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Flood Assistance Available for Metro Detroit Veterans

Contact: See contact information below.

News Release No. 8 – August 20, 2014 – 6 p.m.

LANSING – The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) reminds Metro Detroit veterans that there is assistance available for those who have emergency needs related to last week’s flooding.

Combat-era veterans and their dependent family members in the Metro Detroit area who have emergency needs related to last week’s flooding may qualify for financial assistance through the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund (MVTF).

The MVTF awards emergency grants to help eligible applicants weather short-term financial crises. Individuals must be able to show they will be able to meet future expenses after the grant.

“The Trust Fund has a long history of providing vital assistance to our veterans,” said Lindell Holm, MVTF director. “Veterans facing financial hardships due to the record rainfall and resulting flooding in Southeast Michigan are encouraged to contact the veteran trust fund agent for their county.”

Veterans in the three counties affected by the flooding may apply for MVTF grants through their county veterans trust fund agent:

  • Macomb: (586) 469-5315                                                                                  
  • Oakland: (248) 858-0785
  • Wayne: (313) 224-0810  

More information about MVTF documentation and eligibility requirements is available at www.michiganveterans.com or by calling (517) 284-5299.

About the MVAA

The MVAA serves as the central coordinating point, connecting those who have served in the U.S. Armed Services and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state of Michigan. MVAA works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, health care and quality of life, making Michigan a great place for veterans and their families to call home. For more information, visit MichiganVeterans.com or call 1-800-MICH-VET.

About the Disaster

Gov. Rick Snyder declared a "state of disaster" on Aug. 13 for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. By declaring a "state of disaster," the state of Michigan will make available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the disaster area as outlined in the Michigan Emergency Management Plan. Snyder's declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts.

The public is encouraged to monitor local media for up-to-date disaster information.  For updated information and safety tips, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to www.michigan.gov/miflood.

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is the emergency operations center for the state of Michigan. Located in Lansing, the SEOC is overseen by the MSP/EMHSD and coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government.  The SEOC is staffed by members of state agencies for decision making and information coordination during disasters or emergencies in the state of Michigan.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Veronica LaDuke
MVAA
(517) 284-5298 or ladukev1@michigan.gov 

State Emergency Operations Center
Public Information Officer
(517) 324-2304 or msp-seocpio@michigan.gov