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Lapeer County Veterans' Affairs does not endorse any linked sites nor does it assume any responsibility for the accuracy, content or availability of those sites.


Transportation for Veterans is absolutely 100% FREE TO LAPEER COUNTY VETERANS. This Department has a 13 person/ Volunteer Drivers Program and 3 vehicles that will transport Veterans to and from their appointments at the VA Medical Centers located in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Saginaw, To include Clinics in Flint, Pontiac and Yale. If you're in need of transportation to any of these facilities, would like more information or have questions about volunteering, please contact our office at (810) 667-0256.

For more information, questions, or to make an appointment contact:

Lapeer County Department of Veterans' Affairs (810) 667-0256



War Time Service Dates (to eligible for Grant)













          PERSIAN GULF





"ACTIVE DUTY" means FULL-TIME duty in the Armed forces other than active duty that is exclusively for training purposes. The SRC will not assist Veterans who were in the Reserves, unless they were activated under Title 10 Orders during a war time era. The SRC will not accept applications from Veterans whose discharge states:




Applications are taken at any time during normal business hours



Temporary assistance granted by the Lapeer County Soldiers/Sailors Relief Fund (LCVA) for emergencies or hardships is available to eligible wartime veterans their families, residing in the county of Lapeer, state of Michigan. Under the authority of Public Act 192 of 1953 (as amended), the LCVA cannot provide assistance for long-term problems or chronic financial difficulties. Those eligible for the LCVA temporary grant program must apply through the LCVA Committee. All applications are investigated, deliberated, and decided in confidence. Any applicant may request a personal hearing before the commission at the meeting when his/her application is considered. The decision of the LCVA Committee is final. Soldiers/Sailors Relief Fund Committee is the Lapeer County Department of Veterans Affairs Committee members.


General Definition of Need

 When an eligible applicant is unable to temporarily provide the basic necessities of life in our society without causing a hardship, a situation for a possible LCVA grant exists. The assistance must be essential and not for the relief of an inconvenience, or the purchase of a want/desire. The key factor is determining whether or not a grant is justified is the ability of the applicant to manage the obligation for which aid is requested after a grant is made. If there is no reasonable expectation that the LCVA grant would enable the applicant to resume his/her responsibility then aid is not appropriate or wise. Since the LCVA only has a yearly allotment to provide grants and administer its operation, care must be taken to insure that the resources are expended wisely and where they will help the most. If, by experience with the LCVA or through other means and applicant's financial situation creates repetitive "emergencies" or appears to be chronic in nature, commission must refer that person to other resources designated to address those lingering needs. In addition, the applicant should have attempted to resolve the emergency or hardship through every reasonable means available prior to asking the LCVA for assistance. (Often the willingness to take responsibility for one's difficulties is demonstrated by the ability to pay a portion of the debt). In other words, the applicant should have tried to resolve the problem, but is apparently unable to do so without LCVA aid.


Basic Eligibility

 To be eligible for a grant from the LCVA you must be a legal resident of the County of Lapeer, State of Michigan for at least 90 days at the time of the application. The veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions, with at least 6 months of active service, or have been separated as the result of a physical or mental disability incurred in the line of duty (or aggravated by active duty).



The following are required when filling out an application for Soldiers/Sailors relief assistance:

  • Discharge papers, separation report, or DD-214 (showing the dates of active duty and the character of the release).
  • Proof of residence (driver's license, voter registration, utility ..)
  • Marriage certificate; birth certificates for minor children
  • Death certificate of a deceased spouse or parent
  • Bills or account statements regarding the items for which you are seeking a LCVA
  • Documentation of any disability rating, (Social Security or VA)
  • Proof of employment or other

The Michigan Veterans' Trust fund is a state fund established to provide assistance to Veterans who have at least 180 days of wartime service and have a short term emergency need. Veterans may apply for food, utility, rent, mortgage, tax and home repair assistance. The Trust Fund Committee meets only when the Department receives applications.

Lapeer County Soldiers and Sailors Relief fund is intended to assist Veterans and their dependents who are facing an emergent need. The Lapeer County Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Veterans Affairs Committee oversees the Lapeer County Relief Fund. The Committee reviews and decides if applicants meet the requirements for applying. The criteria for applying are listed below.

To be eligible for this grant, the applicant must be a legal resident of Lapeer County and the State of Michigan for at least 90 days at the time of application. The Veteran must have been discharged under Honorable conditions with at least 6 months of active service or have been separated as the result of a physical or mental disability incurred in the line of duty (or aggravated by active duty).

The County Burial Allowance is a fund for Veterans' who have at least 90 days of wartime service, honorably discharged, and a resident of Lapeer County. If the estate, (real & personal), does not exceed $40,000 excluding the homestead, the family will receive $300 toward the funeral expense from Lapeer County. The Veteran must also have been a resident of Michigan for a period of six months before entering service, or for a period of three years immediately preceding death. Application for this allowance must be received within 2 years from date of death.

