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Houghton County Department of Veterans Affairs

Houghton County Department of Veterans Affairs

23810 Airpark Blvd Suite 130
Calumet, MI. 49913



Joe Battisfore, Director

Mike Bjorn, Veterans Service Officer

Amy Gregerson, Veteran Service Officer, Veteran Transportation Network Coordinator

Cathy Jacobs, Veteran Service Officer







Monday: 9AM to 3PM, by appointment ONLY

Tuesday: 9AM to 3PM, by appointment ONLY

Wednesday: 9AM to 3PM WALK IN

Thursday: 9AM to 3PM, by appointment ONLY

Friday: Closed


Joe Battisfore

Mike Bjorn

Amy Gregerson

Cathy Jacobs


Here you will find information regarding some of the benefits entitled to you and your family members. Information and resources for each service branch are available for service members, families, veterans and interested parties.

Do you know what benefits you are entitled to?

Do you know how to access and receive those benefits?

Houghton County veterans have the opportunity for more specialized service after the Houghton County Board of Commissioners formed the Veterans Affairs office in 2007. The primary concern of this office is veteran's assistance.
The Houghton County Veteran's Affairs Office at 906-482-0102 provides the one on one contact and assistance with our Houghton/Keweenaw County veterans. Please call to make an appointment.

This office provides guidance but is not limited to the following:

  1. Application for assistance and needed document requests

  2. Pension Claims

  3. Application for Veteran's Administration Medical Coverage

  4. Applications for Aid and Attendance

  5. Applications for both the State of Michigan Veteran's Fund as well as the Houghton/Keweenaw County Veterans Fund

  6. Application for Federal and State of Michigan funeral benefits

  7. Veteran's Administration Home Health, Hospice, Aide, Telehealth and Respite Care Applications

  8. Prescription eye wear and hearing aid devices

  9. Dental Benefits

  10. Free daily transportation to the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Iron Mountain, Michigan

These are just a few programs offered by the Veterans Administration. It is very important to note that some of these benefits are not limited to the veteran, but may also be extended to the veteran's spouse.

There are formal periods of war in which service must have occurred for some, but not all, benefits. These are the eligibility periods:

World War II
December 71h, 1941 to December 31 51 , 1946

Korean War
June 271h, 1950 to January 31st, 1955

Vietnam Conflict
August 61h, 1964 to May 71h, 1975 and "in country" from February 281h, 1961

Gulf War and Iraq I Afghanistan Wars
All Active-duty

*** It is very important to note that if you had previously been denied a claim for any service connected disability for any reason, but especially as a result of the Vietnam Conflict, you should contact the Houghton-Keweenaw County Veteran's Affairs Office for any updates to these claims!***

The DAV VAN travels to the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain every day Monday through Friday transporting Veterans to and from their medical appointments. The Van leaves in concordance with the earliest medical appointment and we try to leave Iron Mountain for the return trip home by 2:00pm each day. Contact our office for information, questions or to schedule a van.

Honor Rewards

What is the Honor Rewards Program?
Honor Reward allows Houghton County veterans to sign up to receive an Honor Rewards Identification Card. This ID card can be used to receive discounts and benefits at local participating businesses.

About the Program

The Honor Rewards program is a nationally recognized program created by Fidlar Technologies as a means of honoring our military veterans. The program enables veterans to receive discounts at participating area businesses by showing their Honor Rewards ID card.

Veteran Sign-Up

If you are a veteran, you can sign up to receive an Honor Rewards Id Card at NO cost to you!

**Please note-You must have a DD214 filed in the Houghton County Clerk’s Office. If you have any questions, please call our office at (906)482-1150.

Business Sign-Up
Is your business willing to provide an Honor Reward discount? Does your business currently offer a veterans discount? Click here to sign up!

**Please note-There is NO fee for participating in this program and we will provide all of the necessary promotional materials. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at (906) 482-1150.


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