Veterans Disability Benefits in Michigan

Michigan, home to the Great Lakes, honors its brave veterans who have served their country. These heroes are entitled to a host of VA benefits as a token of our nation's gratitude.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans Disability program is designed to offer financial assistance to qualifying Michigan veterans who became ill or injured due to their active military service.

VA Disability Ratings

When a Michigan veteran submits a disability claim, the VA will evaluate the veteran's medical condition. A compensation and pension examination (C&P exam) will likely be required by the VA to better understand the disability.

The VA assigns a disability rating to the condition, which directly affects the amount of compensation the veteran is entitled to receive each month.

For veterans in Michigan who suffer from multiple disabilities, the VA assesses each condition independently and assigns each a rating. The VA then combines these ratings according to a formula to produce a final cumulative rating.

How to Qualify for Veterans Disability Benefits

To be eligible for VA benefits, veterans must meet several guidelines.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an existing condition, either physical or mental, that impacts your health, and
  • Your service history includes active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

And, at least one of the following must be true:

  • You incurred an injury or sickness during your military service that can be connected to your current condition. This is known as an in-service disability claim.

  • An existing injury or illness from before your military service worsened due to your service — called a pre-service disability claim, or
  • You have a disability that is associated with your active-duty service but it only manifested after your service ended. This is known as a post-service disability claim.

Michigan veterans applying for VA disability benefits must have served on active duty and suffer from a service-connected disability. The VA assigns disability ratings varying from 10% to 100%, with the compensation amount determined by the severity of the combined disabilities.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Michigan

The process of applying for VA disability compensation can seem daunting, but for Michigan veterans, it's a necessary step in getting the support they deserve.

The first step is to gather the required documents. These include military service records, medical proof that illustrates the link between their disability and service, and records of dependents, if any.

There are a few different ways to apply: online, in person, or by mail. Some veterans might prefer the convenience of applying online through the VA's official website. Others might choose the traditional route, mailing their application directly to the VA. For those who prefer face-to-face interaction, applying in person at a local Michigan VA office is also an option.

Please note that the fastest and easiest way is to apply online at

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

Make sure that the application is filled out accurately, as this will help prevent any unnecessary delays or complications. Provide as much medical evidence as you can.

It's okay to ask for help. If you need any help with the application process, contact the VA benefits hotline at 800-827-1000. They're ready to assist and ensure that all eligible veterans receive the benefits they deserve.

What to Do If Your Michigan VA Claim Is Denied

If your VA disability claim is denied, you can protest the decision and file an appeal.

To start your appeal, you must submit a Notice of Disagreement to the VA within one year from the date the VA mailed the decision.

The appeal process could take several months or even years, depending on your case's complexity. Assistance from a Veterans Service Officer or an attorney can help improve your chances of winning your appeal.

More VA Benefits Available to Michigan Veterans

In addition to disability benefits, the VA offers a wide range of services, including comprehensive healthcare, education benefits, home loan programs, and more.

For example, VA pensions provide monthly payments to certain wartime veterans with financial needs. This program ensures that veterans who may not have adequate resources get the support they need to live comfortably.

Another benefit for Michigan veterans is VetSuccess on Campus. This program helps veterans transition to college life. The goal of VetSuccess on Campus is to help veterans succeed in their educational pursuits, leading to a promising career after graduation.

There is a long list of benefits available to eligible veterans:

  • VA Life Insurance
  • VA Pension
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • VA Loans
  • Health Care
  • Education and Training
  • Veterans Readiness and Employment
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits

As a Michigan veteran dealing with health issues, you are highly encouraged to apply for Veterans Disability and other VA benefits. Take advantage of the wide array of programs and services available to Michigan veterans. These resources can dramatically improve the quality of life for former service members and their families.

Michigan — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Detroit Regional Office Patrick V. McNamara Federal Bldg., 477 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48226 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Fort Custer National Cemetery 15501 Dickman Rd. Augusta, MI 49012 269-731-4164
Fort Mackinac Post Cemetery Mackinac State Park Mackinac Island, MI 49757 248-328-0386
Great Lakes National Cemetery 4200 Belford Road Holly, MI 48442 248-328-0386
Lakeside Cemetery Soldiers' Lot 3663 10th Avenue Port Huron, MI 48060 810-987-6000

