Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

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Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Seal of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.jpg
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Department overview
Department executives
  • Major General Paul D. Rogers, Adjutant General, Michigan National Guard & Director
  • Major General Leonard W. Isabelle Jr., Assistant Adjutant General - Installations
  • Russell Gullett, Senior Deputy Director for State Operations
Child agencies

The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is a principal department of the State of Michigan. It oversees the military components and veterans services for the State; the military components are the Michigan National Guard and Michigan Volunteer Defense Force (MI VDF).[1]


The Department of Military Affairs was formed as one of the initial principal departments under the Executive Organization Act of 1965 as required by the 1963 State Constitution. In 1997, the Department was renamed the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs by Executive Order.[2] In 2005 by Governor's Executive Order, the State Military Board was abolished with duties transfer to the Department with the Governor's approval authority over the Military Board was transferred to the State Administrative Board.[3]

Governor Rick Snyder issued an executive order on January 18, 2013 creating the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency within the Department effective March 20, 2013.[4][5]


  1. ^ Michigan Volunteer Defense Force
  2. ^ Snyder, Rick. "Executive Order No. 2013-2 Executive Reorganization of Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Creation of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency" (PDF). Executive Orders. State of Michigan. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  3. ^ Grandholm, Jennifer. "Executive Reorganization Order No. 2005-3". Michigan Compiled Laws. Legislative Council, State of Michigan. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  4. ^ Martin, Tim (January 19, 2013). "Gov. Rick Snyder issues executive order aimed at strengthening support for military veterans in Michigan". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  5. ^ Flesher, John. "New state agency to help Michigan veterans". Lansing State Journal. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2013.

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