The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) has
two primary missions. The first is to "execute the duties laid down by state
statute and the Governor."
 These duties include providing "executive
oversight and coordination for state veterans programming," the largest part of
which includes operating two veterans’ homes. According to the state, this
first mission accounted for 63 percent of the department’s fiscal year 2000
The second mission of the department of military and
veterans affairs is to "ensure the preparedness of the Michigan National Guard"
whose role is to "protect lives and property in times of natural disaster … and
to assist the federal government in defending the sovereign interests of the
United States …"
In addition, the department operates education-related
programs for "at-risk" youth at Selfridge Air National Guard Base and in Battle