As a show of gratitude for serving our country, veterans earn an array of benefits. However, it can be tough figuring out how to access these benefits. Fortunately, Corpus Christi veterans can turn to many local resources for assistance with job-search services, housing programs, substance abuse and mental health programs, and other health care benefits.
Veterans Affairs (VA) offers health care benefits that not every vet is aware they qualify for. You can enroll in VA health care as long as you are a veteran who has served in active duty and were not dishonorably discharged. This is also true for National Guard and Reservist veterans who finished a federally-ordered service period. Applications are separated by priority group.
A number of services are provided by the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, including at home contracted hospice and palliative care, geriatrics and extended care, and women’s health. The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend also provides an array of mental health services, such as consultation, evaluation, and treatment for several problems that can impact emotional and health wellbeing.
When you visit the website for Nueces County Veterans Services, you can find a broad range of federal and state home, long-term care, and land programs for vets and their families, like:
Instructions for applying for federal VA home loans
A list of approved lenders for the Veterans Housing Assistance Loan Program from the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB)
Texas State Veterans Homes – the closest one to Corpus Christi is in Floresville
For qualifying vets, discounted loans for home improvements
Exemptions from property taxes for veterans with disabilities related to their service
When you or a vet close to you are at risk of being homeless or are currently homeless, the county can assist you with finding emergency help. Also, Nueces County helps military spouses and widows fill out benefit applications.
The VA offers the Medical Foster Home program for vets with daily care needs. Under this program, caregivers are carefully vetted before they take veterans into their private homes to provide them with help with daily tasks, include them in family life, offer rides, and prepare meals.
The Texas General Land Office’s VLB goes above and beyond when it comes to providing services to veterans in the state. Each year all around the state, the VLB hosts benefits fairs to help vets, their spouses, and other relatives learn about what resources are available. The closest Veterans Benefit Fair takes place in San Antonio at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital. For the most current schedule, go to the VLB Events page.
Vets can also find benefits from groups like the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Veterans Commission. The Texas Workforce Commission offers priority services to older vets and their spouses when they are in need of work. There are five Workforce Solutions offices within 40 miles of Corpus Christi, including two within the city itself.
Visit VeteranAid.org for more info about the Aid & Attendance Benefit and for assisted living financial aid.
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