The Michigan Veterans' Facility (formerly the Michigan Soldiers Home) was authorized by Act 152 of the Public Acts of 1885, which provided for the establishment of a home for disabled Michigan veterans. This act resulted from the efforts of Civil War veterans who were members of the Grand Army of the Republic. The home was dedicated in December 1886 with speeches by Governor Russell A. Alger, Governor-elect Cyrus G. Luce, former Governor Austin Blair and various legislators. The need for nursing care was soon realized and in 1891 an 80-bed hospital and an 80-bed annex was added to the 320-bed main building. A 30-bed unit for women dependents was built in 1893. In 1894 the fountain and the Civil War statue in the cemetery were completed. They are the only remaining structures of that period. A new hospital was built in 1909.
These buildings served Civil War veterans until 1938, when the last resident veteran of that conflict died. Veterans of the Spanish- American War and World War I were then being admitted, making construction of the Mann and Rankin buildings necessary. By 1965, World War II and Korean War veterans were using the facility in such numbers that a new concept of services was needed. This was realized in 1975, as an increasing number of Vietnam veterans required assistance, with the completion of a new building to replace many of the oldest structures. At the time of the centennial celebration in 1986, the Michigan Veterans' Facility, with the support of an employee network, veterans' organizations, the Board of Managers and volunteers continued to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of many of Michigan's disabled and needy veterans.