Additional Benefits

Additional Benefits

Veteran Programs

The Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is there to help all Michigan veterans to include current members of the Armed Forces in MIchigan. The one­stop resource for veterans in Michigan is the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA).
They serve as the central coordinating point, connecting those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families to services and benefits throughout the state. MVAA is responsible for the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, Michigan Veterans Homes' and the state's grant to Veterans Service Organizations and the County Veterans Counselors.

The agency works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, health care and quality of life, making Michigan a great place for veterans and their families to call home. The agency aggregates veterans services currently found in 14 state agencies as well as hundreds of community­based veteran programs to create a ‘no wrong door’ access to benefits and services.

The MVAA may be reached by contacting them at:
Phone:  800­MICH­VET (800-­642­-4838)
Veterans Crisis Hotline:  800­-273­-8255 (press 1)

Family Resources

The Michigan National Guard Family Programs Office provides the best support and care for all Service Members, Families, Veterans and Retirees in recognition of their service to our great state and nation. They are committed to enhancing the readiness and well being of all military families through information, education, programs, and resources.

To find out more and take advantage of their services, contact them at:
Phone: 517-­481-­9893
Safe Help Line: 877-­995­-5247

Fly for free

As a Guard Soldier, you can fly free on military transportation within and between the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico, whenever space is available. This is known as Space­A travel. Availability is based on a priority system.

Shopping Discounts

National Guard members and Families can enjoy privileges at military installations around the world. Benefits include tax­-free, unlimited discount shopping at any Military Exchange (department store) and commissary (grocery store). To include even some popular locations like Home Depot, Lowes, and Old Navy.
Some additional base privileges include:

  • Discount lodging, cabins and campsites (available on most installations)
  • Camping equipment and sports activity gear for loan or rent
  • Craft, automotive and hobby shops offer tools and space to work on personal projects

Vacation Resort Benefits

You and your family can use accommodations designed specifically for military families. Current facilities are located at Disney World in Florida, Hawaii, Germany and Korea. The cost is usually half of normal rates. The Military Vacations for Families from Armed Forces Vacation Club® (AFVC) is a "Space Available" program that offers military and other Department of Defense ­affiliated personnel the opportunity to enjoy vacations at popular destinations around the world ­ for the incredibly low price of $349* USD per unit, per week.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) ­ Camp Grayling

Visiting units are encouraged to use the many Morale, Welfare and recreational facilities. Soldiers can rent recreation equipment free of charge from the boat house located on the shore of Lake Margrethe. Many services available on post are free of charge like the laundromat and fitness center. The Camp Grayling Commissary carries a wide range of items for Soldiers to purchase and is within walking distance from the barracks. The City of Grayling also offers a variety of year­-round activities like skiing and golfing. Camp Grayling also offers a wide array of lodging options.

The NCO and Officer Club offers a relaxing environment for Soldiers to enjoy a meal, unwind after a day of training, or host an event. The Camp Grayling Officer’s Club was built in 1917 and has since served as the focal point for the social and formal functions of the Michigan National Guard Officer Corps.

The Camp Grayling Campground is located on the perimeter of Camp Grayling’s main post near the south end of Lake Margarethe. Campground features include:

  • 70 wooded campsites accommodating tents, pop­up campers, trailers and larger motor homes
  • 20 settings have water and electric (remaining sites are full services hookups)
  • Playgrounds for younger campers
  • Recently renovated bath house
  • Pavilions for group events
  • WiFi access