • Dental services which are not available through the VA hospital system
  • Assistance through the Veterans Treatment Court

 

An Operational Millage

  • The proposal for an Operational Millage calls for a public vote November 8, 2016 on a 0.10 mill Veterans Millage to be levied by Washtenaw County from 2017 through 2024.
  • The millage would cost the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 about $10 a year for a term of eight.
  • If passed, the millage could generate slightly over $1.5 million to provide support for veterans and their dependents in Washtenaw County
  • Washtenaw County would join the growing number of counties in the State of Michigan that currently operate their Veterans Affairs Programs from Operational Millages.

 

Funding Will Help:

  • Substantially increase outreach to Washtenaw County Veterans including education of what benefits are available and helping veterans access benefits earned by their service.
  • Provide funding for increased collaboration to house homeless veterans.
  • Increase outreach to veterans and their dependents at our Washtenaw County colleges and universities.
  • Assist veterans with job placement and resume services.
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