There are approximately 38,667 veterans in Charlotte, according to the United States Census Bureau. The State of North Carolina provides services through various organizations that include transition support, housing, medical, and more.
The Mecklenburg County Veterans Services provides services on a walk-in basis to the 57,000 veterans in Mecklenburg County, so there is no need to make an appointment. The organization can assist you with VA benefit forms and health care, housing, home visits, and more. The organization helps homeless veterans and supports the annual Veterans Parade. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and is located at the Hal Marshall Services Center at 700 N. Tryon Street in Charlotte.
The Charlotte Vet Center is located at 2114 Ben Craig Drive in Suite 300 in Charlotte and is open Monday through Friday and the second Sunday of each month. The staff can help you with general benefits information, disability compensation, pensions like the VA Aid and Attendance, life insurance, GI Bill, home loans, employment training and opportunities, and more. The Vet Center can also work with you to make arrangements for the future, such as burial, cemetery services, and headstone markers.
The Charlotte Bridge Home connects veterans to a network of employers, health care, and counseling groups. The organization was founded by Charlotte’s own Tommy Norman in 2011, who served in the Army and Special Forces until 1972. Charlotte Bridge Home is the first step to finding the resources veterans need including housing, health care, employment, and a social network.
North Carolina is sixth in the country with 84,073 women veterans and is home to 87,000 veteran-owned businesses. The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs helped the State of North Carolina to grow its veteran services by 70 percent since 2013 and increase the compensation awards to North Carolina veterans by $1 billion. The results are on track with Governor Pat McCrory’s mission to make North Carolina the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.
NC4Vets is another state resource welcoming veterans to North Carolina. You can download a resource guide to get you started or use the organization’s website to locate information regarding employment, housing, health care, personal services, VA benefits, and education. NC4Vets employs qualified benefits specialists that can help you file claims for various benefits administered by the VA. It’s free to file a claim with NC4Vets or you can file claims with the VVA, VFW, American Legion, or Disabled American Veterans.
There is a local chapter of AMVETS that meets in the Charlotte area including Sylva. AMVETS works to educate and inform veterans about the benefit entitlements they are due. The organization also provides support to protect those entitlements from being taken away and sponsors programs that serve the community, such as the recent Pushups for the Cause, a program to combat veteran suicide.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Local Chapter #10 meets in Charlotte. DAV can assist you in filing claims for free and offers a Mobile Service Office to reach veterans in rural areas or those with mobility problems.
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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