CALHOUN COUNTY OFFICE
George W. Toeller Professional Building,
190 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite 397B, (3rd floor), Battle Creek, MI 49014
Office Hours: Monday and Thursday, 9:00am - 12:00 noon, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
New Applications start: Monday 1:00pm -3:00pm;
Thursday 9:00am - 12:00 noon; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Authorized Agent, Michigan Veterans' Trust Fund, John D Baker ............................ 269.969.6734
The program was established in 1946 (PA 9 of 1946 ex session) to aid honorably discharged war-time veterans with unforeseen emergent needs. The Calhoun County Committee of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund currently has five (5) members appointed by the State Board from nominations by recognized veterans organizations, or independent / unaffiliated veterans making direct application for appointment. The terms are three (3) years with staggered expiration years (each on December 31)
Eligibility for the Trust Fund is:
a - Michigan resident, making application in the county they reside in (temporary residence,
transition programs, medical centers do not qualify to establish residence)
b - have 180 days, or more, active duty service during a recognized war-time period
c - have an honorable discharge (or general under honorable conditions)
An exception to the service period (b) is allowed for veterans awarded an expeditionary medal (Armed Forces or Navy Expeditionary Medal), then the service dates can be any time or period. National Guard and Reserve basic training is not recognized, but any later FEDERAL activation is usable, and multiple periods can be combined.
The spouse, or un-remarried widow/er of an eligible veteran can make the application in the veteran's absence. The veteran had to be MVTF eligible / qualified resident at the time of their death.
Documents needed for application include the veterans discharge (DD Form 214), identification, and marriage license or death certificate when appropriate.
Additional items will be needed depending on the actual items requested for assistance, such as bills, pay-stubs, repair estimates. There is no 'blanket' request or grant, each application is made for specific amounts for specific items.
An applicant should bring items showing, or be prepared to report, total house-hold income and expenses.
There is no guarantee of assistance, and there is no restriction on what may be requested. If denied by the local committee, an appeal can be made to the State Board.