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csmith@stclaircounty.org
Phone (810) 989-6945
Fax (810) 966-4682
 
 
 

 


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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.

 

2022-2024 MACVC OFFICERS

President: Chris Smith – St. Clair County
Phone (810) 989-6945  Fax (810) 966-4682
E-mail: csmith@stclaircounty.org

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

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: Ryan McCann – St Clair County
Phone: (810)989-6945 Fax: (810)966-4682
E-mail:  rmccann@stclaircounty.org

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

Trustee (2024): Karl Hauser – Clare County
Phone (989)539-3273
E-mail: hauserk@clareco.net
Trustee (2026): Trevor Wright - Montcalm County
Phone: (989)831-7477
E-mail: twright@montcalm.us

Trustee (2028): Tony Atkinson – Alcona County
Phone: (989)724-9510
E-mail: tatkinson@alcona-county.net

Ex-Officio: Garth Wootten – Oakland County
Phone (248) 858-0785  Fax (248) 452-2189
E-mail: wootteng@oakgov.comv

Sergeant-at-Arms: Aaron LaPonsie – Huron County
Phone: (989)269-8911
E-mail: laponsiea@co.huron.mi.us

Chaplain: Luann Cape – Calhoun County
Phone (269) 969-6735  Fax (269) 969-1440
E-mail: lcape@calhouncountymi.gov

Historian: Maggie Speelman – Oakland County
Phone (248) 655-1250  Fax  (248) 655-1253
E-mail: speelmanm@oakgov.com



 
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