While most veterans are eligible for a number of different benefits programs as a result of their service, some can find it complex to navigate the process of accessing their benefits. In Atlanta, vets can reach out to several different resources to help determine eligibility and start the process of applying for benefits including health care, housing programs, and employment resources. Here are a few places that can point you in the right direction.
The VA healthcare program is open to most veterans, even if they don’t realize it. To qualify, veterans need to have completed their service and receive a discharge that is not dishonorable, or will need to be a member of the National Guard or a Reservist who has served their federal period. Vets need to apply, and their eligibility will be determined based on their highest level priority group at the time of application.
The Atlanta VA Medical Center provides a plethora of care options for area veterans. Included in their spectrum of services is the Bronze Clinic that is a Geriatric Primary Care Clinic, emergency care, hospice and palliative care on an inpatient and outpatient basis, as well as a number of specialized care options. Caregivers can access support services and in-home care options through the VA as well. Mental health services to treat PTSD, substance abuse, and addiction in vets are also available.
The Atlanta Housing Authority has compiled a list of resources that can benefit veterans in the city looking for a housing solution. The VA also operates housing programs for veterans. Some of the programs available include:
Housing Choice Voucher Program
Loans for vets who need down payment assistance to purchase a home
Short-term supportive housing for vets
Loans for home improvements and modifications to make a veteran’s home accessible.
The Atlanta VA also has a number of assistance programs available to vets who face the prospect of homelessness or who have already lost their home. The goal is to help you get back on your feet and to provide emergency housing on a short-term basis. The program also provides medical, mental health, and employment opportunities.
Vets who need both housing and in-home care can fill out an application to join the VA Medical Foster Home program. The program approves private caregivers to house a veteran in their home and provide care to the vet, including help with daily needs, transportation, and meal preparation.
The Veterans Empowerment Organization, an Atlanta-based not for profit and United Way Partner, works with vets and their families to promote self-sufficiency through their programs and services. The organization offers housing solutions, workforce development, and employs a self-sufficiency model for veterans in metro Atlanta.
Atlanta vets can also contact the Veterans Resource Center and the Georgia Department of Veteran’s Service for help. These organizations can work with you to determine your eligibility for benefits, process claims and check the status of a claim, or assist with the application process.
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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