More than 900,000 veterans live in Ohio alone, with 6,000 of them admitted yearly to the inpatient services of the Dayton VA Medical Center. Health care, counseling, housing assistance, and a number of other programs are offered in the city for all veterans who have fought for our country.
The Dayton VA Medical Center opened its doors in 1867. It now provides a full range of health services to all the veterans in the area. Unique programs are offered, ranging from women’s health to sleep disorders, substance abuse and respite care, and even help for the homeless. The center is located at 4100 West Third Street. It is an included stop on the bus routes of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority.
Montgomery County Veterans Services offers financial assistance in emergency situations, and also provides help when dealing with the Veteran’s Administration. The agency is found on the 4th floor of the East Medical Plaza.
Readjustment counseling is provided to veterans at the local Vet Center. It is located on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard on the 6th floor. Appointments can be made after hours, but the center is primarily open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:40 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is dedicated to providing jobs, homes, education, and benefits to all veterans living within the state. There are three separate homes offered in Ohio where vets may find nursing care on a year-round basis. Georgetown Home, Sandusky Home, and Sandusky Domiciliary are all included. More than 200 beds are available at the domiciliary, over 400 at the Sandusky home, and other 168 at Georgetown. This provides more than 750 people with the chance to receive care and services when they need it.
The National Alliance On Mental Illness offers an Ohio chapter that works to provide support, education, and advocacy for those who struggle with any type of mental incapacity. This includes veterans who are depressed, suffering from PTSD, or who are otherwise struggling. There are also numerous local chapters that you can look up through the NAMI database.
The Dayton Heritage Festival is held each year around Memorial Day Weekend. It is a way to honor the city and the ones who fought for it. A patriotic celebration takes place with live music, historical demonstrations, and family fun. All active and retired military men and women get in with a discount with a valid I.D.
Each year on November 11th, Veterans Day is celebrated around the U.S. Numerous Dayton restaurants recognize the service of active military members and veterans by offering them free meals. When the day falls on a weekend, some wait for the following Monday before offering the discount. Only a photo ID or even a photograph of the person in their uniform is needed as proof of service. More than 20 establishments participate in the offerings, including places like Denny’s, Golden Corral, Little Caesars, and Tim Hortons.
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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