Don’t Face the VA Alone….
Congress authorized veterans to have a 3rdparty represent them at the VA for the purpose of their claim processing. There are many trained people dedicated to helping Veterans… at no cost to the Veteran.
Some are listed below. The American Legion has proven to be the most active in training Post Service Officers to help Veterans identify, claim and receive available benefits. But Beware of Attorney’s. The US Congress authorized that attorneys may represent veterans in the claims process. Be aware that they may charge for these services.
CALHOUN COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS
Aaron Edlefson, Accredited, Director
Kristina Higgins, Accredited
Heidi Case, Accredited
Luann Cape, Accredited
Austria Johnson 269-830-2320 American Legion Post 298 is located at 228 North 20th Street, Battle Creek, Michigan 49037
MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICERS
Nick Easterling, Accredited
231 S. Broadway St.
Hastings, MI 49058
(located within the United Way Office in the lower level of the Barry Community Enrichment Center)
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
BARRY COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER
Pattrick Jansens, Program Director
Phone: 269-945-1296 option 3 for voicemail
AMERICAN LEGION - VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER
Patty Breas, Accredited
Who should consider looking into Veteran Administration benefits or health care?
Veterans discharged or released under other than a dishonorable condition
A veteran laid off from work or employed with no health insurance
A Vietnam Veteran who served in country and now has Type 2 Diabetes, heart conditions, certain cancers, respiratory conditions, or a number of other related presumptive conditions.
A Gulf Era War Veteran suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome or other undiagnosed condition
The spouse of a veteran who has passed away, but was receiving disability compensation from the VA.
A veteran or veterans spouse living on a low income or are homeless.
VETERAN INFORMATION SOURCES
Battle-Buddy Info is an online Directory of Military Resources for Active Duty, Veterans and their Caregivers. We list military focused non-profits and resources that provide direct assistance to veterans and active duty personnel, in a user-friendly format. We work hard to maintain relevant information and resources, not only from non-profit organizations or government sources, but from peer support networks, Caregiver Blogs, books of interest as well as general topics related to issues the men and women who serve our nation face when returning to civilian life.
Women in the Military American women have been great patriots, warriors, and healers for this Nation’s military efforts. They have served in many capacities from the time of the Revolutionary War to the present. American women have answered the call to serve with the same honor and integrity as their male counterparts, but often do not identify themselves as veterans. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans, it is estimated approximately 15 percent. Currently, the population of women veterans is estimated to be more than 1.7 million.
BLUE WATER VETERANS
Navy and Coast Guard Ships Associated with Service in Vietnam and Exposure to Herbicide Agents.
Mesothelioma and Veterans