The men and women who serve our country earn certain benefits once they return home. San Diego County, including Chula Vista, has many programs and services that aim to help veterans get the most from their benefits and find everything they need. These services include access to health care such as primary care, long-term care, and even help with problems like mental wellness and substance abuse. There are also services that can help with finding affordable housing, avoiding homelessness, and searching for jobs.
One of the biggest benefits veterans receive are health care services. Some veterans don’t realize they are eligible for medical assistance and don’t use these benefits to their full potential. The VA states any active duty member or veteran with a discharge other than dishonorable may receive health benefits. Those who served in the National Guard or the Reserves during a federally ordered service period are also eligible for care. When you apply, it is sorted into priority groups and evaluated based on those.
There is a VA Medical Center in San Diego that provides much of the care for the entire county. Senior veterans can find services for in-home care, assisted living, hospice care, adult day care, telehealth systems, and supportive services for their caregivers. There is also a community clinic in Chula Vista that provides services like primary care, nutrition, chronic disease management, podiatry, and mental health clinics. The only thing this clinic does not provide are emergency services.
The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs provides a list of all the benefits veterans in the area can use. This includes housing assistance and programs.
The Housing and Urban Development department has a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) that provides long-term case management, supportive services, and permanent housing support.
There are supportive services for low-income veterans and their families currently in transitional housing to help them move to permanent housing.
Home foreclosure assistance provides services through groups like Hope Now Alliance and the FHA to keep veterans from losing their homes.
Veterans can use the CalVet Home Loan to save money on their mortgage rates and get approved for any other loans while they purchase their house.
There are more housing assistance programs you can find through the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
Any veteran that is homeless or facing the possibility of homelessness can contact the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) to find transitional housing or ways to keep your current home. Homes for Our Troops and Giving Back for Homes are two national groups that help place veterans in a permanent home or help them keep or repair the house they currently have.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) offers a complete list of employment services for veterans. Each local EDD office has a representative for veterans that can help military members learn more about careers that interest them, revise and build their resume, continue their education, or find training for vocational jobs. There are also job fairs, workshops, and unemployment help through the EDD.
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency has a Network of Care website that makes it easy for veterans to find any service they need in the area. They can look up employment opportunities, learn more about health care, and find local support services.
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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