About 53,000 U.S. military veterans live in the Albuquerque area, according to population statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. National service support organizations that have chapter posts in Albuquerque along with federal and state offices administer a wide range of benefit programs to help area vets, many of which are 65 years of age or older. This guide provides an overview of assistance programs and services in the Albuquerque area for vets.
The New Mexico VA Health Care System administers a wide range of services to help area veterans. Special programs include the Former Prisoner of War Advocate service, nutrition and food service, the free Veterans Transportation Service, pharmacy services, recreation therapy, veterans’ justice outreach, and more. The medical center, which is located at 1501 San Pedro Drive, offers free parking and is handicapped accessible.
The Albuquerque Regional Benefits Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs helps area vets file claims for benefits. Services include assistance with disability compensation, pensions, vocational rehabilitation and employment, survivor benefits, home loans, and insurance programs.
The City of Albuquerque Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs is a one-stop center that provides area vets with access to a full range of resources. The office staff is available to help vets in a variety of ways that includes providing referrals, assistance in filing a claim for benefits, obtaining healthcare, housing assistance, or access to educational programs.
The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services helps vets file claims to obtain VA benefits. A Veteran’s Service Officer at the Albuquerque field office location administers services. Available state services for Albuquerque veterans include education and training programs, homeless and at-risk veterans’ services, veteran transportation service, and the veterans’ crisis and suicide hotline. Federal benefits include vocational rehabilitation and the G.I. Bill.
The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans assists vets across the nation in all 50 states including New Mexico. The call center is a nationwide network resource that helps homeless vets or those at risk for becoming homeless. Support services include housing assistance and shelter, healthcare, and job training. Representatives at the call center are available 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Albuquerque chapter posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) provide the opportunity for area vets to attend meetings and socialize with others that served. Membership benefits include many rewards such as special discounts on a variety of services such as car rentals, travel packages, and hotel reservations.
The American Legion has several national service chapter posts located within the Albuquerque area. Highlights of membership include a variety of rewards for those that join this national support service organization. Benefits include access to a full range of resources such as health services, a career center, financial services, and educational assistance programs.
Annual events each November highlight the efforts of our nation’s veterans by honoring their service to our country. Albuquerque has a Veterans Day Parade every year, which is organized and supported by a variety of local organizations. Participants vary each year and may include members of the military that served along with representatives from local chapters of national service organizations. Information about upcoming parades and events to honor veterans are regularly posted on the website of the City of Albuquerque.
For more information on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and to learn how it can help pay for assisted living, please visit VeteranAid.org.
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