Navigating the VA claims and benefits process isn’t always easy, but luckily, Atlanta residents can seek assistance through local, state and national organizations. Veterans can connect with these groups to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply for housing loans, employment training, educational programs and more.
If you’re an Atlanta area veteran, you can access medical services by visiting the Atlanta VA Medical Center. The facility offers services that are geared towards elderly veterans, including a specialized geriatric care unit for veterans over the age of 75, hospice services and palliative care, nutritional programs, and more. The hospital is located at 1670 Clairmont Road and can be reached via via the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) bus route 19.
Veterans who would like to know more about the state and federal benefits available to them can visit the Atlanta Regional Benefits Office, which is located just down the road from the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Veterans can find help applying for housing and home loan programs, learn more about health care options, or find out about other VA benefits. The Atlanta Office is also one of only four Regional Offices nationwide that is able to process education claims for veterans.
The Atlanta office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service is located in the Floyd Veterans Memorial Building at 205 Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive. Veterans can come here to find benefits assistance, appeals support, job training programs and educational opportunities. The Department also operates two nursing homes in Augusta and Milledgeville that cater specifically to veterans and their unique medical needs. Residents must pay a small daily fee in order to receive skilled nursing care at these facilities, but financially eligible veterans may be able to cover this fee through the VA Aid & Attendance pension.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is an organization that advocates the rights of veterans who have fought in overseas conflicts. Atlanta veterans can visit the Dunwoody-Sandy Springs VFW post to find help researching, filing and appealing VA benefit claims. Isolated veterans can also visit their nearest VFW post to participate in social events and activities with other former service members in their area.
The Georgia branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helps Atlanta veterans suffering from depression or PTSD to cope with and manage their condition. There are local chapters scattered throughout Atlanta that provide mental health services for veterans and their families. The NAMI Homefront program is a free educational program that aims to help friends, family and caregivers of service members living with mental health issues.
The Georgia Veteran’s Day Association hosts the Atlanta Veteran’s Day Parade each year to pay tribute to the men and women who have fought for this country. The group also organizes the annual Freedom Ball, a paid event that honors our nation’s military heroes. Atlanta dignitaries, military leadership, veterans and more attend this ball each year to enjoy fine food, good company, dancing, and a silent auction.
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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