Programs and systems have been put in place to help the veterans of Austin. Mayor Steve Adler made it his mission when he took office to end homelessness in Austin for veterans and has since made major strides to accomplish that task. He worked alongside Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veteran Affairs to meet his goal. Now, there are more support groups and resources than ever available to the masses.
The ACC Veterans Resource Center focuses primarily on college students who are currently in the military or who have been in the military in the past. The Center, at 6001 Airport Blvd, opens at 8 am and closes at 5 pm. You can visit Monday through Friday and discuss your options. Receive advice on getting veterans benefits or connect with peers in the open lounge area. There are four separate buildings where you can go, known as Highland, Northridge, Riverside, and Round Rock.
Travis County Veterans Services serves veterans and their dependents. The office does not take walk-ins, requiring appointments to ensure each individual gets undivided attention and time. You can discuss your eligibility for certain benefits and also learn how to apply for benefits from the Veterans Benefits Administration.
The Texas Veterans Portal is an online resource available to all veterans in the state. It connects those who served with other family members, friends, and caregivers. You can use the site to discover all information regarding housing and loans, legal and financial help, health and wellness, and more.
The Veterans Land Board serves all veterans of Texas. The goal of the board is to help veterans qualify for loans of land and houses. With only a five-percent down payment, men and women who have served can get a land loan. Special home improvement loans also help people make home repairs to existing houses that are in disarray. The Texas Veterans Home Improvement Program offers this option.
Several VFW posts exist in Austin. Find them at the following addresses:
7614 Thomas Springs Road - Post 4443 Highland Hills-Oak Hill Post
406 E Alpine Rd - Post 856 Edwin G. Hutchings Post
500 VFW Rd - Post 8787 Capital City Post
8706 Fm 812 - Post 8925 Pilot Knob Post
You can use the “Find a Post” tool on the VFW website to find additional posts in the surrounding areas. Details regarding the quartermaster and commander of each post are included. You can also see the meeting times and places for support sessions.
A Veteran Recognition Ceremony gets held at the University of Texas at Austin. The LBJ Presidential Library holds several events in April to offer the proper recognition to the men and women who have served. Veterans who served between 1955 and 1975 are the primary people recognized at the ceremony. Anyone is welcome to participate in the event and can attend for free. There is no RSVP needed.
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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