According to the United States Census Bureau figures for 2010 to 2014, there are approximately 9,269 veterans in Charleston. The city and the State of South Carolina offer services and support groups to the military families that have made Charleston their home. The following is a list of a few of these resources.
Local Veterans Organizations in Charleston
The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is located at 109 Bee Street in Charleston and is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. The center helps to meet several needs including mental health counseling for depression and PTSD, medical care, disease prevention, hospice services, palliative care, nutrition services, sleep programs, and more. The Medical Center also provides an extensive program for female veterans to address women’s health.
One80 Place is a resource organization created to help veterans facing homelessness. The program has locations in Charleston and Columbia that house up to 40 men and 10 women in each dormitory. It is the only organization of its kind that addresses the need for beds exclusively for female veterans. You can find the main housing location at 35 Walnut Street in Charleston.
The Charleston Vet Center is located at 3625 West Montague Avenue in North Charleston and is open Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month. You can find assistance with issues that affect veterans including pensions like the VA Aid and Attendance, claim applications, home loans, disability compensation, burial, and cemetery services, and general benefits information.
The South Carolina Veterans Affairs serves more than 420,968 veterans in the State of South Carolina. The organization assists veterans with claims, eligible benefits, nursing homes and long-term care, and more. You can contact the South Carolina Division at 1205 Pendleton Street in Suite 463 in Columbia or call (803)734-0200. The agency also sponsors a 24 hour VA crisis line at 1-800-273-8255.
The Carolina Veterans Commission recently launched transitional housing for disabled veterans as well as homeless vets. The commission also supports active duty deployed military and other programs, such as Veteran Service Management and Active Management/Preventative Management. You can contact the commission at 1-877-474-2552 or at 9789 Charlotte Highway in Suite 400-137 in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Wounded warriors can seek assistance through the Wounded Warrior Project. You can join the Alumni program and share your experiences with other wounded veterans in Charleston and throughout the state. The Project sponsors various events to promote the program, including a Tour of the USS Yorktown in Charleston in 2015.
AMVETS is an active organization that supports veterans in all stages. They sponsor events like Suicide Prevention Month activities and Pushups for the Cause which raises awareness of veteran suicide and other veteran services, such as career centers and programs for women veterans. You can contact AMVETS about local events or reach out to one of their posts. The closest post to Charleston is located in Port Royal.
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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