Michigan Veterans' Trust Fund Board of Trustees

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund was created in 1946 from $50 million in postwar reserve funds. In 1996, the Veterans Trust Fund was provided additional protection by being added to the State Constitution with voter approval of Proposal C. The Veterans Trust Fund was established to provide grants for the emergency needs of veterans.
The Veterans Trust Fund, utilizing approximately $2 million of interest earnings from the trust, administers the Emergency Grant Program. Emergency Grants are available to honorably discharged war time service veterans and their dependents during times of unforeseen and short term financial emergencies or hardships.
Veterans Trust Fund grant policies and adjudication, county committee appointments and expenditure from trust earnings are governed by a seven-member, Governor appointed board of trustees nominated by statutorily designated state veteran service organizations and three Independent appointments representing veterans for staggered three year terms.
The Veterans Trust Fund also functions as the state central repository for DD-214s (copy 6) since 1979 and maintains separation documents of Michigan veterans granted state service bonuses from WWI, WWII, Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War.

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Fred Schaible

Policy & Legislative Advisor

MVAA/MI Veterans’ Facility Authority



Barry Wood, Hastings
Represents the American Legion
Term ends 2/25/19
Robert Williams, Benton Harbor
Represents Veterans of Foreign Wars
Term ends 2/25/19
James Dempsey, Dexter
Represents Disabled American Veterans
Term expires 2/25/20
Charles Kosal, Oxford
Term ends 2/25/20
Edward Hirsch, Farmington Hills
Representing Jewish war veterans as any other congressionally chartered veterans' organization not mentioned in PA 9 of 1946
Term ends 2/25/20
James Tighe, Birmingham
Term ends 2/25/21
Melissa LaBruzzy, Schoolcraft
Term ends 2/25/21