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Veteran Benefits & Assistance

Originally founded in 1899 as the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the Veterans of Foreign Wars continues to be a voice for returning and currently deployed service members and their families. The Veterans of Foreign Wars is dedicated to supporting those who sacrifice so much for this country, veterans, service members in the US Armed Forces, and their families.
Certified Advocates
Throughout the State of Michigan and at the VA Regional Office in Detroit, VFW Service Officers that are Accredited and Certified by the VA fight for the rights of our Nations veterans on a daily basis.  These highly trained professionals, specializing in all programs administered by the VA stand ready and willing to provide whatever VA benefits assistance is required!  These services are available at no cost to veterans or their dependents! Nor does one have to be a member of the VFW to receive our services.
From a simple request of a discharge document to a case with complicated issues that may require extensive medical and Court Cases research, we will exhaust all means to obtain a favorable decision.  In the event a claim is denied we will represent the case through the appellate process to the Board of Veterans Appeals (VBA) and if not successful to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) if warranted.
How VFW Service Officers Advocate for You:
  • Help you identify issues and develop evidence
  • Answer your requests for assistance
  • File your claims with VA in a timely manner
  • Review your rating decision for accuracy
What We Will Do:
  • During your interview, WE WILL review your information and inform you of what benefits you should claim as well as any other benefits that may be available
  • WE ARE trained VA benefits experts who have access to VA computer systems in order to provide you with the information you need for your claim to succeed
  • WE WILL submit your claim to VA in a timely manner to ensure that you receive the maximum benefit to which you are entitled
  • WE WILL conduct a thorough review of your decision before VA sends it to you.  The VFW has a 90% success rate in correcting errors, helping you avoid the lengthy appeals process
  • If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of your claim, WE WILL help you appeal VA's decision

Please feel free to contact a VFW Representative for help with filing a claim for VA benefits, VA health care and all eligible VA benefits at:

VFW Service Office
McNamara Federal Building
477 Michigan Ave, Ste. #1215
Detroit, MI 48226-2588
Phone:  313-964-6510
Fax:  313-964-6545
Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our well-trained, VA Accredited VFW Representatives are ready to assist you with you!  Please feel free to contact us!  We have VFW Representatives located throughout the State of Michigan!
VFW Field Coverage Schedule:
David Moler (Wyoming CBOC, Ottawa County VA, Muskegon County VA, GVSU)
Karen Greene (VA Medical Center - Detroit, Lapeer County VA) 
Pat Holcomb (U.P. Coverage)
Timothy Lewis (VAMC-Saginaw)

Troy North (VAMC-Ann Arbor)

John Terrell (Flint CBOC, Shiawassee County VA, Lapeer County VA)

Barry Walter (Clinton County Area/Sheridan VFW Post)

Bonnie Williams (VAMC-Detroit)

Kabrena Earl (VAMC Battle Creek)

Jaye Cantu, Jr. (VFW Dept. HQ, VAMC-Battle Creek) 

Gary Putinsky (Genesee County VA Office)


Due to some of our field staff having various locations on a weekly basis, we ask that you please call the VFW Service Office main line at 313-964-6510 to confirm their workplan and locations. 
Some of these locations require appointments.  Most locations are "walk-in" basis.  These schedules can change without prior notification.  We ask that you please call our main VFW Service Office at 313/964-6510 to make sure the individual VFW Service Officer is at their scheduled stop before you make a trip!

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