Although Dallas is roughly four times as populous as Corpus Christi, the smaller coastal city is home to half as many veterans. More than 25,000 veterans live in Corpus Christi compared to the 47,544 vets living in Dallas. As Corpus Christi continues to grow, you will see more veteran-owned businesses develop in the city as the city is already home to 2,625 vet-owned firms, according to the United States Census Bureau. Veteran resources and organizations continue to flourish in the area with local, state, and national groups making Corpus Christi their home.
The VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System’s Corpus Christi VA Outpatient Clinic provides medical care to veterans in the area without them having to travel a long distance to a larger VA Hospital. The clinic is located at 5283 Old Brownsville Road in Corpus Christi and is open Monday through Friday. You can contact the clinic directly for more information at (361)806-5600.
If you need help filing claims or more information about benefits, pensions like the VA Aid and Attendance, disability compensation, long-term care, nursing home care, burial and cemetery services, housing, or employment, the Corpus Christi Vet Center can help. The trained staff will assist you with the eligibility requirements and paperwork to file your claims. The center is located at 4646 Corona in Suite 250 in Corpus Christi and is open Monday through Friday and the first and third Saturday of each month.
If you are looking for senior employment after retirement, consider using Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend Veterans Services. The organization will help you prepare a resume, search for jobs, use marketable skills from the military, and strengthen your interview skills. You can schedule an appointment by calling (361)882-7491.
The Texas Veterans Commission was created in 1927 and continues to serve active military and veterans throughout the state. The organization helps to protect veterans’ rights and benefits through programs like Claims Representation and Counseling Services, Veterans Employment Services, Veterans Education Program, and Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Commission also hosts events for networking and educational purposes, such as the Veteran Entrepreneur Seminar.
AMVETS, also known as American Veterans, support the troops, veterans, and military families across the country. The organization holds events to honor veterans, educate the community, and raise awareness about issues affecting veterans like suicide, depression, and PTSD. A current event held across the United States is the Pushups for the Cause to reduce the incidence of veteran suicide. There are several posts in Texas and posts in San Marcos, Kyle, and Houston.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has posts across the country and three in Corpus Christi. Depending on the VFW meeting you choose, the meeting may be held on the third Thursday of each month or the first Tuesday of each month. You can use the website to find contact information about each local meeting.
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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