Military veterans do a lot for their country, and in exchange, they are offered the opportunity to participate in many different benefits programs. Sometimes, applying for benefits and getting enrolled in the programs can be a complicated, multi-step process. That’s where local Cleveland agencies can help. These resources can point you in the right direction with obtaining your healthcare, career services, and homestead benefits available to vets through programs administered by the state and federal government.
VA healthcare is a benefit that the majority of veterans are eligible to apply for, even though they might not know they qualify. To obtain benefits, military veterans need to have completed their service and received their discharge. All discharges, other than those that were dishonorable, are acceptable. Reservists and members of the National Guard are also eligible, provided they served during their appointed federal period. Applications are approved by the VA based on the priority group of the veteran.
The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center offers a plethora of health care services to veterans in the community. Primary care services specifically for older adults through the geriatric department, women’s health care, emergency care, palliative care, and mental health care programs are just some of the many options in the VA spectrum of care. Those who provide care to a vet can also access VA services, including caregiver resources and support groups, in-home primary care, and hospice services. Additionally, mental health, PTSD, and substance abuse programs are available to veterans through the VA.
The Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission maintains a list of helpful quick links to forms, benefits, and services available to help veterans with their housing needs in Cleveland on their website. Combined with programs available federally through the VA, vets have options for affordable home loans, land loans, programs to avoid homelessness, and long-term care resources. Options include:
Affordable home loans for vets who are first-time and new homebuyers
VASH program for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
Tax adjustments for veterans who were injured during active-duty service
Low-interest home improvement loans
Nursing home solutions for veterans through Ohio Veterans Homes (there are 3 in the state)
The Cleveland VA can also help if you are facing the prospect of becoming homeless or are currently without a home. They have emergency housing assistance, short-term, and long-term housing programs available as well as resources to help vets find a job, get an education and obtain the resources needed to get back on their feet.
Vets who need in-home assistance and care can apply to participate in the VA Medical Foster Home program. Private caregivers are approved through the VA to allow a veteran to live in their home and be treated as part of the family. The veteran will participate in the day to day Homelife including having meals and transportation provided, as well as assistance as needed with daily tasks.
Other agencies who are knowledgeable on veterans benefits, the application processes, and can assist vets, their families, and their survivors with questions locally include the Veterans Resource Center and the Ohio Department of Veterans 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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