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
VISN 11: Veterans In Partnership (Now VISN 10) 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, Lobby L Ann Arbor, MI 48113-4002
Aleda E. Lutz VAMC 1500 Weiss Street Saginaw, MI 48602 989-497-2500
Battle Creek VA Medical Center 5500 Armstrong Road Battle Creek, MI 49037 269-966-5600
John D. Dingell VAMC 4646 John R Detroit, MI 48201 313-576-1000
LTC Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center 2215 Fuller Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 734-769-7100
Ann Arbor VA Clinic 3800 Packard Road Ann Arbor, MI 48108 Mailing Address: 3800 Packard Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 734-222-7600
Century Avenue VA Clinic 620 Century Ave, Southwest #120 Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4977
Green Road VA Clinic 2500 Green Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Mailing Address: 2500 Green Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 734-769-7100
Piquette Street VA Clinic 301 Piquette Street Detroit, MI 48202-3513
Saginaw North Clinic 2830 McCarty Rd Saginaw, MI 48603 989-497-2500
Adrian VA Clinic 770 Riverside Avenue Adrian, MI 49221 734-222-7160
Bad Axe VA Clinic 1142 S. Van Dyke RD, Suite 100 Bad Axe, MI 48413 989-269-7445
Benton Harbor VA Clinic 115 West Main Street Benton Harbor, MI 49022 269-934-9123
Cadillac VA Clinic 1909 North Mitchell St Cadillac, MI 49601 231-775-4401
Cheboygan County VA Clinic 14540 Mackinaw Hwy Mackinaw City, MI 49701 231-436-5176
Clare VA Clinic 11775 N Isabella Rd Clare, MI 48617 989-497-2500
Closed--Grand Traverse VA Clinic 880 Munson Avenue Traverse City, MI 49686 231-932-9720
Colonel Demas T. Craw VA Clinic, Traverse City 701 U.S. 31 South Traverse City, MI 49685 231-932-9720
Flint VA Clinic 2360 South Linden Road Flint, MI 48532 810-720-2913
Gaylord VA Outpatient Clinic 2782 South Otsego Gaylord, MI 49735 989-732-7525
Grayling VA Clinic 1680 Hartwick Pines Road Grayling, MI 49738 989-344-2002
Jackson MI CBOC 4328 Page Avenue Michigan Center, MI 49254 517-764-3609
Lansing North VA Clinic 2025 South Washington Ave, 3rd Flr Lansing, MI 48910
Lansing VA Clinic 5656 South Cedar Street Lansing, MI 48911 517-267-3925
Lt. Col Clement Van Wagoner VA 180 North State Avenue Alpena, MI 49707 989-356-8720
Muskegon VA Clinic 5000 Hakes Dr. Muskegon, MI 49441 231-798-4445
Oscoda VA Clinic 5671 Skeel Avenue, Suite 4 Oscoda, MI 48750 989-747-0026
Pontiac VA Clinic 44200 Woodward Avenue, Suite 208 Pontiac, MI 48341 248-332-4540
Saginaw VA Clinic 4241 Barnard Road Saginaw, MI 48603 800-406-5143
Wyoming VA Clinic 5838 Metro Way Wyoming, MI 49519 616-249-5300
Yale VA Clinic 7470 Brockway Road Yale, MI 48097 810-387-3211
Dearborn Vet Center 19855 Outer Drive, Suite 105 W Dearborn, MI 48124 313-277-1428
Detroit Vet Center 11214 East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48214 313-822-1141
Grand Rapids Vet Center 2050 Breton Rd SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 616-285-5795
Macomb County Vet Center 42621 Garfield Rd. Suite 105 Clinton Township, MI 48038-5031 586-412-0107
Pontiac Vet Center 44200 Woodward Avenue, Suite 108 Pontiac, MI 48341 248-874-1015
Saginaw Vet Center 5360 Hampton Place #200 Saginaw, MI 48604 989-321-4650
Traverse City Vet Center 4960 Skyview Court Traverse City, MI 49684 231-935-0051
VA Ann Arbor - North Campus Research Complex 2800 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Mailing Address: 2800 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 734-769-7100
VA Ann Arbor - Offsite Warehouse 844 Highland Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Mailing Address: 844 Highland Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105 734-769-7100
VA Ann Arbor Finance & Payroll Office 3001 Earhart Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Mailing Address: 3001 Earhart Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 734-769-7100
Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center 325 East H Street Iron Mountain, MI 49801 906-774-3300
Gladstone Clinic 2001 Minneapolis Ave. Gladstone, MI 49837 800-215-8262
Hancock Clinic 787 Market Street Hancock, MI 49930-1495 906-482-7762
Ironwood Clinic 629 W. Cloverland Dr. Suite 1 Ironwood, MI 49938 906-932-0032
Manistique Outreach Clinic 813 East Lakeshore Drive Manistique, MI 49854 906-341-3420
Marquette Clinic 1414 W. Fair Ave Suite 285 Marquette, MI 49855 906-226-4618
Menominee Clinic 1110 10th Avenue, Suite 101 Menominee, MI 49858 906-863-1286
Sault Ste. Marie Clinic 509 Osborn Blvd. Suite 306 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 906-253-9383
Escanaba Vet Center 301 N 30th Street Escanaba, MI 49829 906-233-0244