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Michael G. Smith Jr.
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smithmg@ewashtenaw.org
Phone (734) 973-4541
Fax (734) 973-4560
 
 
 

 


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors is to assist veterans and their families in obtaining any and all county, state, and federal benefits to which they are entitled.

This service is best provided through a local veterans office where the veterans programs and assistance is consolidated into an easily accessible “one-stop shopping” location.

Trained and accredited county counselors develop and represent veterans disability and other claims. We utilize and coordinate emergency assistance from the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund  and county Veterans Relief Fund. We manage the county veterans burial allowance program, as well as file for V.A. insurance, burial markers, and other death benefits for veterans survivors. Such offices are an integral part of the community and its human services network, and can also refer veterans into other appropriate programs, as well as represent  veterans to the community. We may host part-time service from related agencies, such as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Worker from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, or a mental health counselor for veterans from the V.A. Vet Centers or from Community Mental Health.

Because we believe the local county veterans office is so important for the veterans of Michigan to receive the assistance they deserve, our goal is to seek legislation mandating the existence and funding of such a consolidated County Department of Veterans Affairs in each county, based upon the veteran and dependent population and need.

Finally, the goal of the Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors is to codify all existing laws into one viable law.

 

2014-2016 MACVC OFFICERS

President: Michael G. Smith Jr. - Washtenaw County
Phone # (734) 973-4541    Fax # (734) 973-4560
E-mail:  smithmg@ewashtenaw.org

Vice-President: Carrie Jo Roy – Kent County
Phone # (616) 632-5722 Fax # (616) 632-5723
E-mail: carrie.roy@kentcountymi.gov

Secretary: Mary Barrette – Macomb County
Phone # (586) 463-3505 Fax # (586) 469-5316
Email: mary.barrette@macombgov.org

Treasurer:
Shannon Kreger – Sanilac County
Phone # (810) 648-0212 Fax # (810) 648-2353
E-mail: director@sanilaccountyva.org

Judge Advocate: Ross Ahlich – Midland County
Phone# (989) 832-6843
Fax # (989) 832-6841
E-mail: rahlich@co.midland.mi.us

Legislative Officer: David S. Saims – Washtenaw County
Phone # (734) 973-4549 Fax # (734) 973-4560
E-mail: saimsd@ewashtenaw.org

Trustee (2016): Renee Haley – Clare County
Phone # (989) 539-3273 Fax # (989) 539-4925
E-mail: haleyr@clareco.net
Trustee (2018): Belinda Duggan – Oakland County
Phone # (248) 655-1255 Fax # (248) 655-1253
E-mail: dugganb@oakgov.com

Trustee (2020): Charles Lerchen – Grand Traverse County
Phone # (231) 995-6070 Fax # (231) 929-1983
E-mail: clerchen@co.grandtraverse.mi.us

Ex-Officio: Garth Wootten – Oakland County
Phone # (248) 858-0970 Fax # (248) 452-2189
E-mail: wootteng@oakgov.com

Sergeant-at-Arms: Henry Altman – Iosco County
Phone # (989)362-6571
Fax # (989)362-9510
E-mail: ioscovetaffairs@charterinternet.com

Chaplain: Chuck Lantz – Dickinson County
Phone # (906) 774-2820 Fax # (906) 774-0051
E-mail: clantz@ovadickinsoncounty.com

Historian: Amy Pocan – Ingham County
Phone # (517) 887-4387
Fax # (517) 272-4185
E-mail: va_pocan@ingham.org

 


 
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