In exchange for their military service, veterans receive a lot of benefits. Yet, it is not always easy accessing those benefits. Arlington-area veterans have a variety of local resources to assist them in navigating the process of finding job-search services, housing programs, and health care benefits, including mental health and substance abuse programs.
Some vets are unaware that they qualify for health care benefits through Veterans Affairs (VA). Eligibility for VA health care enrollment is extended to any vet with active duty service who was not dishonorably discharged. This includes National Guard and Reservist veterans who finished a federally ordered service period. Apply based on priority group here.
The nearby Dallas VA Medical Center (VAMC) offers geriatric care as well as women’s health programs, home-based care, support services for family caregivers of vets, and hospice services. Dallas VAMC mental health services include treatment for memory issues, substance abuse and trauma programs, and geriatric psychiatry.
Tarrant County Veteran Services has a long list of resources for veterans and their families, including several state and federal land, long-term care, and home programs. These include:
Discounted home-improvement loans for qualified veterans
Instructions on how to apply for federal VA home loans
Texas State Veterans Homes – the closest one to Arlington is located in Bonham
Property tax exemptions for veterans with specific service-connected disabilities
A searchable list of approved lenders for the Texas VLB Veterans Housing Assistance Loan Program
If you or a vet in your family is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, the county can also help you find emergency help. Through Tarrant County, military spouses and widows can also get assistance with benefits applications.
The VA’s Medical Foster Home program is another housing option for vets with daily care needs. The program is administered by the Dallas VAMC for the region. Caregivers who have been vetted take in participants to live in private local homes and provide help with daily activities, include the veteran in family life, offer rides, and prepare meals.
The Texas General Land Office’s Veterans Land Board (VLB) takes great pride in supplying benefits to Texas veterans that go above and beyond what is found in the national programs. Every year, vets, spouses, and other relatives can learn what is available to them and their loved ones at the VLB-hosted benefits fairs held across Texas. The 2017 Dallas Veterans Benefits Fair is scheduled for June 3 at the Dallas VAMC. For the most current benefit fair schedule, check out the VLB Events page.
The Texas Veterans Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Dallas Veterans Resource Center are a few other groups that can help you access vets’ benefits. The Veterans Resource Center has helped Arlington-area veterans continue their education, apply for health care, find work, and find housing since 2012.
The Texas Workforce Commission gives priority services to older veterans and their eligible spouses when they are looking for jobs. There is one Workforce Solutions office in Arlington and several other across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Please visit VeteranAid.org for more info on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and for assistance in paying for assisted living.
Find assisted living in Arlington near you.