Michigan Veterans' Trust Fund

How Does the Trust Fund Work?

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF) is a program used when an unforeseen situation has caused a temporary financial emergency or hardship that a grant, if approved, would resolve and the applicant can show that they will be able to meet future expenses.


  • Honorable Discharge
  • 180 days during a period of war
  • 180 days of active duty with award of Armed Forces / Navy Expeditionary Medal
  • Less than 180 days of wartime service due to service-incurred disability
  • Dependents can apply if veteran is eligible under certain circumstances


How to Apply 

  • Must apply in county where you reside
  • Call 989.832.6843 to make appointment and insure you bring all required documents and information to complete the application


What is Needed

  • Military discharge document (DD214 or other)
  • Proof of Residence
  • Documents for Dependents
  • Proof of Income and Expenses
  • Other documents depending on types of assistance requested, (Copy of bills and or Estimates of repairs needed)


Eligibility Further Defined

To be eligible for a grant from the MVTF a veteran or legal dependent must be a legal resident of the State of Michigan at the time of the application. The veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions, with at least 180 days of active wartime service (90 days for WWI veteran), or have been separated as the result of a physical or mental disability incurred in the line of duty (or aggravated by active duty). Service during the following periods (or an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, plus 180 days of honorable active duty, for service between periods in places such as Grenada, Lebanon, Berlin, Persian Gulf, Mayaguez Operation, or Desert Storm) is required:

  • WWI  - April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 (If service in Russia, then to April 1, 1920)
  • WWII - December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
  • Korea - June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam - February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
  • Persian Gulf  - August 2, 1990 to present

If a veteran has less than 180 days of active duty during these eras, duty in more than one period may be combined. Evidence of separation or discharge with less than 180 days of wartime service due to a physical or mental disability is required to determine eligibility.

Contact Info

Ross Ahlich
Veterans' Counselor

County Services Building
220 W Ellsworth St
Midland, MI 48640

Ph:  989.832.6843
Fax: 989.832.6841

Mon - Fri 
8am - 5pm