Almost 75,000 U.S. military veterans call the Cleveland area home, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There are many state and federal programs available that offer assistance to Cleveland area vets, especially those that are 65 years of age or older. Options include the opportunity to join local chapter support organizations that provide veterans with a full range of benefits such as continuing education and financial assistance along with discounts on services.
The Louise Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is rated as a high-level teaching hospital that offers senior veterans a complete range of medical care. Health services offer an extensive selection of options including geriatrics, a recovery resource center, extended care and rehabilitation, and more. A parking garage for patients is provided at the medical center, which is located at 10701 East Boulevard.
The Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission (VSC) services Cleveland area veterans with a variety of programs. VSC staff assists vets and their families by helping them file claims for benefit programs. Additional services include financial assistance to cover the costs of groceries, utilities, mortgage and rent, and other living expenses.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services administers services at the county level within the state. Veterans service office locations are posted on their site, which includes the county of Cuyahoga that covers the city of Cleveland. Veterans have access to a full range of services that includes education, employment, financial assistance, health care, home loans, pensions, recreation benefits, and more.
Cleveland area veterans that are homeless, living in shelters, or are about to be evicted can obtain immediate assistance and support from the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. The center has a nationwide network that connects veterans with local Veteran’s Administration (VA) facilities located in their home state. Relief programs are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, around the clock.
There are 13 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post locations within the Cleveland area of Ohio. Membership within a local VFW provides many benefits. Discounts on a variety of services plus the opportunity to attend social activities and meet with other vets are some of the rewards of joining. Each post has service officers that can assist vets when filing benefit claims.
The downtown Cleveland area is home to four American Legion posts, and there are additional locations within the outskirt regions of the city. Supportive services provided to Cleveland veterans include a full range of discount programs that provide savings on home services, medical services, financial services, auto rental, travel, lodging, and more. Homeless outreach offers training programs and provides temporary housing assistance.
The City of Cleveland provides special recognition to those that served by honoring them with a special Veterans’ Day Parade each year. Participants include both retired as well as active military service members that all work together to celebrate the efforts of the many troops that served during times of war.
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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