Rep. Hank Vaupel

With the passing of another Veterans Day, we all had an opportunity to show our support for veterans and military members actively serving this great nation. Although we have some great programs already established, I often keep an eye out for various ways the Legislature can improve upon services being offered to current and former military members.

Some of these programs are offered through the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury). Recently, the department sent out a reminder to current and former members of the armed forces explaining the benefits they may be eligible to receive. The key programs are:

Military Pay Tax Exemption: 

Military pay is exempt from Michigan tax, including military retirement benefits, and exit and separation pay.

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant:

This program provides undergraduate assistance to children of Michigan veterans who were totally and permanently disabled, missing in action or died while serving. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years and a total of up to $11,200.

Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption: 

Eligible veterans may claim a property tax exemption for real property used and owned as a homestead as outlined in state law.

For more information on these programs, or to learn more about other programs within Treasury, visit www.michigan.gov/taxes.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and were able to thank some of our many brave men and women who have defended us in the past or are currently doing so. As State Treasurer Nick Khouri recently said, “our service men and women make great sacrifices to keep us safe.” I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Khouri and, even though there’s always improvements to be made, I’m proud Michigan is making the extra effort when it comes to taking care of our military members and veterans the way they deserve.

Rep. Vaupel is serving his second term as state representative of Livingston County. He serves on the committee on Tax Policy and has over 40 years of experience running a small business in Livingston County. His office can be contacted at 517-373- 8835 or HankVaupel@house.mi.gov.