Emmet County Department of Veterans Affairs


‘Putting Veterans First’

John R. Watson Community Resource Center
(lower level)
3434 M-119, Suite D
Harbor Springs, MI  49770
(231) 348-1780

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; Mondays by appointment only

Rick Wiertalla, Assistant Director
(231) 348-1783

Resources for Veterans:

The national Web site for VA services: www.va.gov

A summary of Veterans Affairs Benefits (PDF)

Veterans Affairs Columns

Jim Alton’s column appears each month in the Petoskey News-Review.

To read Alton’s most current column(s), click here

Past columns are available by clicking on the PDFs below.

VA Column August 2015
VA Column July 2015
VA Column June 2015
VA Column May 2015
VA Column April 2015
VA Column Feb 2015
VA Column January 2015
VA Column October 2014
VA Column September 2014
VA Column August 2014
VA Column July 2014
VA Column June 2014
VA Column May 2014
VA Column April 2014
VA Column March 2014
VA Column February 2014

Information about accredited colleges for veterans

For information on the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act or the G.I. Bill, and to learn about accredited college options for veterans, visit this link: www.AccreditedOnlinecolleges.org

Specific veterans’ information can be found in a college guide for U.S. service members, at this link: http://www.accreditedcolleges.com/college-guide-us-service-members/

Care Package Information

Thousands of U.S. servicemen and women will be on active duty in locations around the globe during this holiday season. Emmet County Veterans Affairs Director Jim Alton and his “chief of staff” Rick Wiertalla are asking residents to remember these military personnel stationed and at war in foreign countries. “This county has a lot of men and women serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world,” said Alton.

The Veterans Affairs office helps coordinate care packages and gift items that can be sent to U.S. troops. Alton said troops particularly appreciate food items (nonperishable and nonalcoholic) such as dried fruits and beef jerky. Personal care products are also appropriate items to send. “Even sending cards to our troops to let them know they are cared about is important,” Alton added.

A list of desired items (and not accepted items) is available by clicking here. To coordinate a care package to Emmet County troops or other U.S. servicemen and women, contact the Veterans’ Affairs office at (231) 348-1780. The office is also asking residents to provide the names/addresses of their loved ones so they may receive a care package.

For the list of WISH LIST and PROHIBITED items, click here.

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
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