Houghton-Keweenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs

Houghton-Keweenaw County Department of Veterans Affairs
23810 Airpark Blvd Suite 130
Calumet, MI. 49913

906-482-0102 [Phone]

Board Members

Barry Koljonen
mspst1016@hotmail.com

Del Rajala
delrajala@charter.net

Joe Finch 
mojofinch11@yahoo.com

Ned Huwatschek
nedhuwatschek@gmail.com

Wesley Aho
waho1@charter.net

Office Hours

Monday: 0800 - 1900
Tues., Wed., Thurs.: 0800 - 1400
Friday: By appointment 

Staff & Contacts

Joe Battisfore
County Service Officer
vso@houghtoncounty.net 

Drew Crouch
Administrative Assistant & Van Coordinator
dcrouch@houghtoncounty.net

Mike Bjorn
PT Veterans Service Officer
vso2hk@gmail.com

Information & Services

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? 

Keweenaw County veterans have the opportunity for more specialized service after the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners formed the Veterans Affairs Committee in September, 2008. The primary concern of this committee is veteran’s assistance. Detailed budget management in order to allocate and distribute funds to veterans and their requirements is an essential function.

A continued contract with the Houghton County Veteran's Affairs Office at 906-482-0102 provides the one on one contact and assistance with our Keweenaw County veterans. Please call to make an appointment.

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

  • Application for assistance and needed document requests
  • Pension Claims
  • Application for Veteran's Administration Medical Coverage
  • Applications for Aid and Attendance
  • Applications for both the State of Michigan Veteran's Fund as well as the Keweenaw County Veterans Fund
  • Application for Federal and State of Michigan funeral benefits
  • Veteran's Administration Home Health, Hospice, Aide, Telehealth and Respite Care Applications
  • Prescription eye wear and hearing aid devices
  • Dental Benefits
  • 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 7th, 1941 to December 31st, 1946

Korean War
June 27th, 1950 to January 31st, 1955

Vietnam Conflict
August 6th, 1964 to May 7th, 1975 and "in country" from February 28th, 1961

Gulf War and Iraq / Afghanistan Wars
August 2, 1990 -- ongoing

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

Click here for a list of contacts for local service organizations. Please notify codes@keweenawcountymi.gov if there are changes or additions to be made.

Meetings Minutes

Past Meetings

  • March 13, 2020 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • November 8, 2019 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • September 13, 2019 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • July 12, 2019 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • May 10, 2019 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • April 12, 2019 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • March 8, 2019 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • January 11, 2019 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • December 14, 2018 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • November 9, 2018 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • August 10, 2018 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • June 29, 2018 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • February 2, 2018 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • August 9, 2013 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • June 14, 2013 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • April 26, 2013 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • February 8, 2013 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • December 14, 2012 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • October 26, 2012 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • August 17, 2012 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • June 8, 2012 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • May 11, 2012 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: No Meeting Held

  • April 13, 2012 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • March 9, 2012 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • February 10, 2012 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • January 13, 2012 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • December 14, 2011 (Wed)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • November 4, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • October 14, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • September 9, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • August 12, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • July 8, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • June 10, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • May 13, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • April 15, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Special Meeting
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  • April 8, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • March 11, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • February 11, 2011 (Fri)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Organizational Meeting
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  • December 8, 2010 (Wed)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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  • April 14, 2010 (Wed)
    Veterans Affairs Committee: Regular Meeting
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