Veterans’ Services continuing to assist during shelter-in-place

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Livingston County Veterans’ Services continues to operate remotely during the Michigan-wide shelter-in-place order. The office will continue to offer emergency financial assistance, case management and VA claims assistance to all veterans and dependents in Livingston County. It will also continue to provide medical transportation for veterans whose appointments have been deemed essential to their health.

“Right now many of the concerns seem to be stemming from the fear of eviction or having their utilities turned off. Thankfully, Gov. Whitmer signed an order preventing evictions until April 17, 2020, so that should ease some fears for the time being,” said Mary Durst, Livingston Couty Veterans’ Services director. “We have also found the utility companies to be understanding and accommodating when veterans call voicing concerns about not being able to pay their bills on time. If anyone is having issues paying their utility bill we urge them to call the provider directly. Anyone not able to come to an agreement should call our office as soon as possible and we will assist.”

Veterans can call the office at (517) 546-6338 and leave a message and someone will return their phone call within the day.

Many veterans and their dependents have already been reaching out for help and reassurance during this uncertain time. Currently, the office has assisted with a propane fill, worked with other agencies and companies by placing overdue accounts on hold, and providing general resource information

Livingston County Veterans’ Services will continue to be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Veterans’ Services team is dedicated to the veterans of Livingston County and will also be working on a plan to further assist those affected once the Shelter-in-Place order has been lifted.

For more updates and information on Livingston County Veterans’ Services please visit:
www.livgov.com/veterans.

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