Veterans' Affairs Committee was established to help indigent veterans or veterans in an emergency state of affairs who have at least one day of wartime service. The administrative assistance assists the veteran in filling out the application (if so desired). The application is then turned over and reviewed by the Veterans' Affair Committee to determine if it meets all the criteria. In many instances, if immediate help is required, the veteran is referred to other county agencies. The veteran may also apply for assistance with the following, including (but not limited to): food, rent, mortgage, utilities bills, propane, and many more necessities of life. The Veterans Affairs Committee meetings are scheduled to occur on a quarterly basis. The meeting is held on the second Wednesday of the month@ 9a.m. unless otherwise posted on this site. The following meeting dates have been scheduled for 2021:

  • January 12, 2022     9:00 a.m.                   
  • March 9, 2022          9:00 a.m.
  • June 15, 2022             9:00 a.m.
  • September 14, 2022 9:00 a.m.
  • December                 To be Decided

All of the meetings listed above will be held at 287 W. Nepessing St. Ste., 2 Lapeer, Ml. 48446. For more information and/ or questions please call (810) 667-0256.

Notice of any change of standard meeting schedule will be posted at the Lapeer County Department of Veterans' Affairs office at least 24 hours in advance.





The Armed Forces

The Armed Forces


The Lapeer Department of Veterans Affairs requests the honor of your presence

at our 50th anniversary dinner at 1800 hours Sept. 14, 2019 at the

American Legion Post 16, 1701 W. Genesee Street, Lapeer, Michigan.


The LCVA wishes to thank you, the veteran, for not only your service to

our country but for allowing us to serve veterans for 50 years.

Honoring Lapeer County’s heroes – one veteran at a time.

If you have any questions, contact the LCVA at (810) 667-0256.


RSVP by September 5,2019





Established in 1969, the Lapeer County Department of Veterans' Affairs was created to assist local Veterans and their families in obtaining Veterans benefits from local, State, and Federal agencies. The department was also established to assist impoverished Veterans, and for those Veterans who need assistance with the needs of everyday living .


The Department of Veterans' Affairs is the networking center for several of the Veteran organizations within the count y. Our staff members answer (to the best of their ability) questions that the Veteran and/ or family member may have, in addition to referring them to the proper agency for additional support. The Administrative Assistant conveys pertinent information to the Veterans organizations as it relates to upcoming events, legislative issues, or concerns we feel are important to the Veteran and/ or their families. In addition to our own Veteran Service Officers, we also host the services of two other Service Organizations within our office - the (Vietnam Veterans of America) and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). Together these service officers assist Veterans and their families in filing claims, filling out and completing necessary VA forms, reviewing and discussing possible benefits and guiding you through the process. Some of the possible benefits include (but are not limited to): VA Health benefits, service-connected, non-service connected compensation, Veterans, surviving spouse Pensions and/ or their dependent children (if applicable) benefits, VA burial benefits, Home/ Small business applications for Certificates of Eligibility, Educational Benefits and VOCRehab Enrollment.



Lapeer County Department of Veterans' Affairs

287 W. Nepessing St. Ste., 2

(West of Old Courthouse in Historic downtown)

Lapeer, Ml. 48446

(810) 667-0256      Fax: (810) 245-6227

Email: veteransaffairs@lapeercounty.org

  • FB (Facebook): Lapeer County Department of Veterans’ Affairs


Hours of Of Operation:

Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30p.m.

Closed daily for lunch/ 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.



Director: Pete "Top" Kirley/ Accredited pkirley@lapeercounty.org

Cheryl Burrough - Veteran Service Officer/ Accredited cburrough@la peercounty.org

Denise Owen - Veteran Service Officer/ Accredited dowen@lapeercounty.org

Jolene Kreiner -Administrative Assistant/ Transportation Coordinator jokreiner@lapeercounty.org

We also offer guest Service Officers from:

  • VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) John Chapman – Veteran Service Officer /


            Tues – Wed 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.




Our Mission:

To promote through advocacy, the well-being of Lapeer County Veterans, their spouses, families, and eligible dependents. Our Department works in conjunction with local, State and Federal Agencies to ensure access to ALL available benefits due the Veteran.

Our Vision:

To be an Agency that families (both from within and outside the community) will have the utmost confidence in our staff to provide accurate, clear, timely assistance and information with regards to Veterans services and benefits. Our final objective is to provide the highest quality of services to the Veteran community, and thereby, convey a constructive image of our County's government.

Our Core Values:

Veterans from ALL branches of the military are the sole reason this Agency exists. THANK YOU!!!! For your service to this great nation. Our goal is directed at meeting the intent of the Veteran. Through transparency, this Department believes that integrity, respect, and trust are the values that form our foundation.



A major function of County government is the overall well-being of its Veterans. Lapeer County has approximately 5700 Veterans, with 64% of that number being of Vietnam Era and prior (Korea/ WWII).


About Us

     Veterans' Affairs Committee

     The County Burial Allowance

     Lapeer County Soldiers and Sailors Relief fund

     The Michigan Veterans' Trust Fund

     Transportation for Veterans

     Emergency Relief Grant