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: Mondays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rick Wiertalla, Director

(231) 348-1783

Jeff Urban, VA Assistant
(231) 348-1780


Posted online at 12/28/2017: There are a number of services available to veterans, and in Emmet County, the Department of Veterans Affairs helps connect those who serve to the services they qualify for. New-Review’s Matt Mikus talks with department director Rick Wiertalla about how he helps veterans in our community.

Assistance Provided for:

  • Service Connected Compensation
  • Non-Service Connected Pension
  • VA Health Care Enrollment
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  • Life Insurance Services
  • GI Insurance Benefits
  • Dependents and Survivors Benefits
  • Widows Pension
  • Burial Benefits
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
  • Housebound Aid and Attendance Services
  • VA Civilian Health and Medical Program CHAMPVA
  • Limited, emergent financial assistance to qualified veterans and their immediate families
  • Assistance with debt management center issues
  • Educational Benefits
  • Certificates of Eligibility for Home Loans
  • Commissary and Exchange Privileges
  • Correction of Military Records
  • Application for Medals and Military Records
  • DD214 (Military Discharge)
  • Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment

Resources for Veterans:

The national Web site for VA services:

A summary of Veterans Affairs Benefits (PDF)

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:

Specific veterans’ information can be found in a college guide for U.S. service members, at this link:

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
(231) 348-1702 | Contact Us