Veteran Benefits & Assistance

Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the Veterans of Foreign Wars continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families. The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families.
Certified Advocates
Throughout the State of Hawaii and at the VA Regional Office in Honolulu, VFW Service Officers that are Accredited and Certified by the VA fight for the rights of our Nations veterans on a daily basis.  These highly trained professionals, specializing in all programs administered by the VA stand ready and willing to provide whatever VA benefits assistance is required!  These services are available at no cost to veterans or their dependents! Nor does one have to be a member of the VFW to receive our services.



From a simple request of a discharge document to a case with complicated issues that may require extensive medical and Court Cases research, we will exhaust all means to obtain a favorable decision.  In the event a claim is denied we will represent the case through the appellate process to the Board of Veterans Appeals (VBA) and if not successful to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) if warranted.


How VFW Service Officers Advocate for You:

  • Help you identify issues and develop evidence
  • Answer your requests for assistance
  • File your claims with VA in a timely manner
  • Review your rating decision for accuracy


What We Will Do:

  • During your interview, WE WILL review your information and inform you of what benefits you should claim as well as any other benefits that may be available
  • WE ARE trained VA benefits experts who have access to VA computer systems in order to provide you with the information you need for your claim to succeed
  • WE WILL submit your claim to VA in a timely manner to ensure that you receive the maximum benefit to which you are entitled
  • WE WILL conduct a thorough review of your decision before VA sends it to you.  The VFW has a 90% success rate in correcting errors, helping you avoid the lengthy appeals process
  • If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of your claim, WE WILL help you appeal VA's decision

Please feel free to contact a VFW Representative for help with filing a claim for VA benefits, VA health care and all eligible VA benefits at:

VFW Service Office

Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC)

477 Michigan Ave, Ste. #1228
Detroit, MI 48226-2588
Phone:  313-964-6510
Fax:  313-964-6545


Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Our well-trained, VA Accredited VFW Representatives are ready to assist you with you!  Please feel free to contact us!  We have VFW Representatives located throughout the State of Michigan!


VFW Field Coverage Schedule:


Valeria Clarke, Assistant State Service Officer

Lapeer County Veterans Affairs Office

Appointment required at this location. To schedule, please call 810/667-0256

Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m.

CELL: 313/529-0041 

email: Forthcoming 


Eddie Dunn, Jr., Assistant State Service Officer


Mon-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CELL: 313/858-1961



Bonnie (Williams) Gibbs, Assistant State Service Officer

VFW POST 1138, MONROE MI: Every Mon, Th 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

VAMC-Detroit:  Tues, Wed 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Taylor VFW Post 4422: 2nd & 4th Fri 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Dearborn Veteran Resource Center: (Centennial Library) 1st & 3rd Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CELL:  313/977-1802



John Howe, Assistant State Service Officer

Lansing CBOC 

Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

PH: 517/567-3925

CELL: 313/645-0106

email: Forthcoming


Brian Hutcheon, Assistant State Service Officer

VAMC-Ann Arbor

Tues - Th 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

CELL:  313/858-0706

email: Forthcoming


Marc Johnson, Assistant State Service Officer

Detroit VAMC 

Tuesday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Appointment required at this location. Please call the VFW main line at 313/964-6510

Cell: 313/525-0840

email: Forthcoming 



Timothy Lewis, Assistant State Service Officer

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY: Mon - TH 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

VAMC-Saginaw: Every Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CELL: 313/645-0198



David Moler, Assistant State Service Officer

Muskegon County Veterans Services

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Ph: 231/724-7143

CELL: 313/529-2746



Dustin Parlin, Assistant State Service Officer

Wyoming CBOC

Mon, Wed, Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ottawa County

Tues, Th 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CELL:  313/632-1539



Gary Putinsky, Assistant State Service Officer

Genesee County 

Mon, Tues, Th, Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

PH: 810/257-3068

CELL:  810/241-5991



Dabreliah Stephenson

VAMC-Battle Creek

Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

PH: 269/966-5600 X33889

CELL: 313/712-0406

email: Forthcoming 


Barry Walter, Assistant State Service Officer

Clinton County Courthouse

Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

PH: 989/227-6457

CELL: 313/674-1511





Due to some of our field staff having various locations on a weekly basis, we ask that you please call the VFW Service Office main line at 313/964-6510 to confirm their workplan and locations. 


Some of these locations require appointments.  Most locations are "walk-in" basis.  These schedules can change without prior notification.  We ask that you please call our main VFW Service Office at 313/964-6510 to make sure the individual VFW Service Officer is at their scheduled stop before you make a trip!





The Buddy to Buddy Program is set up to help veterans that may need the support of another veterans to help them handle transition from military to civilian life.  Please click on the links provided for more information.

  Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents
    Burial Benefits
    Community-Based VA Vet Centers
    Health Care Benefits
      Interest Rate Reduction Refinancing Loan
    PTSD - VA Informational Site
    Life Insurance Benefits
    OEF / OIF Service Members
    Survivor & Dependent Benefits
    VA Benefits and Services
    Check the status of your VA claim online
  Benefits -
  Benefits & Services, MI Department of Veteran Affairs
  Benefits & Services, State of Michigan
  Federal Benefits for Dependents and Survivors
  Health Care
    Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors (SSI)
    Grand Valley State University Wounded Warrior Traumatic Brain Injury Project
    PTSD / Stress Management
    Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR)
    TRICARE Benefit Info
    VA Health Benefits
  Long-Term Care
    Aid & Attendance Benefit
    Armed Forces Retirement Home, Eligibility
    Family Caregiver Program for Post-9/11 Veterans
    Grand Rapids, MI Home for Veterans, Eligibility
    Marquette, MI Home for Veterans, Eligibility
  Michigan Vital Records - Free to Michigan Veterans
  National Resource Directory, Benefits & Compensation
  Operation Uplink To Request a Card, call 800-479-5228800-479-5228
  Prior Service Connected Medical Conditions
      Diseases Associated with Agent Orange Exposure
        Agent Orange Health Care Registry Exam for Veterans
        Agent Orange Herbicide Tests & Storage Outside of Vietnam
        Korean Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange (Between 1968 to 1971)
      Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses
        Illnesses Related to Gulf War Service
        Gulf War Health Care Registry Exam for Veterans
        VA Recognizes 'Presumptive' Illnesses in Iraq & Afghanistan
    VA Board of Veterans' Appeals
  Veterans Affairs, Michigan Department of Military & Veteran Affairs
  VA Burial Benefits
    Military Burial Benefits, Office of the Secretary of Defense
    Types of Headstones & Markers Available
  VA Compensation & Pension Benefits
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  VA Web Automated Reference Material System (WARMS)
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  All  Emergency Catagory Files
  Aid & Charity Associations
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  American Red Cross
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  Cell Phone, Government Supported
  Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund
  Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
  DTE Senior Citizen Electric Service Rate
  Emergency Relief, Non Government, National Resource Directory
  Family & Caregiver Support, National Resource Directory
  Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund
  Financial Assistance for Mortgage or Rent Payments
  Friends of the Fisher House - Illinois
  Goodwill Industries
  Help for Homeless Veterans
  Homeless Assistance, National Resource Directory
  Homeless Vet 24 Hour Hotline (VA) 1-877-4AID VET
  Homeless Veterans, VA
  Housing Resources in Michigan
  HUD Housing & Utility Assistance in MI
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  Legal Services ABA Pro Bono
  Legal Resources for Veterans,
  Legal Resources for Veterans,
  MI Cash Assistance Program
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  MI Dept Human Services County Offices
  MI Emergency Relief Program
  MI Energy Assistance Program
  MI Food Assistance Program
  MI Food Bank Council, includes all MI counties
  MI Food Stamp Partnership, Info About Michigan's Food Assistance
  MI Helping Hand (Directory of State Services)
  MI Housing Development Authority, Foreclosure Info & Hel
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  MI Veterans' Trust Fund
    MI Veterans' Trust Fund Brochure
    MI Veterans' Trust Fund Public Directory
  National Guard Online Community
  Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
  Salvation Army
  Service Members Civil Relief Act
  Service Members Civil Relief Act
  Service Members Civil Relief Act, Overview,
  Social Security Administration online
  Social Security Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST)
  United Way, Michigan 2-1-1 Phone Numbers
  United Way, Nationwide 2-1-1 Phone Numbers
  Various Assistance in Michigan
  Veterans Assistance Foundation
  VFW Family Assistance
  VFW National Military Services
  VFW National Veterans Service
  VFW Post Military Assistance
  VFW Transitioning to Civilian Life
  VFW Troop Support
  Warrior Care, DoD & VA Resources Site
  VA Ann Arbor Healthcare maps and information
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Flint
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Jackson
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Toledo, OH
  VA Medical Center, Battle Creek maps and information
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Benton Harbor
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Grand Rapids
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Lansing
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Muskegon
  VA Medical Center, Detroit maps and information
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Pontiac
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Yale, MI
  VA Medical Center, Iron Mountain maps and information
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Hancock
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Ironwood
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Kincheloe (Sault St. Marie area)
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Marquette
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Menominee
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Rhinelander, WI
  VA Medical Center, Saginaw maps and information
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Alpena
    VA Outpatient Clinic Bad Axe
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Clare
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Gaylord
    VA Outpatient Clinic, Traverse City
  All Veteran information Category Files
  All Veteran Research Category Files
  Census News
  Hiring People with Criminal Record
  Historical Documents of Interest to Veterans
  Laws Protecting Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities
  Locating Veterans & Service Members
  Military Discharge, Upgrade Application
  Military Records & Discharges, Correction Application
  National Gravesite Locator
  Prior Service Connected Medical Issues
  Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses
  Replacement Military Records
  Replacement Medical Records
  Replacement Military Awards & Decorations (National Archives)
  Replacement Military Awards and Discharge Documents (MI)
  Social Security Credit for Military Service (1957 - 2001)
  U.S. Dept of Justice - Rights of Servicemembers and Veterans
  Veteran Data and Information
  Veteran & Active Duty Information, J. Jones
  Women Veterans
    HISA Packet updated 7-1-15.pdf